February 1, 2012

Wow! That's the first word that comes to mind with the way this year has started.  It's hard to believe January is already behinds and we are already four weeks out and we have been adjusting our work load trying to stay under 4 weeks two times already.  Just this past Monday we filled up an entire week with work...WOW!  We may adjust our schedule one more time which is going to hurt the ride in time slots some but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to keep up with the demand.  It's going to be a busy year for sure.

We have worked this past winter on two new modifications and have them available.  They are not on the order form yet but should be in the next week or two along with their descriptions.  The first one is for 2011 and 2012 Harley Davidson touring bike stock seats, that's the only seats this modification will work on.  It is called the Super Narrow Modification and is similar to our Memory foam modification but we narrow the seat pan where your legs go down so that the seat isn't keeping the rider's legs spread apart when stopped.  It really helps get your feet planted on the ground a lot better.  The second modification is a Passenger seat modification that is available for all seats.  It is called the Wide Single Memory foam modification.  It is very similar to our wide double decker modification but it has just one layer of memory foam instead of two.  Both of these modifications have been tested thoroughly over the end of last year and we have already started telling people about them when they ask for a recommendation.  Just a quick note on the Super Narrow,  I came up with this modification for my wife who is only 5'3"s tall and got a Street Glide.  I liked the way the seat felt so much that I have went back modified my personal seat to the Super Narrow also so it's not just for vertically challenged riders, it works really good for a lot of different sized riders.

It's Official!  We will be back at the Thunder Beach Spring Rally and we will be setting up at Pineapple Willies.  I just finalized everything this past week and it's a go.  Now all I have to do is put together a crew to work at the rally and re-wire the hauler so we can hook power back up to it. At the NC State HOG rally last year the electricians for the event said we were tripping the electrical breakers so they removed our plug and straight wired us.  We have been going to rallies for over 5 years and never had any trouble except one time at Thunder beach and that was because they didn't give us 2 circuits only one, once we figured out what the deal was we didn't have any trouble after that and it's been working fine for 5 years but you can't tell these guys anything.  We will be at the Thunder Beach rally May 2nd through the 6th.  The next event after that will be Hog Happenin in Lincolnton NC.  This is just a two day event but it totally ROCKS and is less than 30 mins from the shop.  We always have a great time down there and we usually work on a lot seats during the event.  I am hoping we will also have bag liners made up to install for both events but that will be if we can get any extras made up.  Seems like as soon as we start getting some ahead they get gone fast and the orders will come in faster than we can make them...a very good problem to have.  Sturgis is still up in the air right now but with the way gas prices are raising I don't think Sturgis will be in the cards for us this year.  With gas prices like they are right now we are looking at a minimum fuel bill of $1925. That's 500 gallons of Diesel and they are saying gas is going to hit $5 a gallon so then you're talking about a $2500 fuel bill alone just get there and get back and the only way we could do that is if we can get a spot to set up for around $1500 and I don't see that happening.  Usually a spot the size we require is $3500-5000 plus another $650 for the city permit...or as we call it the trash bag fund.  For that $650 we get a roll of trash bags and permit to set up.  Going to rallies isn't cheap and I have said it in the past, if we can't make money there is no use to go.

That's going to wrap up this weeks update.  Everything at the shop is rocking. Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

January 9, 2012

Just as in previous years the phone starts ringing a lot more after Thanksgiving and after Christmas it shifts into another gear and after New Years it hits hi gear and wide open.  We have already started adjusting our schedule to accommodate more seats per day to ensure we don't get to far out on scheduling and right now we are at 2 1/2 weeks out but it won't stay there for very long with the way the scheduling has picked up over the past few weeks.

Still working on the events for this coming year and things are still up in the air on some of them.  I feel pretty sure we will be at Thunder Beach for the spring rally and I am almost 100% sure we will be at the Hog Happenin event again.  Sturgis is kind of on a see-saw right now due to the fuel prices.  If the fuel prices stay where they are we will be looking at an $1800-2600 fuel bill and unless we can work out something on spot fees.  I really like going to Sturgis but like I have said in the past it isn't worth going just to fight to break even, we have to be able to make money.

