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Blog Posts By Bart Madson

First Annual VholdR POV Awards

Thursday, January 28, 2010
First Annual VholdR POV Awards
VholdR, the maker of compact POV video cameras, has had a big year with the release of their ContourHD camera line. Motorcycle USA has been using a ContourHD in recent months ourselves, and we can ...
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Post Tags: VholdR POV, VholdR Video Awards

Buy Keith Code's Motorcycle

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Buy Keith Code's Motorcycle
Trackday riding school guru Keith Code wants to sell you a bike, his bike! The California Superbike School is swapping its rental fleet from Kawasakis to the new BMW S1000RR. The Califo...
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Post Tags: California Superbike sales, Keith Code Superbike

No Such Thing as Paranoia When Riding

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
No Such Thing as Paranoia When Riding
A little old lady tried to kill me today. She looked quite sweet and nurturing in an old womanly way, reminding me a little of my grandmother. Nonetheless, she nearly killed me when we turned left ...
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Post Tags: motorcycle safety, motorcycle paranoia

MotoAdventureGal’s Pan-American Blog

Thursday, January 7, 2010
MotoAdventureGal’s Pan-American Blog
Alisa Clickenger, AKA MotoAdventureGal, is trekking down the Americas, all the way down. Equipped with a Suzuki DR650, Clickenger is riding across two continents to raise money for breast and ovari...
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Post Tags: MotoAdventureGal, Pan-American

Why Harley-Davidsons in India?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Why Harley-Davidsons in India?
Harley-Davidson has taken some hits in 2009, with diminished sales and job cuts. Not to mention the discontinuation of Buell and big operating losses with its financial services division. So why wo...
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Post Tags: Harley-Davidson India, H-D in India

Cyril Despres Readies for 2010 Dakar

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Cyril Despres Readies for 2010 Dakar
New Year approaches, which also means the Dakar Rally is about to begin. Stage 1 starts on January 2, and for those catching up, Dakar has gone through some significant changes. For starters (just ...
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Post Tags: cyril despres, ktm 2010 dakar

Geezer’s Garage Pilot

Monday, December 28, 2009
Geezer’s Garage Pilot
Motorcycle USA often gets story submissions, or reader requests for story ideas they’d like to see. But a recent email was a new animal altogether - the demo clip for a TV show pilot dub...
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Post Tags: Geezer’s Garage pilot, Geezer’s Garage show

Dr. Frazier’s Holiday Hello

Thursday, December 24, 2009
Dr. Frazier’s Holiday Hello
Forget Noble Firs and White Pines.... There's more than one way to decorate for the holidays. Unexpected surprises from our contributing travel editor, Dr. Gregory Frazier, are always a treat. T...
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Post Tags: dr. frazier holiday, south east asia christmas

Rossi, Spies & Stewart in Ghastly Sweaters

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Rossi, Spies & Stewart in Ghastly Sweaters
Ever wondered what the disembodied heads of Yamaha factory riders Valentino Rossi, Ben Spies and James Stewart would look like on ghastly Christmas sweaters? Happy holidays from those handsom...
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Post Tags: Yamaha christmas card, Yamaha xmas card

Motorcycle Riding Tree Hugger

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Motorcycle Riding Tree Hugger
In case you were wondering, in Motorcycle USA’s recent travel feature, Ghosts of the Oregon Coast, I’m the tree hugger. That’s right, I hugged a tree and ain’t ashamed that the entire known univers...
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Post Tags: motorcycle tree hugger, redwood highway

Motorcycle Poetry Blog

Monday, December 7, 2009
Motorcycle Poetry Blog
My grandmother was a published poet – cowboy poet, actually. So I have a sentimental sweet spot for rhymed verse, be it the off-colored limerick, sappy heroic couplet or eye-rolling free verse. So ...
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Post Tags: motorcycle poetry, motorcycle poets

Huh, Where’s the Speed Channel?

Thursday, December 3, 2009
Huh, Where’s the Speed Channel?
An interesting thing happened to me last night as I was flipping television channels. I couldn’t find any of them! Or at least some of them. One of the most notable absences was #28, the Spee...
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Post Tags: speed channel, speed channel missing

Yes, Virginia, There is a Cyber Monday

Monday, November 30, 2009
Yes, Virginia, There is a Cyber Monday
We’ve all heard of Black Friday - unless maybe you just now crawled out of the incredibly well-stocked bomb shelter dad sealed you in during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In which case, welcome to the ...
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Post Tags: Cyber Monday, Holiday Motorcycle Gear

Motorcycle Microlending Investments

Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Motorcycle Microlending Investments
Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude. It’s also, traditionally, a time to reach out and share our good fortune with others. Riders can share their bounty with fellow riders across the globe thanks t...
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Post Tags: microlending, motorcycle microlending

The Atomic Theory of Motorcycles

Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Atomic Theory of Motorcycles
The Atomic Theory of Motorcycles, the whole lock stock and barrel of it all, came to me in a revelation as I leaned against a wooden pier staring at a BMW K1300GT. I was pitched backward, completel...
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Post Tags: Atomic Theory Motorcycles, Third Policeman, Sergeant Pluck

KM/L to MPG-ing Ain’t Easy

Thursday, November 12, 2009
KM/L to MPG-ing Ain’t Easy
Mr. Hatterly would be proud. More than a decade ago my high school chemistry teacher dutifully attempted to teach me how to convert grams per liter to… I don’t know, feet per second. I don’t rememb...
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Post Tags: kml to mpg, km/l to mpg

Dunlop’s Ben Spies Rookie Interview

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Dunlop’s Ben Spies Rookie Interview
Ben Spies has had a banner year, claiming the 2009 World Superbike crown for Yamaha in his rookie season. Actually, Ben Spies has had a series of banner years, beating teammate and rival Mat Mladin...
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Post Tags: Ben Spies, Spies SBK

Multistrada 1200 Teaser from Ducati

Friday, October 30, 2009
Multistrada 1200 Teaser from Ducati
It’s been seen in spy shots, talked about all summer and primed for its debut at the upcoming EICMA Milan Show this November - the expected adventure touring mount from Ducati. Is it a bike to matc...
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Post Tags: ducati multistrada 1200, new ducati multistrada

2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 First Impressions

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 First Impressions
Kawasaki shook up the sport-touring class when it crammed the ZX-14’s monster motor into a tourer dubbed the Concours 14. And while the re-invigorated Connie delivered unquestioned high-performance...
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Post Tags: 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14, 2010 C14

Brammo Wants to Shock Barack

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Brammo Wants to Shock Barack
Our neighbors here in Southern Oregon, Brammo Motorsports, have been making a lot of news lately. First, by pushing an improved version of the electric Enertia powercycle into production and onto t...
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Post Tags: electric motorcycles, barack obama