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2010

June 22, 2010

This week has been extremely busy. Working on seats, finalizing another event for us to set up at and finishing two new modifications and working on two others.

We will be setting up Charlotte Harley Davidson for the Record Breaker Poker run on Saturday July 10th. The ride starts at Pat Rogers Harley Davidson with the final stop being the Charlotte dealership. There will be vendors, live music and several other things going on so make plans now to come out and help break the record and make this the largest Poker Run ever.

We have been asked over the past 6 years if we work on backrest and the answer has always been "no". Well now we do. We just finished working out the details and road testing and we have come up with a solution to those hard backrest pads. We have a new foam which is best described as a memory foam and gel mix. It forms to your back yet gives great support. I think this is going to be a huge hit myself and actually have it in my driver and passenger backrest on my bike. Right now that is all it is offered for are Backrest and not tourpak pads. I am working on the tourpak version now and I am hoping we can start offering it before the end of July.

Just a quick update on scheduling, we are currently 3 weeks out on scheduling. We have been working our butts off trying to get to this point and finally made it. I hope we can maintain it at 3 weeks but I cannot promise it because we are getting a lot of orders everyday so if you want to get your seat done now is the time to call and make your appointment while the time frame is where it is at. And I will also say this because some people don't read everything or read it out of context. Our turnaround time is 24 hours as long as you schedule. Your seat has to be at the shop the day before it is scheduled, then the next day it is completed and shipped back. You would be amazed at how many people will call and ask "How long is your turnaround time, 3 weeks?" No, our turnaround time is 24 hours, it has been for the past 4-5 years now and I don't see us changing the format because it works so well.

Well guys that is going to wrap up this week's update. It's a beautiful day here in NC and I am going to go ride my bike. Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

June 12, 2010

This week has been extremely busy. Working on seats, finalizing another event for us to set up at and finishing two new modifications and working on two others.

We will be setting up Charlotte Harley Davidson for the Record Breaker Poker run on Saturday July 10th. The ride starts at Pat Rogers Harley Davidson with the final stop being the Charlotte dealership. There will be vendors, live music and several other things going on so make plans now to come out and help break the record and make this the largest Poker Run ever.

We have been asked over the past 6 years if we work on backrest and the answer has always been "no". Well now we do. We just finished working out the details and road testing and we have come up with a solution to those hard backrest pads. We have a new foam which is best described as a memory foam and gel mix. It forms to your back yet gives great support. I think this is going to be a huge hit myself and actually have it in my driver and passenger backrest on my bike. Right now that is all it is offered for are Backrest and not tourpak pads. I am working on the tourpak version now and I am hoping we can start offering it before the end of July.

Just a quick update on scheduling, we are currently 3 weeks out on scheduling. We have been working our butts off trying to get to this point and finally made it. I hope we can maintain it at 3 weeks but I cannot promise it because we are getting a lot of orders everyday so if you want to get your seat done now is the time to call and make your appointment while the time frame is where it is at. And I will also say this because some people don't read everything or read it out of context. Our turnaround time is 24 hours as long as you schedule. Your seat has to be at the shop the day before it is scheduled, then the next day it is completed and shipped back. You would be amazed at how many people will call and ask "How long is your turnaround time, 3 weeks?" No, our turnaround time is 24 hours, it has been for the past 4-5 years now and I don't see us changing the format because it works so well.

Well guys that is going to wrap up this week's update. It's a beautiful day here in NC and I am going to go ride my bike. Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