Our cover work has really picked up this year and we have been doing some really cool cover work.  When I first started MCC I always thought that the cover work would be 60 to 70% of our work but really it's only been in the 5 to 6% range.  Most guys are happy with their stock covers and just want the seats to be more comfortable but it is fun when we get a cool cover to do and combine it with our reshaping.  We have a few pictures of our cover work on the website but most of the pictures are posted onto our Facebook page just because it's easier and faster to post them there.  Plus the what's new updates have slowed a little because we are always posting on Facebook again because it's easier and faster to post to.

That's going wrap up this week's update.  Everybody here at MCC hopes you had a great Christmas and we all hope you have a wonderful New Year.  Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

December 27, 2011

Everybody here at MCC hopes you had a very Merry Christmas.  We enjoyed our time off and we are getting ready for a busy new year.  It amazes me how time has flown by this year.  Seems just like yesterday that we were just starting 2011 and here we are finishing up the last week of the year.

After a lot of consideration we will not be setting up for the Easy Rider show in Charlotte NC next month.  These types of shows just don't work that well for us and the expense of setting up outweighs any benefit from setting up so most likely a couple of us will just go check things out and look around and that will be about it.  Thunder Beach in Panama City Florida, Hog Happenin in Lincolnton NC and of course Sturgis is still on our list for this coming year and we may be going to Cycle fest in Charlotte NC.  These style of events work for us really well because we actually work on seats while we are there and people can see firsthand what we are doing rather than just telling people what we do

I want to take the time thank the crew here at MCC for all their hard work and dedication to the business, Steve, Christy and Dalynda you guys ROCK and our continued growth goes to you guys for caring about our customers and their satisfaction.  Thanks guys.

I hope everybody has a wonderful New Year.  We are looking forward to 2012 and hope this year has a lot of great riding days for everybody.  Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

December 5, 2011

I hope everybody had a Great Thanksgiving.  Everybody here at MCC really enjoyed our 4 day weekend, it's rare that we get that many days off in a row and when we do we really enjoy it.

Scheduling has really been booming the past few weeks but we have been able to stay right at 2 weeks out but that is all about change in the next month or so when things really crank up.  As always we will adjust our scheduling a little more but we can only work on so many seats a day and I really do not want to add another seat guy because we cannot maintain a third seat guys all year.

I have been busy working on events for this up-coming year and as long as diesel prices either stay where they are or come down we should hit a good number of events with our first one being in January of 2012 for the Easy Rider's Show in Charlotte NC.  I have also been in talks with several other promoters and I am 99% sure we will make a return to Thunder Beach in Panama City Beach Florida for their spring rally.  I really hate we missed the event this past year because we always draw a crowd to us and it looks like we will be set up at Pineapple Willy's with our friends from United Riders  Philip is a great guy to deal with and he has some awesome deals on leather clothing so I highly recommend you checking them out.

Our saddlebag liners have been a huge hit since releasing them.  We have added two new colors recently, Electric Blue and Silver after we had two local customers request them and saw how good these colors look. So that brings us up to nine different colors and is the best color selection of any bag liner on the market and they are the only removable bag liners offered that are custom made like ours are.

The past several weeks our custom cover orders have been up big time.  We have some really cool covers being made and while I try to get pictures of these seats put on our website as quick as I can we update our Face book page almost daily so if you aren't our friend on Face book I highly recommend becoming our friend and you will see these seats are they are completed and posted.  This coming week we have several cool seats in the works and I am looking forward to seeing the finished seats myself because these are some new designs that we haven't done in the past and should be really cool.

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

November 21, 2011

Another month has gone by and here we are going into the holiday season. Everybody here at MCC wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  We are all pretty excited to have the end of this coming week off so with that being said we will be closed Thursday thru Sunday of Thanksgiving week.

We had a great time at the Charlotte CBA Swap meet a couple weeks ago.  It was our first event where we just set up a display and didn't actually work on seats.  Passed out a ton of business cards and brochures and of course we had the Road Glide on display.  It was a real good time and I did post a few pictures on our Face book page.

Scheduling has really picked up over the past few weeks and it looks like we are coming out of our slow part of the season a few weeks early this. Usually after Thanksgiving it starts picking up but we have been scheduling heavy and while we do actually enjoy the slow time of the year because it gives us a chance to catch on some personal things we need to take care of its good to know we will have plenty of business in the coming weeks to keep all the bills paid.

