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TCE Product Deep Dive with John Light of Evans Powersports Coolant

TCE Product Deep Dive with John Light of Evans Powersports Coolant

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The TCE Product Deep Dive is back with some killer information on a huge necessity for us racers and riders. We got the chance to chat with John Light of Evans Power Coolant, a company specializing in waterless coolant for the hardest working engines in motorsports. Give it a read and learn more about coolant, the Evans brand, and how we can keep our bikes running strong and cool!


Hey John!  Tell us a bit about yourself and your role with Evans?

Hi TCE, before I start, I'd just like to say what a great program you've developed, there's really nothing like it out there. 

I grew up in a motorcycle centered family, my parents ride and the extended family on my Mom's side have been into bikes since the 1920s or maybe earlier. I've got one of my Grandmother's bikes on display in the living room. 

Evans is a family business; my father developed the first waterless coolant in the mid-1980s. I started working for the company in 2009 after racing motorcycles for over a decade and we came out with the Powersports Coolant in the fall of 2011. I run the Powersports Division at Evans.

 

Where did Evans get its start?

I remember a day back in the 1980s when my father was excited about finding that Propylene Glycol would work as a coolant. We were the first to use PG and all the non-toxic antifreeze brands grew out of that development. My father's partner at the time, Jack Evans, had a team that raced cars and Jack had designed a number of technologies for that industry like spin-on oil filters, oil pans, a device that would hold oil pressure in a bottle so it would be able to lubricate the turbo before a cold start, and other products. The company went through a number of name changes and structural reformations until it became Evans Cooling Systems, Inc in 1994. 


What is one thing that separates Evans from other brands out there in the motorsports industry?

The easy answer is that nobody else has a waterless coolant, but I think what really sets us apart is the independent work that we do in development. There have been numerous times where we've questioned the established answers and found that the accepted knowledge is actually wrong. Recently we came out with a track legal water with corrosion protection and surface tension reduction. I know, the waterless guys are selling a half gallon of water, ironic huh? It's for pavement racing where no glycol is allowed. We received a recipe from a well respected chemist in the industry, but my father wasn't happy with how it blended and the test results so he went back and started the process at the beginning. Our TrackWater Coolant tests better for both corrosion and surface tension than anything else we've sent to the lab, in fact some of the well known brands do rather poorly. I think some companies out there just take development for granted.

Evans is big on support! From the fastest Supercross pros all the way down to the little amateur groms, they want to help spread the word and benefits of waterless coolant to everyone.

Evans is big on support! From the fastest Supercross pros all the way down to the little amateur groms, they want to help spread the word and benefits of waterless coolant to everyone.

Why is a waterless base to coolants so effective and beneficial for engines?

There are a lot of benefits, but the one thing that stands out is that our coolant doesn't make vapor. People will compare the heat transfer quality of water to glycol and say that water is clearly a better conductor, but that's a static viewpoint. Water boils and it expands over 1,200 times in size as a vapor. This huge expansion is great for running a steam engine, but it basically empties out a cooling passage. To be liquid cooled, an engine must have liquid flowing through it and waterless coolant stays liquid instead of boiling so it keeps functioning even at higher temperatures. 

 

Why is coolant so important for racers and motorsports enthusiasts?

Coolant is actually more important than most people think, but all water-based antifreeze has pretty much the same performance parameters. The presence of water defines the performance in terms of boiling point, vapor pressure, freeze point and expansion, and corrosion. You can play a little with glycol to water ratio and corrosion inhibitors, but in the end the big picture is the same; antifreeze will boil and when it does you get hot spots and detonation. There's not a company out there that has a way to make a water-based antifreeze perform much differently from any other. The coolant is a critical component in a cooling system.

 

What are some common misconceptions about coolant that most people/riders have?

People tend to think that the steam coming out of the vent is a warning that they're getting too hot. Some people think that our coolant will just get hotter and hotter until the engine melts down. This is something we only hear from people who haven't used our coolant or who are invested in water-based technology. Your antifreeze will boil, create vapor in the head, and cause detonation before you see any steam. When you see steam, it's late in the process that leads to engine damage; the metal temperatures around the exhaust valves are already up by hundreds of degrees and the big difference in temperature between the intake and exhaust side can warp the head. Evans Coolant is able to continue moving heat out of the engine even if you see a higher coolant temperature. The temperature you see on a gauge is coolant, not metal temperature and the antifreeze must overheat before the engine can.

Want a motor that lasts? Pick up some Evans Power Coolant for yourself. You won’t be sorry!

Want a motor that lasts? Pick up some Evans Power Coolant for yourself. You won’t be sorry!

We've been doing a few write-ups on the fact that a lot more riders are sticking with their older bikes for a lot longer.  What are some things that these riders can do to preserve their bikes and keep them running smooth from a coolant standpoint?

Today's four strokes are definitely more maintenance intensive than the smokers are, there's no way around that. Where our coolant really helps is on a bad day, say a mud race. When a bike overheats, there's a list of problems that can happen right then or can build up over time. Our racers tell us about racing in tough conditions and then finding that things are in good shape when they pull an engine down. On the preservation side, our coolant is really effective. It doesn't go bad over time and so a bike can sit for years without needing coolant maintenance. Magnesium is so reactive with water that it's a real challenge to keep it from getting eaten away. People with 1980s Hondas that have magnesium pump covers love our coolant; you just can't get those parts anymore. As our coolant doesn't go bad, you can just save it from one rebuild to the next; I pour it through a paint strainer before putting it back into the rebuilt engine.

 

One of the coolest things about Evans is that a lot of the support staff are dedicated riders and motorsports enthusiasts.  Tell us a bit about the company culture at Evans.

We've been involved in racing from the start, it's really driven so much of the company's direction. My father built race cars back in the 50's and 60's, our new COO came from a large corporation and he ran their sponsorship program with the NHRA, almost all our staff at the distribution warehouse raced cars or have built muscle cars and hot rods, our Powersports Rep Chris has been racing at the events he attends since we hired him, I raced pavement and dirt bikes for 15 years, pretty much we're all motorheads. 

 

We've seen a lot more riders in the pits (at all levels) using your products.  How has the growth been and what have the reviews from riders been like?

We've been very successful in the racing community because performance is so important. Most of the people who start using Evans are doing it because a friend told them about it; our growth is almost all word of mouth. When you see a big team using our coolant like HRC Honda, AmPro Yamaha, UXC Polaris, factory Indian flat track, factory Beta, and so many others, it's because of the performance, not anything we're able to give them. The response has been so positive that it's really humbling.

The Evans Powersport Coolant company makes a number of incredible products. They’ll have whatever you need to keep your water-cooled ride going strong!

The Evans Powersport Coolant company makes a number of incredible products. They’ll have whatever you need to keep your water-cooled ride going strong!

What are some goals that the Evans company wants to achieve in the motorsports industry? 

We need to reach the consumer better. People today are almost immune to advertising, they've heard so many wild claims. I want waterless coolant to become the norm (of course because we're selling it, but on a personal level, it frustrates me to see riders overheating when there's such an easy solution). I really want to get our sales to a point where we can put funds back into the industry. Racing is so expensive, but it can be such a great influence, especially at the youth level, I'd like to be able to help more with that. 

 

What are some things that Evans has coming in the future?

We're working on some projects that may lead to production bikes coming out with our coolant in them. The Indian FTR750 flat track bike came off the line last year with our coolant in it and that has been a great experience. It really helped Travis Pastrana's bike survive the 106F day in Vegas and the guys at Roland Sands Design were great to work with. We'd work with any manufacturer, but I'd like to see the American production machines get out front with it. Co-branding with other companies in the coolant industry is a viable option.

 

Where can people find out more about Evans and stay up to date with all of your ventures and products?

Of course, our website is the first option, but our social media is so much more relevant with how quickly things move. Evans has partners around the world, so you'll find a lot of social pages, but I run the powersports sites here in the USA. If you message us there, you're coming directly to me. David, I really like the connection that your program has created between us, the fans, and the racers. A lot of the privateers you're helping have been using our coolant for years and the fact that people can support those riders by buying products through TCE is a great synergy. There's no single path to knowledge anymore and we're trying to be available across the board. The best source of knowledge may simply be asking the riders who use Evans.    

www.evanscoolant.com  

Facebook: Evans Powersports Coolant 

IG and Twitter: @evanspowersport 

Email: sponsorships@evanscooling.com

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Stay tuned for more insights and details behind some of the raddest products in the pits!

TCE Dream Chasers with Taylor Heiman

TCE Dream Chasers with Taylor Heiman

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This month’s TCE “Dream Chasers’ segment features a very unique person with a huge passion for marketing and Moto. It’s not often that people are able to chase a singular goal or dream yet alone fulfill two at the same time. However, that is exactly what Taylor Heiman did! We met up with Taylor recently to find out more about her story and how she plans to change the sport for the better and help riders and racers of all levels reach their true branding potential.

Hey Taylor!  Tell us a bit about yourself and your background in Moto. How did you get started in the sport?
The first time I swung my leg over a dirtbike was 6 years ago at a little reservoir behind my house. My younger sister, Jodi got me into it as she started riding before me. The first time I took out that TTR 220 out I loved it and was already beginning to jump it;  I was hooked from then on. My dad would take us out to the local motocross track once called Sandy Vally MX, and I was so determined to get faster, but it wasn't until recently that I started competing in GP's like AMA Big 6 and WORCS racing. I started racing GP's in 2017, and later that year I would win the WORCS Women's C championship and the AMA Big 6 West Coast GP Women's Novice championship. The fire in my eyes was burning bright, and in 2018 I would decide to not only race GP's but also motocross and long distance desert race - like the longest race in the United States Vegas 2 Reno. 

Tell us a bit about what PressboxMX is all about.
Pressbox MX is a marketing and consulting firm tailored to the powersports industry. We have two sections of the business, one to work directly with power-sports companies and the other to work with athletes.
While working with powersports companies, some of the services we offer are:
- Lead generation 
- Social media management and consultation
- Brand development 


Some of the services we will provide to athletes are:
- Social media classes
- Conflict management
- Public speaking
- Sponsorship representation (where athletes learn the best way to represent their sponsors to build healthy relationships).


How did the idea for this come up?
I am graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in December of 2018 with my marketing and communication degree. I always knew I wanted to market for the powersports industry, since it’s what I am passionate about. In March of 2018, my Monster Energy Supercross and Toyota USA #Makeup2Mud segment was featured across the country. My business partner Mike Chesney reached out to me after the segment aired with the idea to have a marketing firm to the power-sports industry. After some time and a lot of hard work Pressbox MX was born. It is interesting to see where Pressbox MX will grow into as there is nothing else in the powersports industry like it!

This past Fall Taylor graduated from college (UNLV) and will go full bore on her career and business, PressBox MX, along with continuing to rip it up on her dirt bike.

This past Fall Taylor graduated from college (UNLV) and will go full bore on her career and business, PressBox MX, along with continuing to rip it up on her dirt bike.


What sparked your interest in marketing and media?
I always knew I was going to focus my working career around the marketing field. I just didn't know how or what I would be marketing. While I was working my lifeguard job 8 years ago now for the Hilton Grand Vacations Club I knew from that point I was going to be in marketing, that was even before I started classes at UNLV. I stuck with it the whole way through college and now as my career with my own business. Not many people can say that. I am doing what I love, helping people, and building the life I want to live! 


Tell us a bit about your experience in motorsports marketing.
So far it has been amazing. Pressbox MX has only been open for a short amount of time, and so far I have been able to work with some pretty amazing companies. I know the audience, I know the industry, and I have the skills, all that together makes it extremely rewarding to work with such companies. While we are still developing classrooms for Pressbox MX athletes, we are working diligently to ensure students get the most out of their Pressbox MX experience. 
The people in this industry are just the best, and I enjoy what I do every day.


How does marketing in motorsports differ from other industries?
Marketing is marketing is marketing. If you can market, you can market anything. But marketing for the motorsports industry is different in the sense that you need to know and understand your audience and who you are marketing to. What they like to see, and what will keep them coming back for more. I believe marketing for the motorsports industry is just more fun than marketing for any other industry. Who can say they get to work with excellent companies and awesome people all day? OH and be around dirtbikes?! My favorite. 

Taylor rides as much as she can-and you can bet she rips! Taylor has multiple titles under her belt and continues to be a great ambassador for the sport.

Taylor rides as much as she can-and you can bet she rips! Taylor has multiple titles under her belt and continues to be a great ambassador for the sport.


What opportunities do you see for marketing in various forms of motorsports such as Motocross and Supercross?
Marketing brings awareness to the sport and when you bring more eyes on Motocross and Supercross, and you can spark that interest within the external audience that can only mean good things for the industry as a whole. The more eyes you have watching, the more opportunities you have for athletes, and thus the sport will grow. The #Makeup2Mud movement is precisely what the industry needs. It is tailored to the female audience and with WXM Professional racing being discontinued it is what girls need in the sport. This movement is touching on a whole new demographic that was untouched before, which can only be good for the industry. 


Which type of marketing platforms lends themselves to be more useful for our industry?
I tend to focus on Instagram the most because it allows you to reach a much wider audience than Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter. When you know how to target your audience correctly, then you will reach a lot more people than with these other platforms. With Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter you often need to be friends with the people first before they can see your content. With Instagram, you can reach an infinite amount of people by just targeting them correctly. 


Can you give us some examples of riders or teams that market/ brand themselves well and some that don't?
While I was at Monster Energy Cup, I had the opportunity to interview a few high profile riders. One that really stuck out to me was Adam Enticknap, or as everyone knows him 722, he was very personable, and although he was not competing in the 2018 MEC, he continued to stay relevant in the industry. How did he do this? He uses another platform BESIDES racing to stand out from the crowd. Adam uses the platform of music to establish himself and stay relevant. I found this to be unique and a useful tactic more people should take note of. One bad crash and you are out. Yes, you are an athlete first BUT what happens when you are injured, and you lose your ride? What will you do then? You must have a platform that you can stand behind when unforeseen events occur. Not only that but it differentiates yourself from the crowd and can be very beneficial to developing your personal brand. 

If you want to know more about marketing and how to maximize your online presence, Taylor can definitely show you the way! She is an example of how to build your personal brand far and wide.

If you want to know more about marketing and how to maximize your online presence, Taylor can definitely show you the way! She is an example of how to build your personal brand far and wide.


What are some common mistakes that riders or brands make that limit or hurt their marketing/branding efforts?
Interesting question. Personally, and I see this a lot, riders will gain sponsorship and obtain the free product and then RUN. They get what they want and then fail to maintain the working relationship, leaving their sponsors with a bad taste in their mouth about supporting the industry. This is very unfortunate, and it drains the industry. Not only are you potentially running your relationship with your sponsor you are being careless and hurting your personal brand. You do not need to be fast to gain sponsorship, it's now all about how you carry yourself and market your particular brand. 
One thing I see with companies is some do not see the value in marketing at all! Its crazy to me that some companies will not see the value in using their budget to spend on marketing. I hear a lot, "With all the other expenses we have we can not afford to spend more money on marketing," which is entirely justifiable. BUT if you want your company to grow they marketing is precisely what you should be budgeting for. 