June 7, 2010

This past weekend we attended the Hog Happenin in Lincolnton NC and I must say that the turnout was HUGE and was the biggest event they have had so far. This was their 10th year holding the event and our 3rd consecutive year setting up. While the event was the biggest it was our worst year ever there. All the bikes park right on main street and the past two years that is where we have been set up so all the biker's riding in would see us and when walking around checking things out we were right in the mix of things. Well this year they decided to move us. We were not on Main Street any longer and they put us as far away from the bikes as they could, we were the last vendor on the other side of town over 2 blocks away from the court house. Luckily we had already been telling people we would be there doing seats or we would have been really screwed over. We had 3 people who didn't know we were going to be there get their seats done, everything else we had already arranged and these people even had a hard time finding us because we were stuck behind all the kiddie stuff and most people didn't walk down through there because they would see all of the kid's stuff and thought that is what was down that road. The past few years we would get a lot of work because of this event both on location and the following weeks because there are a lot of people in our area who don't even know we are here. Needless to say I am not too happy with the promoters right now but it's water under the bridge but I can say unless they guarantee us a spot on Main Street for next year this was our last year going to this event. I am sure all the biker's are happy they had a endless supply of Juju Beads on main street to look at but you don't put motorcycle specialty vendors (yes we weren't the only ones stuck back in the abyss) as far away from the bikers that you can and to add insult to injury put all the kid's games in front of them.

Sorry for the ranting, location is key in this business and I just feel like we were done wrong. I was told we were moved 3 times because we took up so much space...What?

Well moving on. I did get good news this week from Sturgis. Some of you may have heard that Harley Davidson is moving their main factory back setup away from Rapid City to the heart of the Sturgis rally which is downtown Sturgis. We haven't learned of the exact location yet but there is a very good possibility it will be right beside of where we set up on main street or across the street from us and that is AWESOME. We did pretty good last year in Sturgis and if Harley Davidson sets up in our area we should have a great turnout this coming year. Like I mentioned before location is key and our location is one of the better ones in Sturgis being next door to Sturgis Harley Davidson but having the corporate set up next to us also will make our location even better.

I know I do this a lot but I have to thank all of our customers. We get so many referrals from previous customers that it just keeps growing our business and that makes the job all worthwhile. I have cut back on our advertising this year some, we aren't in any of the magazines we were last year because we keep track of how people find out about us and the cost of advertising is ridiculously expensive and usually don't pan out but word of mouth advertising is free and is the best advertising you can get. So thanks to everyone who has recommended us, you guys ROCK!

That's going to wrap up this week's update. Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

May 26, 2010

Looks like the weather is finally starting to get pretty good and the weekend forecast looks like we may get to do some good riding and it's just in time for a long weekend with Memorial Day being on Monday. The shop will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to thank a Veteran when you see one, if not for their service we wouldn't get enjoy life as we do.

Next weekend is the Hog Happenin in Lincolnton NC. The event features live music, a BBQ cook off, Poker Run, Bike show and several other things happening. We will be set up again this year and we will be working on seats during the event so if you want to get your seat done and check out the other stuff going come on down. All the information about the event is on their website www.hoghappenin.org I am not sure where we will be set up, hopefully on Main St again but you never know. Last year's event had the largest turn out I have ever seen and the event keeps growing every year.

We are still maintaining about a month out on scheduling but after next week that will probably go back up to over a month. We usually get hammered right after Memorial Day so if you want to schedule I would really recommend to try and schedule this week if you can.

We are supposed to get our hauler back today. It has been in the shop getting the front repaired from the hit took on the way back from Thunder Beach. Getting it back just in time to so we can make a few changes before heading out next weekend too, I love it when a plan comes together.

Everything at the shop is really running smooth now. The new location is really good for us and it is easier to find than the old shop was plus the added room helps a lot also. There are a few things I still want to change but for the most part it is set up perfectly. If you happen to be in our neck of the woods feel free to stop by, we are open Mon-Thur 8-5, Fri 8-3 and Saturday 8-noonish.

That's going to wrap up this week's update.
Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

May 15, 2010

Half way through May now and I swear time is flying by. So far this year has been extremely busy. We have been working extra hard and have gone from being 7 weeks out on scheduling to right at 4 weeks and for this time of year that is extremely good. Sitting here at my desk thinking about how much has changed since MCC started over 6 years ago I would have never thought that we would be where we are and doing the things we do. It's pretty cool and it still amazes me every day that the business has turned out so successful. What started in my dad's garage with a simple modification to a motorcycle seat would have us working on peoples seats from all over the world. Canada, Mexico, Australia, England, Italy, France, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Puerto Rico and of course we have seats in all 50 states. Looking back I wish I would have put up a world map and kept up with where all the seats have gone.