This past week we finished up the design on the new Harley Davidson factory stretched saddlebags that are coming out on the Screaming Eagle Street Glide and Road Glide.  So we now offer our liners for the stock bags, the stretched factory bags and of course the aftermarket four inch stretch bags. We have also released our glove box liners for the Road Glides and they have been doing pretty well among the shark nose riders.

We still have a little work to do on the tour pack liners but it shouldn't be much longer and they will be available also.  The standard tour pack design is completed and we have a little tweaking to do on the chopped tour pack and we still need to get a razor tour pack in the shop so we can get the design for them worked out.

Again, we hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.  Till next time be safe, stay warm and ride safe.

October 18, 2011

Where has the time gone?  Seems like yesterday we were just starting into 2011 and here we are just a couple months from starting another new year. Things have been hopping around the shop the past several weeks.  This is normally our slow time of the year but with everything we have going on it sure doesn't feel very slow which is great and I am certainly not complaining about it.

I was always intrigued by statistics when I was in the Navy.  They would always put in the ships paper at the end of a cruise of how many gallons of JP5 (air craft fuel) and how many pounds of food the crew had consumed and several other things like that.  So one thing I have always watch is the number of hits the web site gets. I don't keep up with it like I use to but I still check on it regularly to see how the flow to the web site is going. When the site first went up it would get around 10-15 hits a day and would usually have around 300-350 hits a month.  Now it just amazes me when I check the stats.  We'll get anywhere from 450 to 600 hits a day and our monthly average is just over 15,000 hits.  So to say we have grown just a little over the past years is kind of an understatement.

I know I have addressed the rally cost in the past and sitting here today I am trying to figure out what we are going to do in the coming year.  I really enjoy working the rallies but I am having trouble justifying the rising cost of going versus the income we bring in during the rallies.  Yes, we work on a lot of seats but the cost of the rallies is pretty expensive for a vendor and it really kills me that some rallies pay vendors to set up but charge other vendors for them to set up which to me is totally bull sh@t.  So that is one reason we have stopped going to one rally we had been going to the past several years.  It really pisses me off that there are rally promoters doing that but what are you to do?  Stop going, which is what we did.  Enough said on that, it kind of ticks me off thinking about.

We have October filled on the schedule and are scheduling November currently and it won't be long till the cycle of heavy scheduling days are back on us again.  Usually after Thanksgiving the scheduling picks up pretty good and after Christmas is when the poop hits the fan.  We are getting a lot of calls asking questions about modifications and schedule dates right now and we are telling everyone we are 2-3 weeks out and they will tell us they will call back.  Then when they finally call back and find out we are 5-6 weeks out they will say, I just called a few weeks ago and you were only 2-3 weeks out when I called earlier.  My advice, schedule now because it's only going to get worse.

We are almost finished on the Harley tour pack liners.  The standard tour pack design is done, the chopped tour pack is almost done and I need someone with a Razor tour pack to get in touch with me so I can make the pattern for it.  I think once we start offering the tour pack liners the saddle bag liners are going to hit another gear and really take off.  We have a lot of people asking for both bags and tour pack liners and say they are going to wait to order all three at the same time.  It won't be long till we have the complete seat ready to go.

That's going to wrap up this week's up date.  Till next time stay warm and enjoy the ride.

Sept. 30, 2011

Hard to believe that another month has gone by seems just like yesterday we were starting the New Year.  Our schedule is still really strong for this time of year which is awesome and just the other day I went back into our two previous years schedules to see how we were comparing and this year we are busier than our two previous years which is really good.  We keep getting busier and busier each year.

I know I keep saying our bag liners are doing really well and we have seen a big jump in their sales this past month and I think they may take on their own department in the coming year if sales continue to grow like they are. We have several dealers set up and of course you can order them directly from us.  We have added two new colors, flame blue and silver.

