Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Music in Podcast?

I have received an email saying to "stop with the music", so I have added a poll to the web page for everyone to take. Just scroll down a bit and vote. I'll let it run for 7 days. Thanks....

Monday, January 30, 2006

Episode 6

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Intro: In the 6th episode of Roadracer Podcast, The Buell XBRR race bike, Racing in the rain and an interview with WERA racer Jimmy McDowell.

INTRO motorcycle/music:

(21 SECONDS MUSIC INTRO)here we go again, another episode of Roadracer Podcast, with music brought to you by the Podsafe Music Network. It’s Monday, a new week, lets get it started right with music from The Cool Waters, No use denying

MUSIC: The Cool Waters, No Use Denying, www.coolwatersband.com.


Welcome to the Sixth episode of Roadracer Podcast, I am your host John Bunce. A very exciting episode today. That was a few sound bites from Valentino Rossi from the DVD Faster, which is about Moto GP racing. My web site has a link to the movie thru Amazon to purchase, If you haven't seen it you are missing out.

Please send me voice messages on my Skype account. You can download Skype from a link on my web page, it’s free. My id for Skype is roadracerpodcast

There's survey on my site, please go and take the survey, its anonymous and I am trying to get some demographic info on the listeners.

Frapper map, go to the map and put in a pin

Book recommendation: Amazon sponsored book, motorcycle track day book, check out my web page for the link to the book. Here’s the description from Amazon...many people who want to ride on racetracks don't attend track days because they don't know how to prepare themselves or their motorcycles for the racetrack. This book will provide tell them everything they need to know to hit the racetrack: how to prepare their motorcycles, how to find organizations that sponsor track days, where to attend track days, information on track schools around the country, and much, much more.

I sent an email off to the book publisher for an interview request of the author, so we will see where that goes.

One of my co-workers Jeff found out that I podcast and now he's screwing with me. Not in a bad way but a good way. He gave me some feedback and he requests that I swear more.....so jeff...go fuck yourself...

For f1 news go to F1weekly.com, just as exciting as motorcycle racing to watch. We agreed to exchange promo's so here's there promo.


New motorcycle podcast group web page is up and running, www.motorcyclepodcastgroup.com, we have recorded a round table discussion and its going to be up and running soon with its own separate RSS feed. I put a link to the new motorcycle podcast group web page. But the best part is that we all have our separate links on that web page. We even have our own email address, MPG@motorcyclepodcastgroup.com. So if you want to send us an email, leave your comments, or show ideas, send us an email

Listener Email:

Email from Chris Medower, wants more on my race bike and what mods I have done, he has a 1997 gsxr 600, which is the same as my 1999. So I'm going to put together something for future shows. I'll talk about my Shock and fork springs, safety wiring, and race bodywork.

Alexey Zinger, put a pin in my frapper map and I sent him an email. So he wrote back and we are going to set up and interview. He's raced on the east and west coast, so I want to get some prospective on the track differences.

Buell Race bike:

Buell announced a new race bike for the Formula Extreme series in the AMA. They made 50 of them and are already sold out at over $30,000 each. Its powered by a 1340cc v-twin engine, making 150 horse power and 100 pounds of torque. Chain drive and you can chain sprockets. The initial shipment of the bikes is supposed to start in February.

This is a quote from there press release “the XBRR is poised to change the face of privateer racing with a professional-level, race-ready, production-based platform featuring top-shelf racing technology and typical Buell innovation.”


A 30 thousand privateer race bike? I don't know many privateer racers that can afford that price. Most spend about 50 thousand on a full year racing and thats over 3/5th of their whole budge for the race year, just on a bike, not counting parts and spares for crashes.

But its good to see a major manufacture with backing from Harley Davidson, who have a ton of money trying to compete with the Japanese.

Can it compete for 2006,in 2005 Honda took parts out of there FX bike for reliability, but can put back in if other manufactures try to compete. If the Buell can make the bike competitive for 2006 that would be great for the Xtreme series that was dominated by Honda in 2005. Buell also announced a Contingency program for 2006. For more information checkout roadracerpodcast.com for the links to the Buell race site.


