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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.

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.

Suzuki Ditches Cars for Bikes in US Market

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Suzuki’s American subsidiary will file Chapter 11 bankruptcy as the Japanese manufacturer discontinues its auto sales in the U.S. market to refocus on its motorcycle and powersports business in the States.

2012 Q3 Motorcycles Sales Stabilize Market

Monday, November 5, 2012
The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) reports motorcycle sales holding steady through Q3, with a slight 1.3% increase in year-over-year motorcycle sales.

2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 First Look

Friday, November 2, 2012
MV Agusta expands its Brutale naked lineup to five models with the introduction of the all-new MV Agusta Brutale 800.

2012 MV Agusta Brutale 1090 R & RR Review

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
MotoUSA has a brief summer fling with high-performance two-wheeled Italian exotica from MV Agusta, sampling the 2012 Brutale 1090 R and RR.

2012 Kawasaki KLR650 Project Part 3

Friday, October 19, 2012
The 2012 Kawasaki KLR650 Project continues with performance upgrades, as MotoUSA samples the LeoVince X3 slip-on and components from Progressive Suspension.

COTA Texas MotoGP Round Set for April 2013

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Still mired in legal dispute, the Texas MotoGP event at Circuit of the Americas has been set for April 19-21.

2013 BMW R1200GS First Look

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
BMW updates the most prolific seller in company history, giving the R1200GS a long-awaited redesign – featuring the anticipated switch to a liquid-cooled Boxer engine.

2013 Triumph Street Triple R First Look

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Triumph reveals its 2013 Street Triple R streetfighter at INTERMOT – featuring lighter chassis and revamped styling.

Honda Signs Joint Venture in Bangladesh

Friday, September 28, 2012
Honda Motor Co. has signed a joint venture agreement to establish a motorcycle subsidiary in Bangladesh.

RK Chain Failures Prompt NC700X Recall

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Honda has issued a recall for its new NC700X because of issues to the drive chain.

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 First Ride

Monday, September 24, 2012
Kawasaki responds to its entry-level sportbike challenge from Honda and Motorcycle USA takes the new Ninja 300 for a first ride evaluation.