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Old 07-31-2009, 11:09 AM   #1
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New service shop in Fairbanks, Alaska

Ok, we're a little bit late for this season.... or maybe just early for next year.

We've decided to open a small shop in Fairbanks to provide tire changes along with basic repair and maintenance, machining, and precision TIG welding services. We'll be featuring Heidenau K60 tires, but should have the old stand-bys (Tourances & TKC80's) on hand too. If there's something special you want, give us a call and we can make arrangements to have the parts on hand when you get here. Alternatively, if you want to ship tires or supplies ahead of you, we'll be glad to receive and hold on to them until you arrive (just make sure you clearly mark the outside of the package with your name).

Don't want to burn up dirt tires on the asphalt? No problem, we can change your street rubber out for dirts, and hold on to the road tires until you return from Deadhorse, then swap you back to streets.

Since we're just getting underway, and still waiting on some inventory to arrive, please call ahead to make sure we'll have all the supplies necessary for your bike and requested service.

The webpage should be up and running this weekend with all the relevant details, until then, here's the contact information.


Adventure Cycleworks, LLC
362 Snowy Owl Lane
Fairbanks, AK 99712
http://www.advcycleworks.com

Shawn: shawn@advcycleworks.com (907)347-4329
Dan: dans40xc@hotmail.com (907)457-4259


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Old 07-31-2009, 12:36 PM   #2
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This is awesome!

What a great service to provide in an ideal location.

Have you ever part of something like this before? I'm sure you'll be kept pretty busy.

I've never heard of those tires. I'll have to google em.

Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:42 PM   #3
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Good luck with the new business. I'll be sure to stop in when I'm in Fairbanks.
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:40 PM   #4
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Good luck with the new business. I'll be sure to stop in when I'm in Fairbanks.

Look forward to seeing ya. For the time being, I'm still working my day job while my father mans the shop. Also, since we're getting a late start this year, we're running things out of his garage... so don't be surprised if you stop by and he offers you a burger/brat from the grill.
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:35 PM   #5
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This is awesome!

What a great service to provide in an ideal location.

Have you ever part of something like this before? I'm sure you'll be kept pretty busy.

I've never heard of those tires. I'll have to google em.

Good luck and have fun, Mark H.

Hiya Mark,

Nope, I've never been part of a business like this before but I've been around bikes since I was knee high to a grasshopper (and my business partner/father has been working on bikes since the 70's... everything from FIM MX to top fuel funny-bike pit crews).

Heidenau is a German manufacturer. The K60s are a real nice Dual Sport tire, slightly less aggressive than a TKC-80 but they wear and ride a whole lot better when subjected to asphalt without giving up much in dirt. They also make nice street tires, which I can get ahold of if someone wants them. You can see their line of tires, including scooter tires , here.
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Old 07-31-2009, 02:51 PM   #6
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Cool. And yeah, those tires sound pretty neat. A lot of good reviews.

Hey, you need to list yourself in the 'Vendor' forum on here so people start to know right away.

Maybe I'll come up next weekend on my way to Tanacross for the motorcycle races. I've never been there to watch em before.

See ya, Mark H.
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Old 07-31-2009, 03:09 PM   #7
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Maybe I'll come up next weekend on my way to Tanacross for the motorcycle races. I've never been there to watch em before.

See ya, Mark H.

Good idea on the Vendors listing.

When are the races, maybe I can make my way down to Tanacross? I've been looking for info about it, but haven't been able to track anything down.
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Old 07-31-2009, 06:27 PM   #8
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Great to know and congratulations! I'll be through on an F800 rental in about three weeks and have been considering the Heidenau K60s for my personal F800 back here in Las Vegas. It would be great to actually see a pair.

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Old 07-31-2009, 06:55 PM   #9
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Stock a few BMW final drive bearings and seals and you'll make a fortune. The lack of Parts stocked up there was rediculous this summer. Go ahead, ask me how I know.
Good Luck.
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:36 PM   #10
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Stock a few BMW final drive bearings and seals and you'll make a fortune. The lack of Parts stocked up there was rediculous this summer. Go ahead, ask me how I know.
Good Luck.
You didn't call me I have bearing-o-plenty here ( I have done a few this summer)
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:00 PM   #11
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You didn't call me I have bearing-o-plenty here ( I have done a few this summer)
Actually we did talk, but good to know for next time
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:36 PM   #12
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Get some bitchin' T-shirts and License plate frames made up. People love swag and if it's from somewhere exotic (okay, maybe exotic isn't the right word...) it'll sell like water in the desert.
Also, offer a place for people to stash their stuff while they do the pilgrimmage up the Dalton and you'll have a ton of traffic. They are bound to buy something.
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:31 PM   #13
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Cool2 Good Idea

My last trip to Fairbanks was not a happy one.
The Fairbanks Fun Center took 1 and 1/2 hours to change out a tire.
The guy (kid) doing the refit used a hammer to drive my axle back into the hub.
I lost it and jumped the fence and took the hammer from him.
He didn't relieve the brake pads so the rotor was binding.
The morons tried to tell me my axle was bent.
The night before I stayed at the Motel across from the H/D shop.
While packing up in the morning I see a BMW pull up to the H/D gate,
first in line, about ten minutes later a couple of H/D riders show up.
The gate is finally opened and the H/D guys are put to the front of the line.
Yea a shop with people who know what they are doing will float in Fairbanks.
Other than that, if I ever do another Alaska trip Iam bringing my own spare.
GOOD LUCK.
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Old 08-06-2009, 05:36 PM   #14
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It is time for me to put in a good word for these guys. I called them Saturday night at 7:30pm just to see what they could do. My bike was not in great riding condition. They were at my house with a pickup less than 30 minutes later, and brought myself and my bike back to their shop for diagnosis (diagnosis for the bike only, not me). Boy was I impressed! I was not impressed with the Alaska Fun Center from the start. I'd go to Shawn and Dan first, and AFC will never get my business again if I can help it. Dan even followed up with a phone call a couple days later to see what I found and what my game plan was.

I found out that my transmission needed to be torn apart to see what was wrong, and at that point it wasn't worth the money for me to fix it. Major repairs on a bike that costs about $2000 just didn't seem like the right thing to do, and I was not pressured at all by Shawn and Dan to do something I didn't want to do. I sold the bike, and I'm buying a plane ticket home. Shawn and Dan know their stuff, and I would recommend them to anyone passing through Fairbanks.

Good luck with the business guys, so far so good!

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Old 08-06-2009, 07:16 PM   #15
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It is time for me to put in a good word for these guys. I called them Saturday night at 7:30pm just to see what they could do. My bike was not in great riding condition. They were at my house with a pickup less than 30 minutes later, and brought myself and my bike back to their shop for diagnosis (diagnosis for the bike only, not me). Boy was I impressed! I was not impressed with the Alaska Fun Center from the start. I'd go to Shawn and Dan first, and AFC will never get my business again if I can help it. Dan even followed up with a phone call a couple days later to see what I found and what my game plan was.

I found out that my transmission needed to be torn apart to see what was wrong, and at that point it wasn't worth the money for me to fix it. Major repairs on a bike that costs about $2000 just didn't seem like the right thing to do, and I was not pressured at all by Shawn and Dan to do something I didn't want to do. I sold the bike, and I'm buying a plane ticket home. Shawn and Dan know their stuff, and I would recommend them to anyone passing through Fairbanks.

Good luck with the business guys, so far so good!

Mike

Glad to hear that you're back underway Mike (even if it's not on a bike ) and thanks for the post.
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