We've seen a massive shift in the attention of customers/consumers in the past few years with new platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.  What new platforms or outlets do you see as being the next place where attention will shift to?
I am not sure what is next, but all we can do is perfect the methods we are applying now to these platforms and continuously be learning and growing with the algorithms to ensure optimized usage. 


Do you feel that the Moto industry as a whole is taking full advantage of all of the available marketing/branding opportunities out there?
No, not at all. The industry should be taking more advantage of the marketing and branding opportunities out there. This also is scary for some companies, as I said before this requires the company to budget for the marketing expense and until that mindset is changed the opportunities will be sitting in the distance. It can be scary to spend money on such a thing like marketing, but it is ever so necessary, and the types of effective marketing are ever changing. 

Taylor not only has a big following, but she was also picked as a Makeup 2 Mud finalist during this past Supercross season. Taylor was able to share her story with the world and highlight all of the cool stuff that she’s into.

Taylor not only has a big following, but she was also picked as a Makeup 2 Mud finalist during this past Supercross season. Taylor was able to share her story with the world and highlight all of the cool stuff that she’s into.


If you could change the industry in one way what would it be?
This is actually something I am working on with Pressbox MX. I picture more opportunities for women motocross athletes. We work so hard on and off the track, and for what? No, I am not saying compete against the men, I would merely like to see more women involved so there can be thriving opportunities for female motocross athletes to pursue their passion in the sport of motocross. 


Tell us a bit about your experience at MEC 2018 in Vegas.
It was an incredible experience, and I can't thank Sean Brennen, Public Relations Manager - Monster Energy Supercross, enough for inviting me to experience it all. I was able to interview Ricky Carmichael, Brian Deegan, Alex Ray, Weston Peick, Joey Savatgy, and Adam and really get behind the scenes of it all. Talking to these high profile riders gave me a different perspective of what they go through on a race weekend. It's was also super exciting to meet, and become friends with, some of my idols who now know me by the first name. After MEC was over Sean Brennen reached out to me to craft a MEC Experience article that was featured in some elaborate publications, overall MEC goes down in my history books. I will never forget it! You can read my MEC Experience article here... https://pressboxmx.com/mec-experience/


What are the plans for PressboxMX in 2019 and beyond?
As we are developing the interactive classrooms for riders, I would like to focus more on helping younger athletes succeed in their working relationships. We will also plan to work with more motorsports companies. We have some exciting things in the works, so I don't want to say too much too soon!!! 

No stranger to winning Taylor is used to holding up hardware and title plates.

No stranger to winning Taylor is used to holding up hardware and title plates.


For readers out there who want to get into the marketing/branding field, what advice would you give them?
Learn your stuff, never think you know it all because marketing is ever changing. If you think you know it all then you are unwilling to learn, and that is a losing trait. If you do not learn you will not grow, and if you are not growing, you are staying in one place and become stagnant. I highly recommend to do your research on the desired topic and carry yourself with confidence. 


Where can we find out more about you and PressboxMX?
You can follow my personal Instagram account at @Taylor_362 or follow @PressboxMX
Our website is www.pressboxmx.com or email me at Taylor@pressboxmx.com


Taylor is a great example of someone working to chase their passions and help improve the sport that we all love. Be sure to give Taylor and Pressbox MX a follow and keep an eye out for more awesome articles and exclusives into the world of Motocross and Supercross.

2018's Most Memorable Races with Mac Engel

2018's Most Memorable Races with Mac Engel

2018 Monster Energy Motocross Des Nations

The gang here at The Collective Experience is all about bringing our fans and followers closer to sport and digging deeper on all of the inside action. Often times we are asked to showcase different viewpoints and insights about the sport from a multitude of sources. Not a bad idea, considering how much goes on during a race event. From the pit sights and interactions to the racing and nail biting moments, the races have a lot to talk about. More than we actually realize sometimes. With so much going on, no two people experience everything quite the same way. That’s what makes this sport and our Moto community so unique. With that notion in mind, we wanted to take a different look at some past races. Yes, they happened some months back, but it’s never a bad time to recap a race, no matter how long ago they happened. A staple in Supercross star AJ Catanzaro’s camp, Mackenzie “Mac” Engel delivered us his take on the very famous and industry rattling 2018 Motocross Des Nations held this year at the famous Red Bud MX facility…

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Mac - This was a bittersweet race for a few reasons in my mind. First, I know I’m one of many fans who was looking to see a true Tomac-Herlings head to head race to settle the dispute of whos the fastest rider on the planet. I still think that title is still up for grabs, but I’ll say with confidence, if ET3 is an alien on a bike, then Herlings must be a God. The only reason why I’m putting Herlings in front of Tomac for now is because of his consistency overall. I paid close attention to both the Lucas Oil Motocross series and the MXGP series this past season and there’s no denying Herlings if nothing else is consistent, along with being completely dominate whenever he’s out there injured or not. But I’m still not convinced he’s faster than Tomac, maybe I’m biased because I’m America, but to be fair I’ve seen Tomac pull some truly impressive rides all season long and in seasons before, possibly more than Herlings. I think that if you put Tomac in the MXGP series that he'd probably be just as dominate in most races as Herlings has been, just not as consistent throughout the season. Its hard to compare the two series because of formatting and the general track layout/jumps. Personally, I think the tracks here compared to over there are night and day, and I think that’s proven by the multiple changes made to Red Bud leading up to the race to, what I would call it a more GP style track.

Second reason was of course the weather. Yes, I know this is motocross rain or shine, bad weather shows the better riders, blah blah blah. I get it, and I agree with it, but when it comes down to it, this is the MXON, a race with the greatest riders on earth. I wanna see dry conditions, fast lap times, fat whips, and head to head bar banging racing. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the race, because I enjoy every race no matter what the conditions are, but I think most would agree with me when I say a nice sunny day with perfect track conditions makes for a better show. 

Third and probably most obvious is that the results from our boys weren’t what I was expecting at all. Even with the conditions I thought we'd be fighting for wins all weekend. I was most shocked by Barcia only because when he generally sees mud and the true Bam-Bam comes out he leaves everyone in his roost. With the track being as rutted and nasty as it was its not surprising that there were a lot of mistakes being made. I think the speed from all three of the riders were there just a string of bad starts, tip overs, and next to no vision all made it hard to put down consistent lap times especially when you can barley grip the bars with all the mud. 

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At the end of the day it was still a spectacular race to watch. like I said I love every race there is in Moto, and there were so many crazy incredible things that happened that weekend. The one thing that sticks out to me still is Jorge Prado absolutely putting it down in the first race. Going against a field of half 450’s and leading for 20 min of the Moto on a 250. I’ve heard a lot of B.S. saying there’s just not that much of a difference with these bikes in conditions like that and I’m not arguing that at all, I’m simply saying there’s a ton of skill involved in putting in a ride such as that one. Unfortunately, he eventually dropped back to 7th and got stuck there for the rest of the race, but a statement was made. Prado is going to be one of the greats….without a doubt.

As always it's special to watch Herlings ride, the guy just seems unstoppable. And how about Cairoli, he put what I would call pretty dominate ride in the qualifying race and solid day on Sunday with a 6-4 finish. I know he’s been one of the best over on the MXGP circuit forever, but leading up to the race he suffered from what looked like a pretty hard crash in the Imola Qualifying race that I was certain was going to effect his speed for the MXON. And, of course how could I end this blog without mentioning everyone’s favorite team, Puerto Rico! Such an awesome story behind the forming of this team between Pastrana, Windham, Sipes and an honorable mention to Ronnie Mac. Something I thought I’d never get to see again was Windham and Pastrana racing in something as major as this again, truly the highlight of the weekend for me. Naturally, TP199 went out in the only way he knows how- attempting a backflip on a jump in those conditions was icing on the cake. So many different aspects of this weekend that prove motocross is the best sport out there!

2018 Red Bull Straight Rhythm

Mac - Let’s start this out with saying that RBSR is one of the greatest events for Supercross. Why? Because it’s not just a race-it’s a party for the sport! There’s none of the Supercross season pressure, just the competitive push from the other riders to go a little bit faster than the last guy did. Ultimately, I can say with confidence that every rider there (including Stanky who bit it real hard, hope you're good brotha) was just there having fun riding with a bunch of friends. Best race that I’ve been a part of-ever!

p/c Tyson Ryder

p/c Tyson Ryder

Now, lets get down to the recap. By the way, if you thought this was a full race recap you’re going to be disappointed. This is the recap of the RAK Racing TCE crew, through our eyes. The weekend started with practice Friday afternoon. After sitting in LA traffic for what felt like 72 hours we pulled into the pits-we meaning myself, AJ Catanzaro (a.k.a. James Stewart for the weekend for the weekend), his mechanic Jeremiah, AJ’s mom, fiancee, and brother. The beautiful 04 KX-125 was sitting on the stand waiting for “Bubba” to rip her down a half mile of the prettiest jumps I’ve ever seen. While watching practice the excitement really set in. Being able to be there trackside watching this unique event was the coolest thing I’ve seen. The next day couldn’t come fast enough!

We woke up at the crack of dawn, drove to the track and the first thing I saw was Spencer Luczak (the builder and owner of the James Stewart tribute bike) sleeping outside on a cot. He had chained himself to the bike. That’s the level of dedication the team had for this event. As the morning went on the rest of the crew arrived, along with all the other teams. Tents were being set up, the track was being watered and groomed and it was the perfect start to a crazy day. The whole day leading up to the race was filled with helping AJ go faster wether that was having his gear ready, food ready between practices, water and hydration, looking out for better lines, and anything else to make the end result better. This was by far the best behind the scenes experience I’ve been a part of.      

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As far as the actual racing went, well if you watched it you’ll agree with me when I say that this style of racing is one way to get your blood pumping! Head to head drag racing turns the normal sport of Supercross into a whole different animal. It was unreal being track side as the night went on watching Dungey and Villopoto go at it like they never left the racing scene, watching “Bubba-Stew” and rookie year McGrath throw it down 90’s style, the energy was definitely flowing! RAK Racing was cheering (screaming) trackside like there was a million bucks on the line. We brought the party for sure! Stank dog didn’t do as well as most of you were probably hoping for. That was one gnarly crash he took sending all of it at the last second in the first 250 round which knocked him out of competition for the 125 class as well. As the night went on Pourcel's bike blew up, Dungey was still Dungey, and Villopoto was riding one of the nicest looking 250’s out there and doing it in serious style. AJ was racing in a way that the real James Stewart would have been proud of.

At the end of the night it was Shane McElrath topping the box for the 250 class with Dungey and Villopoto following up. For the 125 class, well myself and the rest of the team were confident that AJ could bring it all home for the win. He was riding so smooth and with so much confidence, it felt like nothing could stop him.... Until Carson Brown decided to start doing a rhythm half way through the night that ended up being about a bike length quicker. That kid was FLYING, but none the less for a rider who’s never raced this event or ever raced a 125 in his entire career, second place for AJ Catanzaro is damn good. Carson brown took home the gold with Luke Renzland taking bronze. 

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This whole behind the scenes trackside experience I was able to be a part of really made me fall in love with the sport more and gave me a much bigger appreciation for what these athletes go through to have a career like this one. It truly felt like a one of a kind experience and luckily it doesn’t have to be. If being in the pits, working along side with the race team, being able to talk to and help the riders with a number of things sounds something you’d like to be apart of then The Collective Experience has just that. They offer packages that get you hands on with the Supercross scene like you’ve never imagined. Head over to www.thecollectivexp.com to check out what they offer.

Want to see first hand what the experience was like? Check out this video below:

Mac’s perspective gives us a great look into what makes this sport so great. We were proud to have Mac on the team and take in all the races have to offer.

Stay tuned for more insights and behind the scenes action from the riders and sport that we all love.

Check out our TCE SX Internship Program from an insiders view...

Check out our TCE SX Internship Program from an insiders view...

Our TCE SX Internship Program is completely unique and offers unparalleled connections and insights into the industry. We want to share this opportunity with as many people as we can to help get more talented and passionate people into the industry. Want to see how the program works or what to expect? Then check out this video sharing the details of the program from a past intern’s perspective…

You won’t want to miss this one! We are selecting 17 new interns this year for each round of the 2019 Supercross series. Click HERE for more details and to apply today!

The first 8 winners will be announced Friday, December 14th LIVE on our Instagram page- follow us (@thecollectiveex) for more details and to see if you were selected! GOOD LUCK!

TCE Dream Chasers with Spencer Luczak

TCE Dream Chasers with Spencer Luczak

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Have you ever wanted to build your dream bike? What did you want it to look like? Where would your inspiration come from? For Spencer Luczak, this dream was put into action and became a reality. Spencer is a racer with serious passion for the sport and he wanted to create something that the industry and himself would drool over. We met Spencer in Utah during the photo and video shoot for AJ Catanzaro’s James Stewart Red Bull Straight Rhythm tribute and were immediately impressed with his enthusiasm, his family’s passion, and of course his bike and insanely picturesque track. We had to find out more about Spencer and get his story…

Hey Spencer! Give us a brief introduction on yourself for those who may not be as familiar with you yet.

Hey! Born into a German-American family that loved adventure and anything with an adrenaline rush. I'd say life for me was never boring. Although my parents met while practicing ski arials, my dad's love for motorsports and event promoting meant that, like many others in the 80's and 90's, I grew up traveling a lot for races and shows. Yes it's true, I had a long blond mullet for years, my favorite muscle car was a late 60's El Camino, and my favorite bands were Van Halen, AC/DC, Rush and Led Zeppelin. Fast forward 30 years...the mullet is gone, my dream restore project is still an El Camino and my favorite music is still rock n' roll and old metal. I have been fortunate enough to travel overseas involved in athletics and sports for many years and thankful to have earned multiple degrees from higher education. I love a well-rounded itinerary and all of my experiences have contributed to my love for creativity and self-expression in my personal projects. Now, at age 31, I still maintain that passion for riding, building race tracks and of course, building anything on two-wheels.


Where did your love for motorcycles and Motocross start?

Oh I would say my love for riding started when I was still a fetus...:) Okay, probably not that young, but similarly to most kids who grow up in homes with parents who ride or race, the love for anything on wheels starts before we can walk, right? I knew I was hooked when, as a little kid, a family friend gave me a No Fear T-shirt with a girl standing in front of a motorcycle and read, "If it has wheels or a skirt, you can't afford it." I remember thinking, I don't really get the concept of girls yet, but that bike will be mine, oh yes, she will be mine. Now combine that with habitually watching on repeat movies like RAD, Crusty Demons of Dirt, The Great Outdoors, all of the Steel Roots, and Terrafirma series and you start to get the picture. If you give me a shovel, a few solid dudes and a pair of wheels I'm positive the day is going to be as good now as it was when I was a kid. Building and sessioning jumps and sand tracks with my dad and friends are still some of my fondest memories.

