September 28, 2020

Up To Speed

Rice-O-Rama, The Vintage Japanese Treat

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Japanese bike lovers from New England and beyond flocked to the 5th annual Rice-O-Rama vintage meet in North Brookfield, Mass. on Sunday. The show ground was filled with some sparkling examples of motorcycling’s past from the Land of the Rising Sun, including these two Honda …

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Two Paws Up For Harley Commercial

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It’s a TV commercial that both Harley-Davidson riders and dog lovers will enjoy, and it’s for the 2012 Harley Wide Glide, part of the “No Cages” ad campaign. The ad debuted during the season premiere of “Sons of Anarchy.” Not only does it promote Harley, …

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Triumph Recalls, Putin Rides Trike

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Playing a bit of catch-up… August wasn’t a good month for Triumph’s Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC as recall notices were issued in the past week or so not once but twice. A problem with the engine management software on certain 2011 and 2012 …

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Tales From 2011 Brit Jam

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Owners of vintage motorcycles can have a lot in common with their bikes. One guy attending the “25th annual” Brit Jam motorcycle meet at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds on Aug. 21 even wore a T-shirt that had some of the similarities emblazoned across the front: …

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Hurricane Irene Saps Attention Away From Riding

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com I chuckled at the Facebook post late yesterday afternoon by a friend who wondered whether it might be time for a ride as Hurricane Irene had cleared the state. Love her attitude. She wisely acknowledged, though, that the roads were likely to be too littered …

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Is “Hurricane Sale” Cute Or Bad Taste?

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The email late this afternoon from Max BMW frankly kind of shocked me. Maybe it was because I heading out to a Hurricane Irene preparedness meeting where first responders in Harwinton put in place a plan to deal with the worst case scenario – buildings …

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Oil Drippings: Bike Night, Brit Jam, More

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Bike nights in Connecticut are as common as roadside vegetable stands. RIDE-CT made a quick stop this evening at the weekly Tuesday night gathering at McDonald’s in Torrington to grab a few snapshots: Steve Bristol of Torrington, who rode in on his 2009 Harley-Davidson Ultra …

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Cartoon Tackles Rider Stereotypes

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Riders get stereotyped. Sport bike riders are kids in shorts and flip-flops, while cruiser riders have tattoos and leather vests. Earlier this month, cartoonist Dave Kellett tackled these stereotypes. His cartoon is humorous and spot-on. After you check it out, though, take a few more …

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Man Swapping Meteorite For Harley

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A man in Arkansas who discovered a meteorite while digging in his back yard is trying to swap it for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and his local dealership is open to the idea. Afterall, look at all the free publicity the trade is generating. Autoblog has …

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Custom, Eight-Cylinder Honda Trike Draws Attention

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It doesn’t take a math whiz to decipher the meaning behind the “2X4ON3” message on the New York license plate that’s mounted on the rear of Ken and Peg Acker’s bright red trike. It refers to the two four-cylinder engines that power the homemade three-wheeler. …

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Oil Drippings: Catching Up On Motorcycle News

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Pardon the brief absence. Life intruded… Alpinestars has devised a motorcycle suit with built-in air bags that deploy and protect riders who crash. Already available in Europe for the equivalent of $8,500, it’s expected to be on sale in the U.S. next summer. “The New …

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Can You Ride Like This? Bet You Can’t!

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Friend Pete Belli forwarded RIDE-CT a video link with a note, “It would be very hard to run from this guy.” It shows motorcycle cop Donnie Williams negotiating a course at the Grand Prairie Motorcycle Rodeo in Texas earlier this year. Donnie’s command of his …

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Track Day for a 1914 Harley

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Bill McMahon, a 68-year-old rider from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., felt the need for speed so he took his 1914 Harley-Davidson to the track on Saturday. The “Wisconsin Rapids Tribune” has the story here. It’s worth a look-see just for the picture.

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