|Topic Review (Newest First)|
|08-18-2015 03:35 PM|
|peterd10r||The world is your oyster young man!........smash it.....|
|08-18-2015 11:20 AM|
|nakedinseattle||sweet jesus man, cliff notes, tl;dr... name, placement, series, go!|
|08-17-2015 01:55 PM|
Originally Posted by harobikes167 View Post
|08-14-2015 10:54 AM|
|harobikes167||Hey man you do you. I have always been fascinated seeing other people who have "natural talent." People always tell me I pickup on things really quick so I know what it's like and appreciate seeing other people do the same. Good luck out there and keep us posted.|
|08-13-2015 04:16 PM|
Originally Posted by White Fang View Post
|08-13-2015 04:06 PM|
|White Fang||The thread has run its course. Now go race.|
|08-13-2015 03:12 PM|
|ZZRJo||It seems as though I've now managed to scare everyone else off...|
|08-13-2015 09:39 AM|
Originally Posted by NinjaLife View Post
|08-12-2015 05:52 PM|
Originally Posted by ZZRJo View Post
|08-12-2015 04:50 PM|
PHEW! That was a handful to read! I promise you did not scare me off and I really appreciate the angle that all of you are coming from. Yes, even you Fang. Especially you. It's a breath of fresh air to see people actually care about what I do and how I place.
To de-rail for a moment, the reason I haven't had an opportunity to check back is I moved apartments and Dahlia (my 10r) got a new garage all to herself.
Let me start off by apologizing a little. I'm a more well-known member on the ZX-6r forums with over 1,000 posts spanning the past few years. I've owned several (of varying models) ZX-6rs and have learned a ton from that community and given back as much as I possibly could. Any time I part a bike out, it goes to forums first. I've helped tons of users get bikes to working order with no more payment than a thank you and a shipping address. As I transition from a ZX-6r owner to a ZX-10r owner and racer, I hope to hold that same love and respect for this forum. Point being, when I posted this over there, they knew who I was already. I didn't have to explain, give a bio, or anything like that. I simply made my post and I got the thumbs up. I also would like to note that I have not posted this on any forums that I don't feel that I am involved in, or will be involved in. Not the Yamaha guy forums, not the Suzuki forums, etc. It wouldn't have been right. I should have added more to my initial post, being a new member, and that was my mistake.
Onto myself as a rider.
I've been riding for several years (street) and did most of it in Southern California. I had the opportunity to ride some amazing, iconic mountain roads and highways. A couple that come to mind are Highway 33 in Ojai California and Painted Caves Rd (literally under 5 minutes from my apartment) in the Santa Ynez mountain range outside of Santa Barbara, CA. While doing this I met some amazing people and made life-long friends. People with years and years more experience than I that taught me much of what I know today. Some names that come to mind are Jason Thompson (now at marketing for MotoAmerica), Rose Mary (ZX6r.com Admin and one of the best females to have around if you need to have a wrench turned), Dave Eckenrode, Mark and Colleen Longo (Mark, now a racer, and both coaches/staff for Let's Ride Track Days), the list goes on. What I mean to say is I've done what I can to soak up the knowledge and experiences of those around me and turn it into faster, safer riding for myself. I moved to Wisconsin just over two years ago and quickly found that the same off-track experience was virtually non-existent. I spent all of last year trying to make the most of it but was unsuccessful and, for the first time in several years, sold my bike without one to replace it. Mid-December last year I was incredibly fortunate and found myself on the receiving end of an amazing government IT contract. Great pay with stability. I've supported my mother for years, as well as myself, so finances haven't allowed me to hit the track. With that new contract, everything changed.
I purchased my ZX-10r (has been my dream bike since the Gen4 re-design in 2011) in April and promptly hit the track in early May. Yes, my very first track day was May 9th of this year. I quickly found that my canyon carving skills translated well and was in intermediate before noon on May 10th. The speed at which I was picking everything up, and my eagerness to learn and improve, led to racing being suggested. I signed up for Learning Curves Racing Clinic the following weekend and came out with a CCS and ASRA amateur license. Before the end of my next track day I was bumped (by the suggestion and request of a coach) to Advanced.
Fast Forward to July 18-19. I crashed out on a track day July 11th and did some damage to my throttle hand. When I crashed, the bike landed on the right half (pinky and ring finger) of my throttle hand. The doctors though I had shattered my knuckles but we were surprised to find, after many x-rays, no broken bones. I had (and still have) months of occupational therapy ahead of me and (for the first three weeks, but slowly going down as the days pass) a staggering amount of pain. I competed in two 7-lap sprint races on Saturday the 18th and placed near the back. On Sunday I had signed up for three more sprint races and a 25 minute 'endurance' race. The longer race was the first race of the day. I decided I would fight through the pain and ride as hard as my hand would let me. I did have limited mobility, so I couldn't get as far of the bike as I'd have liked to, but I worked through it. With limited mobility, riding on an injury, I was still able to walk away from the race with a podium finish after 19 grueling laps. My hand was fried but I continued to compete and placed 4, 6, 5, in the other three races of the day respectively. I should also mention that I did this on stock gearing with a stock ECU and no fuel mapper.
I've, since may, attended 11 track days and competed in six races. I will be prepping my bike tonight to get ready for two track days at Gingerman in South Haven, MI, at which I will be competing in CCS races in mid September. I have 9 races at two different tracks left in the season and 8 track days. I'm working very, very closely with Joe from Turn One Racing to get my lap times further and further down and to continue to watch my performance climb. I may be optimistic, but I plan to walk away with at least one first place finish before the end of the season.
On to the post that spawned such a lively debate
When I made the post here, it was less about increasing my following numbers (as the amount from any forum would be somewhat trivial; Likely a maximum of 50 which is a very, very hopeful number) and more about two things. Firstly, giving you all the opportunity to get free stuff. I'm personally investing in hundreds of Josiah Burke Racing (JBRacing) t-shirts, drawstring bags, sunglasses, etc to give away. I'm also using my own giveaways to give a proof of concept to larger companies and am pitching monthly large-item giveaways (think stands, levers, helmets, etc) sponsored by them. Let me make one point very clear: I currently, and for the near-term foreseeable future, make nothing from doing this. The money for things branded in my name comes out of my pocket and the free parts go to my followers, not to me. It is my hope that this turns into, eventually, more robust discounts and sponsorship offers but only time will tell. As fang said, although in a different way, big brands are not quick and ready to give handouts. They want results. It will take more than a few months for my brand and my concepts to prove an asset, but I'm in it for the long haul. Secondly, I did this as an (apparently shitty) introduction. Hahaha. Basically a "Hello, I exist. I'm a racer. Follow me to see what I'm up to."
Onto my validity as an Instagram page worth following (and sponsors worth investing in)
Working through larger pages, as well as some groundwork and research on Instagram's algorithms I've done myself, has led me to already have a following of over 3,600 users. I have a comparable likes per image number than most pages at 10,000 followers. I also gain comparable likes at most times of the day instead of during a single 'peak' hour. My posts are, almost always, at the top of #MotorcycleRacing, #KneeDown, #MotorcycleRiding, and more.
On to Current Sponsorships
With what I've proven so far, I already have an amazing team of sponsors and, having written a post like this, feel the need to thank them for believing in someone at all during their first year riding. These are my current, active, sponsors:
Well, that's about it. Let me know if you have any questions or want me to expand on anything. I'd be happy to make myself or my mission more clear.
Pardon any grammar or spelling errors. This took long enough to write that, against my better judgment, I will not be proofreading it.
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