2006 USGP Tickets.

2006 MotoGP Laguna Secca, tickets available for 2006 race. Steve Jones is selling tickets in the private luxury Trophy section. They aren't cheap about $1200 per seat. He's got extra seat because he bought a block of them for friends and some of them backed out so he is stuck with them. There's a link on my web site http://stevejones.cc/suite

Be sure to tell him that you heard it through Roadracer Podcast

Lets take a quick break and I'll be right back.
MPG Promo's Play promos from MotoGPod, Motocast and V-Twin Journal

Jimmy Mcdowell Interview:

Lets play my interview with WERA racer Jimmy McDowell.


Welcome back, lets get into wet weather riding.

Wet weather riding:

I want to talk about wet weather racing and riding. I found this great article in the British motorcycle magazine BIKE, which is the best selling British motorcycle magazine.

The test:
They took a GSXR 1000, with Michelin Road Pilot tires and put it through the paces on a closed course. They attached sensors to the bike and took measurements. They answered three questions and here are the results.

How hard can you brake in the wet?

For this test they tested braking in the dry from 164 mph in a straight line into a corner. In the dry the rider entered the corner at 68 mph, loosing 95 mph of speed in 400 meters.

In the wet the rider brakes from a top speed of 149 mph in the same 400 meters and sheds 93 mph to enter the corner at 55 mph.

He looses a similar amount of speed in the both conditions, but is actually braking slightly harder in the wet, at a lower speed.

Conclusion: They concluded that it is possible to brake as hard in the wet as you can in the dry, or more specifically you can achieve the same rate of deceleration in bot the wet and dry. During the test the rider was braking hard in the wet that he was lifting the rear tire. The harder you brake the more grip you have as the front suspension compresses, although you can reach the limit of braking faster in the wet and lock up the front tire. It is important to finish your braking while in a straight line and apply the brakes gradually. Trail braking should be avoided, unless you are an experienced rider.

How far can you lean in the wet?

For this test they looked at a double apex corner and the lean angles and speeds for each section.

In the dry the riders max speed and lean angle in the first apex was 34 degrees and 68 mph, in the second apex he is at 42 degrees and 44 mph.

In the wet the first corner was 22 degrees at 55 mph and the second apex was 32 degrees at 33 mph.

What does this mean? The angle in the wet was 10 to 12 degrees less than in the dry and equates to a 20 percent drop in speed.

How hard can you accelerate in the wet?

They tested exit speed from the corner that I talked about in the previous question.

In the dry he can exit the corner at 44 mph and reach a top speed of 92 mph in 127 meters. He goes from a maximum lean angle of 42 degrees to fully upright in approximately the same distance.

In the wet the rider goes from 32 degrees lean angle at 33 mph to a top speed of 80 mph in 140 meters, but gets the bike upright in 127 meters

Conclusion: If the conditions are right it is possible to accelerate as hard as the wet as you do in the dry. It means getting the bike upright as quickly as possible before giving it power.

Wet riding tips:

Feel for grip: try to be as sensitive as possible to whats the bike is doing.

Be super smooth: Keep it smooth, apply a little more rear brake as it helps suck the bike into the roadway. Don't put yourself in a position where you have to do anything quickly. Sweep the bike into the lean progressively, to fast and you find the limit quicker and will crash

Gearing: Don't not use a higher gear, use a lower gear. People tend to use a higher gear and there is a lag between the engine and rider inputs. You'll lean the bike over farther because you think you can do it safety. The bike will let go and you'll crash. Using a lower gear keeps you more connected to the track.

Harness Weight Transfer: Apply brake pressure slowly, so that the weight transfer is slower to the front wheel. Too much brake and you'll lock up the front wheel and crash. When exiting the corner, you have to weight for the weight to transfer from the front to the rear of the bike.

Don't be afraid of your brakes: Use both brakes, progressively, then release them prior to leaning into the turn. Brake when you are going straight, not when turning.

This article was written by Simon Hargreaves for BIKE magazine January 2006 edition.

Wrap Up:

Send me your emails to roadracerpodcast@gmail.com and your voice mails through Skype to my id of roadracerpodcast

In my next episode I have an interview with amateur racer Athena Detlefs

(15 SECONDS MUSIC INTRO)We are going to finish this episode off with another song from the Podsafe Music Network, Are U Buzzed by Ape House

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Motorcycle Podcast Group new web page!!

