|09-27-2008, 08:19 PM||#1|
Joined: May 2008
Location: Bay Area California
Bay Area Riders?
Do you wish you had space to work on your pride n joy? A place to learn more about your bike?
Im thinking about opening a motorcycle haven with 3 lifts and workstations. You can come and use the tools in a fun setting. A place to plan adventures and meet like minded people. My father was a mechanic so I grew up in a shop setting and miss it.
There would be a membership fee, not sure how much? What would you pay per month, or anualy?
Would you be interested in checking it out? If I get a positive enough response this may become a reality. I'm just a guy that loves the good times he's shared with his bike, and I know you do too. Part of thoes good times is doing all that standard maintenance that would cost big $$$ at a shop.
Thanks for the feedback. Have fun and keep the rubber side down.
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Rubber_Down screwed with this post 09-27-2008 at 08:26 PM
|09-27-2008, 08:48 PM||#2|
Kumbaya my ass
Joined: Jun 2006
but I have a Wee Strom and there's not a lot of maintenance involved.
Memberships would be good but you need some kind of "1 Day Pass".
The Sawdust Shop in Sunnyvale is the same kind of place for woodworkers. http://www.sawdustshop.com/
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|09-28-2008, 02:06 PM||#3|
Lost and Confused
Joined: Apr 2007
Location: San Mateo, CA
I think it's a good idea too. There's also a similar place for machining and fabricating in Menlo Park called "Techshop" (http://www.techshop.ws/). Eventually I'll go there to build something, I'm sure.
I have my own lift and most tools I need, but I'd like something like this, just for the extra space (wouldn't have to compete with the laundry and camping equipment in my garage) and camaraderie. More importantly, I can't imagine how many dollars and hours of frustration I might have saved over the years had I had a second opinion available when I was attempting a repair/mod that was a little beyond my capabilities. I love trying something new and doing things myself, but it would be nice to have someone looking over my shoulder every once in a while saying "are you sure you want to do that?"
As for membership cost, Techshop charges $125 a month or $1,200 a year, but they also have an insane amount of equipment to use. They also offer "day passes" for $75 (obviously trying to encourage people to get monthly memberships).
I would think about what you can offer to members/users in the way of space and equipment, and what their alternatives are. As a single data point, I think this is the kind of thing that I might use 2-3 days a month for at least a couple of hours, and I would probably be willing to pay a daily use fee of $20-$25. So if you offered me a $40 monthly membership, I'd probably be tempted. But again, that's just one data point.
BTW, I'm basing the above guesstimates on my belief that my motorcycle is entertainment, and that I'd be willing to pay $20-$25 for any 1/2 day of entertainment of my choice (gas/lunch for a day of motorcycle riding, afternoon or evening at the movies, etc.). In my opinion, I think that's how you should think about pricing, rather than comparable cost of repairs.
Good luck with this idea, and I look forward to hearing more about it (and hopefully someday becoming a member!).
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