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    Hi fellow xbhpians,
    i always wanted to be a motorcycle journalist/test rider for bikes but didnt have much knowledge of bikes, riding since i was 11 years old, started with my dad's caliber croma, used to steal keys n ride. and after that, from 11yrs of age till 21 yrs of age was my education period, however, now is my working period started, so i want help on how to go about being a motorcycle journalist/test rider.
    Guys please help as i want to take it very seriously.
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    56 views but not even a single reply?
    Knowledgeable guys please reply.

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    I'm not a "knowledgeable guy", but would like to ask few questions out of common sense...

    1. Who is Keith Code?
    2. What is the difference between camber-off & negative camber AND banking & positive camber?
    3. What is RP? And what're the guidelines to choose a RP?
    4. What happens to acceleration & speed with smaller sprockets have reduced tooth with custom front & rear sprockets? How do they behave?
    5. What are the USPs for BMW, Ducati & HD?
    6. What're the thumb rules to keep in mind when applying brakes on tarmac with sand?
    7. Name two automobile companies who are into car making today but used to make aircraft engine?
    8. Name the automobiles company(s) who originally did not start with making automobiles?
    9. Which is the most dangerous sport Isle of man TT or Moto GP? And why?
    10. Why does RON goes up when CR goes up? Instead why not increase the CR a little more & make the engine to run on Diesel?

    Be true to yourself not to use Google to find out the answers IF you're unable to answer for atleast 7 of the above. The above are basic fundamentals to know before you venture into serious business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    I'm not a "knowledgeable guy", but would like to ask few questions out of common sense...

    1. Who is Keith Code?
    2. What is the difference between camber-off & negative camber AND banking & positive camber?
    3. What is RP? And what're the guidelines to choose a RP?
    4. What happens to acceleration & speed with smaller sprockets have reduced tooth with custom front & rear sprockets? How do they behave?
    5. What are the USPs for BMW, Ducati & HD?
    6. What're the thumb rules to keep in mind when applying brakes on tarmac with sand?
    7. Name two automobile companies who are into car making today but used to make aircraft engine?
    8. Name the automobiles company(s) who originally did not start with making automobiles?
    9. Which is the most dangerous sport Isle of man TT or Moto GP? And why?
    10. Why does RON goes up when CR goes up? Instead why not increase the CR a little more & make the engine to run on Diesel?

    Be true to yourself not to use Google to find out the answers IF you're unable to answer for atleast 7 of the above. The above are basic fundamentals to know before you venture into serious business.
    All the anwers given below are according to my knowledge and logically thought by me, So if any answers are needed to be corrected, please do so and you can also laugh at my stupidity if you find so in the answers.
    PS: Google has not been used as briefed.
    1. Keith code is the founder of a racing school in california and has also written few books if im not wrong.
    2. Well, im not so sure about this as have very little idea, but what i know is negative camber is when the lower part of the wheel is outside compared to upper part and positive camber means the upper part of the wheel is outside as compared to lower part, in layman's term.
    Now the difference what i THINK is negative and positive cambers are the types of cambers according which the wheels can be aligned, and off camber and banking are the the corners wherein the incline in off camber is outside the turn (example if your taking a left turn, the incline is in the right) and the incline in banking is on the inside of the turn (if your taking left turn, the incline is in left)
    Also, what i THINK is, to get a good high speed turn, the wheels should be aligned in a manner keeping in consideration the turns and bends of the road so as the angle in the road and the wheel should be more on the right angle side.
    3. No clue about what is an RP. Let me know the full form of it as sometimes it happens that i know what it is but cant figure out due to abbreviation. (Eg, i once didnt know that FE means Fuel efficiency, though i knew what is Fuel /efficiency actually.)
    4. According to my understanding, smaller the sprockets, higher the acceleration, as the engine would need lower number of rpm to rotate that small sprocket, however i guess the top speed may get a little negatively affected (this is what i once experimented during school days on my hero hawk bicycle)
    5. USP for BMW and Ducati is the awesome power they produce in terms of SBKs and also BMW has the K series which i believe are good tourers (especially for our potholed roads) and HDs have superb sound and great comfort and sturdy on the highways as tourers.
    6. No panic brakes, combination of downshift (deceleration) + rear brake + a small pull on the front brake (Im aware that normal braking like 50% rear and 50% front brakes result in an uncontrolled slide)
    7. Rolls royce for sure and not too sure of Audi as recently i saw on channel BIG RTL Thrill and the show was 'Josh sports' wherein it was shown that there were air races organised which had Audi aircrafts.
    8. Im aware of Peugeot but not very sure of Tata
    9. Isle of man tourist trophy, reason, imho is that the tracks built for moto gp are made for the purpose of racing only, whereas, in the isle of man, the roads are built for commuting purpose.
    10. I have no idea about it.

