New Season, New Pricing at MOTO2N – Early Season Update, Apologies

I haven’t raised my rates in 2 and a half years.

I get more calls than I can handle. There’s massive demand for what I do. I’d love to see someone get out there and try to compete with me. Competition improves the breed.

I’ve decided to increase my pricing. Both my shop rate and service call have gone up. All appointments BOOKED before 4/13/21 are subject to the old pricing so no sweat if you’re already on my schedule. Check the pricing page for the new rates. And please read the FAQ before you book.

The Only Game in Town

I’d been hearing rumors that Rolling Wrench stopped doing service work entirely, and their website confirms it. Matt at Rolling Wrench is in the parts game now; no more service work. That leaves me as the only game in town, and there are FAR MORE broken bikes out there than I have time to fix. Hence the price increases.

I used to work for Rolling Wrench, and when I exited RR it wasn’t exactly on the best of terms. That said it’s hard to hold a grudge after so many years, and I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today without the experiences I had working for Matt at RR. I owe him, at the very least, some kind words. I wish him, his wife, their businesses, their family and friends the best and hope they made it through 2020 without any major losses or heartache. It actually bums me out that I’m no longer competing with him.

I truly do believe that competition improves the breed. I’ve raced races where I was the only person in my class. Or there’s like 2-3 of us. I don’t want a trophy just for being the only guy who showed up that day; that’s absolutely no fun for me. I’ve had a chip on my shoulder and something to prove since I was a little kid. It’s in my blood I guess. I realize plenty of people would love to have a business that doesn’t compete with anyone else, but I’m not one of those people.

That and the demand is staggering. There’s more than enough room for more than one player.

I’d love to see someone else get out there and try to do what I do, give me a run for my money, give me a rabbit to chase, get my adrenaline going. Come on moto nerds, bring it. 

Mea Culpa!

That’s latin for “my bad”. 2020 sucked, but I don’t feel right about blaming the news for everything that went wrong.

I did not cope well.

I lost my mind a few times.

I lost my voice, my drive.

I did a terrible job of taking care of myself, and a handful of my customers had terrible experiences for it.

Feel free to read the Google reviews; the bad ones are accurate. So are the good ones, but that’s not the point. The vast majority of my customers had good experiences, but I’m not OK with how I performed for and how I lost contact with certain customers. If you’re one of those people, you’re on my list of situations I need to make right. I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to make things right, but it will start with communication followed by completing what I was supposed to do for you or straight-up refunds or IOUs or something.

If I failed to do right by you, then I owe you, and my intention is to make it right some way, some how. I will be in touch soon enough; better late than never I suppose.

Turning the Page

Allow me to be unequivocal; fuck 2020. 2021 is a new year, and things are starting to feel normal again.

I don’t think things will ever be “normal” again; the United States and the rest of the world have been through a lot and the only things in life that are guaranteed are death, taxes, and change. Change is constant. I’m human, and so are you; we’re adaptable. I’m adapting. I hope you are too. It took longer than I thought it would for me. It’s a process. It’s ongoing.

I’ve refocused myself on my business and made some serious lifestyle changes in the past 6 months.

I’m stocked up on batteries, spark plugs, fuel line, electrical connectors, and more tools than I can shake a stick at to better serve my customers. I’m brainstorming better ways to keep track of existing customers, coming up with better systems and processes to do what I do best, fixing broken bikes. Fixing bikes is the easy part. It’s all of the organizational and business stuff that I struggle with.

If you have a bike that needs work, please book online or, if for some reason you can’t or won’t book online, try giving me a call or shooting me a text at (720) 634-6935.

 

Posted in Availability, The Passion

WANTED: Mobile Moto/Scoot/ATV Mechanic – SPRING/SUMMER UPDATE

Business as Usual?

If you’ve tried calling me recently, I haven’t returned your call because ONLINE BOOKINGS are keeping me extremely busy.

I will occasionally answer the phone if it happens to be in my periphery when you call (it doesn’t ring); IF and only IF I’m not doing anything else.

If you REALLY want to get me on the phone, the best time to call is between 7:30AM and 9:30AM. Texts are much better. I prefer to schedule calls via text. If you don’t get a response, it’s because I’m not interested in answering your question, fixing your bike, whatever it may be. To be perfectly honest, my return customers keep me pretty busy too. If you’re a return/repeat customer, I’ll do my best to answer your text or call. You might have to bug me a little bit, but I will do my best to respond as soon as possible.

All of that said, this has been the WORST YEAR EVER: deaths from the coronavirus/covid19 pandemic, police killings, protests, event cancellations, masks-in-public, misinformation from the media, mixed signals from our so-called “leaders” in government, no dine-in service at restaurants, no drinking at bars, and social distancing. It hasn’t been “business as usual” for anyone since late March. Everyone’s adjusting to the “new normal,” including me, and it’s taking longer than anyone expected. I tried to write something halfway constructive about what I think about what’s going on, but I’ve deleted all of it within 24 hours because nothing I wrote sounded OK by the morning after having written it. Bah.