Spencer’s dad, Steve, was a Team Green rider back in the day. This is one of the many inspirations for Spencer’s “Roxanne” build and jump-started his love for racing and all things Kawasaki.

Spencer’s dad, Steve, was a Team Green rider back in the day. This is one of the many inspirations for Spencer’s “Roxanne” build and jump-started his love for racing and all things Kawasaki.


How big is the sport in your family?

My dad's career, making it on Team Greens satellite factory program, definitely made Moto a big part of my life for me when I was young. Nowadays I'd say the sport is still a big part of our family culture, albeit not as intense or financially dependent as it used to be. We may not be hosting races, putting up big pro purses, or drawing in riders from all over the country, but we still collaborate with various companies and individuals on projects, photo shoots, commercials and test riding. Supercross and Motocross is still like religion at home and we watch each race as part of our weekly family time. My dad and I spend a great deal of time working on our private moto facility here in Utah throughout the year. In the off-season, you'll find us working on bikes or other bike-related projects.


You have one of the sickest tracks we've ever seen, how did the track come together?

The Flying Iron Horse Ranch, as the name might imply, is a piece of property outside Park City, UT on the Weber River that my dad has had his eye on for most of his life. Back in 2003 we acquired the land and began improving areas for where my parents would build their last home. Seeing as though ever since I was a baby we had tracks in our yard or close by, this piece of property would be no different. Every day after work and school, my dad and I head up to the property to landscape, excavate and build. Over the course of 15 years the place has changed dramatically and now it is starting to look like a pristine golf course with a MX track on the lower half buttressed up between the Weber River and our 200 foot black lava rock. The outdoor national track is currently shut down, due to the misdoings of our liberal county council trying to dictate what rural farming community can do with private property. However, with enough support and positive vibes, we will get that track back up and running so we can finish the back yard. In-between both tracks will rest the house and numerous MTB trails and jump lines. It feels like an eternal project, but I find it very therapeutic to go play in the dirt and create something from scratch.

For Spencer and his family riding is very much a family affair. They have spent years turning their property into a Moto paradise. On any given ride day you can catch Spencer and his dad doing what they love…riding and perfecting their tracks.

For Spencer and his family riding is very much a family affair. They have spent years turning their property into a Moto paradise. On any given ride day you can catch Spencer and his dad doing what they love…riding and perfecting their tracks.

What's the day to day maintenance like?

There is so much to cover here. The land itself is an ongoing project, but as the years go by, maintenance gets easier for us because we made our own special mix of soils and sands that allow us to shape and prep the track in less time that the average MX park. The landscape, including all the trees, grass and boulder work, make the track picture-esk, but tending to those needs takes a lot of time watering everything by hand and such. We do get some assistance from the riding community to come help pic rocks and plant trees, but outside of that we do 100 percent of the work ourselves. It's a labor of love for sure.



How is the Motocross scene back in Utah?

Compared to places like SoCal the Motocross scene is not as big in Utah as far as pure Supercross and Motocross is concerned. However, the riding community is strong and the number of riders and places to ride are immense. With local tracks closing due to liberal influence and population/housing growth, the track scene is not that big, but outside of that, Utah has tons of adventure, enduro and off-road riders and phenomenal races each year. If we could get Summit County to let us utilize our private property according to how we want, the national track will blow people's minds and give locals a place to dream and ride.

If you can find a more scenic and breathtaking track in the country, we’d be very surprised. The Luczak’s have made a treasure of a track with scenery that rivals the Grand Canyon. If you’re lucky enough to get an invite to ride this place, you’re sure to remember it forever.

If you can find a more scenic and breathtaking track in the country, we’d be very surprised. The Luczak’s have made a treasure of a track with scenery that rivals the Grand Canyon. If you’re lucky enough to get an invite to ride this place, you’re sure to remember it forever.


So by now everyone has seen the "Roxanne" build and our run at Red Bull Straight Rhythm. How did that build start?

Oh boy, how much time do you have?? Haha, "Roxanne" started when I was six years old. Rock N' Roll and racing were life for me since birth so it's no surprise that my riding is heavily influenced by music. Although for years I have named every bike I've owned, "Roxanne" was the first personified motorcycle for me and since this 2004 KX125 Factory Tribute build is based partially from my family's background with rock music, Team Green, and a reminder of why I love to ride, I couldn't think of a better fitting name for this build. Just before the two-stroke fever broke out a few years ago I knew one day I'd always build a 'dream' bike of sorts. I think after a few major surgeries and having to sell my 4-strokes to pay medical bills I thought a two-stroke would put the fun back into riding and give me time to build what I wanted without breaking the bank. Well, two things happened after I had that epiphany, it took more time than I thought to get to where the bike is now and I ended up breaking the bank a few times to get here. With over 500 hours of research and shop time put into the bike, there are still a few things left to do. Some people may ask, "What else can you throw at that bike?", but that's not the right question. The important questions are, "What is working well?" and "What areas need a little tweaking to dial things in?". I look at the latter questions with input from the pros that have ridden the bike and am now beginning the final phase of project "Kickstart My Heart". Readers will just have to stay tuned in for what I have in store. No, this bike is not a money pit, and yes, I could have bought a few new bikes with what is into her, but this particular bike is half factory tribute and half art project. Sure I want it to look nice and all that, but my version of a dream bike should perform better than she looks. I'd say for a 15 year-old bike she's earning her stripes.



Where did your inspiration for this build come from?

I've never been one to just remake a traditional “replica” build. That's not to say my ideas are all original, but I like to give projects my personal touch and creative vision. I tend to lean towards “Tribute” builds where I can take the OG Factory bikes and spin them to add modern flare. Hence, one look at the Roxanne and you'll immediately be taken back to 2003/2004 and the Pro Circuit Chevy Trucks team bikes. I was in high school during that time and the PC bikes were my dream bikes. Since the last national championship anyone ever won on a 125 was in 04', and it just so happened to be one of my favorite riders of all time, James "Bubba" Stewart, riding a Kawasaki, a 2004 would be the basis of my build. Why is 04' important other than James' title? Well, the answer lies in manufacturing. 2004 was the year Kawi made the most and last major updates to the bike. 2005 would see two minor internal updates for maintenance and then past 2006, the bikes went out of production, or at least saw no changes. Although my bike is build on the 2004 platform, I loved the livery on Mike Brown's and Matt Walker's 2003 PC bikes so that is what directed the graphics. I could have done a full updated plastics kit to make the bike look like a 2018 KX, but I missed the old curves and never see old bike ripping local tracks very often. I did however update the front end quite a bit, but the best looking modern plastics to put with the old back end are the 2013-2015 front number plate and fender in my opinion. They line up nicely and give the bike a bit of old school/new school feel.

Now, aside from the visuals of plastics and frame, the only thing left stock on the bike is part of the engine casing and gas tank. Essential the entire rest of the bike has been replaced, fabricated, or changed in some way. The build list is crazy long and if people want to see more of the nuts and bolts, they can go to RacerX or META to find a complete build list up to this point. To give you a little taste of changes, here are some of the major things we did:

  • Carbon Talon hubs w/ ceramic bearings

  • Titanium axels, laced to A60's and oversized spokes; 90 percent of the bikes bolts are Titaniu

  • Motostuff custom caliper

  • Braided brake lines

  • Oversized rotors

  • Full Hinson clutch system

  • Lectron Carb

  • Highly modified motor with custom transmission and piston to match the port/head work

  • Vortex programable ignition

  • Custom coatings and suspension internals from Bones at Pro Circuit

  • Tons of LightSpeed Carbon parts that haven't been made since 04/05'

  • Every bolt/nut, washer, gasket, seal has been replaced with OEM or better parts….. and the list goes on for days.


How was it to see AJ Catanzaro rip your bike during the Red Bull Straight Rhythm event and come out with a podium finish?

Well for starters just being at the event was unreal. That was my first time at RBSR and being able to pit with all the teams was a dream. To be honest I was more concerned the bike was going to run properly for AJ and put in a good showing. The first race down the course was exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. I had my trusty pitboard out with positive phrases written down after each pass. Sometimes I'd throw out funny captions like, "Where's the after party?" and other times I wanted AJ to focus so I would simply put, "Stay Positive". Every round we advanced my heart beat faster and my grin got bigger. The battles always came down to the wire and coming so close to winning against good competition and modern bikes was beyond expectation. AJ rode solid and the whole crew played a huge part in making it to the podium. The sights and sounds of two-strokes made me feel like I was back in the pits at races in the 90's all over again. Not to mention our Stewart throwback theme really got the crowd going...just replay the victory dance moves AJ threw out at the end of the race. It was definitely a Collective Experience.

Spencer’s “Roxanne” bike got a facelift to resemble James “Bubba” Stewarts 04’ Factory SR125 for the 2018 Red Bull Straight Rhythm event. It definitely turned some heads and became arguably the most popular bike at the event. Privateer hero AJ Catanzaro rocketed the bike to a 2nd place finish, with some nail biting runs.

Spencer’s “Roxanne” bike got a facelift to resemble James “Bubba” Stewarts 04’ Factory SR125 for the 2018 Red Bull Straight Rhythm event. It definitely turned some heads and became arguably the most popular bike at the event. Privateer hero AJ Catanzaro rocketed the bike to a 2nd place finish, with some nail biting runs.

What other things do you have in the works?

The bike is currently getting torn down to clean up and repair the damages from racing. Over the winter the last phase of this project will take place and if I can get things buttoned up by outdoors, I'd love to get the bike to a Dream Race and Red Bull Straight Rhythm if they host two-strokes again. I can't say much more yet, but I think Roxanne is going to turn more heads next year again.

Yes, this bike is fast! And..no you likely can’t ride it. Spencer has poured his heart and soul into this project and it shows.

Yes, this bike is fast! And..no you likely can’t ride it. Spencer has poured his heart and soul into this project and it shows.

Not only does this bike look like a million dollars, but it rides like one! AJ Catanzaro couldn’t believe how factory the bike felt.

Not only does this bike look like a million dollars, but it rides like one! AJ Catanzaro couldn’t believe how factory the bike felt.

If people wanted to find out more about you and follow along with some of the builds, where should they tune in?

For those out there with questions or want to know more about the bike build, my Instagram handle is @Luczak101 and our property is under the title @Flyingironhorseranch. I don't have Facebook, but I'm happy to answer questions with a quick DM. You'll start to see more of my builds next year in RacerX and other media sources.

Want to check out what race day was like for Spencer, AJ Catanzaro, and The Collective Experience? Check out our behind the scenes video:

Make sure to follow along with Spencer as his KX-125 “Roxanne” build nears completion. And remember if you ever get a chance to make it out to Utah, make sure you get linked up with Spencer and his family and check out their incredible track…it’s worth the travel. Stay tuned for more insights and advice from the trail blazers and do-ers in the Supercross and Motocross industry.

Let us make you feel like a factory superstar -TCE Amateur SX Program

Let us make you feel like a factory superstar -TCE Amateur SX Program

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Who doesn’t love amateur racing?! It’s where everyone gets their start in the sport.  From pro riders and moto media owners to industry videographers and race flaggers.  Everyone started out grinding in the amateur ranks.  We have a huge passion for racing at all levels.  No matter the bike size, racing is racing to us and we know millions of others share that same passion and notion. So it goes without saying that when we heard about the upcoming Supercross Futures Amateur events in 2019 we were beyond ecstatic.  This takes amateur racing to a whole new level! Now riders from all over the world have a chance to ride the same Supercross tracks as the pros on the same weekend.  This not only elevates the sport, but gives young and upcoming riders exposure to the unique style of riding that Supercross demands, not to mention the added media attention for all the mini groms!

 We knew we had to do something to help out and give the amateur athletes something that could get them to that next level of riding.  So without further a due, were excited to announce our 2019 Amateur Supercross Support Program!  You might be wondering, what the heck this program is all about.  Well, it’s a unique program that helps amateur riders.  We are giving Supercross Futures amateur riders the opportunity to pit under our pro rider’s tents and have our crew at your beckon call and disposal.  We will be your support staff for the race complete with amenities, bike support, refreshments and more!  As an added bonus when you sign up with us you get to chose your very own pro rider coach to help you throughout the day.  You get your pick of privateer standouts, AJ Catanzaro or Bubba Pauli. This includes rider technique, bike set up, and race line review.  The Collective Experience crew will also be doing exclusive interviews, social media posts, and swag giveaways for each rider who signs up.  You’ll feel like a factory superstar! 

 Our main focus is to give you the support you need all while making sure you have an experience unlike any other.  This program is perfect for someone who wants to hang around a pro team for a race and partake in a fun inclusive experience as well as the serious racer who is looking for a competitive edge and wants exposure to the pro team environment.  We’ll also make sure to help you get the connections in the sport that others only dream of.  From the support staff to the rider coach and everything in between, this is a program that is sure to elevate your riding and keep you smiling all day long!

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 Have a few questions about the program?  Take a peek below.

 

What is this program about?

This program is geared towards helping and supporting amateur riders from all over. We want to do our part to give a factory rider experience to the everyday racer. This is not just for the fastest gals and guys around. This is for anyone who has a huge dedication to the sport and wants to elevate their riding and gain exposure into the world of a pro rider. We want to make you feel like the superstar of the day….minus the multi-million dollar contract.

To sign up click HERE

 Why start this program?

Why not start this program? We all dream of being treated like a real factory rider with a full team of guys dedicated to our success. We wanted to give that experience and opportunity to the sports up and coming racers. We wanted something that wasn’t limited to just the fast kids, but for all amateurs.

How much is it?

 Entry into this unique program is $400. The cool part is that a majority of the proceeds goes towards helping to fund privateer race efforts, like with all of our programs. This price point keeps things nice and affordable for all racers at all levels.

Does that include my race entry?

 No it does not. This cost only secures your spot and participation with our program. You will need to head over to the Supercross Futures registration site in order to purchase your race entry.

 What will the day be like?

Your day will consist of the pro race teams supporting you throughout the entire day. You will have access to pit with us under the pro tent along with access to the team personal and support staff. You’ll be our VIP rider and get to really be a member of the team with the pro crew. There will also be a host of other accommodations and amenities. Bike mechanics will be available at select races. Each amateur racer will have one on one time with their selected rider coach to discuss racing technique, race track like review, and proper body positioning. We’ll support you every step of the way. Not to mention the killer swag bags that are always a major crowd pleaser!

 Will the teams have bike parts?

 No. The teams will not have additional bike specific parts for each rider who signs up. There will tools available and an eager set of hands ready to help assist each amateur rider.

What type of media exposure will there be?

 Each rider will get to be a part of our social media content along with exclusive content for our weekly BLOG and website. We plan to interview the riders and crew members at each round of the Supercross Futures series. We constantly get visibility of our program on major moto-industry platforms and websites. This will translate in some added traffic and attention on the riders and participants in our programs.

