Friday, March 29, 2019

Round 2 asbk at Wakefield Park

Back at Wakefield Park again for Round 2 of the asbk Championship and it certainly was anything but ordinary! Big crashes, bikes flying over walls...and that was just in the practice sessions!

More on that later...We arrived at Wakefield on Thursday March 21 and set up our pit, squeezed in all nice and cozy with the NextGen BMW Team. As we were gearing up for the weekend's sessions, we noticed that there were some very unusual suspension combinations being used by the other big name teams. It looked like some quite heavy springs were being used and the geometry of bike chassis were set very high in a few cases...most likely due to the asbk spec Pirelli tyres.

The line-up to get our bikes checked over by the scrutineers.

At Scrutineering

A day of set up

Getting ready for action

Speaking of tyres and bike set-ups, we now have a second bike coming on stream. This will give us the opportunity to test different setups during practice sessions…it also gives us a bit of leeway with the weather should the rain setup be needed at the last minute.

The new Pirelli homoligated tyres are very different in the way they are manufactured now and that has caused a few headaches with the set up. Where we were able to trust a certain attitude in the old tyres, they’re behaving quite different to what we’d expect now, leaving us to try and find a new setup protocol.

Sloan was on fire during the practice sessions but the uncertainty of the new tyres led to a few changes which cost us a few positions in qualifying. Coming from midfield in race 1 he managed to pick up 5 positions and was catching the group ahead for a 12th at a very solid race pace. Race 2 saw him repeat his advancement but the race was red flagged due to Lochie Epis high-siding as he exited turn 2…the same turn Aiden Wagner came unstuck in the first practice session.

Ted Collins managed to go unscathed after a massive crash in the 2nd practice session on Friday saw his NextGen BMW go flying like a rocket over the wall at turn 10…arriving in a cloud of dust and unceremoniously planting itself in the middle of pit lane. While bemused and concerned race marshals and onlookers alike were taken by surprise, Ted was seen scrambling over the concrete wall to safety. The NextGen boys had their work cut out for them that night trying to get Ted’s bike ride-able for the next day’s sessions.

Ted's bike launching over the barrier at turn 10 in Practice Session 2

Aiden Wagner's bust up in Practice Session 1

Aiden's bike post crash. Taking a soil sample, perhaps?

We are certainly glad to see these tops riders walk away from their crashes with only minor injuries. Although this is a dangerous sport and we are all competing against one another, we don't like seeing our comrades get hurt.

The bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup bikes take up an entire shed! So cool to see these kids get out there and race.

Our trips are never without shenanigans and there were plenty on this trip too. As some may know, there is a landmark in Goulburn NSW known as The Big Merino. It's a larger than life sized (15.2 metres tall) concrete sheep at the corner of Hume and Sowerby Streets. We HAD to get a photo of Sloan with it...seeing as he's a kiwi and they're known for their affinity with sheep and all.

Anyway...long story short, this image of Sloan Frost posing suspiciously with said sheep and it's massive testicles goes viral as we end up comedic fodder for the renowned Facebook group, DEAR ASBK...thanks Boris! lol

Security cameras at Goulburn have caught former NZ Superbike champion and ASBK's finest mid-fielder, Sloan M Frost from Sloan Frost Motorsport, performing a bizarre Kiwi ritual on the concrete scrotum of a giant Merino statue the day before the second round of the ASBK series.

"Give me your choice power-juice, O Great God Sheep!" he was heard to be yelling, as pensioners scattered in fright and police sirens could be heard in the background.

It is not clear at this stage just how much "choice power-juice" Mr Frost managed to siphon from the testicles of the statue, but it's possible the Goulburn LAC has Tasered a lot of it out of him and returned it to the big scrotum.

Senior Constable Stree Kibacon said: "Yeah, that kinda stuff just can't be happening in a place where old people come to eat their custard pies and put petrol in their Hyundais. It's just not on."

Sloan and his new partner in crime!

Stay with us for our next blog as we turn our new Suzuki GSXR 1000 into a second race bike for Sloan Frost.

Monday, March 18, 2019

New custom Cafe Racer Project for the missus!

Basket Case in someone's garage...ready to restore to it's 1997 Honda CB360 goodness!
Soooo she said she wanted a 'project'...well here it is! It's got all the makings of a sexy little cafe racer, now lets see what we can make of it.

Sure, it's not much to look at now but with a bit of expertise from The Bike Whisperer and Lori's willingness to get her hands dirty & her sense of style, we have no doubt this little bundle of bits & bolts will transform into something pretty special.

She wants black so these will need powder coating

The motor has apparently been rebuilt so we'll have to go over it and make sure it's all in working order, then pretty it up.

Her inspiration!

We'll keep you guys posted on the progress!

Wakefield Park asbk test March 13 2019

Sloan Frost puts in consistent laps at Wakefield Park asbk test
As many might not have known, there was a private test day at Wakefield Park NSW in preparation for the upcoming asbk Round 2.

It was a quiet and informal affair but a great way to get out and just burn up laps. There were no 'sessions' as such, just a constant stream of riders coming on and off the track at will, lending itself for a day of good practice, testing and fine tuning.

Sloan Frost was consistently quick and confident and it showed in his riding style. I personally hadn't had a chance to see him ride like that since previous track sessions didn't give us a clear view of  his technique. However, Wakefield Park, and the relaxed nature of this private session, meant we got a front row seat just metres from turn 10 and front & centre of the a pretty good but distant view of turns 6 through 9.

The weather was cool and steady throughout the day, starting off with a cold and slippery track with some debris and only warming slightly for a consistent riding temp throughout the day. No major changes were made to the bike, only minor adjustments to the chassis and some tweaking here and there.

