October 30, 2020

Up To Speed

Torrington Thunder Successful Despite Heat

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Yes, it was hot. But record heat in CT didn’t deter riders from rolling into downtown Torrington on Friday night for the 2nd annual Torrington Thunder, the motorcycle meet that benefits the police department’s D.A.R.E. program. (Photos by Debra Aleksinas and Bud Wilkinson) The vintage …

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New 2012 Models from Harley-Davidson

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com What’s new from Harley-Davidson for 2012? Not much. The company took the wraps off its 2012 model lineup for dealers today and the lone new models were a 10th anniversary V-Rod and a new Dyna called the Switchback. The Switchback is described as a “custom …

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Indian Day Attracts Dozens Of Springfield’s Best

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The 2nd annual Indian Day at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History attracted dozens of vintage machines from across New  England on Sunday. Hundreds of other riders showed up to admire the iconic motorcycles that were once made in the Massachusetts city. …

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British Iron Riders On Tour

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Had to drive to Torrington this morning to pick up a “RIDE-CT” banner to display at Torrington Thunder on July 22. In the commuter lot on Route 118, on the east side of Route 8, I noticed a vintage Triumph and some other bikes and …

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Libby’s Motoworld Adds Victory, Polaris

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Libby’s Motoworld, the Honda-Triumph-Yamaha dealer in New Haven, has expanded its offerings by adding Victory motorcycles and Polaris ATVs in late June. “We were approached and we felt it would complement what we’re doing,” Damon Libby said Tuesday afternoon, noting the attractiveness of offering an …

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Connecticut Not Among Best States To Ride

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Admittedly, I haven’t been to Florida since spring break my senior year in college. That was 36 years ago. My roommate drove to Daytona and Ft. Lauderdale in my orange and white, millionth edition Chevy Vega GT. While beer consumption limits my memories of the …

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Industry Groups Help In Motorcycle Noise Fight

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Public opposition to motorcycle noise – the kind created by straight exhaust pipes – is growing and two pro-motorcycle groups are taking an active role in stamping out the roar. The American Motorcyclist Association and the Motorcycle Industry Council have devised a standard method testing …

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How Effective Is Motorcycle Gear?

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Do you wear gear? Protective jacket? Armored gloves? Kevlar-lined jeans? Boots? A new research project done by The George Institute for Global Health in Australia has some not-so-surprising data on the effectiveness of motorcycle gear in preventing injuries in crashes. Here are some of the …

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