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Blog Posts By Bart Madson

No Scooters Girls, Says Hamas

Thursday, October 8, 2009
No Scooters Girls, Says Hamas
Here’s something to file in your “what the…” file. Reuters reports that Hamas is banning women from riding scooters and motorcycles in the Gaza Strip. The ban is said to “protect community valu...
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Post Tags: hamas scooter ban, women scooter ban

And You Thought Pedrosa Was Boring

Thursday, October 1, 2009
And You Thought Pedrosa Was Boring
Okay, so maybe Dani Pedrosa does lack the flash of some in the GP paddock. You could rightly say that Valentino Rossi possesses more charisma in his little pinkie than the diminutive Spaniard, but ...
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Post Tags: dani pedrosa, motogp red bull air race

MotoGP Explained, Courtesy of Honda

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
MotoGP Explained, Courtesy of Honda
For the casual racing fan, the nuances of the MotoGP rules and regulations can mystify. Now readers can get an inside line on the GP scene thanks to the good folks at Honda (you meet the nicest peo...
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Post Tags: motogp rules, motogp honda

Have Rain Stick, Will Travel

Thursday, September 24, 2009
Have Rain Stick, Will Travel
It all started out innocently enough. On one of my first press intros as a fresh motojourno newbie, it rained. Then it rained on another. Then I got an amazing opportunity to attend the 2007 BMW Mo...
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Post Tags: motorcycle rain, riding in the rain

Remember the Giant Motorcycle Twins?

Friday, September 18, 2009
Remember the Giant Motorcycle Twins?
I think most young boys went through a phase where they paged through the Guiness Book of World Records every year. (Or maybe I was just a dorkier kid than I choose to remember…) Anyway, if you wer...
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Post Tags: McCrary Twins, McGuire Twins

That’s One Way to Finance a New Hog

Friday, September 11, 2009
That’s One Way to Finance a New Hog
Strolling the news feeds, we came across this interesting news bite. CBP Finds Cocaine in Motorcycle Gas Tank. Customs officials found 12 lbs of cocaine a rider was smuggling across the US/Mexican ...
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Post Tags: motorcycle finance, motorcycle credit

Spies Has Perfected the Art of Timing

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Spies Has Perfected the Art of Timing
Ben Spies has immense talent on the racetrack, of that there is no doubt. The young Texan has also proved wise in making career decisions: Ben Spies' career has numerous highlights already an...
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Post Tags: Ben Spies, Spies World Superbike

Rechtsfahrgebot for the USA

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Rechtsfahrgebot for the USA
Last week I drew driving duties for what we here in the Oregon HQ of Motorcycle USA like to call an “LA Run.” Being based out of Medford, Oregon, each and every editor is quite familiar with the te...
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Post Tags: Rechtsfahrgebot, Slow in Fast Lane

Dealing for a 2010 Honda Elite

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Dealing for a 2010 Honda Elite
Tomorrow I’m slated to test ride the new Honda Elite scooter during its American press launch in Los Angeles. The Elite model name has been in the worldwide Honda roster for a while, but re-enters ...
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Post Tags: Honda elite, Honda scooter

Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Giveaway

Friday, August 14, 2009
Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Giveaway
Viewers of Sons of Anarchy can win a free Harley-Davidson, with an SOA-inspired paint job. Viewers of the FX television show Sons of Anarchy are already amped up for the Season 2 debut, set for ...
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Post Tags: sons of anarchy, harley-davidson giveaway

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Mosaic

Thursday, August 13, 2009
Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Mosaic
Ah, the mosaic. Used to be they were known primarily as the decorative art of ancient Rome and Byzantium. Then some utter genius figured out how to take a number of smaller photos and generate larg...
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Post Tags: Harley-Davidson mosaic, h-d mosaic

Mladin Will Be Missed… By Some

Friday, August 7, 2009
Mladin Will Be Missed… By Some
Mat Mladin is a figure that elicits strong opinions from racing fans. And now that the most prolific Superbike racer in AMA history has announced his retirement – effective at the conclusion of thi...
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Post Tags: Mat Mladin, Mladin Retires

Grave Robbers Run Ran

Monday, August 3, 2009
The inaugural Grave Robbers Run concluded with all eight bikes limping across the 750-mile finish. The three-day event featured pre-1980, sub $1000 motorcycles motoring for three days across amazin...
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Grave Robbers Run and Exploding Llamas

Saturday, August 1, 2009
Grave Robbers Run and Exploding Llamas
The inaugural Grave Robbers Run completed its first day, with eight vintage bikes rolling thru 250 miles of mountain terrain from Boise to Salmon, Idaho. The route wound first from Boise to Stanley...
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Gearing Up for Grave Robbers Ride

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Gearing Up for Grave Robbers Ride
Motorcycle USA is gearing up for a unique rally this weekend – the inaugural Grave Robbers Ride. The premise is simple: ride old bikes a long ways. The planned route is a loop from Boise, Idaho, to...
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Post Tags: Grave Robbers Ride, Vintage Motorcycle Rally

Vectrix Electric Scooter in Dire Straits

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Vectrix Electric Scooter in Dire Straits
Vectrix was one of the most well known firms in the burgeoning electric two-wheeled realm, with interest in alternative energy and low-carbon transportation never more en vogue and celebrities like...
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Post Tags: Vectrix Scooter, Vectrix Bankruptcy

2010 Buell Blast First and Last Look?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
2010 Buell Blast First and Last Look?
Crushed pile of steel rubble: That sums up the Buell Blast for 2010, as Erik Buell has decided to demolish the poor little single-cylinder entry-level motorcycle. We’re guessing the 2010 Blast’s en...
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Post Tags: 2010 Buell Blast, Erik Buell Blast

Buell 1125R Ice Racer

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Buell 1125R Ice Racer
In case you missed it (like we somehow did), stunt rider Craig Jones took a wild spin on a Buell 1125R ice racer earlier this year. Jones rode a nitrous-injected 1125R up to 148.7 mph on the frozen...
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Post Tags: Buell 1125R Ice, Buell 1125CR Extreme

DMG Loads Straws on AMA Camel’s Back

Thursday, July 16, 2009
DMG Loads Straws on AMA Camel’s Back
When it comes to lambasting the DMG-controlled AMA Pro Road Racing series, at this point the operative cliché is: why beat a dead horse? But with the latest decision by DMG, to homologate the Buell...
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Post Tags: DMG 1125RR, DMG Buell

Prince William and Harry Plan New Ride

Monday, July 13, 2009
Americans either bristle or take a guilty pleasure reading news about the British royal family. But regardless of which camp they fall into, most riders know Princes William and Harry are themselve...
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Post Tags: Prince William, Prince Harry