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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-20-2000, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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chris,

my advice is based on my own buying experience and watching my buddy's old shop.

i would want a shop like that to be upfront and honest, first.

with sportbikes, stocking parts is a hassle, everything is gonna get ordered because everything you stock doesn't seem to sell (except those superbike grips). don't bs someone when their crap is on back order. just say upfront, it's back ordered do you still want it. also tell them the same ting when dealing with venders that tend to be slow, like lp and i hear eurobikes can be at times.

you're not too far from a shop that does a lot of what you're talking about. i've never been there, but i've talked steve long, i think he's the owner. it's called speed-werks (www.speed-werks.com) check it out. you may find some good ideas. they're in camden, de.

also, if you're gonna do suspension, do it right. go to a race-tech school, i'm not sure how long they are. suspension is important to those who wanna pay to get it done. just keep in mind, with the way most street guys care about suspension, don't expect to make a lot off it. you'll do more fork seals than fork springs.

as for motor work, if you mean porting and polishing, if you don't want to front for the equipment, i know a guy up here in nepa that'd likely do it for you until you can get your own equipment (just to help you out there). he's pretty quick if you send him a bare head (about four days for my fizzer head, when a week was promised). which also means you'll make good labor off it, plus the philly mark up you can charge over his wilkes-barre prices. he's a real-life shop btw, not a putz w/ a dremel.

also, be open on sundays. it's impossible to get parts on weekends here. dealers don't open sundays because they can't sell bikes and close early saturday. jeez.

don't bother selling tires, dealer price is high even, but mount them, you can make money doing that. my friend used make a decent buck mounting tires, but he wouldn't even order sportbike tires except for bridgestone because he got hooked up w/ a guy who could sell him at a good price. all of the others weren't worth the heassle for the profit.

don't forget the harley crowd. they may not have the ride you wanna have, but they spend the cash and love someone who doesn't try to suck them dry. my buddy made a lot of money off the harley guys and the vetenam vets really kept the shop going in winter.

my last piece of advice, don't quit your job if you can avoid it. working at and owning a bike shop isn't always fun.

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For as long as I have been able to spell
R1 (Couple of weeks now). I have wanted to
open my own shop. Though to be honest,
I am leaning towards fairing repair and
custom paint, along with High Performance
Motor work and suspension tuning. Ofcourse
parts supply, but mostly aftermarket.
I would do mostly fairing work since no one
does it. Does anyone have a fairing/high
performance shop in your area? How would you
take to the idea? Ofcourse the customer service
would be superior!

Chris

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The truth. A mechanic who knows his sh*t. Open 11-7. I don't know what turn around time is for repairing fairings, but if it is trashed it would take a long time to fix it. Labor rate would be huge, which is not good. Paint would be faster. Always have a badass bike tricked out and on the floor...for the squids of course. brake pads and chains are good to have in stock, sucks waiting 2 weeks for anything. I wont start with being helpful and curtious, you already know that.

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I want a shop where the people don't have an attitude. Every shop around here I walk into I get the "I am THE KING of the motorcycle world-Don't ask me to go out of my way or you won't get any help" attitude. And what days do I have time to work on my bike? Saturday and Sunday of courese. But the shop is only open till 2 on sat and closed on Sunday. What gives? How can an owner close on Sunday? Especially when no other local shops are open on Sundays. That would give him ALL of the business. But no. NO CUSTOMER SERVICE AROUND HERE! I wish I had some coin. I would put every other shop around here straight out of business.

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Chris, move to AZ man
we need someone like you to open a shop here, hell, ill even go in on it, (u need a frame polished??)

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I would like to see shop that gave away alot of free stuff and did alot of free work


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Heck, move here. My towns Kaw/Suzuki dealer is closing in about three months. Service there is backed up about three weeks.

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funny story a local guy went into a local shop wanted front pads for his f3. they said, we only have one card in stock. he said, well can you order me another card. she said, okay i'll order one for you and one for stock.

his question was with so many f3 around not order a bunch of them. my question is, why order one card of front brake pads!!! who the hell says, 'man my bike really eats up left side brakes!!!

i also agree with geoff, 'i work in a bike shop i must be god' attitude some many of these guys have.

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