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Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Bashing away at the MotoUSA keyboard for nine years now, Madson lends his scribbling and editorial input on everything from bike reviews to industry analysis and motorcycle racing reports.

Harley-Davidson Museum & Factory Tour

Friday, February 22, 2013
Motorcycle USA tags along for a behind-the-scenes tour of Harley-Davidson's Wisconsin operations - including a visit to the H-D Museum, Pilgrim Road factory and exclusive R&D facility.

Harley-Davidson Pilgrim Road Steel Toe Tour

Friday, February 22, 2013
Follow along as Motorcycle USA visits Harley-Davidson's engine production facilities on the Pilgrim Road Steel Toe Tour.

H-D R&D Product Development Center

Friday, February 22, 2013
Harley-Davidson provides a brief peek behind the curtain at its secretive R&D Product Development Center.

2013 World SBK Televised on beIN SPORT

Friday, February 22, 2013
The 2013 World Superbike series shifts from SPEED to beIN SPORT, with fans now able to watch races streamed live on www.beinsport.tv.

2013 BMW R1200GS Priced at $15,800

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
BMW announces surprising prices for its much-anticipated 2013 R1200GS – with the base $15,800 MSRP $350 less than its predecessor.

Pierer on Husqvarna & KTM 390 Duke Plans

Monday, February 11, 2013
KTM CEO Stefan Pierer confirms the Duke 390 for the U.S. market and initial plans for the newly acquired Husqvarna brand.

Honda Reveals CTX700 Models for 2014

Friday, February 8, 2013
Honda reveals its new 2014 CTX model line, with the CTX700 and CTX700N sourcing the 670cc Parallel Twin and featuring Honda's optional Dual Clutch Transmission.

2012 US Motorcycle Sales Tally 452,386

Monday, February 4, 2013
The Motorcycle Industry Council reports 452,386 motorcycles sold for 2012 from its reporting brands, up 2.6% from the previous calendar year.

2013 BMW R1200GS First Ride

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Redesigned from top to bottom, the 2013 BMW R1200GS takes a great bike and makes it even better. We flew to South Africa to get our hands on the Beemer for some GS adventuring.

Fiscal Cliff Resolution Extends EV Credit

Friday, January 4, 2013
Tax hikes and spending cuts dominated the Fiscal Cliff debate, but the resolution reached by lawmakers also extended a tax credit for electric motorcycles.

Vega Recalls 30,000 XTS Helmets

Monday, December 31, 2012
Vega Helmets will recall more than 30,000 of its XTS half helmet for not meeting national safety standards.

Schwantz School Trims 2013 Schedule

Friday, December 28, 2012
Former Grand Prix champion Kevin Schwantz will be scaling back his 2013 racing school plans to one, or possibly two, rounds, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

KTM 690 Duke Returns to U.S. for 2013

Friday, December 7, 2012
KTM North America debuted its 2013 street bike lineup at the Long Beach IMS, with the 690 Duke returning to the lineup, alongside the 990 Adventure Baja.

Toseland Tosses Hat into 400 mph Ring

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Former World Superbike star James Toseland joins Rocky Robinson, Chris Carr and Sam Wheeler in the chases to 400 mph – announcing via Twitter his land speed racing plans.

GAO Says Motorcycle Crashes Cost $16 Billion

Friday, November 30, 2012
A report from the Government Accountability Office reckons the costs of motorcycle crashes in 2010 totaled $16 billion.

2013 Yamaha FJR1300A First Ride

Friday, November 16, 2012
Motorcycle USA reacquaints itself with a familiar favorite, riding the revamped Yamaha FJR1300 sport-tourer in Northern California.

Aprilia Caponord 1200 First Look

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Borrowing heavily from its Dorsoduro, Aprilia conjures up another entry for the Adventure-Touring market with its new Caponord 1200.

2012 EICMA Milan Bike Show

Thursday, November 15, 2012
The EICMA bike show in Milan showcases the new motorcycle entries from Europe, most expected and a few surprises… get up to speed on Motorcycle USA.

MV Agusta Rivale 800 First Look

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The EICMA show in Milan reveals a new aggressively styled entry from MV Agusta with the Rivale 800 which shares the Inline Triple of the all-new Brutale 800.

Entry-Level Suzuki GW250 Joins 2013 Lineup

Monday, November 12, 2012
The entry-level bike market in the U.S. continues to grow, with Suzuki announcing the 249cc GW250 standard will join its 2013 model lineup.