We have been receiving a lot of phone calls and emails asking if we are setting up at the Myrtle Beach Rally and Thunder Beach Rally and the answer to both are, No.  Myrtle Beach has said they don't want us there and Thunder Beach has gone up on their vendor pricing and honestly has made it next to impossible to make a profit and if we can't make money there isn't any use in going.  I will look at Thunder Beach for the next spring rally but I it is really doubtful that we will go.  I always liked the Thunder Beach Rally and we always had a good turnout for it so I won't say we won't be back.  I will try to negotiate with the promoters to see if we can get back there in the future.

Usually this time of year our ride in scheduling really slows down but this year we are staying booked up really well so if you are planning on doing a ride in you probably want to call at least 2 weeks ahead of time to get a date that will work into your schedule and ours.

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

Sept. 12, 2011

 I hope everybody had a good Labor Day weekend.  The shop was closed from Friday through Labor Day Monday for a little R&R and I actually took a little vacation over the extended weekend and added a few extra days to it and didn't return to work till that Friday.  First time in 8 years that I had 6 consecutive days off from the shop and it felt good in a way but I can say I actually missed being here.  I want to thank my crew for holding down the fort while I was away they ran the shop just like I was here and took care of business as usual, thanks guys.

 We are still pretty busy and busier than usual for this time of year actually.  Usually this time of year bikes are being put away for the winter months and you would think when they do this they would be sending their seat in but it's just the opposite.  They will call and get information and plan on sending them later in November and December but luckily things are staying really strong so far which is good.  Right now on scheduling we are right at two weeks out but it is a strong two weeks out.

 The bag liners sales are really kicking and we have been putting in a lot of time trying to keep them rolling out.  Currently bag liner orders are about 2-3 weeks which is really nice and I think this winter they will really take off and keep thing hopping around the shop.  One thing I have yet to do is make the tour pack liners and yes it is on the agenda to get done this winter.  I have a local guy bringing me a chopped tour pack and I already have the standard tour pack here at the shop, I just have to find the time to get them made.  I have also been getting a lot of emails and calls from guys with Victory Cross Country wanting the bag liners for their bags but I don't have a Cross Country here at the shop to fit them to so hopefully I will be able to get one in here this winter and we can start offering them for those bikes also.

I want to thank everyone who has used our services this year and those who have ordered bag liners from us.  This year has been our best year to date so far and I think next year is going to be even more successful.  I would never have thought eight years ago that MCC would be where it is today. With that being said I give all of MCC's success credit to our customers because you are the guys and gals spreading the word about us and have made us who we are today.  Another thing I feel that has kept us strong to is that we haven't lost sight of what has gotten us here.  We still listen to our customers and customer satisfaction is what we strive for and providing the customer service in the industry.  We all ride here at the shop and have experienced some of the bad customer service provided by other businesses and hate that so we treat our customers the way we want to be treated when we are on the other side of the counter or phone.  Thank you all for making MCC successful.

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

August 25, 2011

I know it's been a few weeks since updating the what's new page.  It's just been a little hectic around the shop the past few weeks and every time I would think about writing it something would come up to keep me away from the computer but there is a good bit to write about this week so let's get started.

This past Thursday through Saturday we were set up in Hickory NC at Blue Ridge Harley Davidson for the NC State HOG Rally.  Thursday was a little slow but by the end of the day we were rocking pretty good.  We had three storms heading for us throughout the day but they all split around us which was kind of weird but the fourth storm nailed us pretty good.  No damage but we did get just a little wet.  Friday was a really good day and had a killer storm blow through at the end of the day and we got soaked.  60 MPH straight winds and the hauler was rocking and I was a little nervous that we were going to lose the awning because she tried to take flight a couple times. Saturday totally rocked.  We were working on our last seat when the sky started getting dark again and luckily we were spared a bad storm and just got a little drizzle.  Thanks to everyone who came out to see us and have us work on your seats.  This was our last event for the year and I am pretty disappointed that we didn't get to go to more rallies this year.  At the start of the year we have stuff scheduled for every month and I was really excited about it but we would have shut the shop down for most of them which we did to attend the HOG rally which hurt us but things are looking up for next year's rallies.

