strange year for building & repairs

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  1. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

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    after a really slow year for these bikes with fewer sales and repairs than any other year for the last 6 years, this last month has really turned around

    this week I sold three bikes in the dark by flashlight, and last night, in the dark & in the cold, pouring rain

    gas prices are low & weather is cold - no idea where this up-tick is coming from, but enjoying it

    anyone else seeing an increase this late in the year?
     
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    Were these people buying Toys, or Transportation?
     
  3. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

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    strictly poor folks trying to get to work - rarely get anyone with real money around here

    my market has become kits for 165 & good running bikes for 250 to 400
     
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    i tried to do this flipping bikes thing but im to danm honest i know all the problems ive had and learning how to fix them was pretty easy but i dont feel right about selling one of my bikes to somebody as transportation because i know it will eventually break on them the exhaust will come lose or the float in the carb will get a hole and cause fuel to come out the intake or it fouls the plug or a magneto gets wet all simple stuff to me but i worry about the skill level of my potential customer weather or not they now how to fix these little issues
     
  5. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

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    a good hanger helps the muffler, and I haven't seen a sinking float in many years (maybe better quality control?)

    I'm more a simple repair shop than a sales place, but I do free CDI & mag testing for anyone and free simple repair for those that buy one from me. Customers can stop by & ask questions or have me look it over to see if something is wearing or coming loose & I'll show them how to take care of it.
     
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    i knew people who flipped over 100 of these bikes for 450-500 and up and there was no quality control with these guys they would buy the cheapest walmart bike slap the cheapest ebay kit on a bike break it in then flip as fast as possible to any buyer they could find. im glad to see honest people out there! rock on brother
     
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    im fixing to put a for sale bike together soon, it will be a simple build that ill ask about 350-375 for when its done.

    really looking forward to building this bike or maybe I should just say motorizing this bike, wont be much building to it, should be a simple project since the frame is perfect for the HT engine.

    it will be a fixie type bike with 700c 40 tires, stock pipe and 44Tsprocket, I want it to be a 25- 30 mph bike, not gonna do anything fancy, just the odds and ends to help reliability and safety.
     
  8. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    Just out of curiosity, is your shop in the middle of the desert or parking lot somewhere? I'd be a bit leery buying a motorized bike under those conditions......no Coleman lantern or umbrella available?

    I've thought about selling tandems and two-seater trikes by candlelight....you might be on to something here.....ambiance! Maybe down at the beach, near the ocean with Tiki torches?
     
  9. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

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    hope, it's just out in the back yard so I don't fill the house with exhaust fumes - I'm way too old to work long hours, so never ran any lights out there

    when it gets colder, I usually head for Thailand for a few months - I'm getting ready to head out in 3 weeks & be back in April
     
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    Business is pretty stable year-round here with our great weather (mid 70's this time of year) with upticks a month or so after Holidays thanks to Sheriff Joe's DUI checkpoints.

    I am the high end builder in my neck of the woods and have a steady stream of upper middle-class customers that appreciate quality and customization which works out well for me because I simply won't build cheap, unsafe crap.

    Nice to see a good builder do well despite the limited 'riding season' you have which is where besides somewhere I am glad I am not?
     

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