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Which teams are available to host riders?

Team MotoTape will be available to host a ton of riders at each round of the Supercross Futures series. Along with this hospitality and support comes the advice from rider coach - Supercross privateer stand out AJ Catanzaro. AJ teaches and directs one of the most successful riding academies on the globe. How’s that for value?

Team TXS Productions will also be hosting a handful of riders. TXS adds their own very unique flare to the races and always has one of the coolest pit atmospheres around. TXS will be bringing along 2019 Supercross privateer hero Bubba Pauli. Pauli’s approach to racing will benefit each rider who signs up with the TSX Productions team.

We’re excited to roll this out and we can’t wait to help out as many amateurs as possible! Feel free to drop us a line: contact@thecollectivexp.com

Be sure to follow along with us to stay up to date with the latest from TCE…

Want to find out more about the TCE SX Internship Program?

Want to find out more about the TCE SX Internship Program?

We’ve been getting a TON of questions, interest, and overall excitement from people from all around the world regarding the 2019 TCE SX Internship program. This unique program gives people all over the planet the chance to be a part of a race team. Now, we’re not just talking about hanging around the team- we mean you will have actual responsibility and be an official team member helping out pro Supercross rider and privateer hero AJ Catanzaro. From helping to organize the race day to interfacing with gear reps and sponsors and everything in between. This is as immersive as it gets in the Supercross racing industry.

This program isn’t just for the average fan. This is for individuals who LIVE for the sport of Supercross and Motocross. We’ve cultivated this to be most beneficial to those who dream of working in the industry and want to fast track their career. In this sport, it’s all about who you know and only the luckiest of the lucky ever get the chance to work with a pro rider or team. We want to change that aspect and get more passionate and dedicated people working in the sport that we all love.

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We wanted to give all of you some added information about the TCE SX Internship Program- check out the Q and A list below:


Q: What is this program?

A: The TCE SX Internship Program is an application based program that provides fans interested in gaining valuable experience in the industry with the opportunity to work for a professional Supercross racer and be a real life team member.


Q: How is this program different from the TCE SX Fan Experience program?

A: This internship program gets you fully immersed into the program like the TCE SX Fan Experience program however, it is geared towards not just fans of the sport, but people who want to start careers in this sport. The daily interactions are a bit different and focus on putting the intern in the face of industry leaders and reps from all over the sport. It’s a fully hands on program that prepares the interns for real world tasks within the Supercross racing world. It’s more than just a shadow program- we put you to work with some of the most coolest people around.


Q:What is the application process like?

A:You first need to download the application here and fill it out fully. Then, you send the completed forms to contact@thecollectivexp.com along with the races you can attend and any other materials that you think would help increase your chances of being picked - like a resume or video submission, but please for the love of God don’t send us your mixtapes!


Q:How much is the application?

A:The application is $30 and goes towards this program’s efforts in helping privateer racers and growing the sport.


Q: I want to enter the program, but I can afford to travel to all 17 rounds. Should I still apply?

A: YES!!! Even if you can only attend one round, we don’t want to turn away any talented or passionate fans from this great opportunity. Most applicants are encouraged to send us a list of races that they can attend, no matter how few, when they submit their application. We recommend listing races that are closes to you and the easiest for you to get to. We aren’t requiring any candidate to be not the hook for more than one round- unless they want.


Q: Can a candidate be picked for multiple rounds?

A: Yes. But that is dependent on the candidates availability and their ability to impress AJ. We’re letting you know ahead of time that impressing AJ is tougher than it looks, trust us!


Q: What am I responsible for paying for?

A: The selected interns are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and food along with their all access bands ($50). This may seem like quite a bit, but trust us. It’s a lot cheaper than trying to show up for numerous pro races trying to talk your way onto a team for years and years and years.


Q: Will this program make me as fast as AJ?

A: Yes and no. You’ll be front and center for all of the action and get a chance to see AJ do his thing up close and personal. You may pick up a few tricks and AJ is always willing to talk about technique. But this is no guarantee. We wish it was as it would really be nice to drop our lap times by a few seconds.

p/c: Tyson Ryder

p/c: Tyson Ryder


Q: When will the winners be announced?

A: We are looking to announce the first 8 winners for the first 8 rounds of the series by the middle of December. The next round of winners will be announced by the first week of February.


Q: How will I know if I get picked?

A: We will announce the winners LIVE on Instagram and post it on all of our social media platforms. We will also have the list up on our website and will personally reach out to each selected intern. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for announcements and dates!


Q: Do I have to do anything ahead of time?

A: Nope! After you have downloaded the application and submitted it to us (along with the list of races that you want to attend) you don’t need to do anything. All of the responsibilities will be discussed during the day of the race. The internship is from the start of the race day to the end of the race day.


Q:What are some of the tasks that I have to do on race day?

A: Here is some of the daily tasks-

Helping AJ and the crew with scheduling

Keeping the team on task and on schedule with practice and races

Helping to acquire gear, parts, fuel, etc.. for the team in between track sessions

Helping to record and review race lines

Assisting with social media posts, interviews, and videos

Assisting with fan interactions

Interfacing with reps and sponsors

Keeping the crew on task

Helping to keep up morale (preferably with dad jokes)


Q:Have the interns in the past gone on to do cool things?

A: Most definitely. That is one thing that we are insanely proud of! Our interns have gone on to do awesome things. For example, Cole Beach joined us last year in Tampa and spent the day with us as an intern. Because of the incredible exposure and immersion of our program, Cole was hired by FELD (the owners of Supercross) to help with their video marketing program. Another intern, Joe Cancellieri, went on to be a personal trainer for pro racers in both classes- talk about a killer gig. Our program gets you prepared like you wouldn’t believe.


Q: Can I ride Aj’s bike?

A: No. No you can't….


Be sure to APPLY today and spread the word. We want to make sure that this opportunity goes far and wide and we want help bring talented candidates into the sport- candidates like YOU. Stay tuned to Thecollectivexp.com for more updates and offerings.

TCE "Check In" with Rockwell Racing's Jon Ames

TCE "Check In" with Rockwell Racing's Jon Ames

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This installment of TCE “Check-In” features Rockwell Racing’s newest recruit, amateur phenom Jon-Jon Ames. Jon-Jon has had an up and down professional career to date and is looking to ride to his fullest potential in the upcoming 2019 Supercross season. With the help of the Rockwell Racing team, Jon-Jon hopes to score himself a few top 10 finishes and possibly a top 5 with some added confidence and added seat time on his new Yamaha YZ-250F. Can Jon-Jon put together a successful year and put himself and Rockwell Racing on the map? We think so! We reached out to Ames to get his feedback and answers from a set of rapid fire questions…

For those out there who may not be too familiar Jon Ames, give us a a brief introduction about yourself...

My name is Jon Ames or most commonly known as Jon Jon.  I live in Colorado, but I am from Arizona and will be racing the 2019 Supercross season.


How did you get your start in racing?

I got my start in the sport by just finding some old motocross videos when I was about 4 and instantly knew that I had to do this.


What kept you interested and motivated over the years?

I’m not the kind of person you really have to keep motivated. I love going fast so if I have to workout 4 days a week and bike ride 100 miles just so it makes me go faster, then I won’t hesitate to do so.



Tell us a bit about your run through amateurs. What were some of your best races?

Amateurs were real up and down for me, but I had some good races.  Some of the highlights were winning 2 Loretta Lynn championships along with winning Mini O’s in Florida and the Spring classic in Texas.

Ames is no stranger to the rigors of the pro class both in Supercross and Motocross..  Image:    @cycledump

Ames is no stranger to the rigors of the pro class both in Supercross and Motocross..

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Which amateur national race was your favorite and why?

My favorite amateur race was probably the Spring Classic at Mill Creek.  I loved the track so much and always had great results there.



What was the transition to the pro's like for you?

It was a little shocking, but I adapted quickly I’d like to think.  I’m still trying to get some stuff figured out, but we are working on it everyday.



Name one thing that most people don't know about the switch to pro racing.

The intensity! Every lap you have to put it all out there and if you can’t then you're not going to even come close to a good finish.



Take us through the 2018 season and the crash you suffered early in the season.

Well, 2018 was definitely rough. It started at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm event where I had a practice crash resulting in a broken left femur. It was no big deal I just healed as quickly as I could. I had 3 weeks on the bike then I went to Dallas feeling good actually. I got off to a great start in the heat then got a bit tight unfortunately. I had one lap to go and In the last turn got pushed off the track resulting in a head on collision with another rider and I fractured my left femur again. 

Jon Jon had a few set backs the past few seasons including a double femur break, but is looking to turn things around gain some momentum in 2019.

Jon Jon had a few set backs the past few seasons including a double femur break, but is looking to turn things around gain some momentum in 2019.

What has the rehab been like?

Rehab was rough, but nothing we all haven’t done before. I always make sure when I come back from an injury stronger than when I was healthy.



How was your first ride back?

My first ride back I just relaxed and didn’t worry about anyone or anything and I just took my time, but don’t worry I still love going fast.



What are your plans and goals for 2019?

Goals are to ride loose and get the starts that I always get and ride with the top guys for as long as I can. Knowing you can race with those guys is half the battle.



Where can everyone find out more about you and follow along your season?

Everyone can find out how I’m doing on my social media like Instagram - jonames_179

With the upcoming season quickly approaching we’re excited to see riders like Jon Ames make their mark and put in the work to have a successful 2019 Supercross campaign. Who do you think will have a stand out year? Drop us a line and let us know what you think.

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TCE Product Deep Dive with Rekluse Clutches

TCE Product Deep Dive with Rekluse Clutches

This month’s TCE Product Deep Dive showcases Rekluse Clutches. Rekluse offers some of the most effective, durable, and unique products out there. Take a look around the pro pits at a majority of motorcycle racing events and you’re bound to see the Rekluse logo. Racers and riders everywhere have been trusting Rekluse for years and we wanted to get a deeper look at the vast product line…

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Thanks for giving us the inside scoop on the Rekluse brand.  Can you tell us a bit about Rekluse and what the brand offers the industry?

Rekluse was founded in 2002 in Boise, Idaho by Al Youngwerth. We offer innovative auto and

manual clutches for dirt bikes, street bikes, adventure bikes, ATVs, and the Yamaha YXZ1000

Side by Side. We still do all the product design and manufacturing in-house in Boise.


How did Rekluse get its start in the Moto industry?

Al, our founder, has always been a rider, so it was only natural that he developed a product for

the industry.


Where did the idea for Rekluse come from?

After being disappointed with the performance of a different auto clutch, Al decided he wanted

to create a better product. He loved the idea of the auto clutch and turned to a program called

Tech Help at Boise State University to get development and engineering assistance. The BSU

student that Al was matched with at Tech Help is Sean Brown, who is now President of Rekluse.

There are a ton of pro teams that run the Rekluse Clutch systems for the added durability and benefits. Teams like Star Racing Yamaha trust Rekulse on their championship winning bikes.

There are a ton of pro teams that run the Rekluse Clutch systems for the added durability and benefits. Teams like Star Racing Yamaha trust Rekulse on their championship winning bikes.

How is Rekluse different from other clutch component brands?

Our auto clutches provide an advantage that is unique to our product. The auto functionality is

there when you want it, but your clutch lever is still fully functional at all times. Our manual

clutches take aftermarket OEM replacement clutches a step further. Instead of just increasing

durability, our TorqDrive technology delivers increased performance, as well as increased

durability.


What types of riders and racers can benefit from the Rekluse clutch system?

We have many different clutch options, so we believe that everyone can benefit. We pride

ourselves on helping everyone from the highest levels of racing worldwide to the weekend

warrior riding their local trails for fun.


What types of clutch options does Rekluse have for each type of rider?

We offer 3 auto clutches and 3 manual clutches.

Auto clutches:

  • Our premier auto clutch is RadiusCX. RadiusCX comes with a billet center hub and

pressure plate, the EXP auto clutch disk, TorqDrive friction disks and drive plates, and a

billet clutch cover. Utilizing all the best technology that Rekluse has to offer, RadiusCX

delivers increased performance and durability.

  • The next auto clutch is Core EXP 3.0, which comes with everything in RadiusCX except for the TorqDrive friction disks. Core EXP 3.0 reuses OEM frictions.

  • Additionally, we offer is RadiusX, which reuses OEM hub and pressure plate. All you do is drop in the EXP auto clutch disk and the TorqDrive friction disks and steel drive plates.

  • All of the auto clutches’ engagement points can be tuned to match rider preference and terrain.

Manual clutches:

  • Our premier manual clutch is Core Manual TorqDrive. It comes with a billet center hub and pressure plate that move more oil through the clutch, keeping the clutch cooler. TorqDrive frictions and steels are much thinner than OEM, meaning we can fit more plates into the clutch. More plates handle more power and disperse heat better, giving the rider a very stable high-performance clutch. TorqDrive friction disks utilize a steel core, which expands much less than OEM’s aluminum core when heated. The result is a virtual elimination of clutch fade.

  • The next manual clutch is Core Manual, which includes our billet center hub and pressure plate. These billet components are engineered to move more oil through the clutch. Much like Core EXP 3.0, Core Manual utilizes OEM friction disks.

  • Our newest manual product is the TorqDrive Clutch Pack. This clutch drops into OEM components but uses our TorqDrive frictions and steels to increase clutch performance with more disks.

There are many different options for Rekluse clutch offerings. There’s definitely an option that is right for you and your ride.

There are many different options for Rekluse clutch offerings. There’s definitely an option that is right for you and your ride.

With bike prices increasing each year a large number of riders are opting to keep their older bikes to save money.  How can a Rekluse clutch help them to keep their bikes running optimally?

Clutches are wear items, so it’s inevitable that your clutch is going to wear out one day. That

said, all our clutches are engineered to last longer and run cooler. Why not increase

performance and durability when it’s time to refresh your clutch? Our range of products and

price points can provide the best of both worlds.


What is one thing that you want riders to know about clutch systems?

Clutches can be a place to get better performance out of your bike. Exhaust systems, cams,

heads, pistons, and countless other products will increase your horsepower. When horsepower

increases, the clutch can become a weak point, robbing that extra power from the rear wheel.

Even if your bike is making stock power, there can still be a little extra “oomph” that isn’t being

transferred.


What is the best way to go about proper clutch maintenance and adjustment for the everyday rider?

With all clutches, it is crucial to use good quality oil, and change it regularly. We recommend

using whatever oil your bike’s manufacturer recommends; you don’t need to run any special oil

with our clutch systems.

Auto clutches have a different adjustment procedure than manual clutches. It is very important

to regularly check what we call Free Play Gain. This simple, two-second check essentially

measures the gap between the clutch pack and the pressure plate that the EXP disk fills when it

expands. We have videos available online describing how to check Free Play Gain, but if you

have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Rekluse is continually producing new products to separate you from the competition. Check out their huge selection of off-road components.

