February 1, 2012

on Thursday, 02 February 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.


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