I have been thinking about a couple new modifications that I think will work really well. One thing is backrest. Our foam manufacturer has been working on a new foam that is a blend of a gel type material and foam mixture. I have received a few samples and have tried it in several different applications and it has worked really well so there should be a backrest modification or two coming out soon. Backrests are really tricky to work on. Some are really thin and don't have much foam in them while others have plenty of foam. The foam we use for seat modifications don't work well for backrest because it is too firm for this and it's designed for sitting on. This new foam will work in several different applications and it is soft enough to use in backrest or at least the backrest that we can do the modifications on. The second thing I have been thinking about is a new seat modification that I don't want to go into a lot of detail right now about but if I can get what is in my head out and into a design I believe this will be become very popular without a doubt. I hope and emphasize the word "hope" that I can have this off the drawing board and at least have a working sample in the next month or two.

Emails. I have had several people over the past month or so say they have not received replies to their emails. The only thing that comes to mind is that you need to check your spam folder. We reply to every email that requires a reply which is 99% of all the emails we receive. We answer emails as fast as we can and usually reply in no more than 6 hours after receiving it if that long. I know I answer a lot of emails within an hour of receiving them and sometimes faster than that. If you sent a email and have received a reply you can just call us 866-550-SEAT(7328) and talk to us on the phone, the number is toll free to so it don't cost you anything to ask questions, that is what we are here for.

That's going to wrap up this week's what's new. Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

April 27, 2010

This week has started off like the other weeks two previous weeks have. Freaking tools breaking. I got in bright and early yesterday morning, got the first seat reshaped, memory foam installed and shot one staple and the staple gun broke. Great! So, I pulled the backup staple gun out of the haulers tool, shot 5 staples and it broke...Oh boy! Now I get the main gun from the hauler, shoot about 12 staples and it jams. I am thinking, what the hell is going on here? Luckily I was able to get it un-jammed and it's been working just fine since. But that leaves in a bind because I knew that I needed that gun for Thunder Beach and I have to have a working gun here at the shop for Brent and Steve to use. So as soon as I finished the seats I needed to I was on the road with two broke guns and going to where I had previously dropped off another broke gun 4 weeks ago. Needless to say it wasn't fixed yet so I picked it up and added to the other two and went to another place that works on them and dropped them off, the bad thing is they don't know if they can fix them or not. So when I got back to the shop I was on the horn trying to track down some staple guns. After a few calls I finally found 3 and picked them up and after a little oiling and testing they all seem to be working good so we are back 100% with spare guns just in case.

The glue gun that had broke got returned on Friday and I got it hooked up Saturday. Worked flawlessly till yesterday around noon and it started leaking again. I called the rep and left a message and after an hour or so of waiting on him to call back I tore into the gun and cleaned it up again. It looked like the tip was a little loose so I tightened it up and it's been working just fine now so hopefully its good. I didn't no more than get in my office and the rep calls. I told him what I had done and he told me if we have any more issues he will overnight us a gun which made me feel a lot better knowing that if it's not fixed they will have a gun here the next day so the shop can continue running.

