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About Wayne

I love motorcycles. The last few years I have gotten into working on websites and have several domains that are works is progress. I enjoy helping people and having a good time.

MCRA Racing Costs

Here are some of the typical fees and expenses B.J.  runs  into when participating in the MCRA races:

Trackday Practice Fee:

  • Heartland Park Topeka Kansas $125.00 each day (Sat and Sun)
  • Gateway Motorsports Park St. Louis Mo. $135.00 each day (Sat and Sun)
  • Putnam Racway Park Greencastle Indiana $135.00 each day (Sat and Sun)
  • Late entry Track Practice Fee $175.00-$185.00.  These prices take the place of the above fees, when paying after the deadline.  Deadline is usually one week before the race.

******Trackday Practice Fee is required one time prior to racing, but is very helpful to the rider  if done both days.

Race entry fee:

  • Saturday GT Race-$65.00
  • Saturday GT Lights Race $65.00
  • Sunday GT Race-$65.00
  • Sunday GT Lights Race $65.00

*******B.J. is currently concentrating on the GT Lights races for this season.  Currently positioned in 3rd place overall for his points.

Sunoco Race fuel for a typical race weekend = $50

New Dunlop Race tires: $275.00

Travel fuel:$115.00 fuel cost to Gateway for the weekend
Hotel Cost: One night stay at Motel 6 for Gateway motorsports race was $52.05
Food:$10.00-$50.00 a day depending on where you eat while at out of town race tracks.
Some tracks have garage areas to rent for $100.00 each day. Other tracks require a donation of $10.00-$20.00
We have 3 race weekends left of the season.  One in Putnam IL, one in Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, and one at Heartland Park in Topeka KS.  B.J. is currently ranked 3rd in points for the season!  He get points for the racing season even if he doesn’t place, show or win!  In order to keep his 3rd position and/or move up to second or first, he needs to participate in the last 3 race weekends of the season.
As you can see, A typical race weekend for B.J. costs around $500.  Thanks to all B.J.’s  fans and friends who have helped him along the way!
I’ll be calling some friends in Indiana to see if we can stay at their house to help cut costs even further.  If friends could step up with a few bucks each, it would help B.J. finish in the top three.
Every dollar helps, consider sending a buck or two to help  B.J.?

 

 

Bearracing partners with Tattoo Shop USA.com

Bearracing has continued to grow and partner with other businesses along the way.

Today, we were able to secure prime advertising on TattooShopUSA.com.

This will help bearracing by exposing our name on more than 50 pages of a website that get’s 90% of it’s visitors from organic searches.  We look forward to seeing some of you liking our facebook page and following us on twitter.

B.J. will be racing this year on his own Buell that he has worked hard to build from the frame up.  We look forward to partnering with other businesses along the way, and helping you promote your business.

Racing has become a passion of mine, even though I like to just cruise on my Harley.  I look forward to helping B.J. get into every race that he can because someday I’d like to be racing along side him and other motorcycle racers or rather in front of them…lol.

Like Bearracing on Facebook and Twitter and we look forward to giving you updates throughout this exciting year of 2012!

Let the races begin and be safe!

2012 MCRA Racing Schedule

In August of 2011 bearracing’s B.J. De Jong attempted to earn his motorcycle road racing license. Taking a racers clinic with MCRA, passing the course  and racing that weekend. B.J. took home a 3rd place trophy in his 1st race at Heartland Park Topeka Kansas. New for 2012 the Midwest Cafe Racing Association- Known as MCRA as set up a new series here in the mid west. It will consist of 3 tracks and 16 races over 8 weekends. The 2012 MCRA I-70 Challenge schedule is here listed below. B.J. hopes to make his 2012 MCRA racing debute on board his own built Buell Firebolt XB12R race bike. Watch for the #27 bearracing Buell Firebolt with B.J. De Jong to have his first race July 7th at Heartland Park Topeka Kansas**. We would like to thank new 2012 sponsors CYCLE GEAR and AMSOIL for helping out with the bearracing team’s efforts and advertising with us. We hope to get on track and repesent you well!
If you would like to become a sponsor of bearracing Amature team or sponsor a Professional AMA Pro Racing team on the high level. Contact us today and be apart of the sport with your support!!
Midwest Cafe Racing Association

2012 I-70 CHALLENGE SERIES

Putnam Park – April 21-22

Gateway – May 26-27

Gateway – Jun 16-17

Heartland Park – Jul 7-8**

Gateway – Aug 4-5

Putnam Park – Sep 8-9

Heartland Park – Sep 29-30

Gateway – Oct 13-14

bearracing supports finding a cure for breast cancer

We have new shirts available for purchase.