Rekluse is continually producing new products to separate you from the competition. Check out their huge selection of off-road components.

What Pro teams and Pro riders currently run Rekluse clutches and what have their impressions been with the system?

We support teams all over the world, including Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, Star

Racing Yamaha, MotoConcepts Racing Honda, RPM KTM, and Precision Concepts Kawasaki, just

to name a few. We were fortunate enough to win all 3 Supercross championships this year with

Jason Anderson, Zach Osborne, and Aaron Plessinger, as well as the 250 Motocross

championship with Aaron Plessinger. Anderson and Osborne run Core Manual, while Plessinger

runs Core Manual TorqDrive. Their impressions have been very positive; they enjoy the

improved modulation and decreased fade. Their feedback has been very valuable for us to

continually update and improve upon our products.


What is one of the coolest parts about working with Rekluse and its riders?

We have been focused on customer service since day one, and always make it a point to do the

right thing and take care of our customers. Outside of the office, it’s always a great experience

hearing stories about how our auto clutches help people ride again or keep riding following an

injury or with a disability.

Everything happens under one roof. All the product design, engineering, manufacturing,

assembly, shipping, customer service, rider support, etc. is done here in Boise. We are a group

of caring, dedicated people that take pride in what we do every day.


What is in the near future for Rekluse? Will we see any new products coming down the pipeline?

We just released our new Manual Slave Cylinders, which are a direct OEM replacement. They

have a proprietary piston and seal design, which increases durability and improves clutch

modulation. We are always looking to improve our products and push the envelope.

Privateers like Adam Enticknap trust Rekluse to keep them on the track longer and thanks to the durability of Rekluse clutches it saves them money over stock clutches.

Privateers like Adam Enticknap trust Rekluse to keep them on the track longer and thanks to the durability of Rekluse clutches it saves them money over stock clutches.

If customers have questions or want to try out the latest and greatest from Rekluse how do they

contact you and get their very own Rekluse set up?

You can learn about our products on our website, www.rekluse.com, or feel free to get in touch

with our customer service team. You can reach them by phone at 208-426-0659 or by email at

customerservice@rekluse.com.

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The TCE SX Fan Experience is back and better for 2019!

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The industry’s most immersive and value packed Supercross Fan Experience is back for 2019! We are once again changing the industry by bringing fans closer than ever to the action and getting them behind the scenes for an incredible opportunity unlike any other. Our program allows Supercross and Motocross race fans to be a VIP guest of their favorite riders. This is more than just a meet and greet. In our program you get to spend the entire day being an industry insider and getting hands on with the riders and their support crew. From watching practice runs with the team to helping with race strategy and participating to rig tours and more…the sky is the limit with The Collective Experience. One of the coolest and most rewarding parts of our program is that over 70% of the money from the packages we sell go directly to the riders and teams. Yup! You read that correctly! We are funding the working class heroes of the sport all while providing fans all over the world with unforgettable experiences. Talk about a win-win for the industry.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to attend a Supercross race like never before. For more information click here or send us an email with your questions. Be sure to let us know what you think of the program. We hope to see you at a race in 2019!

2019 SX Internship Program is LIVE!

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Yup you read that right!

Due to the overwhelming amount of requests and positive feedback we are bringing back our TCE SX Internship program. This is an opportunity that we are excited to offer racing fans from all over. Our unique program gives you the chance to work with privateer superstar AJ Catanzaro and his pro race team at a race of your choice. Now, this isn’t your typical behind the scenes experience. You will be a REAL life team member with tasks and responsibilities that give you serious experience in the industry. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the thrill of helping a rider during a Monster Energy Supercross night program event, then look no further.

Tasks and responsibilities included with the program are:

Helping AJ and the crew with line selection

Reviewing practice footage

Interacting with gear and part reps

Assisting with scheduling

Helping with bike set-up

Assisting with social media posts and marketing

Keeping the race rig and flow of the day organized

Plus, we hook you up with a killer team kit filled with swag!

The opportunities are endless and we want to offer you the chance to experience it all. This program is perfect for those who dream of working in the SX racing industry as well as fans who just want to help out a privateer rider. For this program we are accepting applications to help make the intern selections. We will be picking an intern for each round of the Supercross series. That’s a possibility for 17 different winners! We are encouraging everyone interested in the program to apply…you don’t want to miss out.

AJ and his crew will be personally picking the lucky winners of the internship program. To apply, download the application here and email the completed forms to contact@thecollectivexp.com. Be sure to include anything that you think will strengthen your chances of being selected like a resume or video submission. Will you be our next intern?

Good Luck!

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TCE Dream Chasers with Rockstar's James Hanson

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Photo cred: @shepherdphotos

This edition of TCE Dream Chasers features one guy who has one of the raddest gigs within the industry, James Hanson. James has a lot of responsibilities at the races, one of which is managing and coordinating aspects of a race day for high profile riders like Jason Anderson and Zach Osbourne. In this industry there are very few opportunities to get a look into amazing jobs such as James’, so in true TCE fashion we knew we had to get the inside scoop. James, being the stellar dude that he is, had no issues with taking us through his day to day along with what goes into a professional championship race effort and building a personal brand…

Hey James! Tell us a bit about who you are and what your title is within the sport.

Hello, my name is James Hanson and I manage Motocross, Supercross and Off-Road motorcycles globally for Rockstar Energy. 

How did you get your start in the sport?

Years ago I moved from Northern California to a small town in Oregon next door to a track called Mt. View MX Park. I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen and I flagged and watered there for several years before I got a bike. Fast forward to racing and winning championships in the B class and then I went pro in a little over 3 years. Rockstar Energy was looking for somebody to fill a spot and thanks to my connections from racing, I ended up with the company. Now here we are 13 years later.

What are some of your main tasks on race day and throughout the week?

Monday-Thursday most weeks is all in front of the computer. From branding approval of all gear, graphics etc. to tracking social media, updating websites, sorting photos and staring at spread sheets until my eyes roll back in my head. Fridays and Sundays are usually spent on airplanes. Saturdays are race days and although were at the track anywhere from 12-16 hours, it's really the best day of the week. I love every gate drop and it seems to never get old even traveling 40+ weekends a year. Race days still have some of the midweek stuff mentioned before with branding and photos, but also handling podium stuff and assisting the sales side of things to make sure their guests have the best experience possible.

James enjoys another hard fought victory with his rider and 2018 SX 450 Champion, Jason Anderson.  Photo cred:   @collin_speckner

James enjoys another hard fought victory with his rider and 2018 SX 450 Champion, Jason Anderson.

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Tell us a bit about “Dirt Bikes for President” and how that got started.

The origin of #dirtbikesforpresident is kind of funny. Scrolling down the ole Facebook timeline and seeing people constantly arguing about trivial things, I would randomly comment something like "dirt bikes are cool". I would see political arguments and then I would comment “Dirt Bikes For President”. I started hash tagging it, then trademarked it, figured I should make some stuff, and people were pumped on it enough that I had it in Supercross mains! It's all about positivity and riding for fun, negative comments aren't even allowed on the social. They won't be engaged, just deleted.

Can you describe the feeling of being part of a team that wins a championship like earlier this year with Jason Anderson?

It's incredible! We've won a lot of championships in my time with Rockstar, but it's the same every time. Weeks and weeks of build up with the whole team finally coming down to one final race typically. Heart rate through the roof, shaking and shortness of breath. Then boom! That boom part is hard to put into words, but it's one of the best feelings I've ever experienced. A lot of hard work goes into this by so many people to make it happen, but it's all worth it when you're rider holds up that championship trophy!

What is the best part about your job with Rockstar and the best part about creating DBFP?

Honestly that's a simple answer that covers both; I love dirt bikes more than anything in the world and I get to be around them every single day!

Even though James probably doesn’t get a chance to ride as much as he would like, this guy can seriously rip! James hops into pro class races here and there and often places very well. Not bad for a guy who spends more time on the road than most people spend at home. James’ passion for dirt bikes is evident anytime he throws a leg over a bike.  Photo cred:   @cycledump

Even though James probably doesn’t get a chance to ride as much as he would like, this guy can seriously rip! James hops into pro class races here and there and often places very well. Not bad for a guy who spends more time on the road than most people spend at home. James’ passion for dirt bikes is evident anytime he throws a leg over a bike.

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What is one thing that you want people to understand about your role, the industry, or the racers that you work with?

I get messages almost every day from people wanting to know how to get in. It's almost impossible because the jobs that people want are so few. More often than not when someone leaves a company, they just pop up at the track with another one a couple weeks later. On another note, I really don't believe everyone is cut out for this type of job. Without going into too much detail as why, it’s just not what people think. You work 7 days a week most of the year and something can pop up at any time without warning that has to be handled immediately. On call to put out fires basically. Sometimes the sound of a structured schedule of 9-5, 5 days a week sounds so appealing. No one calling you at night, every weekend off, but honestly I wouldn't change it for the world. I just love dirt bikes and I'm very grateful for my life. There are plenty of perks that go along as well.

If you could change the sport in any way what would it be?

If I could, I would want racers to be paid so much more, farther down in the field. It's just crazy for someone to be capable of finishing in the top 20 on a Supercross race Saturday and not be sure if they can afford to make it to the next round. How much does the 20th best baseball player make? Obviously sports like that are a massive market and we're pretty small, but if I could change one thing, that would be it.

Where can people keep up with you during your day to day and find out more about DBFP?

My Instagram is @professor296 and DBFP's is @dirtbikesforpresident. The website is dirtbikesforpresident.com There are some things on there for sale, but I really need to step it up.

Be sure to follow along with James as he preps for the 2019 SX race season with his riders. For more information on opportunities within the sport stay tuned to TheCollectivexp.com and stay inside all of the action!

TCE Product Deep Dive with Ryan Jensen of No-Toil

TCE Product Deep Dive with Ryan Jensen of No-Toil

The TCE Product Deep Dive is back with new and exciting products from the experts on air filters, No-Toil. No-Toil specializes in providing top quality products that helps us in racers and riders maintain our air filters. Their unique offerings of bio-degradable products makes the messy and tedious task of changing, cleaning, and prepping air filters as easy as can be. Air filter maintenance is essential to a proper running bike and we were a bit curious about the world of air filters. We reached out to Ryan Jensen over at No-Toil to pick his brain about the company and air filters as a whole. Give the article a read to keep your bike running strong for seasons to come…

No-Toil makes specializes in 100% biodegradable products that makes dirt bike foam air filter maintanance and changes easier and safer than ever.

No-Toil makes specializes in 100% biodegradable products that makes dirt bike foam air filter maintanance and changes easier and safer than ever.

Hi Ryan! Tell us a bit about who you are and what No-Toil is about...

My Name is Ryan Jensen and I've been working here for about 12 years. No-Toil makes the industries only 100% biodegradable & completely non-toxic filter treatment. We're lucky enough to sell all over the globe. As well as private label our products for some major companies such as: Honda, Yamaha, and WIX Filtration.

How did you get the job that you have now with No-Toil and what is your background in the industry?

My Uncle, Robert Jensen founded No-Toil back in 1998. Bob has 3 sons that were heavy in the local motocross scene in the early 90's. With over 20 bikes in the garage, the filter maintenance was a task they all hated. Which led to Bob finding the desire to create a better method to wash his filters in a sink or a washing machine. 2 years of testing & working with chemists; he landed on what we call No-Toil today!

As a young teenager I spent my summers working in the warehouse filling orders, oiling filters, and riding moto. I shared the same passion as my uncle in helping progress the company further than imaginable. He created such a unique product that developed a very loyal customer base, and we've set our sights high! I currently handle all sales, marketing, and sponsorships for the brand and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

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No toil has a host of products to save you time on bike maintenance and improve overall performance!

No toil has a host of products to save you time on bike maintenance and improve overall performance!

Where did No-Toil get it's start in the racing product world?

 Bob and his kids were able to grow strong support from the Northern California racing community within the first few years of business. From there we've continued to elevate the brand and have had the pleasure to work with some of the greatest athletes & mechanics our sport has seen. From riders such as Talon Vohland, Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, Grant Langston, and Chad Reed. We've seen tremendous support from some of the most talented people to swing their leg over a bike!

 What was the process like for getting a new innovative line of racing products onto the market?

Launching No-Toil from the beginning was a very difficult and long process. When we first started we could barely give it away, no one wanted to try biodegradable anything. It took about 2 years, and a lot of support from others to help grow the brand. Traditional dirt bike riders can be very set in their ways, and even if your product is good getting them to switch is quite the feat. We've always stood behind our product and supported those who have helped support us, and thats what has been so vital in growing. 

 No-Toil has a huge presence in the industry and a loyal customer base.  How do you differentiate yourself from the competition?

Uniqueness. We are very fortunate to have a product like no one else in the market. Yes there are other foam filter brands, and honestly just about anyone can make/sell a foam filter. Our formula is what makes us so special. There are other "biodegradable" filter oils out there, but unfortunately they are still very toxic. Which is still really harmful to a foam filter.

 The molecules from our plant based oil lay flat in pores of a foam filter. Whereas every other oil is petroleum based, and have round molecules. Meaning No-Toil filter oil not only stops more dirt, but also will flow more air than any other brand. Pretty scientific!

A dirty air filter can not only rob you of horsepower, but if left untreated can cause prolonged engine issues. No-Toil can hook you up with fresh filters and cleaners to keep your bike running like a champ.

A dirty air filter can not only rob you of horsepower, but if left untreated can cause prolonged engine issues. No-Toil can hook you up with fresh filters and cleaners to keep your bike running like a champ.

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When it comes to Off-Road racing filters are very important, what should customers be looking for in a quality filter?

Dual stage filters are a must for any off-road application. We highly recommend buying a top of line filter, as not all filters are created equal. Top companies use a poly-ether reticulated foam that can withstand heavy abuse over time. 

It is also extremely important to be susceptible of your filters environment. Heat & sunlight are the worst thing for a foam filter. Too much exposure to either will cause the filter to become hard, brittle, and eventually crumble to pieces. If stored correctly a foam filter can last for up to 2 years.

How important are air filters to overall engine performance?

 Extremely! An air filter is the motors only protection from the elements. A bad filter, or filter oil can be catastrophic to an engine. A fresh filter is much easier to replace than a top end or even worse the entire motor. A little preventative maintenance will protect your very expensive motorcycle.

What are some of the most common misconceptions about dirt bike air filters?

We've found some people think their foam filter should last forever. While I did mention with the right care, a filter can last for up to two years. But the more you wash a filter (in anything) the more the foam will become soft and expand. This is why most filter companies recommend having a rotation of at least a few filters per bike. This will ensure you get the most out of your filters. A good example, would be an old pair of moto goggles that have sat around the garage for years. Foam itself just deteriorates over time

To ensure engine longevity, regular air filter inspections and changes are recommended. No-Toil has you covered from new air filters all the way to cleaners and oils.