And while we are on the as the World Turns at MCC let me tell what happened to my bike last week. I have been making a few changes on the bike. Derk at Baddad www.baddad.com wanted me to try a new rear fender he had come up with. After looking at it and thinking about it, it really wasn't the look I was after because it utilizes the stock brake lights and signals. So after him and I talked a little he offer to send one of his regular fenders...Hell yeah! I have always liked their rear fender. Anyways, I decided this would be a good time to switch exhaust on the bike, so I did. D&amo;D Fatcat 2 into 1. I got the bike all back together about 3 weeks ago and really that's when everything started falling apart. First, the new front fender started rubbing the tire, no idea why or how. This started on the way back from a pretty long ride, around 185 miles. I tried adjusting the fender and it didn't matter how the position was changed it would rub in a different area. So that fender was scrapped and another put on. Fixed that. The bike was tuned for a true dual exhaust and with the 2-1 it was dead. Between 2-3k rpm it felt like it was dying. So, I scheduled a dyno tune. I was really pleased with the numbers 105 HP 110 TQ. I was riding her home and heard spark knocking. Called the dealer, service guy said bring her back one day next week and he'll ride it. The first opportunity I had to take it in was last Thursday. He took her out and came back and said, yep, she is spark knocking. He said the next opening was in two weeks. Grrrr! I told him I was leaving on Tuesday for Thunder Beach. He said oh shit man, bring it in at 9 AM Tomorrow (Friday) So, 9:01 AM and I roll in. I go back to the shop and all is good. I had to leave early Friday to take the truck in for service (oil change and the usual bs) at 1 PM. About 2:30 the service manager calls me about my bike. He says I have good news and bad news. The good news was, the ping is gone. The bad news is the clutch adjuster broke on the clutch cable. I am thinking here we go again. He said they are pulling the cable off and are trying locate one that will fit my bike.(ape hangers +4 length) told me they would call me and let me know. Well, Saturday I called to see what they had found out. The part is supposed to be there Tuesday, UPS is bringing it and they either arrive at 9 AM or they come at 5 PM. So, my bike is getting fixed today I just don't know if it is going with me or staying home this trip. Luckily I have another bike I can take but damn I really like my street glide and have never left her behind so I am hoping UPS runs early today so I can take it. So this month has been a real challenge, if it can break, it has broken. Come on May!

We have been busting butt here at the shop are working the back log down to more in the area I prefer to be in. Currently we are just over 5 weeks out but I think by the end of this week we should be in the 4 week range which is really good for this time of year. The number of orders being called in have fallen a little bit but the drop off seats have picked up but we have really been digging trying to get wait time down.

While I am at Thunder Beach setup Brent and Steve will be running the shop so it will be business as usual here. I couldn't ask for two better employees. These two guys really like their jobs and it shows. Both are customer friendly and have the same desire as I do to make every customer happy so just because I won't be at the shop don't think the shop is closed. Feel free to call them and ask any questions you may have or to schedule. One emailing questions note. You will probably want to email Brent This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the quickest email responses while I am at Thunder Beach. I will have email access and can reply but at the rallies we get extremely busy and I usually don't check emails but once a day and that is at night after we have shut down.

We are setting up at a new location this year at Thunder Beach. They have moved the rally head quarters to the Bay Pointe Marriot and that is where we are setting up this year. Last year we were at Club La Vela which is a good location but nothing like being at the rally head quarters because everybody goes there. They have vendors setup inside and out and it has the biggest draw of riders so I expect we will be really busy, hopefully even busier than we were at the fall rally which was a real good rally for us. I will be updating our Facebook page and Twitter page while there so be sure to check those pages out. I will be posting pictures on Facebook also, you never know what you're going to see at a rally.

That's going to wrap up this weeks what's new. I have been loading the hauler since Friday and I have a few more things to put on it and it will be ready to hit the road.

Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

April 19, 2010

Don't you just love Monday's? It's really not that bad compared to the previous weeks but we just have to take it in stride and keep chugging along. There is some bad news this week and that is we will not be setting up at the Thunder in the Valley rally. First, one of our spray guns starting messing up and it had to be sent in for repair. I know some guys are going to say, why don't you have a spare? Well, long story short is money. The glue guns we use are totally different from any other on the market thus they are expensive and normally we do have a spare, the one that is used in the hauler and its getting used now and our main shop gun is the one that is sent off for repair. It should be back, hopefully Friday of this week and we'll be good but worst case scenario it will be back early the following week which will be just in time for us to get the hauler ready for the next rally which will be Thunder Beach and if it push comes to shove we'll buy another gun to ensure that we are there. So Thunder in the Smokies is out but Thunder Beach is a definite go.

The past few Mondays we have been breaking scheduling records. We are still holding right at 6 weeks out on scheduling which is pretty good really for this time of year and especially with all the seats we have been scheduling. We have been working our butts off keeping us where we are and hopefully we won't get any further out.

A few years ago we started offering our modifications on aftermarket seats and this has almost doubled business. At one of the rallies a while back I noticed a couple aftermarket seat employees snooping around the hauler and really didn't think much of it. Then back around December we had an aftermarket seat to work on and I saw a change in the glue they were using. It looked like the glue we use. I forgot to say something to our glue supplier to see if the company was using their glue at the time but last week we had another one come in with the same glue and I was talking with the rep that day and mentioned it. He verified that the company had started using their glue also. Hmmm...looks like I need to keep our products a little more discreet. But I am happy for my supplier, they make a great product and they deserve more sales.