The Bag Liners have taken on a life of their own and orders have been pouring in the past few weeks.  We had been able to get several different colors made up but as you would know all the orders that came in were for liners that weren't made up so we have been scrambling trying to get those all made up.  We have had several different custom bike shops become dealers for the liners which is really cool and I look for the liners to be really big around Christmas time.  I am hoping to have the full set, bag liners and have the tour pack liners available by then.  So to all the guys who have been asking, yes the tour pack liners are coming soon.

I want you guys to be nice to our newest employee Christy Short.  It takes a lot to impress me and Christy has impressed the hell out of me since her first day and I think you guys are going to enjoy talking to her on the phone and in person for the lucky few that make it to the shop.  She will be scheduling and taking orders and helping our customers with the modification selections.  She is still learning the modifications and what will work on different seats so be a little patient with her right now.

That's going to wrap up this week's update, I got to get back working on bag liners so till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

July 29, 2011

Things are wide open at the shop and we are quickly filling up the month of August on the schedule.  This week we had a lot of custom cover work combined with our regular seat work plus the bag liners have been keeping up hoping also so things are going really good around the shop and it's good to be busy.

Since Sturgis is out of the picture for us this year I have started working on getting things ready for the NC State Hog Rally which is going to be held in Hickory NC this year.  This is going to be our first state Hog rally and it looks like it is going to be a pretty big rally.  I almost wish we wasn't going to be working the event because they have some really cool rides planned and one of them is blasting down the Hickory Airport runway.  I have been on the runway before but it's always been taking off or landing in a plane and I think it would be really cool to get to ride a bike down it.  I may have to sneak off that morning so I can do it...we'll see.

I have one other event that I am looking into for this year but I am just not sure yet, it really depends on the cost of the spot.  Working a event as a vendor has a lot of good opportunities but most people don't know what the "Promoter's" charge vendors to set up.  For us, we need a spot 20ft by 30ft or 600 square feet, decent size but nothing like the big haulers you see the big name bike suppliers and manufacturers have and that will kind of blend in shortly about the big name vendors.  I won't name names of rallies but for our size spot most 3 or 4 day rallies want $1000-1550 for the spot and throw another $150-250 for electrical hook up so that just got the spot cost up to $1150 to $1800.  I am all about saving money and it don't bother me at all to sleep in the hauler, but there is only one rally I know of that don't mind you doing that and that is Stugis, so our set up cost there includes room and board plus power so no add ons for there.  Then you have to figure in your employee cost, food and accommodations.  So for a 3-4 day rally you have to add another $1000 to $1200 to cover that cost.  Then there is the fuel bill.  Our truck holds 36 gallons of diesel and we can roll around 360-400 miles on a tank and most events we have done in the past we had to stop twice to fill up the truck, so throw another $600 for the fuel bill. So best case scenario you are looking at $2750 to set up at a rally and worst case $3375.  So now we are set up and ready to work but you forgot about figuring in the cost of the supplies you are going to need.  For a 3-4 day rally we normally take about $6500 worth of memory foam and gel pads plus the other things we need to do the seats.  So now you are up to an expense of $10,000 to $12,000, see where I am going with this.  I know that isn't much money to some people but to a small business owner and manager it is really a nightmare because what if it rains one day? are screwed then.  I can give a great example of this.  Two years ago we were set up at the Thunder Beach Rally.  We were busting butt Friday morning and actually we were doing the best we had ever done at any rally that morning.  We had just received our 12th seat of the day which was around noon.  It started drizzling shortly after noon and everything stopped.  We finished the 12 seat around 1 to 1:30 PM and because of the drizzle which was on and off all the bikes cleared out and we went cold and didn't get another seat for the rest of the day.  Everybody always thinks that just because you go to a rally and set up you are making big money when you're hoping to break even for your worst case scenario and best case you are lucky if you bring home $500-1000.  Maybe we don't charge enough, I don't know?

That's enough whining today, I need to get back to work.  
Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

July 20, 2011

This year just keeps flying by and work is as good as ever and with gas prices where they are motorcycles are getting rode more and more every day. It's hard to beat 45-50 mpg that you get on a bike.  I know the dually hasn't been driven nearly as much as it was a year ago.
Well, after several months of trying to round up a crew to work at Sturgis this year I hate to have to do it but our yearly trip to Sturgis is NOT going to happen.  I have had several different people say they would go but then come back and tell me they can't so I have had to make the call and Sturgis is off.  I look forward to this trip every year and I often find myself watching the calendar and counting down the days till we leave but it looks like I am having to start looking at another 12 months to go by.  I am already looking for a crew for next year's event so hopefully in 12 months I can find the help to go.   To me this really sucks but its all part of the business and we have to keep on rolling.