Here's our new logo for the Motorcycle Podcast Group. You can goto the new Motorcycle Podcast Group web page, www.motorcyclepodcastgroup.com, where you can click the links to the other podcasts, V-Twin Journal, MotoGPod, Motocast and of course Roadracer Podcast.

Also, you can leave me a voice message using Skype. Download it for free by clicking on the link on my web page and then give me a call. My Skype handle is "roadracerpodcast". I want to hear your feedback, and if its worthy, good or bad, I'll play it on the podcast.

A new show will be out by Thursday, February 2, 2006.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Up coming podcast....

First I want to apologize for the audio quality on episode 5. I tried a new way of recording the podcast using my iBook and my XP machine. I recorded the show live and used the iBook to play my audio files thru the mixer board. However, I had the settings on the mixer board wrong so the sound quality sucked. I will correct this for the upcoming show and try to be more conscientious.

Now, upcoming interviews....I did an interview with Athena Deflets, Jimmy McDowell and Aaron Lephart. I used Skype for the interviews so the sound quality will be much better. Athena is an amateur racer at Loudon; Jimmy is also an amateur racer from Alabama. Both had great stories and I hope to get them out within the next few weeks.

Today, I did an interview with Aaron Lephart, who is the head of Team Privateer at Lockhart Phillips. He had some good things to say about the program. It should be posted on the podcast mid February

Friday, January 20, 2006

Episode 5

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Welcome to the fifth episode of roadracer podcast, I’m your host john bunce. With music brought to you by the Podsafe Music Network. http://music.podshow.com. In this episode we have the second part of my interview with AMA racer Jessica Zalusky.

But First up….
The best way to get the podcast is to download thru Apple iTunes, which is a free program. It’s easy to download and install on either your Windows machine or your Mac. I put a link on the web site to download iTunes. http://www.apple.com/itunes/

We added a frapper map to the web page; so check out the web site and ad yourself to the map.

I spoke with the host of The Twisted Wrist, a podcast about motorcycles out of Toronto, Canada. He’s an up and coming motorcycle podcaster. You can subscribe to his podcast thru iTunes. I’ll put a link on my web site in the show notes. http://twistedwrist.blogspot.com/

I came across a Supermoto podcast from germany, which covers the German Supermoto championship. Its in german language only, however, I wrote to the host Christian Queens, telling him that I wished it was in English so that I could listen and understand. He wrote back and we talked about how he interviews Juergen Kuenzel, who races in the AMA Supermoto series, once he completes an AMA race he calls back to germany for the interview.
Here’s the link….. http://www.sm-podcast.de/

The AMA Supermoto is on Speed TV and I have been watching it, so be sure to set your Tivo or DVR.

Additionally, our loosely formed Motorcycle Podcast group, or MPG will have a web page soon. Prupert from Motocast is designing the web page and Bob Hayes from MotoGPod will be providing the space to park the page. That should be up and running soon.

As always, be sure to check out the other motorcycle podcasters, MotoGPod, Motocast and V-Twin Journal.
We have been holding conference calls about working out the details of the MPG, but it usually turns into a free for all about motorcycles. We are thinking about recording the conference call and posting it to the web as a RSS feed for downloading.

Suzuki News….
Maladin at Phillip Island in Australia for testing. (see www.roadracingworld.com)

Mladin and Corser were immediately the pacesetters and were putting down 1:34 laps within minutes of hitting the track. Both also entered the 1:33 bracket during the day with Corser on Pirellis unofficially the quickest at around 1:33.6 with Mladin a couple of 10ths from that mark on Dunlops.
Mladin's day ended early in the afternoon, however, after the Sydneysider had a high-speed tumble around the back of the circuit while on an out lap. The Yoshimura squad only had one of its 2005 bikes fitted with some 2006 kit parts for testing as the team's 2006 full factory bikes are still on their way from Japan to America. Thus this afternoon Mladin's pit crew went about the task of starting with a bare frame and building him another motorcycle out of bits salvaged from the crashed bike along with new parts where needed. Mladin scored some bruises and a gash in his arm that required a few stitches but expects to be fine to ride tomorrow.