I have already started getting emails about where we will be set up at in Sturgis. We will be set up in the same location as last year which is right beside Sturgis Harley Davidson on Main St. It's real easy to find. If you are standing in the Sturgis Harley Davidson parking lot we will be to the left of it, you can't miss everything set up in the lot. Our spot is right beside of Amsoil's BIG tent. We will be offering our modifications there again this year and from all of the emails I would say we will be busier this year than last year which is good.

Pretty much the same questions about Thunder Beach. We will be set up at the Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort & Spa which is the rally headquarters for this year's event. They will have vendors inside and out and we will be setup in the lot outside. My good friend Robbie is going with me to this rally to help and he will also be going to Sturgis again with me this year. Thunder Beach is about a 7 hour drive for us while Sturgis is 28 hours.

That's going to wrap up this week's update. Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

April 9, 2010

I have been really stretched thin on time to sit down and write a What's New update the past several weeks. This past week we were closed Friday through Monday for Easter and we got hammered Tuesday. We scheduled well over 20 seats on Tuesday alone and that isn't including the people who stopped by the shop. Wednesday wasn't too bad but yesterday was another busy day and luckily today things have settle down somewhat.

Time has really been flying by the past several months and business has been really good. We had our first event of the year the last week in March and it went really well and looking at the calendar the next one is only two weeks away with another one the following week.

I want to thank everyone who has been recommending us to their friends and fellow riders they meet. MCC wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for all you guys and gals spreading the word about us and I just want to thank you all. It really amazes me at how much the business has grown in 6 years and knowing that I have been trying to keep from growing too fast. This year looks to be our best yet and I really need to do some planning so it can grow some more but there is the time issue and finding the right people who will fit in with what we do.

This past Sunday my Ex-wife and daughter Megan was in a head on collision just outside of Maiden. I won't get into a lot of details but both on are recovering now and hopefully my daughter will be out of ICU in the next few days. Both are at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte NC and the best doctors in the state are taking care of them. I want to thank everyone who has been praying for them and ask that you please continue to do so. Both has several surgeries still in their future and a long way to go yet.

That's going to wrap up this week's What's New. Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

May 6, 2010

We made it back from Thunder Beach safe and sound and had a pretty good time and we fared pretty well considering everything that went wrong.  They were supposed to have us hooked up and power on around 1:30 to 2 PM on Wednesday.At 8:30 PM still no power but we were told the electrician was on his way but it was going to another hour or two before he got there.  We called it a night and everything was ready, we just needed to test all the equipment.Thursday morning we head back early, get to the hauler around 7 AM and we were hooked up but the power wasn't on.  Around 8:30 the power came on and we started testing everything.  The first problem hit, the compressor wouldn't come on.  We did a few tests with what we had and we had power to the compressor but it wasn't even trying to come on.  We headed back to the hotel on the bikes to get the truck.  I called my buddy Matt who wired the hauler up and he thought it was the way we were hooked up to power that was causing the problem.  Long story short, 11:30 AM we were finally up and running and we had 8 people waiting on us to do their seats.  Not the way you want to start out.  The rest of the day went smooth and we were busy.Friday morning we go in and everything is going great.  We were on our 8th seat by 1:30 which is busting butt and then the rain started.  We were lucky compared to other location because we only got a light shower but further west they got flooded.  The bad thing though that 8th seat was our last one for the day because the rain stopped all the riding.  Saturday morning started the worst.  We get the hauler early because we had a lot of people saying they were coming back first thing in the morning and our glue container had fallen and busted.  4 1/2 gallons of glue all over the place.We started cleaning it up and sure enough here comes the crowd.  Luckily our glue is non-toxic and water soluble but there wasn't a water hose for 500feet so we had to haul water to our spot which took around a hour to clean everything up.  The rest of the day was very busy and Saturday was by far our best day.  But the bad luck didn't end there.  On the way home got hit by a tractor trailer tire tread and it mashed in the right front of the hauler so now the hauler looks wrecked but the good thing is we made it home safely but with the damage to the hauler it probably took us out of the green and put us in the red for that rally.