Usually this time of year we are so busy that I don't really have time to work out a new modification but this past week I put in some extra time and came up with a new modification for the 2011 and 2012 Harley Davidson touring bike seats.  We had a brand new 2011 Street Glide come into the shop with a very short rider, 5'2"s tall.  I did our normal modification and installed memory foam and this got the rider flat footed but they still wasn't comfortable moving the bike.  I am not a big fan on cutting the sides of the seat pans off because it changes the way the seat's finished look is. So I made the decision that I was going to cut off part of the sides of the seat pan and if I messed the seat up then I would just buy them a new seat. Well, long story short it worked and worked perfectly.  It did change the fitment just a little bit but nothing major and the customer was ecstatic with the new modification.  Like I said though, this new modification is for 2011 and 2012 Harley Davidson touring bikes and no others.  I haven't worked out the pricing on the modification but I don't think it will real expensive and should be in line pricing wise with our other modifications.

That's going to wrap up this week's up date.  So till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

July 6

I hope everybody had a great 4th of July.  We took Friday through Monday off and got a little riding in ourselves.  Rode up to Gatlinburg TN for the weekend and enjoyed the heck out of the riding up there.  Nothing like the twisty's and much cooler Mountain air.

We came back in yesterday, got caught up on emails and returned all the messages left on the answering machine so we are all caught up on that stuff.  If you did not get a email response check your spam folder because we replied to them all.  Scheduling was hot and heavy yesterday and from the looks of it today will be another busy day scheduling.

The scheduling is working perfectly as it was designed to and we are running right on schedule which is always good.  Super quick turnaround times are the reason we started scheduling.

Well let's get down to some business happenings.  The bag liners are doing great and we have actually got all the orders filled that were placed before the holiday.  On scheduling we are just over 3 weeks out right now which is good, usually this time of year we are about 5-6 weeks out.  Our rally schedule has Sturgis on the board next.  My long time help who has been working with me at the rallies can't make the trip this year so I have been looking for someone to fill in.  I thought I had someone but I found out yesterday he can't go and I have one more possible person to fill in.  If that falls through it looks like we may not be able to make the trip this year which will suck a big one but as any business we will just have to roll with the flow and see what happens.  It is getting very close to me having to make a call on it and if I don't finalize something this week Sturgis will be off for fingers are crossed though.

This year has seen a lot of new additions for us.  The ATV and motocross seat modifications which has really boosted business and of course our new bag liners have been a huge hit.  I have already started planning on some new things to work on over the winter and can't wait to get cranked up on them but I most likely won't get to get started on them till October or November but I think what I have in mind will be a big success like the previous two additions to our lineup.  So stay tuned for some new things in the near future.

That's it for this week, till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

June 25

Wrapping up another busy week here at the shop.  Custom shaping motorcycle seats is our business and business is good.  Thank you to everybody who is using our services and thank you to everybody spreading the word about us. Got to thank the guys and gals ordering our new bag liners also, the bag liners have really taken off.

This past Wednesday we had another photo shoot at the shop for our new bag liners.  I want to thank my Steve and Mike for loaning us their bikes so we could have a couple different colors shot this time.  Thanks to Mark Beamer for shooting the pictures and thanks to the lovely Katrina Charles for modeling.  Once we have selected a few pictures we will be sure to post a few on the site, maybe even make a background for your computer and a screen saver.

Sturgis is quickly approaching and while in the past its been trying to find a spot to set up which we nailed down last year this year it is trying to find help to go to Sturgis to work.  I have a couple good leads and I feel sure someone will come through but it's getting nail biting time.

With the addition of the bag liners to our line up the hauler is getting really crowded so a few weeks ago I ordered a camper shell for the truck and yesterday got it installed.  It really added a lot of packing room and makes the truck look huge.  Pretty excited about loading it up and see how much room it does give us.  Guess I will have to wait a month till we start loading for Sturgis before we get to see how much it's going to help but I think it will let us get another bike in the hauler if we load everything up nice and tight.

