August 23, 2019
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Royal Enfield Video Goes Viral, Sorta

It was created to add a little pizazz to the website – a video interview conducted at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York with Rod Copes, president of Royal Enfield’s North American division. The purpose was to provide details on Royal Enfield’s three new 2018 models: the 411cc …

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Eats: Burgers, Wings And Beer At The Wherehouse

NEWBURGH, NY – After a couple of hours of scanning vendor tables and eye-balling the displays at the heavily-attended winter swap meet Sunday at the Motorcyclepedia Museum, we were famished. But where to eat? Acting on a tip, three of us headed down nearer the Hudson River to Liberty Street where …

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“El Mexicano” Stands Out At Springfield Show

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – It has a cigar box filled with stogies to cover its battery and a brightly-colored serape rolled up and strapped up front above the headlight. It also has ape-hangers and a wrapped exhaust that could be used to roast jalapeńos. All “El Mexicano” lacks is a …

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Strong Opening For Springfield Motorcycle Show

WEST SPRINGFIELD, CT – Pleasant weather contributed to a strong opening on Saturday for the two-day Springfield Motorcycle Show at the Eastern States Exposition. Riders from southern New England showed up to ogle custom motorcycles, check out new models and and do some shopping. “They’ve been looking forward to it …

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Brookfield Indian Motorcycle Adds Motus Line

BROOKFIELD, CT – Brookfield Indian Motorcycle is adding another brand to its hillside showroom. Late last week, it officially became a dealer of high-end Motus motorcycles, the high-performance sport touring machines that are made in Birmingham, AL. “We’re doing it because it’s an American product and it’s different from what …

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Dealer Perspective: How Pre-Owned Bikes Get Priced

LITLE NECK, NY – With new bike sales declining, more dealers are now paying greater attention to pre-owned bikes and are offering customers more choices. What nudged me into writing about this subject was a post this week on the website’s Facebook page showing two nearly identical Triumph Rocket 3 Roadster …

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Industry Needs Younger Riders To Revive

HARWINTON, CT – The signs are everywhere. The motorcycle industry is wobbling and possibly heading for a crash. Older riders are gradually giving up motorcycling and new, younger riders aren’t replacing them and engaging in what is an exhilarating (if occasionally dangerous) recreation. “It’s a big challenge for the industry right …

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Crotona Midnight Run Postponed, Siciliano Already Exhausted

NORTH GRANBY, CT – I’m exhausted. From nighttime training. And now the Crotona Midnight Run has been postponed a week until the night of Jan. 20-21. Conditioning for the 100th event has been quite revelatory, and I don’t know yet what I’ll do with what I’ve learned. We’ve had extreme …

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Motorcycle Magazines Continue To Cut Back, Fold

It’s a tough time to be in the print business of any kind. Circulation of newspapers and magazines are dropping, and advertisers are going elsewhere to spend their clients’ money. This is especially true in the motorcycle arena where numerous mags have disappeared, while others have been merged or seen …

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Concorso Ferrari & Friends Looks To Add Bikes

WEST HARTFORD, CT – After 17 years of showcasing exotic Italian automobiles, Concorso Ferrari & Friends is looking to add Italian-made motorcycles to the mix in 2018. The fund-raising event benefits the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford and brings thousands of car enthusiasts to LaSalle Road in downtown. This …

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Free Seminars By Ken Condon In CT, MA And VT

Three Harley-Davidson dealerships in New England – one each in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont – will welcome author, instructor and motorcycle magazine columnist Ken Condon, who will give three free seminars this month designed to improve riders’ skills. The goal is “to get people to think and look in the …

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Always Riding: Conditioning For Crotona Midnight Run

NORTH GRANBY, CT – The benefits of weeks of conditioning – both of myself and my motorcycles – will soon be known. The Crotona Midnight Run is a week away, provided the weather cooperates, and my excitement level is thru the roof. For the uniformed, the Crotona Midnight Run is a …

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Locomotion Powersports Adds Royal Enfield

MAHWAH, NJ – Having lost the Victory line of motorcycles a year ago when Polaris announced it was folding the brand, Locomotion Powersports here is restocking its showroom in 2018 by adding Royal Enfield. Paperwork was signed Thursday, according to Royal Enfield’s regional manager for the northeast, Omar Buker. The …

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