With the performance bolt-ons and potential track bike the Mad4Motorsports Project Ninja 400 was targeted to be, we knew that the 400 would need to have the right accessories and tuning. We quickly called our friends at Bauce Racing in Franklin, NJ and Anthony Corbo was eager to get us setup right and ready to race.
First, the Project Ninja 400 required some tastefully selected parts from vortex which Anthony took care of us on: Vortex clutch and brake levers, brake lever guard, and rearsets. Then for good power on the dyno and tuning flexibility, Anthony recommended a Yosh Alpha T full SS system, Power Commander 5 w/ignition module, quick shifter, and dynojet QS sensor. This was all finished off with a custom dyno tune on pump and MR12. The final number? 51 rwhp on MR 12 which you can access with a pretty slick map switch setup.
Anthony – a former racer coach for ACE – has years of experience tuning all kinds of bikes and supports several local racers in CCS.
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As part of our vendor Q/A series – we had an open discussion with Anthony from Bauce Racing. Below are those excerpts.Bauce Racing: Website
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Mad4Motorsports: How did you get your start in the business?
Bauce Racing: Like many people in the industry, I got hooked on track days and racing and started doing side work on friends’ bikes. Then I started my business and was doing a lot of online parts sales. I was an early adopter of ECU flashing, so I sponsored a professional racer for an AMA round in 2012. Working trackside for over a month with our rider, we were able to come up with some really amazing setup data, engine braking strategies, drive by wire setups, and throttle smoothing that nobody else had at the time. From there I kept moving forward with online parts sales and mail in ECU flashing service for other racers, forum members and street riders.
Mad4Motorsports: What services do you offer and what do you specialize in?
Bauce Racing: We are a full-service shop specializing in dyno tuning and ECU flashing.
Mad4Motorsports: Do you support racers and track day junkies or street riders?
Bauce Racing: We do support many racers and track day junkies as well as street riders. We have sponsored several racers every year for as long as we’ve been in business and plan to continue the tradition. At any of the events we attend, a very significant portion of the bikes on track are running my tunes.
Mad4Motorsports: How does the tuning process work? What is the typical customer experience?
Bauce Racing: I like to consult with the rider of the bike in advance to determine what they are looking for with the tuning. Most people have a specific complaint of how the bike is running or riding that they would like addressed. During this conversation we also try to determine what the bikes primary use will be.
There’s some required work that must be done to the bike prior to tuning. If the customer hasn’t eliminated some of the items on the bike that can affect the readings on the dyno, we do this in house for them. We run the bike on the dyno as delivered to get some baseline readings for horsepower, torque and air fuel ratio. At this time, we also try to recreate any running or riding issues/conditions the customer has mentioned. It’s ideal to be able to get a feel for how the bike is running so we are sure the issues with the bike are resolved with the tuning.
We then proceed to tune the bike to get it running properly and address/resolve any of the running issues identified in the consultation. We optimize fuel mapping, ignition mapping, drive by wire mapping, engine braking, and any other aspects of the mapping to meet the needs of the customer. When the bike is tuned, we make sure to provide the customer with before and after printouts.
Mad4Motorsports: Why flash a bike and when should one dyno tune? What are they typical gains over stock and can you make race gas programs?
Bauce Racing: In general, it is always recommended to flash the ECU on the bike. Most bikes over the past decade come from the factory with some kind of restrictions that limit the bikes power. There are many other reasons for getting into the ECU. Excessive engine braking is difficult to eliminate without going into the ECU. You can only get a bike smoothed out to a certain point using piggyback systems, and you’re often still leaving lots of power on the table.
Mad4Motorsports: What tuning software are you fluent in?
Bauce Racing: I am using FT ECU, Woolich, and dynojet software on a daily basis. I have also spent a lot of time working with the KIT software from Yamaha, BMW, and other manufacturers. We also tune with Bazzaz, Rapid Bike and some other applications/tuning suites.
Mad4Motorsports: What is the “Bauce touch” that everyone talks about? Meaning, what differentiates what you do vs. other competitors?
Bauce Racing: Many tuning shops are stuck in the past still and taking the easy way out with their tuning. Many are still requiring the use of piggyback fuel controllers or outdated KIT ECU’s. I put in the additional hours on every tune to fully tune these bikes through the ECU and ECU flashing. To fully tune and optimize a bikes mapping can take several hours, but the outcome is amazing. The bike runs great all year long in many different conditions, and we get the absolute most out of it this way.
Working trackside with actual racers at so many levels allows us to face a very wide variety of requests, requirements, and riding styles. This has driven us much further into customization of ECU’s than most people will ever see. Working so closely with the riders of all different types of bikes allows me to leverage knowledge gained on other setups for the next challenge. Another major factor in my success is that I am running a dyno and tuning bikes every single day. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone else in the industry spending as much time as me on the dyno.
Mad4Motorsports: How does one schedule an appointment – do you take walk ins and if so under what circumstances?
Bauce Racing: We do handle a lot of walk-ins for ECU flashes, but the shop is appointment only. We typically run about 4-6 weeks out on appointments, so it’s recommended to call into the shop to get on the calendar well in advance of when you’d like to have the bike tuned. We have people traveling from all over the country to the shop for tuning, so it’s very difficult to take walk in business.
Mad4Motorsports: Do you still visit the racetracks and if so, what events can you typically be seen at?
Bauce Racing: Absolutely. I attend Summit point and NJMP CCS races where I provide track side support for all of our riders. Next year we will also be at Daytona in March and possibly adding some additional CCS events to our trackside schedule. I do attend some track days throughout the year as well.
Mad4Motorsports: What are some of the top riders / popular riders that you have tuned for?
Bauce Racing: This season our fully sponsored Yamaha R6 piloted by William Ely was out front in many of the expert CCS middleweight and heavyweight races. He finished 3rd in overall points standings for the Atlantic region this season. I tune for many other expert racers as well as up and coming amateurs. Last year Ricky O’hare took a third-place finish at Moto America in the Stock 1000 Class on his Yamaha R1 I tune and support. There are also many other racers in our region who are up front running on BAUCE Racing flashed ECU’s. And we also have a lot of racers nationwide in other series including Moto America running on our ECU’s. I’ve even got some high ranking drag racers we tune for as well.
Mad4Motorsports: What are some of the more radical things / unexpected things you have had your hands on?
Bauce Racing: I’ve had everything on my dyno from fully built Zumas and Ruckus’s, to 200 HP Hondas, 235 HP big bore ZX14’s, and superbike built 600’s. There’s never a dull moment over here!