To ensure engine longevity, regular air filter inspections and changes are recommended. No-Toil has you covered from new air filters all the way to cleaners and oils.

No-Toil is one of the only companies that use bio degradable products.  Where did the idea to make bio degradable products come from?

What makes No-Toil so special is that it was simply developed to solve a problem, not just a product to "sell". The founder, Bob Jensen was tired of having to dispose of nasty chemicals weekly and still found his filters just weren't getting cleaned correctly. He knew there was a better way! 

Petroleum & solvents speed up the deterioration of a filter as well. Whereas No-Toil products are less toxic than most shampoo's. And will completely biodegrade in about 30 days ... which is almost quicker than a banana.

There are quite a few pro riders that use No-Toil filters in their race bikes.  Are these the same filters that the everyday customer can buy to make their bikes race ready?

We are truly fortunate to have some of the worlds best riders use our product. Unlike a lot of companies on the market, we sell exactly what the pro's use. Wether your an amateur, privateer, or Chad Reed we only give you the best!

The No-Toil products make air filter maintenance quick and easy.  What is some of the feedback that you get from your customers when they make the move to No-Toil products?

We often get " I don't know what took so long to switch, I'm hooked!" As I mentioned earlier we're involved in a sport where riders are very set in their ways and don't easily convert. We understand and respect this as riding a dirt bike is a very high risk sport, and everyone likes to feel comfortable with the way they do their routine. Our goal is to prove to those riders who have yet to try, is that we set the same standards and stand behind our product and customers!

Top Pro SX and MX riders trust No-Toil on their high end bikes. When you’re racing at these levels you leave nothing to chance, and No-Toil is up to the task. The best part is that they offer the same level of performance and durability to both Pros and weekend warriors.

Top Pro SX and MX riders trust No-Toil on their high end bikes. When you’re racing at these levels you leave nothing to chance, and No-Toil is up to the task. The best part is that they offer the same level of performance and durability to both Pros and weekend warriors.

With the sport changing and becoming more innovative each season, how do you see the air filter technology changing in the future?

While foam technology has stayed relatively the same. We always push to gain greater feedback on improving the product we bring to our customers. We work with some of the industries finest and have an open mind to where motorcycle development is going. 

What does No-Toil have in the works for the upcoming race season?

While there is no official news yet.. what I can say is No-Toil plans to hit the professional racing scene harder than ever in 2019…So stay tuned!

Where can people find out more about the No Toil product line?

We're very fortunate to be backed by the industries largest supporters. No-Toil products can be found in just about any dealership in the US.  Our products are also sold through many distribution channels all over the world. Here are just a few..  Part's Unlimited, Western Powersports, Motosport Inc, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, BTO Sports Part's Canada, Part's Europe, Serco Supply AU, and W.Whites Wholesale

Make sure you check out No-Toil and grab yourself a new filter and maintenance products. Stay tuned for more in-depth looks into some of the industries top products and services.







TCE and AJ Catanzaro rocked it at Red Bull Straight Rhythm

TCE and AJ Catanzaro rocked it at Red Bull Straight Rhythm

It’s no secret that we were getting geared up to make a run at winning the 2018 Red Bull Straight Rhythm event. We are beyond excited to have entered the race and do it with such a capable rider as AJ Catanzaro and supportive sponsors such as RAK Racing, Federal Hill Home Theaters, and MotoTape. It took a lot of planning and coordinating but we made it happen. Check out our behind the scenes action from the event. Our crew was HUGE for this event, but our passion and enthusiasm was much larger. Take a peak…

In the beginning we knew we wanted to get a good foundation started. AJ and the crew decided that we should race a Kawasaki KX-125 and do something that we’ve always wanted to do- A James Stewart tribute! AJ got in touch with Spencer Luck, who built one fo the coolest most capable KX-125’s in the country and Spencer agreed to let us rip it up for Straight Rhythm. Not only does Spencer own a rad bike, but he also owns on the most fun and scenic tracks in the world. A few months ago we headed to Utah to shred The Fying Iron Horse Ranch to shakedown the KX-125 and unveil our amazing tribute theme to the legend James “Bubba” Stewart. We brought out videographer Jesse Petrini to highlight the entire weekend and share it with the world…


Want to check out some pure unedited riding with RAW 2 stroke grit? Well feast your eyes…

If you haven’t already make sure you watch the Red Bull Straight Rhythm event available on Youtube and Red Bull TV.

The TCE crew had a blast providing racing fans with in-depth content and information from the Red Bull Straight Rhythm event. We opened up our TCE All Access Experience that allowed everyone to tag along with us through an immersive and interactive Facebook group. Fans were able to be a real member of our team and help us make some important race decisions, not to mention a serious hook up with swag courtesy of our exclusive Team Kits jammed packed with merchandise from AJ Catanzaro himself along with FXR, Evans Power Coolant, MotoTape, Patched MX, SGB Racing and more!

If you missed out on this opportunity don’t fret! We’ve got another incredible opportunity for you to be a real life team member at a race of your choice. Apply for the TCE SX Internship program and work with “The Cat” himself. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and the exposure is second to none. APPLY TODAY!!!

2018 MXDN Recap- how did we do against the rest of the world?

2018 MXDN Recap- how did we do against the rest of the world?

The 2018 Motocross Des Nations kicked off this past weekend at historic Red Bud MX in Buchanan, Michigan. As one of the most anticipated races of the year you can bet that expectations, excitement, and pressure were high for all teams. Riders from all over the world made the journey to represent their respected nations in one of the greatest Motorspsorts races there is. We had the pleasure of being in attendance for the first time and wanted to share some memories from the event. It’s not often that we get a chance to attend a race as just race fans so we couldn’t wait to take it all and enjoy the races with our fellow Motocross die-hards from all over the world.

It isn’t an MXDN event if there aren’t hundreds of colorful flags being waved around. It seemed as though every country in the world was being represented, yet we all shared one thing in common…MOTOCROSS!

It isn’t an MXDN event if there aren’t hundreds of colorful flags being waved around. It seemed as though every country in the world was being represented, yet we all shared one thing in common…MOTOCROSS!

By now everyone is aware of the incredible displays of talent from the race. It’s no surprise that the MXGP riders were every bit as talented and capable as the US AMA riders, and then some. Team France once again brought home the win and ownership over the coveted Chamberlain Trophy for a 5th consecutive year. The team of Gautier Paulin, Dylan Ferrandis, and Jordi Tixier all rode with an aggression and consistency that no other team could match (save for the Dutch, but we’ll get into that later). Watching Paulin lay down laps at the front of the pack was amazing as he was able to match the speed of Spanish youngster Jorge Prado and Dutch rider Glenn Coldenhoff. The French team connected as a unit and was able to limit their mistakes and set backs unlike most other teams. Ferrandis had several stand out riders as he was able to hold off attacks from 450 superstars aboard his YZ-250F for several motos. As time goes on it appears that team France has elevated their game and don’t plan to slow down (or give up that Chamberlain trophy) anytime soon.

Team Spain used the ever popular Rockwell Racing rig to house their riders and crew. With the addition of young gun Jorge Prado, team Spain definite made a huge impact.

Team Spain used the ever popular Rockwell Racing rig to house their riders and crew. With the addition of young gun Jorge Prado, team Spain definite made a huge impact.

To everyone’s surprise team Italy took the second step on the podium. The industry as whole didn’t seem to put much of a spotlight on multi-time MXGP champion Antonio Cairoli or his team mate Alessandro Lupino yet both riders had a stellar weekend. Cairoli (in true AC222 fashion) was a front runner all weekend and showed some serious technique and talent as he won the weekend’s qualifying race on Saturday. Alessandro Lupino was possibly one of the biggest shocks of the weekend as he rode amazingly in the top ten and chased down the front runners on multiple occasions.

Each team had their own personalized sections inside of the pits. Many AMA National rigs were transformed for the event to be used by various foreign teams.

Each team had their own personalized sections inside of the pits. Many AMA National rigs were transformed for the event to be used by various foreign teams.

Despite not winning the event the team from the Netherlands put on a masterful performance and came away as the clear powerhouse of the race. Winning nearly every race on the weekend this team was a force to be reckoned with. Both Jeffery Herlings and Glenn Coldenhoff were head and shoulders above the competition. Had it not been for some very unfortunate luck that resulted in an eye injury and DNF for MX2 rider Calvin Vlaanderen, the Dutch team would have won the race by a landslide…in every sense of the word. For 2019 the Dutch team will have to settle for numbers 7-9 as they took the final step on the podium. Hats off to the Netherlands team and Jeffrey Herlings on a truly dominate 2018 race season.

National pride was in full display at the MXDN. From countries far and wide, there wasn’t a shortage of costumes, flags, and of course chainsaws.

National pride was in full display at the MXDN. From countries far and wide, there wasn’t a shortage of costumes, flags, and of course chainsaws.

Dane Rouse himself took a break from building rad Honda two strokes to damn the red, white, and blue and represent for the gold oel USA.

Dane Rouse himself took a break from building rad Honda two strokes to damn the red, white, and blue and represent for the gold oel USA.

Team USA was one of the biggest shake-ups of the event (and not in a good way) as they rode to a very lack luster 6th place in the event. For a team that was touted as the hands down favorites to win the event, many were surprised to see the Americans ride very uninspiring in all motos. Eli Tomac had the best finish with a 4th in race 1 after a come from behind ride. Justin Barcia showed some serious aggression and ability to keep pace, but fell victim to some bad luck and even worse starts. Everyone’s favorite American Aaron Plessinger had quite possibly the most “off” weekend and could only muster up a 16th place finish after a severe crash during Saturday qualifying. Team USA’s lack of results put a huge damper on the weekend for many fans (which is a huge understatement), but in true MXDN fashion the overwhelming number of fans in attendance still rallied to cheer on the rest of the uber- fast field.

The lines at the Red Bud MXDN were a bit unique compared to a typical MX National. The dirt was a nice mixture of top soil and sand which held up well against the elements and created many lines prime for railing.

The lines at the Red Bud MXDN were a bit unique compared to a typical MX National. The dirt was a nice mixture of top soil and sand which held up well against the elements and created many lines prime for railing.

Speaking of the rest of the field…TEAM PUERTO RICO ROCKS! What more can be said about the team of ungodly talented misfits? They came, they raced, they won the B final, and they absolutely lit the place on fire. The crowds showed this bunch more love and support than any other team and the sirens and chainsaws could be heard all around the track as they whizzed by. The coolest thing about them racing was the fact that even though 2 out of the 3 racers were fresh off the couch (made evident by Kevin Windham’s beer belly and santa beard along with Pastrana’s football sized knee) they still had loads of talent that could be seen here and there. The team was able to raise a lot of money and awareness for the relief effort in Puerto Rico and that alone is worth a standing ovation

TP199 had quite possibly the most famous 2 stroke of all time absolutely singing around the track. After a much needed wash, the RM250 was primed and ready to ride.

TP199 had quite possibly the most famous 2 stroke of all time absolutely singing around the track. After a much needed wash, the RM250 was primed and ready to ride.

Since this event was one of the last times we could see Travis Pastrana line up behind a gate there were a lot team Puerto Rico memoralbilia being raffled off to commemorate the special event

Since this event was one of the last times we could see Travis Pastrana line up behind a gate there were a lot team Puerto Rico memoralbilia being raffled off to commemorate the special event

Overall the event exceeded all of our expectations and really showcased the current top talent of our sport. Only time will tell if the Americans can ever regain their “mojo” and win the event. In the meantime, it’s time to bust out those dusty passports and start booking for MXDN 2019 in Assen! We’ll see ya there!

TCE Product Deep Dive with Dave Castillo of AC Systems

TCE Product Deep Dive with Dave Castillo of AC Systems

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If you’re in the sport of Motocross and Supercross then you love new Moto-related products. Let’s face it, most of our industry is based around new parts and products. We all love unboxing new tech for our trusty steeds or the latest gear that helps us spruce up our kits and to keep us safer. Motocross has some of the coolest tech and products out there, and we love them all. It’s pretty much unanimous, getting new gear and parts is definitely one of the best parts of our sport. Since we, total moto-nerds, share in the love of new products we decided to start a whole new segment dedicated towards showcasing new innovative products in our sport. This month we hit up Dave and Natalie Castillo over at AC Systems to find out more about their really unique and totally trick breathing systems that you may have seen on some of your favorite racers….

So tell us how you got your start in motocross?

I started riding motorcycles at 5 years old and racing at 10. My dad, Jim Castillo, rode and raced, so it was just a natural thing for me to do it as well. I turned pro in 1991 and raced 125 west coast super cross. I had some fun with that but ended up injured a fair amount. I’m a big guy so when I was healthy, I jumped up to the 250 class. I never did too well but was able to help form The Great Western Bank team for ’96 and raced along side some amazing team mates in Phil Lawrence, Buddy Antunez, and Denny Stephenson. We had a ton of fun and those guys all had really good results.

What led to the start and development of AC Systems products?

My dad always had issues with goggle foam pinching his nose when he rode. He came up with the notion that, if he could keep the foam from holding his nose shut while at the same time opening his nasal passages, he would be able to breathe more air. The original system was a pair of magnetic clips that attached to the inside of the goggle, holding the foam off of the nose. Then the stickers that had steel disks embedded in them were applied to either side of the nose, which the magnets in the clips attached to and pulled on. It was amazing. We were all so excited about having this available to everyone that we released it as soon as we could. Of course, this being the first version and really only testing it our ourselves, there were issues that needed to be fixed. We pulled it from the market and went back to the drawing board. That’s when my dad came up with the AC Sport Band. We decided that it would be better to have this incredible technology put into a much simpler form that could cover all types of activity, while still fixing the goggle foam issue. Along this journey of completely changing the product we started to educate ourselves more and more on the power of nose breathing. It changed entirely from “more air” to “the right air”, which is something that we are working to educate the market on. The AC Sport Band that we have available today is a simple, durable, sleek design that uses the original combination of magnets and steel embedded stickers to open your nasal passages. It is far easier to use, more effective, and it has become an essential piece of performance wear for most everyone who has tried it. Having started in Motocross we are now working to spread the studies on nose breathing and its effect on the body and mind so everyone can try this product and experience the benefits. It has been incredibly interesting learning all that there is to know about why it’s so vital, especially after spending my life as an athlete, learning that I have been one of the many who has been breathing incorrectly was really eye opening.

The AC System Band is very unique and works in some pretty cool ways. From the innovative stickers, to the ergonomic band, everything is optimized to provide comfort, functionality, and durability.

The AC System Band is very unique and works in some pretty cool ways. From the innovative stickers, to the ergonomic band, everything is optimized to provide comfort, functionality, and durability.

What are some of the unique benefits of the your product?

There are many unique benefits of our nasal band over standard nasal strips, such as Breathe Right. Then there are the benefits of nasal breathing itself...

