So, living here on the little green mass that is Northern Ireland and being a motorsport fan practically from birth, I've done a fair amount of thinking about each and every aspect. Most noteworthy for me has been Formula 1. However, in the past two years I discovered a real joy in motorcycles, I know we have a fair few bike owners here on bit-tech, so you guys know just what I mean, as for the rest of you, i'm sure you have something in your life that brings equal joy. I've been riding around on my little 2 stroke nightmare for a while, this meant constantly dealing with breakdowns, melted pistons, engine breakdowns, expensive oil, dirty carbs etc. So naturally I've got quite comfortable with the workings, in fact I found it so enjoyable working on the bike I decided to cut down my working hours, drastically reducing my pay so I can spend 30 hours a week for the next year learning the trade, as much for my personal pleasure as a possible career change. Rewind...having attended all the Road Racing events that took place on home soil this year, which is quite a few, Cookstown 100, Northwest 200, Armoy, Ulster Grand Prix, but to name a few. I got talking to the fans, the staff, even the riders. I made the rather drastic decision at the Northwest 200 that this is what I want to do, either in 2018 or 2019. It's a dangerous sport with at least 5 riders perishing this year alone, so obviously I've spent a good few hours coaxing the missus around So, here's my issue. It may be one of the cheapest motorsports to attend at an entry level, but it still has it's costs. The bike, slightly more suitable gear, spares, tyres, modifications. Due to significantly cutting down my working hours, it has almost left it impossible. In comes idea number two, during all of these races I notice a lot of small business sponsors, plastered all over the riders and their machines, as it is with most sports, these seem to be mostly local, especially in the lower classes. I don't live out in the sticks, I don't know 'Davy from round the corner with the drycleaners that also loves racing'. So my first thought was a crowdfunding model, to give small entities the opportunity to put any message, logo, name on a bike,t-shirts, the whole lot collectively actually funding the whole thing. I do actually have a suitable bike as it stands but it still needs a lot of work. I've already given this a go to ZERO success. So that's why I'm here, I know more than a few of you here are very media savvy, and of course very apt in your own areas, I know the scape of the community very well and that's why I wanted to post this, I would trust advice I get. What would you do? Needless to say, should things go to plan, kind words and advice are repaid in kind. Thanks bit-tech. EDIT: I should have previously mentioned that I am not fundraising to buy myself nice things and enjoy myself, over the course of working this out I am speaking to various charities, I'm drawn to childrens hospices, homeless and elderly care in particular. I will be regularly donating what I can and when it came time to move on, anything aquired, including the bike itself would be sold and 100% of sale value given to the elected charity.