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November 15, 2013

I know its been over 2 months since last writing an update.   I have been waiting to get some of the new 2014 bike seats in so I could tell what we have found and let you know you what we can or cannot do to them.  So let's get started.


We started receiving the 2014 Harley seats in around 3 weeks after they came out and Harley really hasn't changed much if anything to them.  The seat pans on the touring bikes are the same as last year's which came out midway through 2010 on some of the Ultra limited's and called the "LOW" seat pan.  These are very good seats to modify and work well with our modifications. 


Two months and one week after placing the order our new 2014 Indian Chieftain finally arrived and as they say "good things come to those who wait".  I didn't have anybody free who could take me to the dealership to pick the bike us so I had to trailer it to the shop.  Once we got her inside the first thing we did was take off the seats and modified it based off test rides I did on the bikes.  I did the Memory foam modification to our bikes driver's seat and left the passenger seat alone at this point.  The stock foam used in most Polaris motorcycles is pretty good for passengers and I really didn't see any point to make changes to it right now.  The driver's seat modified pretty well.  The stock foam for drivers weighing over 190 pounds is probably going to be a little soft and as the foam breaks in it would get worse.  Several cool things about the Indian seats.  The sitting area on both driver and passenger seats is leather and the sides of the covers are vinyl.  The bad thing about these seats though is the use of leather in the sitting areas.  It won't have any effect on the passenger seat modifications but on the driver's seat it will some. On our driver's seat the riding position was lowered around a 1/2" and the seat was narrowed slightly just to help get a little better footing for moving the bike around.  The cover went back on very good.  I have just over 250 miles on the seat now but it is breaking in nicely and I will know if its going to be a winner in the next 500 miles.  I do have a few things I am wanting to try to the seat but I want to get by the break in point before making any changes to it to make sure what I did is going to work or not.  In the next month or two I should have these seats mastered though.


Still looking for the elusive Honda Goldwing F6B.  We have been getting a lot of calls to work on these seats but I haven't had one to work on yet and it seems everybody that calls is out of state.  I really need to get one of these bikes in the shop before I start working on them so I can see how the seat works with the bike.  Once we do then we'll start offering modifications on them also.


Everything at the shop has been running really smooth the past few months and we are actually into our slow part of the years, Oct and Nov have always been our slowest two months and usually right after Thanksgiving things start picking up again.   It does seem to be picking up a little early this year.  This past week was almost a full scheduled week and next week is looking to be another busy week.


For Thanksgiving week we will be closing early on Wednesday around 2 PM EST and will be closed Thursday and Friday.  Everybody here at the shop hope everybody has a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Till next time, be safe and enjoy the ride.


September 10, 2013

This has been a very extremely busy year at the shop and I have been stretched thin since January and I am in the process of making changes to free up some of my time at the shop to take phone calls more than I have.  It has been a exciting year though but if I could have seen the future there would have definitely been some decisions made differently but as they say hindsight is always 20/20.

 

There is a lot of exciting things going on in the motorcycle industry right now.  Harley Davidson releasing their 2014 models and it looks like they have been listening to the riders.  I haven't gotten to ride any of the new models but from what I have heard so far the changes are good so I have to give them a Kudos for that.  I have seen the new models in person and have checked out their seats and it looks like they are carrying over previous seats used on the 2013 bikes which is great because we have been working on these seats since 2011 with the exception of the Ultra which it looks like a cover re-design is the only noticeable change.

 

I was a bit skeptical when I heard a few years ago that Polaris bought Indian.  My first thought was oh crap, here we go again and it won't be long till Indian is gone again.  Well to my surprise Polaris has some big plans and have sunk a lot money into them and unveiled a totally re-designed motorcycle but kept that classic look.  Still not overly excited but thought I would look into them a little more and found out the local dealership was having a demo ride and thought I would go down and check them out in person so I had to sign up for the demo ride and almost missed out because they only had a few slots left open.  I guess there were a lot more people interested in them than I thought.  I was able to see the Chief, Chief Classic and the brand new Chieftain.   I wanted to test ride the Chieftain and got lucky again as it was first come first serve and I was able to snag the last one...whew!  I won't get into much detail but the bike rode and handled really well.  All three bikes use the same seats so that is good but I haven't been able to take one apart yet so I am not sure what kind of modifications are going to work on them yet or what I can do with them but if all goes as planned I should have one in the shop to work on mid to late October and I will definitely update on how the seat is made.  I really believe Indian is back and here to stay under the guidance of Polaris and I have to give them a big thumbs up for what they have done.