I’ll say this: there’s an epidemic of pandemic-related bad faith coming from everywhere at the moment: from all sides and quadrants of the political spectrum, from the media, from business leaders, from community leaders, from celebrities, from the commentariat. It’s complete and utter bullshit in my humble-but-accurate opinion.

WANTED: Mobile Moto/Scoot/ATV Mechanic

I have no interest in hiring anyone to work for me. However, given the number of calls I get that I simply can’t handle, I reckon there’s room for 3-5 MORE people in the market to do exactly what I do in Denver and the Denver Metro area.

Right now there are 2 options: Aston at MOTO2N (that’s me) OR Mattycakes at Rolling Ratchet err Wrench. RR has significantly limited their operating range. He’s been doing this for so long, he can easily focus on Denver proper and Broomfield/Westminster/Boulder. RR books out weeks in advance. Good luck if you’re in Aurora or Ken Caryl or whatever. I’ll go just about anywhere I think is feasible from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs. I also book out weeks in advance. Both of us get more calls/requests than we can handle.

That tells me there’s room for someone else to start doing what we do. I’d be more than happy to book appointments based on my leads for someone I think is qualified to roll out and fix bikes. I’d also be willing to show you how the mobile repair process works and give you some ideas about how to optimize it and ensure your customers have a good experience.

If you do it right, this business is pretty damned lucrative. You could do 4 appointments on Saturday and Sunday and make more than you do at your day job depending on your day job and how the weekend’s jobs break.

If this sounds like I want to set some people up to “compete” with me and RR, I absolutely do. I have some very different, non-traditional ideas about competition in business.

I’d be willing to book your appointments for a fixed-price, and then you roll out and close them in-your-own-name and keep whatever money you manage to make. If you want to talk numbers or business, shoot a text to (720) 634-6935 and let’s schedule a call or meet up.

Recent Dental Work

I’ve had to cancel and reschedule a bunch of appointments on account of feeling completely unwell more-often-than-anyone-would-like recently. If I did that to you, I am so very sorry, but I am but one person trying to run the world’s-smallest-fast-growing-small-business, and it’s rough. All it takes to completely screw everything up with my schedule is for me to get sick or injured.

I’ve never been more sick in my life than during the first half of this year. It was bizarre. I was *this close* to going to a doctor, but without insurance going to a doctor is pretty much out of the question unless I think I’m about to die. Let’s not get me started on our healthcare system. ‘Tis neither the time nor place. A few days ago the right side of my face swelled up like a grapefruit. Turned out to be a seriously abscessed tooth that I thought I’d lost like 5 years ago. Turns out there were roots and tooth fragments stuck inside my gums. They got infected. My face swelled up. I had a GIGANTIC “pimple” looking thing on my gums, an abscess.

I called a dentist. She got me in the same day for an evaluation. She wanted to do a surgical extraction + bone graft same day, but I pleaded for 24 hours to “steel” or brace myself for the experience. Doctors and dentists scare the hell out of me. I would almost rather break a bone than go to the dentist. I made it through the extraction and bone graft just fine. The dentist lady was super competent, very empathetic, and managed to cut the infected bits out of my face without hurting me hardly at all. Lots of pressure and uncomfortable sensations with very little pain. I’d put the “pain” at a 1 or 2 out of 10. I feel so much better even though it’s only been 2 days since the procedure.

I’m pretty sure the infection was making me low-key sick for MONTHS before it finally made my face swell up. I should have had it taken care of years ago, but healthcare and dental care are ridiculously expensive in the United States. I haven’t always had money to spend on “emergencies,” and I’ve learned over the years to live with less and do more with less. I’m very thankful I absorbed the expense of an emergency dental procedure without breaking my piggy bank. This business is the ONLY reason that was possible. For that I have my customers to thank. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TRUSTING ME WITH YOUR BIKES OVER THE YEARS. My life has improved so much since I started focusing on my business instead of other peoples’ businesses.

Bikes?

That’s for another post. I’ve been working on LOTS of interesting bikes lately. My own projects are running behind and always on the back-burner compared to my customers’ bikes.

Best way to get me is to book online. I’m really hoping my recent dental work makes me feel loads better, and I can finally get back to “business as usual”. As always, your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated.

 

 

 

Posted in Availability

OMG It’s 2020 Already? MOTO2N WINTER UPDATE FEB ’20

It’s pretty cold and miserable outside, but I’ve been fixing bikes whenever it’s over about 45 degrees or so.

The best way to book is still online, but you’re also welcome to text me at (720) 634-6935. Book online or send me a text. Email works too, but I’m way better about looking at it when it’s warm outside!