Our ride in scheduling has really picked up over the past few weeks, we are about a month out on that scheduling which is really good.  On normal ship in scheduling we still hovering around a month out which is really good for this time of year but we have been working our butts off trying to keep it there.

One last thing before we wrap up this update.  Our bag liner orders are about 2-3 weeks out right now.  We are making them as fast as we can but they do take a lot of time to make and we ran into a shortage on one of the key supplies which has hampered production a little but we just received our supplies in and I will be working this weekend on getting some of the older orders completed. Sorry for the delay to those who have ordered and have been patiently waiting.

Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

June 15

I do not know where time goes but it sure is flying by.  Seems like yesterday we were getting ready to set up at the Hog Happenen in Lincolnton and that was almost 2 weeks ago.

Our first event of the year went really well and actually better than expected.  They had us back on Main Street again so our location was great and everybody entering the event went by us so we were seen a lot and we worked on a lot of seats.  Everybody really liked our new bag liners and we took a good number of orders for them while at the event.  I think it is pretty cool that we have developed something no one else has.  Sure there are a few others out there similar to ours but our bag liners are removable and nobody else's is.

Sturgis is still up in the air right now.  After the great turn out for the past event I will really hate it if we can't make it.  Still working on it. This time it isn't a spot to set up but man power.  I am looking for someone to go and help and it's hard to find someone you want to spend 2 weeks with 24 hours a day....LOL.

We are changing our business hours a little bit to better serve our customers.  Our new shop hours are Mon-Thur 8AM to 5PM,  Fridays 8 AM to 2:30 PM and Saturdays 8 AM to 11:30 AM.  Emails are the same, 24/7.

This year has been a up and down year with the economy being the way it is. One week we will be busting butt scheduling like crazy then the next week the phones are silent all week.  Luckily our business has been good though and I am not going to complain.  We are actually one day under a month on scheduling right now but one thing affecting that is a lot of guys have requested later dates which is fine and actually helps us some so we don't seem so far out.  If everybody scheduled right in line we would be around five to six weeks out so being four weeks out is pretty darn good for this time of year.

Last thing, if you know someone with some upholstering experience and they are looking for a little get away we can use the help setting up at some rallies and other events.  The pay isn't all that great but it's a lot of fun but at the same time a lot of work.  Just have them get in touch with me.

Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

June 2, 2011

Another month gone and we are into June, man time is flying by.  It has been a very busy week at the shop, scheduling has been heavy and combine that with a short work week with the holiday and throw in a event at the end of the week and it makes things very hectic around here trying to answer all the phone calls, emails, get seats done, throw in some bag liners and loading the hauler.  All that makes the days too short.

This Friday and Saturday we'll be set up at the Hog Happenin in Lincolnton NC.  Not exactly sure where we will be set up at but hopefully we should be on main street this year.  Last year we got stuck on the other end of town and people had trouble finding us and some people never did, that's how far away we were from all the bike stuff...crazy.  This will be our 5th year setting up for this event and from the phone calls we have received it sounds like we are going to be very busy.  If you plan on attending stop by and check us out, we'll have a few sets of our bag liners on display also.

I think we need to rename the shop to as the world turns.  I felt very confident about our rally schedule and while I thought everything was lined up for Sturgis, it looks like it may be slipping away. Reason for going, not enough help or qualified help to go and keep the shop running.  I haven't ruled it out yet but its starting look dismal.  I hope we get to go but I am waiting on a few phone calls to come in and I should have a better grasp on what's going to happen next week and will update in the next what's new update.

I want to thank everyone who has been referring us to their friends and other riders, word of mouth advertising is the best and the only way you can buy it is provide a great service, great product and treat your customers right and apparently we are doing just that by all the referrals we are getting so thank you guys and gals for spreading the word about us. If it weren't for our past customers we wouldn't be in business today and growing like we are, thank you, thank you, thank you!  I can't say it enough.

That's going to wrap up this week's update, be sure to follow us on Facebook. We'll be posting pictures of the Hog Happenin on there throughout the event.  Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.


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