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Hey everyone - just wanted to share a new Cafe Racer and Vintage Motorcycle Podcast that's out there now.

My name is Steve 'Fenix' Maes, I'm an avid motorcycle rider and builder - specifically vintage bikes. I am one of the hosts and creator of the show and making it my mission to keep the cafe racer culture alive and bring in a new generation of enthusiasts as well.
We would really appreciate you all taking a listen and sharing some feedback and ideas for the show - how to make it better, more interesting and helpful topics.

We're on every major service-
iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rust-is-gold-racing/id1393183673

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/show/3iI97sYgwGYLMjzWJesz4R

Stitcher:
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/fenix500/rust-is-gold-racing-podcast

Castbox:
https://castbox.fm/channel/Rust-is-Gold-Racing-Podcast-id1305488?country=us

Let me know, and I hope you all like it.
RUST IS GOLD RACING ? Caffeine, Gasoline and Vintage Style

--Fenix
 

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Oh, I'm sorry Woodsman - I assumed that from the forum name 'Cafe Racer.net' that everyone here was into the culture and bikes. Take a listen anyway - we talk about a lot of things including Music, Dual Sport and Modern Classics.
 

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WTF is this Cafe Racer culture? I have been building and modifying and racing bikes for decades and no one told me there's some sort of culture thing. Now I feel left out and unloved... And the lie detector test says "that's a lie".

Seriously though. Lots of people are into old bikes and encouraging others to get excited about old slow bikes is good. The "culture" thing: not so much :rolleyes:
 

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Culture ? Verb.... biology .....maintain (tissue cells, bacteria, etc.) in conditions suitable for growth as in a petri dish. The current culture (triangles, clown shoes and bone lines) is like an antibiotic resistant case of the clap.
 

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We need a CR.net podcast... grandpaul can kick off the first episode
 

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sorry "bro" can't take someone seriously who refers to them self as a "motorcycle builder" and their name isn't Michio Suzuki, Soichiro Honda, Genichi Kawakami (yamaha - look it up) Philip Vincent, Phil Irving, Ernst Degner, John Britten, Erik Buell, Edward Turner, Linio Tonti, Bert Hopwood, Glenn Curtiss, Fabio Taglioni....well you get the idea.

I'll give it one listen, but I have yet to find a motorcycle podcast that is interesting to listen to on itunes. There is literally "too much culture" in this hobby at the moment - bunch of people wanting to wax poetic about "the beauty of motorcycles" and not enough about what they actually do.
 

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"It's not a cafe racer, it's a period correct street racer"
 

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Ok, I listened to 1 episode....episode 11. I picked that episode because it was probably the most "cafe racer" and was the shortest (38 min). I listen to about 8 podcasts regularly, so fitting a new one in is hard if it's a hour, most of the ones I listen to more often are 30 min about a single subject and this fit the bill.

Here is my honest feedback:

What I didn't like:
1) Personally I thought the theme song to be cheesy and too on the nose. Also it reinforces the fake history of rockers and that somehow all of vintage performance motorcycles has only to do with rockabilly culture which is bogus. There are a ton of "better" rockabilly songs, many instrumentals, that would better serve rather than alienate the audience.

2) You didn't introduce your hosts. You assume that your listeners are just going to know who is speaking even if they have never listened before. This is like Radio 101 and goes back 100 years: every intro each individual introduces themselves so the audience can associate a name with the voice - otherwise you alienate new listeners. I know there are podcasts like the nerdist where it just picks up in the middle of a conversation but that isn't your format. I listened to a full 38 minutes and I still can't tell you who your co-hosts are.

3) You talk like your listeners can see you. they can't. A good example of this is your conversation about the tree. you just start talking about a tree as if everyone could see it, including describing the things on it, which is weird. A better approach would have been give a primer to the audience by describing the scene. Also it is some sort of donation tree? you kinda buried the lead on that one. Remember, your audience cannot see you. "I saw that bike on that video, how did you come about that" is my favoite - what bike? it's some kind of norton the guest has, but your listener has never seen it and you haven't told them where to find it.

4) You name drop and reference things and expect your audience to just know what they are. You mention half a dozen groups but don't tell what those groups are or where they are located. You mentioned bringing some thing about building bikes to go somewhere but why? what's special about this place that you need to build bikes for it? if you want a global audience, you have to assume your audience isn't going to know what you know and you are informing them. At one point I think you mentioned the film "Salt Ghost" but give no context.

5) brush up on your interview skills. For the segment on the mexican cafe racers you asked some very broad questions that maybe a native english speaker might take as a cue to ramble on about, but this interview would have benefited from some short specific questions: How did you get into riding motorcycles? How did you get into vintage motorcycles? etc..., not "so can you tell us about your history and stuff". Also don't taper off at the end of your questions, ask a definitive, short, clear, inquiry, not "hey why don't you tell us about what you do and some junk". Sometimes you have to ask staging questions to get to the question you really want to ask. Also you ended up speaking a lot for your guest toward the end which was troubling. I get that he is not english as a first language, but he was pretty articulate - I don't know that you needed to do that other than maybe you were trying to steer him to say things you wanted to hear. Write out the questions before hand and think about what you really want to know from your guest. Most interviewers will send their guests the questions beforehand so they can prep answers.

6) you went political with it at one point for no good reason i can tell. Look, I'm a pretty screaming liberal hippie raised by socialists, and even I cringed at this. There are ways to talk about what you wanted to get about (brotherhood, unity, etc) in a more subtle way that brings people together, but this was about as subtle as a hammer blow and for no real reason I can tell.

Here is what I liked (because I wanted to end on a positive note):

1) you gave a shout out to my friend Corinna's NY motorcycle film festival (but you got the name wrong calling it the NY film festival in the show).

2) you do happen to talk about interesting things. Bike culture in foreign countries is fascinating. movies like salt ghost are fascinating. There are things in this hobby that really need more exposure.

3) you guys have decent radio voices. Each is distinct, each has a character it develops, and there are not a lot of ums, ahs, etc...Even if I have no idea who any of you are because you didn't introduce itself.

4) you have a pretty good format, it could use a little more structure and some clear segments, but it has a decent flow. Intro, news and events, general bike talk, interview segment, final wrap-up, fin. Simple and it works.


I am going to give it one more listen. Again, the narrow view of "culture" is a big turn off for me, but I want to say I gave it a fair chance.
 

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Fenix,

I've listened to your first three podcasts. Thanks for the heads up.

The "Family Matters" was my favorite of the three. They really got into the soul of why we ride and build café racers (bobbers, etc.). Having a father-daughter team so into what they do was very cool. I found myself nodding my head many times in approval of what I heard.

The first two were more music oriented, but I applaud your efforts in trying to steer the conversation back to motorcycles. Having guests talk about their music without actually hearing the music was a little disappointing. Maybe later podcasts will have some samples (?)

Good job -- keep them coming. I know it's difficult hosting a radio podcast about motorcycles without visuals (kind of like a podcast on dance without seeing the dancers), but you work around that shortcoming well. Perhaps some photos on a website of the bikes your guests are referring to would enhance the experience.

--Turbosteve
 

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Wow. Thank you Geeto67, I agree with just about all your points. Working on more clarity and less assumption in the discussion. Thank you for taking the time to listen and give such great feedback and constructive criticism. We will definitely take your points and work on them. Saddlebums, really appreciate you listening in and giving feedback. Great ideas about adding more imagery to the podcast pages. Keep listening we'll get better and send ideas for topics, interviewees, etc.

--Fenix
 
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