ASMA Announces Ninja 650 Spec. Class, Other Changes for 2006 (as reported by www.roadracingworld.com)

The Arroyo Seco Motorcyclist Association (ASMA) has broken its year-long affiliation ties with the Championship Cup Series (CCS) and will again be an independent organization in 2006. Leading the list of changes for the 2006 season is the creation of a specification class based on the new Kawasaki Ninja 650R motorcycle. Modifications will be very limited, retaining even the stock exhaust system, to try and create a truly level playing field. The class will run two separate races at each race meeting, with second-race grids reversed from the first-race results.

About ASMA: ASMA is based out of Arroyo Seco Raceway, located near Deming, NM, serving a rider base from across New Mexico, as well as Arizona and Western Texas. For more information on racing with ASMA, full rules for the Ninja 650 Spec. class, or more information on the New Mexico State Championship, please visit www.ASMARacing.com, or contact Roger Heemsbergen at (505) 494-4794.

Viewer email:

I received and email from Darryl and Brandon Warren, a father and son roadracing team. Brandon is 14 years old and races in the USGPRU and CRMA. They have a web site, www.warren-racing.com, where you can check out more info about them. I am scheduling an interview with them in the future. And of course they are looking for sponsors for their racing. From the look of the web site, 14-year-old Brandon is an up and coming road racer.

Steven Schmidt also wrote and told me how he is going racing for the first time at Loudon in the LRRS series. Steven has a day job as a “brewmaster”, which is a cool job, as I do enjoy the beer…..I emailed Steven back as asked him to send me an email once he completes his first race.

Al Chrinian from oregan writes: he subscribes to my podcast and pipes it into his garage while he is working on his bike. Al has been street riding for 25 years and is breaking into track days for the first time. Al is buying a GS500 for the track days and says if he does well he is going to do some races.

Important Web sites
I recently remembered a web site, Speedbike Racing. On that site they have great info on racing and what to bring to the track when you go racing or for a track day. I put a link in the show notes, http://www.classicbikes.com/stuff-4-racetrack.html. There is a printable list of necessary item that you can get from the web site. I used it and it’s pretty complete list.

Tire Warmers

I recently found an old article from July 2001 from Roadracing World, titled “What I’ve learned about tire warmers” by Sam Fleming,
It’s a great article about tire warmers and some of their findings. What they did was request 10 sets of tire warmers from different manufactures, however they only received 2 sets of warmers from Chicken Hawk and Tyrsox. They conducted some testing on these two manufactures brands, they used infrared temperature sensors and a data-logging computer they then fitted them at various points on the test bike to measure the tire temperatures.

Here’s what they found:
Scary things:
Tracks with lots of turns in one direction, they said Talladega or Texas Speedway, it can take the opposite side of the tire three or more laps before it comes up to temperature.

Tires get hot in places on the track where you don’t think that it would, An example would be going into the turn rather then the exit. When you “back it in” and slide the tire it gets warmer then on the exit of the turn.
What else they learned was that is was a pain in the ass to put on and take of the warmers. You need two stands, electricity, and the warmers. Now if you are a one-man team you want to wait until the last possible second to remove the warmers before racing or practicing. So think about it, it’s hot; you’re fully dressed in leathers and helmet. The announcer makes the third and final call, so you rush and take the warmers off, remove the stands, jump on the bike and go out to the grid. But the article says, that you can push to get faster on warm tires then cold tires.

The article continued with stating that different tires work different ways, some are designed to work well when they are really hot, like qualifying tires that are super soft. And some tires are designed to work in cooler temperatures and some are designed to dissipate heat quickly.
They say that Novice riders, who are using tires that heat up quickly, but they are not at the front of the pack and don’t care if they are at the front, probably don’t need warmers because they wont improve you results. But if you are fast racer and want to be able to keep up with the fast guys, you need warmers.

