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Harley-Davidson Offers 135-Cubic-Inch Crate Engine

MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson is out with a higher performance, bolt-in engine for its 2021-and-later Touring models that offers the most displacement and most power of any street-compliant engine that the company has ever offered. The Screamin’ Eagle 135ci Stage IV Performance Crate Engine provides “approximately 28 percent more torque and …

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Indian Expands Model Range With Sport Chief

MINNEAPOLIS – Indian Motorcycle today announced the expansion of its model lineup with the addition of the Sport Chief, a performance spinoff of its Chief cruiser model. “With the introduction of Sport Chief, the 2023 Indian Chief lineup is more diverse than ever– offering a wide range of performance and …

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CT-Based Spectro Performance Oils Sold To Motorex USA

BROOKFIELD, CT – Spectro Performance Oils has a new owner, effective today. Motorex USA, the U.S.-affiliate of the Switzerland-based Motorex Group, has acquired the 57-year-old company that operated as Intercontinental Lubricants Corporation. The deal includes “all national and international activities as well as the blending and storage facility in Brookfield,” …

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Buell To Produce “Super Cruiser” Designed By Roland Sands

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Ducati’s Diavel performance cruiser will get a little competition come 2025. Buell has announced plans to expand its offerings beyond the sport bike category with a “Super Cruiser” model. It will feature Roland Sands Design styling and Buell power. “Building a cruiser was something we always …

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Safe Riding: CONREP Fees Going Up, Instructors Get Raises

By Steve Smith / Changes are coming to the Connecticut Rider Education Program in spring. The powers that be held off as long as possible, but it was bound to happen. Fees for CONREP courses will increase slightly. Please don’t be a hater… The cost of almost everything has gone …

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New Bill Would Expand Helmet Requirement To All Riders In CT

HARTFORD – Things can move quickly in the General Assembly, and the enactment of a full helmet law for motorcyclists is in the fast lane. A provision in a wide-ranging bill introduced and referred to the Joint Committee on Transportation on Wednesday was given a hearing date on Thursday. That …

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Harley-Davidson Breaks Down New Models, Including Breakout’s Return

MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson always makes a big deal out of significant anniversaries and this year is no different. Having been founded in 1903, the company is celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2023 with several limited-edition models as well as other returning and revised models. Among the models announced today was …

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BMW And Ducati Report Highest Sales Ever In 2022

European motorcycle manufacturers BMW (from Germany) and Ducati (from Italy) have reported record sales/deliveries for 2022. BMW recently reported sales of 202,895 bikes and scooters for the year, a 4.4 percent increase over 2021. The figure marked “the highest sales in the company’s history,” according to a press release. The …

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Harley-Davidson To Become All-Electric – Eventually

It may take some time, like years or even decades, but the CEO of Harley-Davidson, Jochen Zeitz, now says the motorcycle brand will eventually become all-electric. And the shift away from gas-powered models has already begun. In an interview published Friday by the architecture and design magazine “Dezeen,” Zeitz said, …

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American Flat Track Skipping Laconia, Weedsport In 2023

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – American Flat Track released its 2023 schedule of races today and not listed on the 18-track lineup were stops in Laconia, NH and Weedsport, NY, both of which hosted racing during the 2022 season. The closest venue to New England where race fans will be able …

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Royal Enfield’s Parent Company Invests In Electric Manufacturer

MILWAUKEE – In an end of year move that really isn’t that shocking, Eicher Motors Ltd. is making a €50 million investment in Spain-based electric motorcycle builder Stark Future SL. Eicher is the parent company of Royal Enfield. Stark Future makes middleweight models (the equivalent of 250cc to 750cc). Eicher …

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Ducati’s “Ready 4 Red” Tour Has Stops In Northeast To Show Off 2023 Models

The dates and locations for Ducati’s annual “Ready 4 Red” winter tour are out. The Italian brand will bring its 2023 models to 18 cities between Jan. 17 and March 18, including two in the Northeast. A “Ready 4 Red” tour stop in New York City is scheduled for Feb. …

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