November 29, 2020

Up To Speed

Fall Is Best Time to Ride

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com If you didn’t ride over the weekend, you’d better have a damn good excuse. The sun was shining, the air was crisp and the leaves were changing. My only regrets yesterday morning were not grabbing my cold weather riding gloves and not putting on long underwear. …

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Husqvarna in Thomaston

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com If you’re old enough, think “Dragnet” for a moment. I was working the day watch out of traffic control. That’s fancy way of saying I got to direct traffic yesterday at the entrance to the Harwinton Fair in my uniform as a member of the Harwinton Fire …

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Canton Cycles Closing in Winsted

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com After 38 years of selling and servicing motorcycles, Canton Cycles in Winsted is closing. “Plain and simple – the economy got us. Nothing is selling. Service has flat-lined,” said majority owner Ralph DeLuco. The Victory line has has already been relinguished. Kawasaki, Royal Enfield and Ural will all …

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A Tough Day Out Riding

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Some days the bike(s) should just be left in the garage. A recent Sunday was one of those days. While Sunday morning is often reserved for rejuvenating worship at the Church of Two Wheels, otherwise known riding amidst nature’s beauty, Sept. 19th was problematic. For …

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Victory Franchise Shifts to Hartford

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It reportedly wasn’t supposed to happen until the start of 2011, but New England Cycle Center in Hartford has become a Victory dealer more than three months early after Canton Cycles in Winsted abruptly relinquished the cruiser and touring brand last week. Victory signage has been …

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Motorcycle Cannonball Update

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com So, how’s Ed Zalonski and his 1910 Flying Merkel doing in the Motorcycle Cannonball endurance run from Kitty Hawk, N.C. to Santa Monica, Calif.?  The answer appears to be not very well and fantastic. I’ve been meaning to call Zalonski (on the right in picture) on the road to …

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RIDE-CT Photo Gallery

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Today’s RIDE-CT column in “The Republican-American” about last weekend’s Rice-O-Rama motorcycle show and swap meet includes comments from Larry Tashjian of Torrington. He owns a 1981 Honda CX500 and was quoted in the column as well in a post here September 12. The newspaper neglected to include a picture …

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Rant: Where Do These Thoughts Come From?

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It’s Saturday morning, still dark outside, a half-cup of coffee has been downed and motorcycle thoughts are already rushing through my head. Know the feeling? I’m meeting later this morning with a guy who wants to see a 1985 BMW K100RS that I have for sale …

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Moto Guzzi Video, H-D Aftermath

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Some of the best motorcycle “advertising” these days is found online where manufacturers post teaser videos and action footage. Moto Guzzi is out with an artistic new video of its 2011 V7 Racer. After watching it in action, I wanted one, but I do suffer from …

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Norton Video A Tear-Jerker

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com If you’ve ever restored an old bike, or ever found the perfect gift for a parent or one of your kids, or just enjoy a story that will to bring tears of joy to your eyes, “The Norton Project” video is a must-watch online treat. Brothers Jeff …

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"Milwaukee Iron" Won’t Go Away

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A day after employees of two unions at Harley-Davidson plants in Wisconsin approved new seven-year contracts that will freeze wages, pass along more health insurance costs to workers and result in layoffs, the company’s board of directors approved the contracts and said it will keep the factories …

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H-D Workers Approve Contract

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Harley-Davidson’s union employees in Wisconsin today voted to approve a new seven-year contract offered by The Motor Company that will likely result in hundreds of fulltime workers being let go. The new pact also allows for many more part-time, “casual” employers, who will be paid much lower …

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Rice-O-Rama Draws Crowd

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It takes water to make rice, but rain would have put a damper on the 4th annual Rice-O-Rama, the vintage and custom Japanese motorcycle show and swap meet held Sunday in North Brookfield Mass. Fortunately, the precipitation held off . As many as 2,000 motorcycle enthusiasts turned out under threatening skies to gawk …

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Flying Merkel Fails Test Ride

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com If you read Saturday’s RIDE-CT column in “The Republican-American” about the upcoming Motorcycle Cannonball endurance run from Kitty Hawk, N.C. to Santa Monica, Calif., you already know about the 1910 Flying Merkel that Ed Zalonski of East Haven has assembled for the trip. After interviewing …

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Rant: Hey, Drivers, Look Out For Me…

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com My Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department pager has gone off twice in the past week summoning firefighters and fire police to the scene of car/motorcycle accidents. In both cases, a rider was proceeding along a state highway when an inattentive driver attempted a turn directly in front …

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