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    1 - Right
    2 - Need explanation & you know where to look for answer
    3. Reference point to be chosen which is stationary
    4. Go through the world of sprockets thread; acceleration at the cost of high speed & viceversa
    5. BMW - Boxer; Ducati - Valves; HD - Single pin
    6. Go through braking articles here
    7. BMW & Rolls Royce
    8. Kawasaki (Ship), Yamaha (Music), Suzuki (Spinning mill)
    9. Isle of man TT - Pure stress test; on streets; lasts for 24 hours
    10. Basic principle of Petrol & Diesel engines are different

    My point here is not to get 10/10 or to lol at you; just to say one simple sentence that...it takes more to become a professional from a hobbyist; most of us are hobbyist, if you want to take it as profession, you got 15 more years to graduate; your passion towards the field will determine whether it's going to take 15 years or 15 months.

    Good luck
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    @viks The first thing you'd need is a degree in Mass Communications, as well as expertise in camerawork (motography!). Knowledge/Expertise in the motorcycling domain would naturally be a precursor.

    This area of interest (in general, any career creative arts) will need a good combination of skill, perseverance and sheer luck, and more often than not, you will have to begin your career as an apprentice under some professional. Again, depending on whether you want to go into print media or visual media, you can approach Indian automags (e.g. Business Standard etc) or visual media (eg.NDTV) with your portfolio, though at times you may need to make humbler beginnings as well. Have a content-rich blog, and it sure helps if you have a good traffic on your blogs.

    Hope that helped. I am no expert myself and if I am mistaken at any point, I would appreciate if someone corrects me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbsrailfan View Post
    @viks The first thing you'd need is a degree in Mass Communications, as well as expertise in camerawork (motography!). Knowledge/Expertise in the motorcycling domain would naturally be a precursor
    Quote Originally Posted by bbsrailfan View Post
    Hope that helped. I am no expert myself and if I am mistaken at any point, I would appreciate if someone corrects me.
    Well...if you're a subject matter expert, then everything else will fall into place; haven't we heard action speaks louder than words & knowledge is like light that spreads in all directions?

    And most importantly...media these days only want what the mass wants to hear; expert & honest opinions are things of past
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    @viks: At-least two guys on xbhp (bunnypunia and payeng) are motorcycle journalists/bloggers. Maybe you could PM them for some more guidance.
    LinkedIn is also a very good source to build contacts and initiate conversation with people who have worked in this field. If you are really passionate about being a motorcycle journalist, how about starting your own blog. It will help you research and build up your portfolio apart from improving your article writing skills. As others have pointed out, sound knowledge of motorcycling and its history is a precursor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    Well...if you're a subject matter expert, then everything else will fall into place; haven't we heard action speaks louder than words & knowledge is like light that spreads in all directions?

    And most importantly...media these days only want what the mass wants to hear; expert & honest opinions are things of past
    @RG saar....Praying that your words would hold true for so many aspirants. But fact is, in the corporate world, being an expert alone is not enough...I encounter that situation atleast 2-3 times everyday in my current job role where expert expectants are shown the nearest exit, due to reasons best known to clients.
    I mean, seriously, what difference would it make to a client whether a java developer is a B.Tech from a leading university or a B.A from some nameless university, as long as he is really efficient and can develop excellent codes? But unfortunately, it does happen.
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