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Blog Posts By Bart Madson

Buell’s Missed Daytona 200 Chance

Friday, March 13, 2009
It seemed so perfect didn’t it? Erik Buell, the man whose single-minded pursuit of the great American sportbike has lasted over 25 years, was poised to see his latest incarnation, the Buell 1125R, ...
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Post Tags: buell daytona 200, buell daytona race

MotoGP Grid Still the Best in Racing

Thursday, February 26, 2009
World Superbike gets underway this weekend at Phillip Island, and racing fans, including myself, eagerly anticipate the new season. Will American Ben Spies be immediately competitive? Will Haga dom...
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Post Tags: motogp grid, motogp 2009

Stoner MotoGP Season in Jeopardy?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Fox Sports Australia reports Casey Stoner’s 2009 season in jeopardy. The 2007 MotoGP champion and 2008 runner-up is not recovering well from an off-season wrist surgery. Casey Stoner topped t...
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Post Tags: casey stoner injury, stoner motogp

Motorcycle Laws Hurt and Help Sales

Monday, February 16, 2009
The motorcycle news of late has taken a definite legal/political bent. There are plenty of issues to talk about, like the recent Florida Supreme Court Ruling on ATVs or the mammoth Omnibus land use...
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Post Tags: motorcycle laws, lead restrictions

Peer Pressure and Motorcycle Sound

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
In a recent press release, AMA Outlines Position on Sound Regulations, AMA CEO Rob Dingman correctly identifies the biggest threat to the future of motorcycling as loud exhausts. The AMA suppor...
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Post Tags: ama sound, motorcycle sound regulation, motorcycle legal threats

MotoGP Teams Face Horrors of Economy Class

Friday, February 6, 2009
Economic woes. Motorcycle sales down. Plant shutdowns and layoffs. Manufacturers cutting back racing support… Don’t you hate it when the media gets stuck on the same downer story? Wouldn’t it b...
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Post Tags: motogp travel, motogp teams

AMA Pro Road Racing Roster Filling In

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The roster for AMA Superbike, excuse me, AMA Pro Road Racing is starting to come into focus. After a turbulent off-season, rife with spats between the new Daytona Motorsports Group ownership and th...
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Post Tags: ama road racing, ama superbike roster

Obama EPA Emissions in the News

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
It is expected that the new Obama administration will make some big changes to the EPA. Well, actually, not so much make big changes as change the big changes of the previous administration… So...
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Post Tags: motorcycle emissions, obama epa emissions

James Stewart’s Motorcycle Racing Legacy

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The times, they are a changing. It’s an old cliché, but a fitting one right now as the United States inaugurates its first black president in Barack Obama. Wisdom advises sticking to another cliché...
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Post Tags: james stewart, motorcross racing, supercross racing

World Superbike Eclipsing MotoGP?

Thursday, January 15, 2009
“MotoGP, why can’t you be more like World Superbike! They don’t have trouble filling up their grid.” You can almost see the younger World Superbike sticking out its tongue and making taunting f...
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Post Tags: world superbike grid, motogp troubles

Pilot Fakes Death, Makes Motorcycle Escape

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
It’s burning up the internet news right now: The pilot who attempted to fake his own death by intentionally crashing his plane, parachuting to safety and making his escape on a motorcycle he had st...
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Post Tags: motorcycle news, pilot fakes death

The Grapes of Wrath Meets MotoGP

Friday, January 9, 2009
Grand Prix racing is falling on hard times Kawasaki Officially Suspends MotoGP Effort MotoGP Alice Out, Canepa to Onde 2000 But how bad can it get? Could it get Grapes of Wrath bad… (cue co...
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Post Tags: motogp grid, motogp problems

AMA Motorcycle Racing Points Don’t Add Up

Wednesday, January 7, 2009
A long-standing pet peeve in American motorcycle racing is the irritating AMA points systems. The worst case is, of course, the AMA Superbike series. (Or at least that’s what it used to be called…)...
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Post Tags: ama roadracing, ama superbike, ama points

Maddison, Knievel, Motorcycles and ESPN

Friday, January 2, 2009
Maddison's New Year's stunt delivered genuine excitement when it aired on ESPN. This is a tale of two jumps, two Robbies and two networks. Maybe other motorcycle fans with relate similar New Yea...
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Post Tags: Robbie Maddison, Red Bull Las Vegas, New Year's

NYC Motorcycle Sound Devil’s Advocate

Tuesday, December 23, 2008
New York City is requiring motorcycles to ride with EPA-approved exhaust systems. What a draconian measure! Fascist liberal elites! Oh, the humanity! Hold on. Wait a second. At the risk of gett...
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Post Tags: NYC Motorcycles, Motorcycle Sound Rules

Brad Pitt on Motorcycle & Industry Bailout

Friday, December 19, 2008
It’s no secret that Brad Pitt loves motorcycles. He is one in a long list of celebrity riders that stretches back to the beginnings of film and motorcycles themselves. Now it appears Pitt is gettin...
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Post Tags: brad pitt, hollywood motorcycles

Vegas Motorcycle New Year

Thursday, December 18, 2008
This New Year’s Las Vegas celebrations feature Robbie Kneivel jumping over the Mirage Volcano and Robbie Maddison jumping on top of the Paris Casino’s 96-foot-high Arc de Triomphe. All these high-p...
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Post Tags: las vegas motorcycles, vegas new year's

Honda Exiting Grand Prix?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The auto industry is hurting. It seems in recent months we hear nothing else in the news. While the American Big Three grovel in Congress and teeter on the verge of bankruptcy, worldwide economic d...
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Post Tags: honda racing, honda motogp

Get Your Tariff On

Friday, December 12, 2008
Tariffs have been a part of American politics since the beginning. After rebellion from Great Britain, a tariff on imports provided revenue for a fledgling nation that was in deep dept. In the inte...
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Post Tags: motorcycle tariff, US Euro motorcycle dispute

Practicing What Your Bumpersticker Preaches

Monday, December 8, 2008
True story. I was on my way to work this morning, when I noticed the car in front of me was swerving over the lines. An 8 a.m. drunk maybe? I kept my distance but then I noticed the fellow had a "S...
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Post Tags: riding stories