Calling me is still the least effective way of getting my attention. My phone hasn’t made a sound since 2009, and I don’t look at it unless I need it for something. If you want to talk on the phone, send a text to (720) 634-6935 saying so, and we can schedule a call via text.

If you’re looking to get a bike fixed TODAY ON DEMAND LIKE I’M AN UBER DRIVER please please please CALL SOMEONE ELSE. And good luck! You’re gonna need it! Nothing really happens super fast in the world of motorcycles unless you DO IT YOURSELF.

Alright, let’s get on to the fun stuff. Recent projects!

Genuine Buddy 150cc Italia

I picked this up from a customer as a kind of trade deal. I guess I’ll be fixing his YZ250F up good and proper come spring time! Anyway, it’s a Genuine Buddy 150 “Italia,” and it goes about 55-60mph. Has new tires, recent carb clean, oil change, filter (HF183) change, new air filter too. It runs really well! It’s a little ugly! It’s FOR SALE!

No title (also not stolen) and it’s up to you how you wanna use it. Ride it “dirty” or use it as a pit bike. I care not. Say you saw it here, on my website, and I’ll let it go for $700. Text me at (720) 634-6935.

Genuine Buddy Scooter

Genuine Buddy 150cc

Did I mention it has new tires? Well it does. That by itself would cost you about $220 to have me roll out and do it on the spot.

Genuine Buddy 150

Genuine Buddy 150cc

This thing fires up easy and runs great regardless of the weather! If it doesn’t sell I intend to keep it! It’s faster than a modified Zuma/Elite and about half the trouble! I can’t recommend this particular make/model enough. They are the very best of the GY6-powered scooters in-my-humble-but-extremely-accurate-opinion.

YZ80 Crankshaft Replacement

Someone tried to rebuild this thing’s top end, but the crank was shot. They also used about a pound of RTV trying to get the cylinder head to seal. Why? Who knows?! Maybe they didn’t trust those itty-bitty o-rings to seal (the o-rings work fine LMFAO). This is what it looks like when I have to remove the engine, split the cases, and install a new crankshaft in a YZ80 engine.

YZ80 crankshaft replacement

YZ80 crankshaft replacement

And here it is all put back together:

YZ80 engine assembled

YZ80 engine assembled

It’ll cost you about $350 + parts to have me remove the engine from your 80-85cc motocross bike and replace the crank. You might as well have me do the top end at the same time. It’s just parts right? Also note that motocross bikes are NOT “bulletproof” instead they require more-or-less meticulous maintenance to keep them running for any length of time. The vast majority of people who own them but don’t race them would be better off on some kind of trail bike like a Honda XR or a Yamaha TT-R. Also my humble but accurate opinion.

The GSXR600 Auction

I have a thing for old Suzukis. Don’t ask. It’s silly and doesn’t make any sense. It’s kind of a “fandom” thing. If I’m a “fan” of anything it’s old Suzukis. I like the old GS bikes, RM bikes, and the later GSX, Bandit, and GSXR type bikes. I’m actually a little “big” for the GSXRs, but I don’t care. I’ll make myself fit on a bike I like.

Of all the things I did or tried to do last year, I’m pretty stoked this didn’t happen. I had the high big at $1400 on IconicMotorbikeAuctions.com and was pretty stoked when I got outbid at the last second. As much as I’d love a minty, water-cooled first year GSXR to ride around for fun, I really don’t *NEED* it. Since when has that stopped any of us though?

The GSXR auction

The GSXR auction

I’d have been happy to have given $1400 + freight but the way it worked out I decided it was better someone else had a crack at it. I was only 7 years old when this bike came out, but I’ll always love the way 90s sportbikes look. ONE DAY RIGHT?!

KZ1000 Resurrection

A carb cleaning and a few minor repairs brought this one back to life for my homie at 5th Gear Motos. If you have a dirt bike that needs work in Colorado Springs, I suggest you call them. If you have a scooter or street bike, TEXT ME at (720) 634-6935. Or, you know, click the button on the right and just book online and make our lives easier!

KZ1000 carb work

KZ1000 carb work

So the KZ1000 is one of the original 70s superbikes. This one was sweet and makes me want one bad. Anyone have one for sale cheap?! LOL!

Hey look it’s my ugly mug!

I’ve never posted a selfie because eff that, but this is the dude you’re talking to when you get me on the phone.

This is the guy who texts you back.

This is the guy who fixes your scooters, motorcycles, and ATVs. Guess what? He’s a very real person!

Yours truly

Yours truly

I took this pic of myself skateboarding in a parking garage like a week ago. I’m getting old, but I’ll always be young at heart!

That’s all for now folks. The weather’s about to get warmer, and my schedule is going to fill up super fast as soon as the weather turns! You know the drill! Please text questions to (720) 634-6935 or just book online!

Posted in Availability, Motorcycles, Scooters

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