Sloan road fast and clean, setting up for a successful race for this upcoming asbk Round 2!

Plenty of debris on a cold track made for some slippery riding but we got plenty of consistently quick laps in.

Best view of this corner was only metres away

No hustle & bustle today, just a quiet & productive day

Best view in the house

A good day to fine-tune

Heading out for more laps

Bit of sport!
 Stay tuned as we bring you the highlights from next week's asbk Round 2 at Wakefield Park!

Monday, March 4, 2019

More fun with Photoshop

Our race team members have to have cool pics too!
Here's one of Kevin Pelgrave. This shot was originally one we'd taken after turn 2 just before the bridge at Morgan Park Raceway.

The finished product

The original image
Now we need one of Sloan Frost!

Fun with Photoshop!

The missus loves a bit of 'Photoshop porn' ;)


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Round 1 Phillip Island World/AusSBK

Ok, so those of you that know us or have been following us on Facey, you'd know that we were away at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for the World/AusSBK...that's 'Superbike' races for our non-bikey fans.

Many have been asking for an update so here is a recap of our adventures in the land of motorsports!

Firstly I must say that it was a bit of a rocky start. We had to catch an early flight on Wednesday 20th Feb from the Gold Coast and we live nearly 3 hours away so it was a 2:30am wake-up call and a very dark and misty drive down through Queen Mary Falls where we were dodging the local wildlife left & right. Now, it is known that we live in a flood prone area and granted, Tropical Cyclone Oma was threatening to wipe away all civilization on the Qld Coast as we know it so of course we didn't need the extra worry of 500mls of rain hitting our sleepy little country town and sending our home downstream while we were away. We have a great bunch of friends that babysat our fur-babies and set our minds at ease as our plane lurched into the stratosphere headed for Melbourne. As it turned out, Oma couldn't decide where to go and pooped out with just a bit of bad happens to the best of us


So we land in Melbourne and we're met by our star of the show, Sloan Frost - New Zealand Superbike Champion. He collects us in a hire car and we're off to go pick up his bike and van so we can head out to Phillip Island to start getting ready for his first Free Practice session on Thursday...but where we had to pick up his gear was quite a hike out of town. 

Once we got to where his bike and van were stored, I marveled as Sloan wrestled the van out of knee deep grass and across what appeared to be a cattle paddock. 

It wasn't long before we packed everything in and headed for the nearest Bunnings for some necessities and a better storage solution for our tool situation...Out in the Bunnings car park, we proceeded to pull everything out of the van, un-wrap and assemble a tool chest and pile everything back in. This time we're off to return the hire car and head to the track and get set-up in our pit!

There's a race bike in there SOMEWHERE!

There IS a bike in there!
Once at the race track, we settled into the task of unloading the van, setting up what will soon be our office over the next few days and getting his bike race ready.
We're in the tents this least we're close to Pirelli, makes changing tyres quick & easy!
Our office for the next few days, Ecstar Suzuki are our neighbours.

Getting the Susuki GSXR 1000 R race ready!
So the first Free Practice session for the Superbike class wasn't until 3pm Thursday so we had plenty of time for some final 'tweaks'. We went over the whole bike and checked to make sure EVERYTHING was in order. We had our check lists, we had our check list of check lists. We thought we had covered everything...time to go out and get some laps in...then again, maybe not!

Sloan had previously had some bad luck with mechanical issues on his Australian race bike so it was no surprise that he feared the worse when after just the first turn, he got sprayed in the face by a suspicious liquid. Oh crap! Did the engine just blow up? No...just a petrol cap that decided to leave unceremoniously. Was it not put on properly? Was it fiddled with after our initial checks. Did tightening it down just get overlooked? I mean, it does have a funny way of clicking down to lock. Or did it have an emotional breakdown and just couldn't take the pressure of high level racing. Is it lying in the grass somewhere between turns 1 & 2 crying with self pity? 

Well, whatever the reason, we now need to find a replacement...funnily enough, not as easy a task as one would imagine. A two hour drive late in the evening to pick up a new cap plus a spare was the only solution.

Trouble with a pesky foot peg caused some irrits so Sloan had to go out and qualify without adequate practice laps.  Having said that, he went out to win his qualifying class. That's why he's a champion.

With 3 races spread over the Saturday and Sunday, Sloan was starting in the middle of the grid. He held his position among the factory riders (and beat a few) and only top name riders were in front of him. There were a few thrills and spills but thankfully Sloan came out of the fray unscathed. 

On the Grid with Sloan Frost

Once they're off & racing, we fervently watch the CompuLive board
Wayne Maxwell left the track with a bit of help
Troy Bayliss' Ducati had to be dragged from the kitty litter
Post race interviews

Yamaha must have paid for half the venue!
So we had initially planned to fly back to the Gold Coast, pick up our car and head back home to Killarney but there was a slight change in that now has Sloan racing more of the asbk races, which is we had a bunch of tyres to try and bring home. 

Our final leg of this journey was driving the race van back from Phillip Island, dropping off Sloan at the airport and heading back to Queensland...then heading back to the airport to bring Sloan his mobile phone. Apparently his phone was excited about the road trip too!

It was a fun trip filled with lots of laughs, my bad karaoke singing, swearing at bad drivers, stopping to see some of the sites along the way and planning our next adventure with motorbikes!

We've got a track day at Morgan Park this Friday March 8th so if you're there, come say g'day!

Our first ever BLOG post

Well here it is! The all new The Bike Whisperer BLOG. Here is where we'll post regular updates and all the going-ons in the Bike Whisperer world.

We'll keep you updated on our race meets, track days and alert you to bikes & parts we have for sale as well as specials we've got running.

We've just come back this week from Phillip Island World/Australian SBK so stay tuned for a recap on all the adventures we had there!

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