The brands of tire warmers:

Tyrsox: This is a quote from the article “The Tyrsox are built using a two-piece design. They have a thin flexible heating element which is installed on the tire using strings and fasteners similar to those found on sleeping bag stuff sacks. There are also a couple pieces of Velcro to temporarily attach the warmer while spinning the wheel to wrap the warmer completely around the tire. Then you install synthetic fleece booties over the warmer to insulate the whole rim and tire assembly.”
Chickenhawk: Quoted “The Chicken Hawks are a one-piece design. The heating element and the insulation are a single piece with an elastic cord on either bead which snugs the warmer up against the tire. Because the heating element and the insulation are a single piece, the Chicken Hawks are significantly more bulky to install than the Tyrsox.”

Now the article is pretty log so I want everyone to got the web site and click on the link to the article.

The tire warmers should be put on the bike approximately 1 hour before riding on a cold day and 45 minutes on a warm to hot day. When you come off the track, your tires should be cooled slowly, if you are not going out with in the hour, just put the warmers back on the bike but do not plug them in. Tires last longer if they have a slow cooling process.

Weaving does not heat the tires faster:

There was another article that I located from the Roadracing World archives from February 2000, titled “Weaving makes good for collisions” by Dave Swartz http://venus.13x.com/roadracingworld/issues/feb00/weave.htm

Now what they did was do testing on weaving to see if they could get any temperature rise into the tire while weaving. What their conclusion was that it does not make any difference when you weave. They said in the article that your tires get hotter faster if you just go out and push hard on the first lap before you get back to the grid for the start of the race.

Additionally, if you do not have warmers, it best to let the bike sit in the sun to warm the tires. The tires can have a 10-20 degree difference if the bike is sitting under a canopy or inside the garage area. But the most effective way to warm your tires is to put the bike in the sun and use tire warmers at the same time.

To read the article, go to roadracerpodcast.com for the show notes and the links to the two articles that I just talked about.

Yamaha R1-LE
I wanted to touch on Yamaha’s new 2006 R1-LE. It’s a R1 with special high-end parts, like Ohlin’s forks and shocks, and Marchesini wheels; a back torque limited clutch, i.e. slipper clutch and more horsepower. A stock R1 costs about 11 grand, compared to a LE, which are about 18 grand.

There are rules in the AMA, which are called Homologation, which states that a certain number of bikes have to be built to qualify to race in a certain class. Now in MotoGP, they have no such rules when it comes to this, they build a few specialty bikes just to race and are not available for sale to the general public.

Now what Yamaha did was build 500 of these “special edition” bikes. Yamaha representatives state that they did not build this bike to compete in the Superstock but because certain enthusiasts want a hyper R1. And that it just happens to fall within the AMA rules for superstock…..I got a bridge to sell you.

The Superstock series is for manufactures to showcase their bikes with minimal modifications provided for in the rules. It supposed to be an equal playing field. Oh, Yamaha is playing buy the rules, they made the 500 bikes, but it smells……

So think about it, you are a racer who doesn’t have 18 grand for a R1 LE. You buy the regular one, add a shock and re-work the forks with internals only, and other things to get the bike within the rules for superstock. However, Yamaha is providing AMA racer Jason DiSalvo and Eric Bostrom with R1 LE’s, they have the full on bikes.

Now can the other racers with regular R1’s convert them to R1 LE specifications, like buying Marchesini wheels and full Ohlins front forks and get that extra horsepower…..the answer is no.

Yamaha has gotten around the rules and is what I think providing “superbike” like supersport bikes to there team. DiSalvo was already riding at “superbike” times on his supersport spec bike from 2005 season.
Yamaha is not competing in the Superbike series, while all the other manufactures have stepped up and have teams racing. Yamaha is stacking the cards in there favor for the Superstock series by introducing these R1 LE bikes into Superstock. If they are so confident in their regular 2006 R1’s for everyone else to race, they should make DiSalvo and Bostrom ride them.


Ok, lets take a quick song break and play some music from the Podsafe music network, its called Sweet Tequila by Brian Buckit.......
Part 2 of Jessica Zaluski Interview
Ok, I want to continue with the second part of my interview with Jessica Zaluski. Before we get started with that, a quick break……COMMERCIAL
Ok we are back. Lets get started with the second part of my Jessica Zalusky interview. We'll start it off with jessicas answer to my question about how she got sponsorship to race...