Number 1. One of the issues with the standard nasal strips is that they come right off. The typical nasal band is made similar to a band aid. It is a single piece of limp sticky material that pulls on itself in order to open your nose. So, it is basically working against itself to pull itself off of your nose the second that it is applied. Ours don’t do that. When you apply our nose stickers they are not being pulled on immediately, so they have time to set and adhere to the skin. We include wipes with each of the kits that we send out so even if you’re out in the middle of no where you can clean your nose, apply your stickers, let them sit for about 5-10 minutes to properly adhere, and then pop the band on and go.

Number 2. Our system is two parts- the stickers with the steel disk in the middle and the magnetic band. Once you apply the stickers and let them adhere, the band is placed over the nose and the disks snap out to meet the magnets. This means that the intense pull is coming from a rigid plastic band that is only moving the part of your nose that you want to move, which opens your nose to its max. Think of our stickers as suction cups- when you try to pull a suction cup off glass it’s near impossible when you pull from the center, but when you slide it off the edge it comes right off. That's like us compared to nasal strips.

Number 3. Our stickers are designed to wick sweat out through their own pores, but do not allow moisture to affect them from the outside. For example- triathletes have been applying their stickers before the swim portion of their race without them coming off in the water. They don’t use the band for the swim as it would allow too much water to enter their nose, but after their long and challenging swim race they hop on their bike with their band waiting, pop it on, and finish out the day with the stickers fully adhered to their noses. It has been really fun to see how successful the stickers have been staying on through so many different activities.

Number 4. When it comes to goggle sports there is really no reason to use your typical nasal strip. The flexible material collapses under the foam of the goggle and because you have added material on your nose, now it is being pinched down even more. Our two part system with the rigid band is strong enough to open your nose to an incredible nose breathing capacity while pushing the foam out of the way. We also have a variety of sizes so you can choose how widely you want your nose pulled open.

What are some of the internal breathing issues that the AC Systems product addresses?

Well, one of the issues that we are really looking forward to helping with is those who have deviated septums. It's incredibly common and can create some serious limitations with sleep and exercise. When we put the system on people who suffer from that issue, they can't believe the immediate sense of relief from being able to breathe through their nose for the first time. Nose breathing is also incredibly helpful for those with asthma. Really what our system does is simply make nose breathing far easier, and especially as your heart rate increases. At rest, most everyone can breathe in and out through their noses without much struggle. That is how we are designed to breathe, not at all through our mouths. But as soon as we start to exercise, our heart rate increases and we feel the need to take in more volume of air so we switch to mouth breathing. And one would think that getting more air is the answer, but it isn’t. You can get more air through your mouth, it makes sense. Your mouth is a larger passageway than your nose. But, in fact, that is one of the problems. Mouth breathing leads to over-breathing, hyperventilation, dehydration, depleted carbon dioxide levels, vasoconstriction (constriction of the blood vessels), and reduced blood circulation during exercise. So what does that mean? It means that your body is not getting enough oxygen to your brain or your blood when you’re huffing and puffing through your mouth. You are losing a lot of water when you exhale through your mouth. And your blood vessels are getting squeezed smaller and smaller with each mouth breath you take.

What you need to do is breathe through your nose the way your body was designed to breathe. This creates the proper mixture of gasses coursing through your blood for optimal health and performance. When you breathe through your nose, your body re-breathes the expelled Carbon Dioxide and the Nitric Oxide that is naturally produced in your sinuses. Both of these gasses are vasodilators (blood vessel openers) which deliver more oxygen to the brain and muscles faster. Breathing in and out through the nose actually helps you take fuller, deeper breaths, which stimulates the lower lung to distribute greater amounts of oxygen throughout the entire body. When the lower lung is stimulated, it triggers the parasympathetic nervous system which calms the body and mind. Mouth breathing only uses the upper lung, triggering the sympathetic nervous system, which activates the fight or flight reaction and stresses the body and mind

What results have you seen in testing and using the new AC Systems products on racers?

One of the biggest differences we’ve seen is lower heart rate (BPM) on our riders. We have seen it first hand with the riders who show us their heart rate monitors as well as in the tests that some cycling magazines have independently done. The cool part about our product is that we don’t really need to convince people that it works. The benefits of nose breathing are scientifically proven and all of the articles, studies, schools of thought, and facts about it are already done and out there for the world to see with a quick internet search. We want people to feel the benefits of nose breathing, and the only way to do that when you start to get your heart rate up is to have your nose stay open. So again, what we do is simple- we just make nose breathing possible and easy. With a lower heart rate and increased oxygen you will have less arm pump, more endurance, your body will be calmer, and your focus will increase.

Not only does the AC Systems Band work for us Moto heads during races, but it can also benefit riders during training. To date Cyclists, Triathletes, other Motorsports athletes have all seen very noticeable improvements since using the AC Systems Bands. This is definitely a product worth trying out to see how it improves your results.

Not only does the AC Systems Band work for us Moto heads during races, but it can also benefit riders during training. To date Cyclists, Triathletes, other Motorsports athletes have all seen very noticeable improvements since using the AC Systems Bands. This is definitely a product worth trying out to see how it improves your results.

In modern Motocross and Supercross physical fitness is extremely important, how does this product directly impact that aspect of the sport?

Well, if the above is true, and it is… Training progress should be accelerated. If you now have the ability to be more focused, have less arm pump and less fatigue, then you can do a few extra laps at top speed during the week’s training. So you progress faster. Then you take that confidence and experience of knowing that you’re better than you were into the race weekend with you… and so on and so on. What we really want our users to understand is the science above. Of course the band has the benefits that we mentioned with use under a goggle, but when used as a training tool in the gym, cycling, cross fit, etc. it really trains the body and mind to nose breathe without having to think about it. Basically it shouldn’t just be used on race day, but also throughout training. Practice how you play.

What was some of the initial feedback on the new products from riders?

Well aside from the benefits of nasal breathing and the findings above as long term benefits, it's an immediate “experience”. It feels so good the moment you put it on because it is such a dramatic difference. People’s eyes always light up and they almost all let out a “WOW!” (Or other exclamations we shouldn’t share). It’s not the same as other products where you just hope that they help, but can’t really tell.

Around the pits we've seen multiple riders (mostly factor riders) wearing the new AC Systems, it seems to be a huge hit. How do you plan to continue to see growth for the new AC Systems?

Yeah we have had it on a lot of guys and it has been really fun to see them all loving it. We have actually been purposely holding back from a full release of the product. We have only had it available on our own website and we have done little to no advertising. We wanted to have it out on a limited number of people to get their feedback and also to make sure there weren’t any big problems that we didn’t foresee happening. We are just now starting to allow dealers to have it. We will also be working on worldwide distribution. But that’s just the off-road motorcycle market I’m taking about. Beyond that we are actually in the process of rebranding the company. When we got up and going, we didn’t put too much thought into the name. We just took what we called the previous model and made it onto the new company name. Since then we have come up with a better name that we are very excited to announce. It will be more clear who we are and what we have to offer as well as position us better for all activities and sports. We are basically redoing everything except the product, which is still going to be reworked a little bit. Once we rebrand we will spread into all athletic fields while spreading the knowledge of nose breathing. We will also create a slightly different band while using the same technology to wear for sleep. Although the current design is already being utilized for that purpose, we have some ideas to make it better. There is a lot that we are looking forward to showing you all down the road.

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The sports top riders and biggest personalities all run the AC Systems every chance they get. If it works for riders like FMX Superstar Twitch and TCE Rider Henry Miller, then chances are it will work for you too. p/c @browndogwilson

The sports top riders and biggest personalities all run the AC Systems every chance they get. If it works for riders like FMX Superstar Twitch and TCE Rider Henry Miller, then chances are it will work for you too. p/c @browndogwilson

In Motocross and Supercross it's innovations like these that keep the sport progressing and evolving. Where do you see the sport going (technology wise) in the near future?

Well its hard to guess. It seems that technology advances faster and faster as time goes on. I’ll just go along with Elon Musk and say that we will all probably be cyborgs in the near future and we can just plug into our bikes with our Apple iBrains… Hahaha. IDK.

What are some things that we can expect from you guys in the future?

With our rebranding we hope to produce a number of things in the near future. We have a range of products that we would like to make and ideas coming out of our ears, so it’s just a matter of time before we will be launching more.

Where can people go to find out more about and purchase AC Systems products?

People can learn more about us on our website and instagram.

www.acperformancesystems.com

Instagram- @ac_systems

Be sure to give AC Systems a follow and keep and eye out for their upcoming releases and announcements. AC Systems will be hooking up our followers with an exclusive 20% off discount. Head to acperformancesystems.com and use promo code “TCE20” at checkout to get the same bands that your favorite racers use. A huge thank you to Dave and Natalie Castillo and the entire AC Systems team for giving us a true product deep dive and insight into their company. We can’t wait to get a system of our own to try out. Stay locked to TCE for more awesome articles revolving around the sport we all love.

TCE Dream Chasers with Bee G Creations

TCE Dream Chasers with Bee G Creations

We're back with our TCE Dream Chaser segment as we prepare for the upcoming race season.  For this installment we check in with Bee G Creations.  Bee has been gaining popularity and interest with his Motocross inspired works of art that are second to none.  Riders like Ken Roczen, Dean Wilson, and Tim Gajser all call on Bee for unique works of art.  We wanted to get the inside scoop from Bee himself on how he got started and where he plans to go from here....

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So give us a break down of who you are and what exactly Bee G Creations is all about...

I’m a kid from Cali who grew up making art.  Bee G represents my initials while using Bee in place of “B” because my high school basketball coach, teammates and classmates called me “Bee”.  It just made sense and kind of stuck. The brand itself is all good clean fun for all to enjoy. I want to stand out and be different from all the other artist and/or brands out there.

How did you get into art and Motocross racing?

My dad used to race three wheelers and quads back in day doing moto and even some flat track I think, so moto is in the family. We would always go to watch Supercross and X-Games events as I grew up.  I just have always been around it and followed it from a young age.

What is your background in Motocross?

I raced a little bit at Glen Helen when I was little and then a lot of riding at Glamis and Ocotillo here in California growing up.  I have done a little bit of track and now I just go ride the hills.  I don’t do as much track now, after I broke my back a few years ago.  Which is actually when I started Bee G Creations.

Awesome character drawings like this one of 2018 TCE SX rider Tyler Bowers are some of Bee G's most popular collections. Riders go nuts for these as they are totally unique and seem to highlight their personalities.

Awesome character drawings like this one of 2018 TCE SX rider Tyler Bowers are some of Bee G's most popular collections. Riders go nuts for these as they are totally unique and seem to highlight their personalities.

What was your first creation related to Motocross?

My first creation related to moto was most likely a Travis Pastrana or Mike Metzger piece, but with illustrating it was a Josh Hansen design.  My first purchased moto artwork was my dude Tod Bannister out of Colorado 

Where do you get inspiration from for your art work?

All over the place. I can be watching a Lebron James commercial and somehow get an idea to make an Eli Tomac poster.  I find inspiration from all athletes from all sports.  It probably doesn’t make sense, but that’s how it goes!  As a kid I grew up with World Industries and Tech Decks and that’s what inspires my characters and fun stuff I think.

Your style of drawing is very unique and seems to resonate with a ton of people, how did you refine it?

I have picked up on new techniques through trial and error over the past couple years.  I see what people like from my past work and I try expand on it.

Portraits and murals like this one is what helped propel Bee G Creations into being a household name in industry. Ken Roczen is among the many who recognize Bee G for the talent and style that they possess.

Portraits and murals like this one is what helped propel Bee G Creations into being a household name in industry. Ken Roczen is among the many who recognize Bee G for the talent and style that they possess.

So it looks like A LOT of pro racers from all over the world are reposting your creations, how did come to get so popular in the racing world?

I think it’s just the fun style and the fact we have social media to share work.  I’ve had a ton of people like Mandie Fonteyn of HRC to riders like Twitch Stenberg who are always sharing my work and spreading the word.  I also try and follow all racing series, not just Supercross.  I just expand my opportunities by doing projects of riders from all over instead of limiting myself to everyone’s favorites here in states.

Who are some of you favorite racers that you've made creations for?

Tim Gajser.  Tim is my favorite rider so doing a project for him was awesome.  Also Ken Roczen, Hanny (Josh Hansen), and Justin Barcia.  Although, not all were official projects, but just some fun ones.  It’s great to meet and share some art and words with guys like that.

Where do you see your brand going in the near future?

Trying to expand and get more of my clothing out to people.  I’m trying to do more collaborations with more brands like the recent one with Fist Hand wear.  I also have some fun ideas for people coming soon that will be available on my site.

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Bee G has expanded into online apparel to further promote the brand and use another outlet for their creative process. Even when jumping into a new venture, they always maintain their style.

Bee G has expanded into online apparel to further promote the brand and use another outlet for their creative process. Even when jumping into a new venture, they always maintain their style.

What are some big goals that you have for the brand?

I want to just be able to make enough to support.  I want the brand to stand on its own and be established in this industry and others like skateboarding and bikes.  Whatever that includes will be great for me.  Maybe having clothing in Moto and Skate stores or maybe even moto gear.  I don’t want to limit myself, but as long as I can support myself and my life goals I’m happy.

What are some of the things that you have in the works right now?

I have some fun product ideas I will have available soon. I am still developing some ideas.  I think it’s something everyone will really like, especially little kids who follow and have favorite riders.  I just won’t say too much haha J, the same goes for some collaborations with brands.  One is pretty big and involves an international rider and a gear brand so be sure to stay tuned.  I have a Mike Alessi toon and Jason Anderson one in line, but those are just for fun.

What is the coolest or most rewarding part of what you do?

The most rewarding part is inspiring people.  I get messages from kids saying they love my work and want to do the same thing.  I do this for fun and to bring smiles to people is great.  Meeting and getting to know Pros is also so great because its different on the other side of fence.  Giving a rider who’s basically a machine on race day a project that suddenly breaks them out of there shell and gets them to smile or laugh is so great.

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Where can people find out more about Bee G creations and what you offer?

I have Beegcreations.com and you all can DM us on Instagram or email beegcreations@gmail.com.  Sometimes the DMs are hard as I usually have a bunch  unopened due to the large influx of messages, but I still try and always check and go through them.

What advice would you give people looking to follow in your footsteps and be a creative in the Moto industry?

Find a style and stick to it.  Don’t imitate everyone else or listen to people who doubt your style or hate on it.  I deal with people who trace my work and resell, critique the look, look for inaccuracies or even question my techniques all just to cause trouble.  It’s really silly to be honest.  You just have to focus and not give people the time of day.  Find what you love and do it for the fun.  Always try to grow through trial and error both from a creative aspect and business aspect.

It's great to see emerging brands like Bee G Creations follow their passions and bring a unique flare to the industry. When it comes to standing out it pays to follow your intuition, stay true to your talents, and most importantly have the most fun.  For more information on Bee G Creations check the out at Beegcreations.com and give them a follow @beegcreations

Stay tuned to The Collective Experience for more deep dives into the lives of Dream Chasers.....

