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Blog Posts By Bart Madson

What is the World’s First Motorcycle?

Thursday, April 29, 2010
What is the World’s First Motorcycle?
Dutiful readers may recall recent news that the first production motorcycle was sold. Bonhams, the auction house, describes the 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller two-cylinder water-cooled design as ...
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Post Tags: world's first motorcycle, oldest motorcycle

Bridgestone BT-023 Japan Introduction

Friday, April 23, 2010
Bridgestone has invited MotorcycleUSA to the land of the rising sun. A magical land of bullet trains, smorking areas, and whiskey  vending machines. Smorking areas, bullet trains, whiskey ve...
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Post Tags: Bridgestone Japan, Bridgestone BT-023

MotoGP vs the Volcano

Monday, April 19, 2010
MotoGP vs the Volcano
MotoGP postponed this weekend’s Motegi GP, with the roving GP paddock crippled by the logistical travel nightmare caused by that pesky Icelandic volcano (2010 MotoGP Motegi Postponed). And forget a...
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Post Tags: MotoGP Motegi Cancelled, Iceland Volcano

Capirossi’s Golden GP Anniversary

Friday, April 16, 2010
Capirossi’s Golden GP Anniversary
Troy Lee Designs paint scheme for Capirossi's 300th GP included 24-carat gold sheeting. Loris Capirossi’s longevity in Grand Prix racing is a testament to his success, talent and competitive dri...
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Post Tags: Loris Capirossi 300th GP, Capirossi MotoGP

Honda EV-neo Scooter Video

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Honda EV-neo Scooter Video
A day after announcing plans to sell its EV-neo by December 2010, Honda released footage of its electric scooter in action. Click on the screenshot below to watch the video on Honda’s website. (Hon...
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Post Tags: Honda EV-neo video, Honda electric scooter video

Erik Buell’s Next Career? Musician

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Erik Buell’s Next Career? Musician
Erik Buell has had a memorable year. After his namesake company, Buell Motorcycles, celebrated its first major racing title in the 2009 Daytona SportBike championship, Buell watched the company he ...
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Post Tags: Erik Buell Music, Erik Buell Album

Sign Up for Fantasy GP Now!

Friday, April 9, 2010
Sign Up for Fantasy GP Now!
The Doctor and company start racing this weekend. Road racing season kicks into high gear with the MotoGP series on the gas at Qatar. The season is almost underway, but it’s not too late to get in ...
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Post Tags: MotoGP Fantasy Racing, fantasy GP

Schwarzenegger Rides Zero Motorcycle

Friday, March 26, 2010
Schwarzenegger Rides Zero Motorcycle
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in the motorcycle news, the California Governor meeting up with Zero Motorcycles CEO Gene Banman for a San Francisco press conference. Schwarzenegger used the opportun...
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Post Tags: arnold schwarzenegger, zero motorcycles

Riders Can Still Win ‘The Good Fight’

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Riders Can Still Win ‘The Good Fight’
Riders still have an opportunity to win a customized Honda CBR1000R gussied up by custom designer Roland Sands, and support a fantastic cause at the same time. Sign up for “The Good Fight” raffle d...
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Post Tags: pediatric brain tumor foundation, the good fight raffle

Motorcycle Riding and Untangling Minds

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Motorcycle Riding and Untangling Minds
There has to be a specific form of cabin fever related to offices. Face it, you can only abide the near silence of the workplace for so long, filled with its incessant keyboard rattling punctuated ...
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Post Tags: motorcycle riding, first ride of season

LIFE Magazine: Daytona 200 Circa 1948

Thursday, March 4, 2010
LIFE Magazine: Daytona 200 Circa 1948
The good folks at Time Inc sent us a line about a photo gallery its LIFE magazine issue documenting the 1948 Daytona 200. Make sure to check it out at: Life: Daytona Motorcycle Madness And you ...
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Post Tags: LIFE Magazine Daytona, 1948 Daytona 200

Passo dello Stelvio Memories

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Passo dello Stelvio Memories
I get paid to create content for you the reader to waste time on the Internet (always at home, never at work...) It’s sad to admit, perhaps, that when I’m done spending a day at the office attached...
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Post Tags: stelvio pass, passo dello stelvio

Superbike Fantasy Racing Begins This Week

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Superbike Fantasy Racing Begins This Week
Bummed because you lost on your Olympic ice dancing wagers? Who isn’t? The Canadians came out of nowhere on their home turf to best the Russians, with their twizzles and fancy footwork. Amazing rea...
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Post Tags: superbike fantasy racing, motorcycle fantasy racing

LeoVince Movie Night USGP Competition

Friday, February 19, 2010
LeoVince Movie Night USGP Competition
Motorcycle filmmakers can get a shot at some exposure, and a free ticket to the Laguna Seca Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, with the LeoVince Movie Night competition. Starting on February 15th, LeoVince ...
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Post Tags: LeoVince Movie Night, leovince competition

Troy Lee Designs on Olympics

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Troy Lee Designs on Olympics
Anyone else watching the Olympics? If so, maybe you caught the Women’s Snowboard Cross last night. It’s one of those sports only followed during the Olympics. Unless you’re a devout snowboarder, wh...
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Post Tags: troy lee olympics, lindsey jacobellis troy lee

Supercross Injuries Piling Up

Friday, February 12, 2010
Supercross Injuries Piling Up
Newsflash: Jumping 250-lb motorcycles through the air at high velocities can be hazardous to your health. Both Reed and Stewart are down and out in the 2010 Supercross title hunt thanks to inju...
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Post Tags: Supercross Injuries, SX Injuries

Supercross Breasts on Display

Thursday, February 11, 2010
Supercross Breasts on Display
Charitable breast displays. Those three words can conjure up so many different meanings… In this case, however, the breasts belong to Supercross announcers Erin Bates and Ashley Phillips, with the ...
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Post Tags: TLD breast cancer awareness, supercross go pink

Mladin’s Latest Twittering Gem

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Mladin’s Latest Twittering Gem
Fans of Mat Mladin will miss the imposing Aussie’s presence on the racetrack in 2010. On the plus side, the seven-time AMA Superbike champ has been providing plenty of off-season fodder via Mladin'...
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Post Tags: mladin twitter, mat mladin twittering

Disturbing New Driving Trend?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Disturbing New Driving Trend?
My first experience with Los Angeles traffic came five years ago. After about a week on the job, I made the 13-hour-plus drive from our Medford, Oregon HQ to LA for the first time. In a GMC van tow...
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Post Tags: reading while driving, distracted driving

4-Bike Cruiser Shootout Underway

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Do you need V-Twins with monstrous displacement powering nearly a half ton of weight to ride a “real” cruiser? MotoUSA rides four mid-displacement offerings to find out. Our V-Twin cruiser test r...
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Post Tags: cruiser shootout, entry-level cruisers