Wrap Up:
Be sure to check out the web site, www.roadracerpodcast.com
Keep those emails coming, roadracerpodcast@gmail.com
In the next episode, I’ll have an interview with Privateer Racer Jimmy McDowell and riding in the rain
Lets finish up today with another song from the Podsafe network, titled 143, by Stingray...and I’ll See you at the track……..

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Promo Episode 5

In the next episode of Roadracer Podcast, I talk about tire warmers, the limited edition Yamaha R1, is it bad for racing? Your emails, also, the second part of my interview with AMA racer Jessica Zalusky. I'm your host John Bunce, that and more on the next episode of Roadracer Podcast.

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Episode 4, an Interview with AMA racer Jessica Zalusky

Listen Here: Roadracer Podcast Episode 4


The Podcast has been doing well, with over 500 subscribers and I want to thank everyone for getting the word out. We have been doing some cross marketing with other motorcycle Podcast and we will be exchanging promos to be inserted in our Podcast.

We also formed a loose organization called Motorcycle Podcast Group or MPG. We hope to get a web page up and running soon, but for now if you need links to the other motorcycle Podcaster’s just got roadracerpodcast.com and you’ll see the links to their pages.

I did the my interview with AMA racer Jessica Zalusky, www.roadracinggirl.com. She was gracious and very friendly. I want to apologize for the sound quality of the interview. I tried to pipe the phone through the mixer so I could have a ‘Radio voice” while we talked, but I couldn’t get it to work so I just recorded the interview over the phone. I broke the interview into two parts, with the first part in this episode. But before I get started, some news:

• The CMRA, Central Motorcycle Racing Association has announced a revised schedule for the 2006 season. They canceled the season opener at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, Louisiana, due to the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and the lack of hotel and visitor accommodations associated with the rebuilding efforts. For more information go to CMRA’s web page at www.cmraracing.com
• Speed TV is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a “top ten motor sports moments”, see article here . Coming in at #2 was Nicky Hayden with at the US Grand Prix in July 2005 and at #7 was Kenny Roberts Jr. world championship 500cc win in 2000. What I was pleased to see was there was mention of NASCAR racing although there was a mention of the NASCAR truck series coming it at #3 on the top 10 when SPEED TV aired for the first time the NASCAR race of the truck series where the photo finish of the winners was separated by 27 thousands of a second.
• I recently came across the USGPRU.net web site. It’s a series for 125 and 250 cc racers. I requested an interview with Stewart Aitken-Cade, the president of USGPRU to get some more info. For the 2005 season, racer Garrett Carter won the 125 and 250 cc championship.
• Penguin Racing school has announced its 2006 schedule for race schools and track days. I have attended three schools with them and it’s a great bunch of people there run by Jerry Wood, who started the school in the 70’s and is the oldest motorcycle racing school in the country. www.penguinracing.com
NESBA, the northeast sport bike association, is holding a membership drive for 2006. NESBA hold track days and rider training programs at various tracks in the northeast. A NESBA membership has a ton of benefits including crash insurance, rain insurance, and dealer and sponsorship discounts. I requested an interview with NESBA and I’ll try to get more info on them.

I checked the major AMA teams web sites for some news but nothing from any of them. But that’s not the purpose of the Podcast, it’s about amateur racers, so if you know of some amateur racers or have some great news that you want to get out send me an email. You don’t have to be a winner or a champion, I want to hear about the amateur guys who just love racing and want to tell their story.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

AMA Professional Roadracer Jessica Zalusky

Coming up on the next episode of Roadracer Podcast an interview with Jessica Zalusky. She’s professional motorcycle roadracer with Kawasaki Team Green. I am your host John Bunce and I spend some time asking Jessica all about her motorcycle Roadracing adventures. Check out Jessica’s web site www.roadracinggirl.com for more information about Jessica and be sure to listen to the next episode of Roadracer Podcast. Listen to the Promo here

Monday, January 02, 2006

April 2005 Turn 10 Loudon,NH

It rained so hard this weekend. I was supposed to race in this event, but i pulled in because I was on street tires. It was slippery, so I climbed up ontop of my friends camper and took a bunch of pictures.

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