I am not sure what is going on but the past few weeks have been terrible.First I didn't get take my bike with us because the clutch cable broke onFriday, two weeks before that the glue gun in the shop broke, the Monday before leaving 3 staple guns broke then with everything that went wrong at the rally I almost thinking someone put a curse on us.  But looking back,the past couple of years everything has gone smoothly so hopefully all the bad karma is gone now and we can get back to doing what we do best and not have to repair anything else.

The scheduling has been very good the past several weeks and to my surprise we have actually been able to get our back log down a little bit also. We are just over 4 weeks on scheduling right now and that is awesome for this time of year but I feel like we will be getting another surge soon.

I want to thank the guys at the shop, Brent and Steve did a great job while Robbie and I were in Panama City Beach. It's nice not having to worry about what is going on at the shop while I am away and to know our customers are getting taken care of just as good as if I were there, thanks guys. I also want to thank Robbie for all his help in Panama.

That's going to wrap up this week's up update, I have to get back to work, we have a busy cover day today.

Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

March 26, 2010

This past week has been pretty much a carbon copy of the previous weeks with us working our butts off, which is a good thing. The scheduling has remained very strong and we have been keeping right on schedule so everything is working and flowing really good. We are currently booking the first week of May now which is further out than I would like to be really but I don't want to get where we are having to rush through seats to get everything done, even though we are busy we still have to take our time on each seat to ensure it is done properly and if we would add another seat to each day's work it would most likely be too much and I do not want to lose quality.

It looks like spring time is finally hitting our neck of the woods. This past week we have had several days in the low to mid 70's and that always brings in traffic to the shop. Our new location is really paying off and walk/ride in traffic has increased around 75-80% over the old shop but we are on Main Street now and not hidden like we were.

This afternoon we head out for our first event for the year. We will be setting up at the Charlotte NC CBA Swap meet this weekend. If you are interested in checking it out, information can be found here www.charlottecba.org the swap meet part is around the 5th button from the bottom on the left hand navigation bar. Saturday's hours are from 11 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM. The weather on Saturday is looking pretty good but Sunday they are calling for a chance of rain.

I know I have said it before but it's something that I cannot over emphasize, Thank You! 99% of all of our work comes to us via word of mouth and I just want every one of our previous customers to know that we appreciate them telling their friends and family about us and our services. Word of mouth is the best advertising there is hands down and it really makes me happy that our customers are that happy with our work. Thank you guys, we really do appreciate you guys spreading the word about us. This really helps us keep our cost down because we do not have to spend much on advertising. Last year we put a few ads in a couple of national magazines and honestly it really didn't pay off. The first month it would be decent but after that we would get maybe one person who told us they saw our ad in a magazine. Sure it was cool seeing our ad in them but honestly it was a waste of money and the only way to keep on doing it was to either raise our prices to compensate for it and that isn't going to happen.

One really big surprise, well maybe not that big of a surprise really after thinking about it but the Impact Gel sales have jumped off the chart. We switched from our own Comfort Cruizer gel pads to the Impact gel pads last year after talking with Impact Gel at the Thunder Beach rally last year. Why? Because they have a better product than what we had and I am all about using the best stuff available. Last year we installed around 125-135 Impact Gel pads, this year we have already installed over 75 and that is in less than three months. Like I said when we brought them in our product line, these are the best pads you can buy and that is why we switched.

One last thing. The shop will be closed this Saturday March 27th so if you call, just leave a message and we will return your call on Monday. Also next Friday April 2nd thru Monday April 5th we will be closed for the Easter holiday. Again, if you call just leave a message and we will return your call on Tuesday April 6th.

Have a great weekend and if you're at the swap meet this week end stop by and say hey. Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

March 16, 2010

The past two weeks have been extremely busy both here at the shop and working on different rallies and other motorcycle events to setup at. Last week we finalized two new events.

