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Old 05-24-2007, 11:40 AM   #1
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Sponsor rates/prices/etc.

Is it too much to ask that a sponsor advertise the prices they charge for equipment they sell or services they render? I understand that there are other sponsors that also may be competitors, but it would be nice if that info was displayed for us. I am just asking as this would be convenient and take the legwork out of calling, waiting, asking for rates...

I live in the southeast and I don't see any shops/sponsors around here, but when it comes to labor/service hours, the shops over on this side have some decent rates. I got quoted $68/hr from a dealer and also $55/hr from a local shop...

just wanted to know if it is asking too much or if there was a reason the sponsors don't do that... I mean if we get service from one of them, we post our gratitude/displeasure so 'competing' shops are going to know what’s up and if they are competitively priced....

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Old 05-24-2007, 11:43 AM   #2
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I think that the sponsors dont post so they dont have to be locked into one set price. All the sponsors here are going to try and take care of MHers, so in fact they will look at the work you need done and give you a qoute for it.
Just shoot a PM or email or phone call and they will let you know whats up.
I think this way actually gets us better deals.
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:49 AM   #3
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I think that the sponsors dont post so they dont have to be locked into one set price. All the sponsors here are going to try and take care of MHers, so in fact they will look at the work you need done and give you a qoute for it.
Just shoot a PM or email or phone call and they will let you know whats up.
I think this way actually gets us better deals.
Why would they be locked into a set price as everyone could/should understand if they increase prices (it is the cost of doing business)...
For instance, Patrick is like the 'motorcycle whisperer' (according to Teresa :laughing6 ) and he is extremely helpful, but to drive to his shop from the south is difficult... I would like to know what a shop charges (any shop, not just his) before I make a trip out to them and realize I spent more time and money getting there then anything else....
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...... but when i have problems being able to screw other things i normally tie them up and lube the out of it. dont be afraid do get rough with it. if you cant handle it with the tool you have maybe the task is to hard for you. in which case if could be time for some tag team action and maybe even a foursome...
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:58 AM   #4
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Not sure if this will make sense because I suck at typing out my thoughts but, any of the sponsors will give you their basic pricing. The catch you are going to miss by comparing face value is the true value of their service. It is your bike and your life so i am not trying to push you in any direction by any means but, I would trust my bike in the hands of only a couple of people. Plus, customer loyalty seems to have its own perks as well. Honestly, I do not even price compare anymore. I call one place and it has always been spot on. At first I almost thought Patrick did not like me. He seemed to be a grouchy kind of guy but I soon realized he is just a busy man in a very competitive market that does not feed you BS. Something I really appreciate and can not thank them enough for all their help. I do realize Motorcycles Unlimited is a stretch for some folks and if that is the case try giving Andy over at Metric a ring. Both of these guys are class acts in my book. There are a few more sponsors that may be a bit closer to you but, I can not really comment on their services although several people on here have and could probably chime in about the experience. Good Luck with your search.
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Old 05-24-2007, 01:22 PM   #5
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Most of us post basic pricing, oil change, tire change etc.
As far as by job, it's diffficult.
Example: carb clean on let's say an '98 GSXR600 is a whole lot less than on say an R6. Also there may be mitigating factors; the bike had sat up for 3 years outside, everything is corroded and the tank is rusted as well.

Your best bet if you have a specific repair you need a quote on is to either call me or one of the other forum sponsors and get a quote.
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Not sure if this will make sense because I suck at typing out my thoughts but, any of the sponsors will give you their basic pricing. The catch you are going to miss by comparing face value is the true value of their service. It is your bike and your life so i am not trying to push you in any direction by any means but, I would trust my bike in the hands of only a couple of people. Plus, customer loyalty seems to have its own perks as well. Honestly, I do not even price compare anymore. I call one place and it has always been spot on. At first I almost thought Patrick did not like me. He seemed to be a grouchy kind of guy but I soon realized he is just a busy man in a very competitive market that does not feed you BS. Something I really appreciate and can not thank them enough for all their help. I do realize Motorcycles Unlimited is a stretch for some folks and if that is the case try giving Andy over at Metric a ring. Both of these guys are class acts in my book. There are a few more sponsors that may be a bit closer to you but, I can not really comment on their services although several people on here have and could probably chime in about the experience. Good Luck with your search.

