June 24, 2019
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The Joys and Pains of Being A “Newbie”

***CLASSIC RIDE-CT*** (Editor’s note: Because they’ve never appeared on online, RIDE-CT.com today begins reprinting in edited form some early RIDE-CT columns that appeared in “The Republican-American” newspaper.) By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The outlaw image of motorcyclists, personified by Marlon Brando in the 1953 biker movie “The Wild One,” got …

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New BMW RT Spotted Testing in France

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com New spy shots of the all-new BMW R1200RT have surfaced on MCN’s website in the U.K. (here) and they show that the new 2014 model will have the same water-cooled, 125-horsepower engine that’s being used in the recently launched R1200GS adventure bike. MCN spotted the …

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Oil Drippings: News and Opinion

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Suzuki dealers in Connecticut and the rest of New England are breathing easier following the revelation earlier this week that bike maker planned on trimming about 10 percent of its U.S. dealer network. Apparently no dealers in the state, and reportedly only six in New …

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Craig Smith Creates “Easy Rider” Wood Carving

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The medium doesn’t matter for artist Craig Smith. He shapes metal, carves wood and even sculpts pumpkins. His largest creation, the 22-foot-long and 10-foot-high “Metal Monster,” is on display at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT. Less massive but becoming well known among riders is …

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Do Harley-Davidson Owners Have Low IQs?

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com In a new study that shows the relationship between “Likes” on Facebook and intelligence, researchers at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. conclude in their findings that Harley-Davidson owners have low IQs. The study is headlined “Private traits and attributes are predictable from digital …

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Indian Powered by Thunder Stroke 111

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-com As promised, Indian introduced its new engine for upcoming models under the ownership of Polaris over the weekend at Daytona Bike Week. Dubbed the Thunder Stroke 111, the 111 cubic inch (1811cc) V-twin powerplant features a 49-degree angle and 9.5:1 compression ratio. It recreates the …

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New Comedy Show Mocks Motorcycle Culture

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com “Motorcycle” and “comedy” are words that aren’t often linked. Except for the movie “Wild Hogs” and the antics of Eric Von Zipper (played marvelously by Harvey Lembeck) in the beach movies of the 1960s, there isn’t much in the way of motorcycle comedy. Coming soon, …

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