B.J. ordered his second round of shirts in October.  With the month being October, Several different themes and ideas came to mind, but was an easy choice when it came down to it.

We decided to help raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer.  Every shirt sold from this order (with the pink ribbons on the sleeve) will have $5 donated to his friends Mona and Elizabeth to help them reach their goals for when they walk 60 miles over three days to help raise money to find a cure.  (Susan G. Komen 3-day for the cure).  They will be walking a total of 60 miles over a 3 day period in Nov.  of 2012.

A special thanks to Blue Collar Press for the speedy service and doing such a great job on the shirts!  We have them available in black and white.

These shirts have been going fast, and we almost left them off this site because we thought we might run out as quickly as we got them.  Then decided we’d just order more if needed.

If you would like to Donate to help Mona or Elizabeth raise money for the Susan G. Komen organization, follow this link to donate directly to one of their accounts on the Susan G Komen 3 day for the cure site.

If your organization would like to raise money to help support your cause, use the contact form and let B.J. know that you would like to be on our next order of shirts.  We are also actively looking into getting some hats made for future events and for sale.

It’s taken me a little while to make this post on bearracing and update the store page, thanks in advance for supporting bearracing!  Get your shirts today here!

Don’t want to pay for a shirt?  But still want to sport the awesomeness of this or another design?  Become a fan on facebook and watch for prizes coming as soon as the beginning of 2012!

Sept. 17th to Oct. 24th schedule

Sept. 17th Ridesmart Track Day sessions Heartland Park Topeka- Not attending may spectate
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Sept. 18th Ridesmart Track Day sessions Heartland Park Topeka- Not attending (Attending KC Royals Baseball Game)
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Sept. 26th Attending WWE Monday Night Raw at the Sprint Center in Kansas City Mo.
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Oct 1st Heartland Park Topeka Track Day Session/ Clinic- Not attending
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Oct 2nd-  Heartland Park Topeka Track Day Session- Might attend due to funding (Last trackday session on a weekend for 2011)
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Oct 7 -Kansas Speedway ACRA “Night Race”- Attending
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Oct 8 -Kansas Speedway Nascar Nationwide Race- Attending
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Oct 9 -Kansas Speedway Nascar Sprint Cup Race – Attending
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Oct 15th -MCRA Putnam Road Course Race Indiana- Might attend if sponsors are found to help with funding.
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Oct 16th- MCRA Putnam Road Course Race Indiana- Might attend if sponsorship is found.
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Oct 24 -Heartland Park Topeka Track Day Session (monday) Last track day of the year- Not attending
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M.C.R.A. race weekend August 2011

On August 13th B.J. De Jong showed up with a Buell XB12R Firebolt racebike named Starr.  Owned and built by friend and fellow pit crew member Alex Oppermann of the James Gang Racing team. B.J.’s plan was to enter into the M.C.R.A. race weekend event.  Before he could enter any races.  He had to complete a racers license clinic and pass before getting a race license to enter any races over the Aug 13th and 14th weekend.

B.J. set up list looking at the cost it would be to do the race weekend.  With this in mind, he started searching for some sponsor help.  He went about promoting himself as if he was already a racer trying to get sponsor money for the races he might not even be able to enter.  Knowing this it put some pressure into making sure he would perform well in the racers license clinic.  B.J. De Jong of bearracing was able to secure two great sponsors in our local area here in Kansas.  A & H Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing in Baldwin Ks, and DC Custom Crafted Cycles in Eudora Ks came on board to help with funding for the weekend.  Thank You!
A&H air conditioning, heating and plumbing
 DC Custom Crafted Cycles
We showed up at the track Saturday morning for the racers clinic.  Took some class room instructions, went out for some on track riding. Back to the classroom again for discussion and instructions.  Then back out to the track again for more motorcycle racing.  Once that was done, we took a written test and a mock race. The written test had to be passed before we could participate in the mock race.   With the written test passed it was time to head out to the track for the mock race.