The first event will be March 27th and 28th. We are going to be setting up at the Charlotte CBA swap meet www.charlottecba.org I have attended this event several times over the years and they have a huge turnout and kind of kicks off the riding season in our area. We will be setup in the parking lot and will be working on seats there.

The second event will be Thunder in the Smokies. Which will be April 23rd - 25th. I haven't ever been to this event before but have talked to a lot of people who go every year and this weekend rally has been growing bigger and bigger each year. They have riders come in from as far as Arizona.

I also got word this week as to where we will be setting up for Thunder Beach. We will be at the Rally Headquarters which is the Marriot hotel.

So as of right now we are scheduled for 7 events this year and of course the big one will be the 70th Annual Sturgis Rally and Races, my favorite rally. A few of the shows the shop crew will be at but I am also going to have to use some road crew because we don't close the shop while the events take place in most cases. This year is going to be very busy and we will be burning up some miles and diesel fuel.

We are right at 6 weeks out on scheduling and we are doing everything we can to maintain this but it's probably going to get another week out or so before we hit the peak. We are all working our butts off trying to keep up and work everything in but we are just getting so much business right now it has been tough keeping up with it all. This isn't a bad thing really when you take in consideration that our turnaround time is still overnight because the seats only need to be at the shop the day before they are scheduled for then the next day they are completed and shipped back.

I have to give a shout out to the crew, Brent and Steve. These guys have been busting butt working on seats and if it weren't for them the schedule would be a lot further out so thanks guys for the hard work.

That's going to wrap up this week's up date, gotta get back to work. Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

March 9, 2010

The past couple weeks have been really busy and that is always good. We are scheduling the middle of April currently and have adjusted our daily output to compensate for the increased number of orders to keep the scheduling in control. The first year we started scheduling we got out to three months, last year we were able to keep it within 2 months and the goal this year is to keep it within 6 weeks and we should be able to maintain that...hopefully.

I want to thank everyone who has been recommending our services, we really appreciate it. We enjoy our job and enjoy meeting and talking to fellow bikers/riders. Everybody at the shop rides so we understand the importance of a comfortable motorcycle seat on long rides and short rides for that matter.

Daytona has come and gone again and from what I have heard the attendance was down and the weather wasn't too good. I felt like attendance was down this year because usually we will have several people stop by the shop on their way down to have their seat worked on and this year we didn't have any which was kind of weird but our scheduling was up during the Daytona time frame which usually it will drop off a little. Maybe the high prices they charge down there are starting to catch up to them and make them rethink their I am going to make all my money in two weeks out of the year and charge accordingly. I know Sturgis raises their prices during the rally but nothing like Daytona does and we can actually go to Sturgis and make money where we would be lucky to break even going to Daytona and it is half the distance to travel..go figure.

I have been posting pictures of custom covers and some other seats we have done recently on Face Book so be sure to keep up with us there and on Twitter, although I do get too busy from time to time and forget to tweet but I try to stay on top of what we have going on there also.

That's going to wrap up this week's what's new update. Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

February 26, 2010

Another busy week is almost over and I am ready for the weekend myself. We are running right on schedule and haven't had any issues getting all the seats done on time which is always a good thing. We have been scheduling the seats for 3 years now and haven't had to change a thing because it works so well. It's really hard to believe that we got that right on the first try, usually you have tweak stuff to get it just right over time but I guess we got lucky. Well, let me take that back. We did have to tweak it the second year a little bit.

This past week must have been aftermarket seat week. I know I have had over 30 emails requesting work on the aftermarket seats and we have had 9 or 10 people stop by the shop with different ones also. Save your money and get your stock seat re-worked. The aftermarket seats are still a one size fits all seat but they just cost a lot more.

We are currently scheduling the first week of April and I have been adding more seats to be day each day also, I love being that far out on scheduling because I know next month is covered but customers don't like waiting that long to send their seats so I am going to start putting a few seats in ride in time slots. With the weather being so crappy this year we haven't been getting ride in customers every day and this will help us get to where I would prefer us to be on the scheduling. The people who take a ride in slot will still have to schedule and the same rule apply that the seat must be here the day before it is scheduled but instead of the seat being shipped the day it is scheduled on it will ship the next day because the seat will be completed after FedEx picks up. There may be an instance where the seat will ship the day it is scheduled on but those will be far and few between.

