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Blog Posts By Bart Madson

Watch AMA Flat Track Calistoga Action

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
A packed house watched the return of the AMA Flat Track Nationals to Northern California at the Calistoga Half Mile and Motorcycle USA was lucky enough to attend. Having ridden to the races up the ...
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Post Tags: AMA Flat Track Calistoga, Calistoga Flat Track Video

2010 MotoPod Electric Concept Study

Monday, August 9, 2010
2010 MotoPod Electric Concept Study
It’s always fun to see how enterprising designers rework the motorcycle concept. One New Zealand-based designer, Volex Style’s Paul Wilding, sent this design study dubbed the MotoPod. Wilding’s 201...
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Post Tags: MotoPod, electric motorcycle concept

Watch Crutchlow's WSB Silverstone Heroics

Friday, August 6, 2010
Watch Crutchlow's WSB Silverstone Heroics
Two wins, pole position and two fastest laps – it was a fine weekend at Silverstone for Sterilgarda Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow. Round 10 for the World Superbike rookie and reigning World Supersport...
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Post Tags: Cal Crutchlow, World Superbike Silverstone

Harley-Davidson in the Financial News

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Harley-Davidson in the Financial News
MSN’s The News Hub recently ran interesting spot on Harley-Davidson and The Motor Company’s second quarter results. I say interesting, because it’s refreshing sometimes to hear motorcycle news in t...
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Post Tags: Harley-Davidson Financials, MSN Harley-Davidson

Off to the Races - Calistoga

Saturday, July 31, 2010
Off to the Races - Calistoga
Motorcycle USA is off to the races, taking in the flat track national at Calistoga. It’s the first AMA Flat Track race in Northern California since the Sacramento Mile in 1999, so Kawasaki invited ...
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Post Tags: Calistoga Flat Track, Calistoga races

Sturgis’ Bizzare Music Festival

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Sturgis’ Bizzare Music Festival
Is it just me or did Sturgis get way more interesting this year? At least its musical lineup. There so much on tap, it’s difficult to fathom the amount and the variety. Bob Dylan’s playing St...
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Post Tags: Sturgis Concerts, Sturgis Music

Zero Motorcycles Demo at Laguna Seca

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Zero Motorcycles Demo at Laguna Seca
Ever wonder about those newfangled electric motorcycle critters? Interested fans at the Laguna Seca USGP can sate their curiosity with a demo ride on a Zero Motorcycle. Curious riders can toss ...
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Post Tags: Zero Motorcycles, Electric Motorcycle Laguna

Erik Buell on Pit Pass Radio

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Erik Buell on Pit Pass Radio
Motorcycle designer Erik Buell headlines the list of guests on tonight's episode of Pit Pass Radio. Since the demise of his namesake company late last year, Buell has continued to support his dream...
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Post Tags: Erik Buell, Pit Pass Radio

Rossi Brno Test Today to Gauge Return

Monday, July 12, 2010
Rossi Brno Test Today to Gauge Return
Yamaha has issued a press release announcing Valentino Rossi will run another test, this time at the Brno circuit. The Doctor will once again ride a Sterilgarda Yamaha-prepped World Superbike. Ross...
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Post Tags: Valentino Rossi Return, Rossi Brno Test

Why the Hurry for Valentino Rossi?

Thursday, July 8, 2010
Why the Hurry for Valentino Rossi?
Valentino Rossi surprised many when he took to the track at a recent test in Misano, with the reigning champ determined to beat an expected return date at the Czech GP in Brno by almost a full mont...
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Post Tags: Valentino Rossi, Rossi Returns

Ducati Vyper Spied Out and About?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Ducati Vyper Spied Out and About?
The Ducati Vyper has long been rumored, but now spy shots have surfaced regarding the supposed design. Posted first on www.motoblog.it, the curious looking Ducati sports the firm’s trellis frame an...
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Post Tags: Ducati Vyper, New Ducati Cruiser

Attacked Olympic Swimmer Hangs onto Vespa

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Attacked Olympic Swimmer Hangs onto Vespa
Decorated former Olympic swimmer Jenny Thompson survived a disturbing experience when thugs attempted to steal her Vespa scooter. Two men attacked Thompson, a 12-time Olympic medalist, while sh...
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Post Tags: Jenny Thompson, Olympic Vespa

Dungey and Fiolek Nominated for ESPY

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Dungey and Fiolek Nominated for ESPY
Two motocross stars, Ryan Dungey and Ashley Fiolek, are nominated for recognition at this year’s ESPY Awards. The duo will compete in the Best Action Sports Athlete categories, which are broken out...
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Post Tags: Ryan Dungey ESPY, Ashley Fiolek ESPY

Valentino Rossi Sends Word of His Recovery

Monday, June 28, 2010
Valentino Rossi Sends Word of His Recovery
Valentino Rossi sent word of his recovery as Yamaha releases a message from none other than The Doctor himself. The seven-time premier class World Champion sent the news from his home in Tavullia, ...
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Post Tags: Valentino Rossi Update, Valentino Rossi Injury

World’s Smallest Electric Bike

Friday, June 25, 2010
We get some interesting story leads here at MCUSA. This one showed up in the email with a simple YouTube link and a thank you. It’s the Moosshiqk, a 12 x 18-inch ‘bike’ hailed as the “world’s small...
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Post Tags: electric bike, electric motorcycle

OHV Pursuit of Happiness Showdown

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
OHV Pursuit of Happiness Showdown
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Those are the oft-cited “self-evident” truths and “unalienable Rights” in the US Declaration of Independence, rights that we as citizens are “endowed by ...
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Post Tags: OHV track controversy, OHV restrictions

In the Badlands, Mind the Stop Signs

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
In the Badlands, Mind the Stop Signs
Driving from Medford, Oregon to Salt Lake City, Utah there’s a lot of empty real estate. Those long stretches of barren desert are good for contemplation and eating up the miles fast, as the ...
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Post Tags: stop signs tickets, traffic stops

Guy Martin Isle of Man TT Video

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Guy Martin Isle of Man TT Video
Guy Martin is one of the more entertaining characters on the road racing scene. The Wilson Craig Honda rider stands out with his trademark muttonchops, and his frenetic energy. When we first saw Ma...
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Post Tags: Guy Martin Video, Guy Martin Isle of Man

Last of the Mohicans, Last of the Rossis

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Last of the Mohicans, Last of the Rossis
Valentino Rossi has charisma to spare. So if anyone can rock a Mohawk in MotoGP, it’s lovable Valentino, with his quirky, cartoonlike personality. The Doctor showed up to Mugello with his ‘hawk in ...
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Post Tags: Rossi Mohawk, Valentino Rossi Injury

Motorcycle Racing Recap June 5-6

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Motorcycle Racing Recap June 5-6
There was a lot of racing this past weekend, maybe too much to process in one sitting. Here’s a quick recap of the past weekend in nice chicken-nugget sized chunks – a gigantic 8-pack of processed ...
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Post Tags: motorcycle racing, racing recap