Rules of the mock race:

  • Follow the flags and race boards
  • Don’t crash in the race!
 There were 8 riders in the racer license class, B.J. rode his buell racebike to a 5 place finish in the mock race earning his race license!
Next, was the Saturday Sportsman race. 13 riders where entered in the race. B.J. was now a licensed racer and was able to enter any remaining saturday races. So he entered the Sportsman race.  Starting dead last in the 25min long race on the 2.5 mile Heartland Park Topeka road course.  Once the green flag waved B.J. nailed the throttle and with a huge wheelie off the starting line found himself heading into turn 1 in 2nd place. After the next few turns he fell to 3rd.  Settling into place on the track and holding pace with the top leaders.
 With a the race half way over, B.J.’s #27 Buell started to reel 2nd place back in.  Pushing the limits in turn 12 would be costly as the #27 Buell’s rear tire struck a seal in the track going to0 wide in the turn.  This upset the handling of the bike, sending it off track.  With the recent rain, the grassy area proved to be a place of no grip for tires of race boots.  As B.J. put his foot down to slow and gain control, the muddy soft wet grass gave way and B.J. fell over in the mud.  With his hand still on the clutch, bike still running, he got back up and picked the bike up only to see all the other riders pass right by on the track.
BJ on #27 Buell named Starr
 He would get back on the track and come home in 12th place of the 13 rider field with only a few minutes left in the race.
The Saturday wasn’t a total waste as the main goal was to get the race license. Then to get some experience for Sunday’s race on the 14th.  With the off track experience on Saturday, the main goal for Sunday’s race was to just stay on track and not fall down.  B.J.’s best friend Clint Barnett would show up Sunday morning to take charge of the A & H, DC Custom Cycles bearracing #27 Buell. To be the Crew Chief of the bearracing team.  Attending to a little cosmetic damage,and changing tires.  Clint would get the #27 Buell in great shape for Sunday’s race.  Clint’s wife Jessica, and daughter Cora would join him for part of the day.
BJ's Pit crew and Umbrella girl
 After the drivers meeting we took the bike to tech inspection, and to get our transponder for the race.  It was then time for practice.  B.J. was a little leary on new tires running a lap time of 2:12.00 in the first 2 practice sessions of the morning.  Crew man Joey Cassity would take lap times, and aide in getting Sunoco race fuel for the bike.  Crew man James Colbert would help with tire warmers and race stands.  Heather Swenson and baby Jolene would also be at the track for support and take pictures.  AMA pro rider Walt Sipp also joined us in our pit area to give B.J. some tips on what race line to take.
 During the final practice of the day we where able to click off a lap time of 2:08.00.  That felt pretty good being on a borrowed racebike.
 At the start of the race B.J. lined up on the 1 row of his race class on the outside line.  On the drop of the green flag, the Buell would pull a huge wheelie again off the starting line.  Heading into turn one.  Two riders got around B.J. and he ran the the full 25 min sprint race with out a crash.  Once the checkard flag waved and the riders pulled into the finish area and victory lane.  B.J. was greeted with a 3rd place trophy in the MCRA GTL-AM race.  The trophy was designed by racer Hector St. John.  He also got $45.00 cash $40.00 in gift certificates for motorcycle items.  All in all the weekend was pretty successful.  The bearracing team would like to thank everyone mentioned here.  B.J. would like to personally thank those sponsors for all their help!  Looking forward to doing it again next race season!!
BJ interview with HoAMEBJ Holding 3rd place trophy

Track Day/Practice for MCRA HPT race weekend

B.J. entered into the July 31st Heartland Park Motorcycle track day.  This was to prepare for the upcoming MCRA race weekend on August 13th and 14th, 2011.  He entered into the Novice class during this track day event.  The motorcycle he was racing with was a Buell XB12R Firebolt race bike, provided by Alex Opperman of the James Gang Racing team.

Motorcycle racing on a turnHis goal was to become familiar with the new race bike and to gain experience at the HPT.  This was in preparation to Aug.13th and 14th MCRA race weekend.  He will be attempting to acquire a race license by completing the clinic that’s available on that weekend.

B.J. was the fastest in his novice class on the Buell racing bike.  He lapped the field on the 2.5 mile road course.  He handled the bike as if it was an old friend that he was used to.

Motorcycle in the lead on a curve

It was a hot and steamy day for spectators in shorts, I can only imagine how the racers felt with full gear.  It was still an awesome day, and I look forward to attending more races in the future.