Couldn't have said it better, he's the only one that works on my bikes........even when he's grouchy:icon_bigg
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Thanks guys for the responses.... the question came about because i went to a shop (will not mention any names) and asked for a specific type of work done... I was doing the same work on my bike that a buddy had done to his bike (buddy has the same exact bike I have). However, when I went to the shop, they were qouting me an entirely different price and rates... I was ...

I try to do all my own repairs/fixes/maintenance, but lately time is a huge problem for me so I don't know about any shops to go to... I used to have a friend that did some of the major stuff for me, but he has unfortunetely moved out of town....

Isn't metric on the southwest side of town?
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Thanks guys for the responses.... the question came about because i went to a shop (will not mention any names) and asked for a specific type of work done... I was doing the same work on my bike that a buddy had done to his bike (buddy has the same exact bike I have). However, when I went to the shop, they were qouting me an entirely different price and rates... I was ...

I try to do all my own repairs/fixes/maintenance, but lately time is a huge problem for me so I don't know about any shops to go to... I used to have a friend that did some of the major stuff for me, but he has unfortunetely moved out of town....

Isn't metric on the southwest side of town?
Heights area, Javi is southwest i think.
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Couldn't have said it better, he's the only one that works on my bikes........even when he's grouchy:icon_bigg
If i can't do it myself(or I'm too lazy ) i take it to patrick
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Yeah, Javi is Bellaire and Beltway... PM him if tha tis closer to you. I have heard some good things about this guy lately.
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If i can't do it myself(or I'm too lazy ) i take it to patrick
If it is not washing the bike or cleaning the brakes for the next track day then it is not even worth my time anymore. Just take it to Motorcycles Unlimited.
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Old 05-24-2007, 01:53 PM   #12
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Anyone on the southeast side of town?? Was thinking of just going to the dealer... at $65/hr...
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we charge $85 an hour, $65 is not too bad.
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Not sure if this will make sense because I suck at typing out my thoughts but, any of the sponsors will give you their basic pricing. The catch you are going to miss by comparing face value is the true value of their service. It is your bike and your life so i am not trying to push you in any direction by any means but, I would trust my bike in the hands of only a couple of people. Plus, customer loyalty seems to have its own perks as well. Honestly, I do not even price compare anymore. I call one place and it has always been spot on. At first I almost thought Patrick did not like me. He seemed to be a grouchy kind of guy but I soon realized he is just a busy man in a very competitive market that does not feed you BS. Something I really appreciate and can not thank them enough for all their help. I do realize Motorcycles Unlimited is a stretch for some folks and if that is the case try giving Andy over at Metric a ring. Both of these guys are class acts in my book. There are a few more sponsors that may be a bit closer to you but, I can not really comment on their services although several people on here have and could probably chime in about the experience. Good Luck with your search.
:laughing6 MAn, I thought I was the only one who thought that the first few times I met Patrick. But now I see that he was just busy and I call them whenever I need anything. He (and everyone else there) always takes care of me. They are a LONG drive from my place, but it's worth it.

To the original poster, my $0.02 is to find a shop where you like and trust the people, and then stick with them for everything. Being loyal definitely has it's perks. People will take care of you if they see you being loyal and taking care of them.

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:laughing6 MAn, I thought I was the only one who thought that the first few times I met Patrick. But now I see that he was just busy and I call them whenever I need anything. He (and everyone else there) always takes care of me. They are a LONG drive from my place, but it's worth it.

To the original poster, my $0.02 is to find a shop where you like and trust the people, and then stick with them for everything. Being loyal definitely has it's perks. People will take care of you if they see you being loyal and taking care of them.

Support the people that support you!
This is a hard lesson learned for some people. :eh:
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very few people these days understand what loyalty is.
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:laughing6 MAn, I thought I was the only one who thought that the first few times I met Patrick. But now I see that he was just busy and I call them whenever I need anything. He (and everyone else there) always takes care of me. They are a LONG drive from my place, but it's worth it.

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Honest, fair, and dependable service is priceless to some!

And it helps when everyone is friendly, even when patrick isn't having such a great day. We've all come to know and understand this of him. Great guy Patrick is, don't care what anyone says about him and his business.
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Hey some guys are focused when they do their work(pat) and they come off looking mean. Trust me, Pat is classy all the way. Just read some of the threads where people went in and he fixed them up for free. You might wanna check with Javi too, he's on your side of town and has great rates too.
While i'm at it i just wanna take a minute to thank both Javi and Pat for being very helpful, patient, and most importantly honest.
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very few people these days understand what loyalty is.
It has nothing to do with loyalty especially if you never showed patrionage to anyone previously.

Will probably call Javi later...
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