Go behind the scenes with our team and do it all from home...

Go behind the scenes with our team and do it all from home...

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We've always been a fan of off season races.  Monster Energy Cup, Motocross Des Nations, Bercy Supercross.  We love them all!  But there's one event that gets us so pumped-up from the action that we get arm pump from gripping the remote so hard.  Which event is it you ask? Well, it's none other than the Red Bull Straight Rhythm.  This event is hands down one of the most epic and genius events in Moto history.  Head to head format, an amazing half mile long straight track, and some of the worlds most talented riders....ever!  What's not the love?! For this year's Red Bull Straight Rhythm things are getting even more revved up with the new " 2-Strokes Only" ruling.  Yup! That's right.  A whole event full of pre mix burning machines.  Expect every Moto dad in attendance to have a mini heart attack as they relive the glory days on their old 1992 CR-250 when the boys go ripping by. This is definitely a race you won't want to miss!  And we've got your ticket to get even closer to the action than you ever imagined all without leaving the comfort of your couch.  Sound pretty freakin' unbelievable right?! Well believe it! Would you expect anything less from us?

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AJ Catanzaro is no stranger to 2-stokes.  This guy can rip on a small bore smoker just as fast as anyone!  Our money is on this guy!

AJ Catanzaro is no stranger to 2-stokes.  This guy can rip on a small bore smoker just as fast as anyone!  Our money is on this guy!

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We're giving our fans an all access online experience that takes YOU behind the scenes with us as we compete for a win during this year's event.  You heard us right! We are throwing our hat in the ring for this shindig.  To top it all off and get your heart pounding we got SX privateer superstar AJ Catanzaro to represent us at the event on a...wait for it.... KX-125! Following in the footsteps of greats like Carmichael, Mike Brown, and the legend himself James "Bubba" Stewart.  Sounds pretty sick, huh? And we want you to be a huge part of the team.  We created a fully interactive and highly exclusive Facebook group to share all of our teams adventures with you.  Ride along with us from start to finish through travel, prep, set-up, practice, and racing.  We're going to give you a front row seat to all of it, including decisions with the team that you can help make.  To make this even sweeter we are giving each fan who signs up a care package including free swag from AJ Catanzaro himself, a personal signed poster, FXR goodies and much-much more.  Plus you'll get recognition that we take with us to the event.  All proceeds raised will go towards helping our privateer effort and showing the factory boys that we have what it takes to get wins.

AJ wil pilot the beautiful "Roxanne" in the 125 class.  @Luczak101 was kind enough to lend this jewelry on wheels to AJ exclusively for this event.  This thing is a screamer and we can't wait to see AJ rip on it come on October 20th.  Makes us think about the gold ole' 125cc class days...

AJ wil pilot the beautiful "Roxanne" in the 125 class.  @Luczak101 was kind enough to lend this jewelry on wheels to AJ exclusively for this event.  This thing is a screamer and we can't wait to see AJ rip on it come on October 20th.  Makes us think about the gold ole' 125cc class days...

This is unlike anything currently offered in the sport.  A chance to have full interaction with a pro team during one of the year's biggest events, it doesn't get much better.  Now don't go thinking this is one of those lame Facebook groups that the host only pops in and out of every now and again.  This will be the complete opposite.... we are looking forward to responding to each post and comment and sharing exclusive live content, videos, and pictures all who sign up.  To do you one better, we're also going to be doing exclusive giveaways just for this group along with insane coupons to save on products from all of our sponsors.  To get your ticket onto the team make sure you stay tuned in for our official announcement of the program.  As always, hit us up with your questions and leave us some feedback.  We want to make sure each fan is just as stoked as we are.  Check out this sick video from Meta featuring Roxanne herself.  Keep those eyes glued to our Instagram page and be sure to spread the word far and wide....

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TCE welcomes amateur threat Brandon Gregoire to the team...

TCE welcomes amateur threat Brandon Gregoire to the team...

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With the historic and world renowned event that is The Loretta Lynn's Amateur National Championship just around the corner we felt it fitting to announce the addition of New England amateur speedster Brandon Gregoire to the TCE squad.  Brandon is our first amateur rider to join our team and we couldn't be happier.  We are huge supporters of the sport at all levels, yes that includes you weekend warriors and 50cc groms, and love to help out as many people as humanly possible.  It is our goal to foster in the next generation of hard working and dedicated young riders to fill the pro ranks in the coming years.  When searching for amateur riders we look for talented, outgoing, driven, and good hearted people (yes that last one is very important).  Lucky for us, we ran into Brandon not too long ago and immediately wanted him to come aboard.  Not to mention this kid can rip on a dirt bike! It is our hope to have more amateur standouts like Brandon join our team, so make sure you reach out to us and spread the word! We sat down with Brandon to find out a bit more about him along with getting his view point on racing and more...

Tell our readers a bit about who you are: 

Hey everyone! I'm just a 17 year old kid from Monson, Ma puttin' in the work to be the next big thing. I started riding at a really young age, but it was just scooting around the house. It wasn’t until I was seven that I did my first woods race and it went on from there. Up until I was about 12 all I did was race woods.  I didn’t care about winning, I just had fun racing with my Dad on the weekends. I did my first moto race up in Derby, Vermont at a track called Rider Hill in 2012. I was beyond nervous, but ever sense then I have been in love with the sport. It wasn’t until 2016 that I decided that this is something I would consider doing as a career, so I figured that if I was gonna go for it, might as well do it right! I Began to pick up speed here and there, but I was not a smart rider at all, which resulted in injuries here and there. Up until 2018 I was fast,  but not very consistent. Once I was healed up I knew I needed to buckle down and prepare myself better than I ever have; mentally, physically, and nutritionally. Working out daily, eating very nutritious food, and puttin’ the time in that is needed. Let’s just say it’s been a heck of a year so far, and I am beyond proud of where I’m at. Lots of hard work, dedication, and discipline have been involved within my program, but and let me tell ya, it pays off. One thing I truly believe everyone should know is, if you truly want to do something you have all the tolls you need even when you think you don’t.  It matters how bad you want it and what your willing to put into it!

How long have you been riding?

I began riding at the age of two back in 2003.  I was bought my first motorcycle and it went on from there. It was a KDX 50, and the thing wouldn’t even make it up my yard. From there on the bikes began to progress in size as I became more attached to the sport.

Brandon has opened a lot of eyes this year including some big wigs at FXR Racing.  Brandon scored himself a sweet set up and sponsorship with the FXR Racing team.  Now he'll be stylin' like the best of them.

Brandon has opened a lot of eyes this year including some big wigs at FXR Racing.  Brandon scored himself a sweet set up and sponsorship with the FXR Racing team.  Now he'll be stylin' like the best of them.

What got you into the sport?

My grandfather and father got me into the sport. Neither of them raced, but they very much enjoyed the time they did spend on bikes, just riding around the back yard as father and son.  They decided to get me my first bike, and from there on it is what I have always loved to do.

How has your 2018 season gone so far?

My 2018 season has gone very well so far, but I truly believe it is because I have put in more work than my fellow competitors. I’ve built confidence within myself, I am mentally tough, and I am able to ride consistent which is a big part of my program. Most of the time I am just racing locally around New England. But, I was able to qualify for the 2018 Loretta Lynn Amateur National Championship in Tennessee. I qualified through the Unadilla  Regional in New Berlin, New York. It has been a great year so far, and I can only look forward to what is in the future.

What were your goals coming into 2018?

My main goals coming into the 2018 season were to become a smarter and faster rider, but also to enjoy the sport a lot more. It has always been a dream of mine to qualify for Loretta‘s.  With the effort that I was able to put in at the beginning of the year and continuously put in up to this point now, I was able to get myself two tickets to the Ranch. My mental coach and I, Jay Cavanaugh came up with some smart goals for the season, my first one was to qualify pass the regional, and my second one was to compete at Loretta Lynn’s. I am very much looking forward to racing on the big scene, and look forward to myself progressing more and more throughout the year.

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Brandon is no stranger to wins.  On any weekend Brandon can run with the best of them and looks to be on par with some of the fastest amateurs in the world.

Brandon is no stranger to wins.  On any weekend Brandon can run with the best of them and looks to be on par with some of the fastest amateurs in the world.

Tell us about your personal program that you have going on:

Yeah, for sure this year I partnered up with RAK Racing. The leader behind that is Jay Cavanaugh, and he has taken the position of being my mental coach. Jay has helped me immensely, as we continuously work on becoming a better rider, never focusing on just one thing. We always are looking to progress forward and improve week in and week out. We work on mental toughness, physical strength and endurance, along with eating nutritious food. I try to ride about three times a week, but it’s very difficult working full time, but if I’m not able to get to the track I always am working out and doing endurance training. I work on working out my core, training my body to withstand immense heat waves while at my peak as well. The biggest thing about my program this year is my father for sure though.  He has helped me out immensely from the beginning.  If he feels that I need to ride, it's not an issue.  If I need something, not an issue. If it wasn’t for him I would not be anywhere and he is literally the reason that I am the way I am. He is just as important to my program as I am actually doing the training, if not more. But, overall my program has remained organized and always planned out ahead of time, allowing me to train for success. A big part of my success so far this year is that I truly believe I am unlike most of my competitors, I don’t need to be pointed in a direction, I am aware of what I need to do and I know if I do it, even if it is challenging it will pay off.

What are some of your highlights for 2018?

I would definitely say my biggest accomplishment so far throughout the 2018 season, is qualifying for Loretta Lynn’s. Along with being a vey consistent rider throughout all aspects of racing, wether it’s winning, lap times, or being smooth.  I have made many adjustments which allowed me to become faster. But, one of my biggest accomplishments I made so far this year is aligning myself with all the great people that support me. Thanks to them I can focus on being the best I can be. - Gregoire Excavation - Aggressive Graphics - FXR - REP Suspension - Flow Vision - Blu Cru - Moto Lab - The Collective Experience

You were one of the very few lucky riders to get the "golden ticket" to the holy grail that is the Loretta Lynn's Amateur National in not one , but two classes.  What was that feeling like when you qualified?

It was unreal, I was so proud of myself and my dad from the time we have put in, and all of it finally paid off. When I crossed the finish line into 250 B stock, I didn’t know what to think. I knew mathematically I qualified, but I didn’t think it was true. As soon as I exited the check in point, I asked my dad if I qualified. He said, “your in.“I was so pumped and actually got pretty emotional to be honest along with my dad. When I qualified for the second class, 450 B stock, it was amazing, but it definitely did not feel like the first one. It was like I knew I deserved it, I just couldn’t believe I actually did it the first time. But, the second time I knew I could and that’s what I did, I went out there, pulled the hole shot and settled into second with the main goal in reach! 

You can always tell Brandon is having fun on his motorcycle from the style and enthusiasm that he displays each time he throws his leg over the bike.

You can always tell Brandon is having fun on his motorcycle from the style and enthusiasm that he displays each time he throws his leg over the bike.

How are these Loretta's qualifiers different from other races?  

These Loretta Qualifiers are different because of the added pressure put on them. Along with attracting faster competitors, which is awesome.  It adds a new component to racing, allowing you to progress as a rider with the help of faster riders. I feel as though Loretta qualifiers wouldn’t be that stressful if you have the opportunity to do more than one. I think if you have the ability to do multiple you have a wicked advantage, but, even with a disadvantage I was able to qualify in two classes which I worked extremely hard for!

What are your goals for Loretta's this year?

My goals for Loretta’s this year are pretty straightforward if you ask me.  My main goal heading into the National is to do my absolute best and to never give up even when I am pressured. I feel as though I have earned a top 10 position without a doubt, but I want and I am working towards a top-five overall finishing position. I’ve put the work in, I’ve been physically and mentally challenged, and I have improved my discipline. All of which is all setting me up for success when I arrive at the Ranch!

You were selected as TCE's first AM rider to represent the brand at Loretta's, what type of involvement do you hope to have with TCE and it's Pro riders?

I am honestly completely stoked to be the first amateur rider to be a part of The Collective Experience. I really feel that I’ve already built a connection between Dave and I. We haven’t known each other long, but I feel we are very similar, both uplifting, positive people. The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is learning the ways of the pros. To get an understanding of what goes on throughout the day, what I should be working on in order prepare myself for when that time comes.  Along with some of the mental and physical challenges they face throughout the day, things I can work on now, to give me an advantage in the future. I am beyond stoked to truly be a part of such a cool group of people, I really appreciate Dave giving me a chance!

Brandon has a lot of support in his corner and hopes to make everyone proud with great results in Tennesse in August.

Brandon has a lot of support in his corner and hopes to make everyone proud with great results in Tennesse in August.

Who are some of the people who support you throughout the year?

Throughout this year so far I have gained more support than I have ever within my whole career. Before this year I had only one or two businesses helping me out, but now with the results I have produced and the work that I put in I’m getting recognized by many bigger businesses. I am partnered up with Aggressive Graphics, a graphics dealership out of Massachusetts with unique graphic designs. Flow Vision goggles out of California, who helps me out immensely with awesome deals. REP Suspension out of Hampden,  Massachusetts who has been doing my suspension for multiple years now.  I recently partnered up with Jay Cavanaugh, owner of RAK Racing. He is a huge part of program and I truly appreciate all his hard work and dedication toward myself. I am also working with The Collective Experience. Dave is just willing to do whatever he can do to benefit myself which is absolutely mind blowing. Offering parts, recognition, whatever it is. Another company I’m pumped to become a part of is FXR, a gear company I have always thought looked wicked cool and allowed me to join their family and no longer have to worry about looking sick! But, along with all these guys who help me out immensely I can’t forget my Dad, and Tom Ledger at the Moto Lab for getting my bikes dialed. Thanks guys, really appreciate it!

You've definitely got the talent and passion to progress within the sport.  What is your ultimate goal with racing?

My ultimate goal within racing is to be a top Pro racer. A lot of people bash on ya when you even mention going Pro let alone being the one on top. But, there’s no reason if you ask me why I’m not capable of doing it. With how much I have progressed in less than a year blows my mind. I truly feel if I show what I am capable of at the right places, and continue to show my work ethic, I can truly be one of the best out there on a factory team.

What advice or insights would you give a young kid looking to have racing success as you have as of late?

The biggest thing I would say to a little kid coming up through the ranks, is to have fun. Yeah, it’s repetitive, it’s said a lot, but it’s true. Only ride if you wanna ride, that’s when you’ll notice yourself progressing a crazy amount. Don’t put to much pressure on your self, the more prepared and calm you are, the way more competitive you will be, and always remember we all started somewhere. I was a just a little kid having fun in my backyard not too many years ago. Now I’m going to compete at the biggest Amateur National in the World. Choose what you wish to do in life, and go after it!

For more information on Brandon be sure to give him a follow here and check out our TCE Amateur support efforts on Instagram, Facebook, and right here at thecollectivexp.com