Speaking of weather, I don't know about you guys but I am tired of all the snow we have been getting. Usually in North Carolina the winters aren't too bad and usually you can ride at least once maybe twice a week but this year I know my bike has sat for over a month but this past weekend was pretty good and I did get a fix. Let's hope this crap gets gone and the weather takes a turn for the good so we can start riding more.

That's going to wrap up this week's update. Thanks to everyone who has recommended us and to everyone who is using our services. Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride..

February 22, 2010

Sorry for not updating till now, we have been extremely busy and I just haven't had much time to sit down and write on what's been going on here at the shop. As usual this time of year is really busy for us and this year we are busier than ever. With all the scheduling we have been doing and with me working on trying to get thing finalized for the rallies it has kept us jumping from one thing to another. The orders for new covers have really picked up this year also.

Daytona, No we are not going this year. The cost is just too much and quite honestly with all the work we have coming into the shop we just can't spare the man power to go either so while I would have liked to have been able to go it just isn't going to happen.

I want to thank everyone who has been referring us, as I mentioned before this year has been our busiest yet and there are a lot of people saying that previous customers have recommended them and thank you all for that. As I always say, happy customers send more customers and that couldn't be further from the truth...thank you all. I have to thank the crew here at the shop also, these guys have been busting butt to keep us on schedule and get the seats done, thanks guys.

We are further out than I prefer to be right now, as of today we are booking April 6th which is over 6 weeks out and that is just too far so we are going to do some creative scheduling and I want to get this back down to a maximum of 4 weeks out. What I am going to do is start booking seats in ride in time slots, with the weather here being what it has been we haven't been getting many ride ins right now so this should help us get our time frame down a little.

That's going wrap up this week's up date, I have a thousand things to still get done but wanted to let you guys know we are still here and working out butts off getting seats done. So, till next time be safe and enjoy the ride. Spring is just around the corner.

February 6, 2010

Another wintery mess has hit us again. This time it was mostly a sleet and snow mix and the roads were really slick Friday morning so to ensure no one took a chance of having a accident and getting injured the shop was closed Friday. They are calling for another wintery mix Tuesday into Wednesday but I am keeping my fingers crossed in hopes we won't get anything or just rain.

Our website was down Thursday. There was a problem with the servers but our web guys got that fixed and everything is back up and running again. Thanks to everyone who sent emails and called to let us know about this problem. We try to get on the web site several times a day to ensure everything is up and running but sometimes get too busy to check and won't know anything is wrong for several hours but it's good to know we have customers out there checking up on us.

I am almost certain now that we will not be in Daytona this year. The cost of setting up there is just way to expensive. It isn't that we do not want to go, it's just that I am not going to pay five grand for a spot to set up and that isn't even a good location. The better locations are anywhere from eight to ten grand and I blame that on the greedy businesses. Sure they need to make money but they want to get it all at one time and excuse my French but fuck'em. After the travel expenses down there and back, lodging for 12 days and the spot cost we would be lucky to break even and that would be working our asses off every day and one bad day then we would be coming home in the hole and to me that isn't smart business. So we will skip Daytona again this year. If you want to stop by the shop on your way down that is cool but Daytona isn't going to be on our 2010 tour list.

This year has been very busy and our back log has filled up quicker than previous years. We have been working our butts off trying to keep the scheduling under a month but we are out just a little over a month right now. We will continue to keep working hard to keep this down but one good thing about scheduling is you do not have to send your seat in right away so you can continue to ride and not be without your seat very long. This has been working very well for us and our customers for the past three years now and we will continue to use this process because it works great for us and our customers. We do still offer our Express service but personally I would rather have everyone schedule because it keeps everything nice and simple and it flows good.

Last thing, just a thank you to all of our customers. This year we have seen a big spike in referrals from previous customers and I want to thank each and every one of you for letting your friends and fellow riders know about us. We work hard on every seat and we want our customers happy and when someone tells us that a previous customer told them about us it gives us a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that our work is appreciated and that we are doing our job right. So thank you all for spreading the word.

Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

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