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Old 06-26-2011, 11:23 PM
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Default Re: "So & So" Motorbikes, I don't get it???

Barely's got it right. People building these things, building them right, for a living, have it rough. Most potential customers have a lot of preconceived notions when it comes to MBs, most of which revolve around price vs. value.

With my first bike, the old Tempus, I had people come up to me wanting to buy it or wanting me to build them one like it. I told them "Let me show you what all I did here, then I'll quote you a price." As I guessed, they didn't notice that the pinstripes were my work, the dished steel battery enclosure was my work, the whole lighting and electrical system - my work, the tuning on the engine - my work, custom lettering and paint - my work, sundry custom machined brackets and parts - my work, etc.

After materials, supplies, & labor, I told one man "$1200 upfront and I'll need some time to put it all together." That usually kills interest right there.

I told another young fellow, after explaining all the above, "$100 and I'll walk you through building your own." That didn't fly either.

The people we meet on the street ARE interested, but only casually at first, and usually not long after. It caught their eye. Most, when they truly understand what they are looking at, discover quickly why they themselves do not already have an MB.

We are the kind of determined individuals who persevered and built our own "statement of independance" or saved back the money we knew it would take, and made a motorbike our own. We are not like them, they are not like us.

"There is nothing wrong with wanting a motorbike that is an extension of your personal taste and fashion sense; if you must ride somewhere, I say do it with style!"
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