If you would like to contribute to helping B.J. or Walt Sipp race, check out the Sponsor Levels. Check out B.J.’s thanks to A&H.

Art of the Chopper at Union Station in KC Mo

If you love motorcycles and original artwork, you’ll love to get to see these choppers on display at Union Station in KC MO.

This event will be going on until Sept. 25th, 2011 at Union Station in Kansas City. Ticket prices when I went were: Adults 13-59 $12.50. Seniors, college students and military with valid ID $9.50. Children 3-12 (2 adn under FREE) $9.50.

I recommend anyone and everyone who can see the awesome masterpieces of art in person to do so. You can easily spend several hours reading all the literature and history of these choppers and their makers. If you aren’t able to make it in person, I hope you’ll enjoy the pictures of the choppers I took and am sharing here with you.

A couple of recommendations if you are able to make it:

  1. Use the restroom before you go in!  Once you leave, they won’t be forgiving and let you back in.
  2. Don’t touch the artwork.  This was a tough one for me, but out of respect for the artists themselves and the machine they created, I just took a lot of pictures instead.

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1999 Harley Davidson FLHTCUI

Hello everyone,

I’m Wayne Scrivner, a friend of B.J.’s who’s helping him with his site and someone who loves motorcycles as well.  Thanks to B.J. for the opportunity to help with the site and get back  to riding again.

I sold my last motorcycle the year before my 10 year old son was born. That’s the longest I have been without a motorcycle since getting my first one when I was 17 years old.

I have always wanted a Harley Davidson. I’ve had the chance to ride many different motorcycles including Honda’s, Kawasaki, Suzuki’s. The last ten years, my riding has been limited to a bicycle. Two summers ago my brother moved from Colorado and needed a place to store his Kawasaki Nomad. I gladly helped him out, and let him store it in my garage. Loving cruiser’s, this was the biggest one I had the chance to ride. The closest before that was a  Honda Shadow at the lake in the summer of 1990 when a friend tossed me the keys and said take her for a spin.

Since helping my friend B.J. with this site, my need for a motorcycle has increased ten fold. If you don’t share this passion for motorcycles, you may be saying: “don’t you mean want instead of need?” All I can say to that is…..nope, I said it right the first time.

I stopped by Topeka Harley Davidson on June 11th, 2011 to look at some beautiful motorcycles after attending my Nephew’s wedding. I will probably remember that day for a long time to come. Of course the wedding was wonderful, I got to see two people who love each other exchange vows, and see a lot of family/friends that I hadn’t seen in too long. But riding a Harley Davidson for the first time, on top of riding a motorcycle on such a beautiful day was the best for me. Especially since I went upstairs and put a deposit down on my first Harley Davidson.
1999 Harley Davidson FLHTCUI
I decided to wait a couple of weeks to ride my new Harley home, and for two weeks I wished I would’ve rode it home on the eleventh.  But the 25th finally came, and I was going to Topeka to see my Niece get married on yet another wonderful day.

I got mine at Topeka Harley Davidson……and a shirt that says that too.  Everyone there was great to work with, and they had my bike sitting on the showroom floor waiting for me with a sign that said “please just admire, awaiting new owner.”  I would suggest anyone in the area to stop by and check out their store.  Tell ’em B.J. and Wayne sent you!

I’ve had the motorcycle for 4 days now, and have gone about 500 miles, and I’ve worn my helmet on all those miles (mom will want to know that).   I look forward to riding a lot more, and meeting more motorcycle enthusiasts along the way.

I added a “fan photo’s” page to the gallery with more pics of my bike, and we would like to see yours too.  You can email them to B.J. with your story and you can share it with the us!

Cainan Shutt Memorial Ride

Title: Cainan Shutt Memorial Ride
Location: Eudora Ks
Link out: Click here
Description: Join us for the Cainan Shutt Memorial Ride in Eudora Ks. on July 9th, 2011.
Start Date: July 9th, 2011.  Registration at 8am.  Kickstands up at 10:00am.

For those that don’t know, Cainan Shutt was the little boy that lost his life on K-10 during an accident.  His sister Courtlyn was hurt and in the hospital for several days and so was the children’s Grandmother.  This ride is for the Shutt family expenses caused by this accident.
B.J. and I will be riding in this event, and would love to see as many people as possible that can make it.