 

Still trying to get a look at Honda's F6B bike and seat.  We have had a lot of calls wanting me to work on them but I haven't seen one in person and have been trying to find one at a local dealership but no luck yet. I think Honda has a done a good thing with the design of the bike slickening up but I have felt Honda is always a few steps behind what customers are wanting but that's just my opinion.  Honda builds one heck of a solid performing motorcycle and I set the standard for performance and reliability.  Their design team though may want to jump on the band wagon a little earlier and watch and listen the riders a little better.  I love the Fury but it seemed to come out right when the chopper scene died and they dropped the VTX line to release motorcycles that look a lot like the Fury.  Yeah, cruisers are still somewhat popular but hard bagged baggers have been the popular bikes since 2006 and I don't see that changing since people have learned you can have a cool looking but functional bike.  I am not trying be disrespectful to Honda or Honda rider's because again I think Honda builds one of if not the most reliable motorcycles on the market and its tough to beat their prices.

 

Another riding season is quickly coming to an end and our season here in North Carolina has been really short due to all the rain we have gotten.  It seemed like every weekend it would rain and in our area we have had three rains where we got over 5"s of rain at one time and one where we got 10"s which caused a lot of damage and closed some local roads for a while to be repaired.

 

2014 will mark Mean City Cycles 10th year in business and that just amazes me but I can tell you a lot of hard work has gone into the business to get us to 10 years.  I have learned a lot over the past 9 years and I am sure I am going to learn a lot more and hopefully continue to grow the company. 

 

That will wrap up this update.  We already have 2014 Harley seats scheduled and will be posting updates on any changes found with them and the new Indian's in the near future.  Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

May 24, 2013

Time is really flying by this year it's hard to believe we are almost in June and it feels like the days are just merged together.  We have had a lot of things happen since the last update so I will try to get all that stuff covered and I am sure I don't have tell you that we are busy.

Back late November or early December I was contacted by one of the previous owners(Chris O'Connor) of our local Harley Dealership about may be working together on a new business project here at our shop.  We met for lunch one day and he went over some things and told me about his past history in Harley drag racing and all of the different aspects he has had working for and owning a Harley Dealership.  He was a several time Regional and National Champion drag racer and engine builder.  He has worked on all types of Metric bikes and was one of the first 60 master Harley mechanics.  Well, long story short what he was wanting to do was stay in the motorcycle industry since that is all he had ever worked in which from what I was seeing wasn't going to be hard.  He had gotten several job offers at other dealerships and was getting offers to get back into bike drag racing.  He told me he had been following MCC's progress over the year and was impressed with our customer feedback and reviews and wanted to do something with us which made me feel really good.  We talked and met a few more times over the next few months and last month we reconfigured the shop for him to have a work area to service and work on motorcycles and build engines.  We also talked about offering parts but he would be tied up working on bikes and I just don't have the time to handle the parts side of the business because my days are filled with working on seats so we decided we wouldn't go into the parts side of the business.

Well, as luck would have it one of my good friends(Chad Poovey also a home town Maiden boy)who was working for him at the dealership and had been there working parts and in the service side stopped by the shop one day and was ready for a change.  That night it really got me thinking, if I were to ever to start offering parts I would need someone that is really good, knows what he is talking about and has excellent customer service skills and he knocks all that stuff out of the park.  He knows Harley and Metric's plus dirt bike and ATV/UTV and has worked on them all.  So we started talking, well to make a longer story short last month we opened the parts side of the business. MCC is now a full service motorcycle shop and not just a seat shop any longer.  We offer all Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Amsoil, Kuryakyn, Bad Dad and Camtech Customs to just name a few and we are adding more every day. 

One thing that really had me concerned about offering parts was could we compete with the internet prices because I have always heard from people that they would always find their best deals online.  After we got set up with Drag the first thing I started doing was checking on pricing to see if we could compete and to my surprise I found that we can meet or beat any price I searched which made me feel really good knowing that if people would give us a chance we would give them the best price they could find.

Another thing that I found is that to become a dealer for some product lines you have to buy X-amount of dollars of product and the more you buy the better deal you get.  So, when we were doing our buy in we tried to make sure we would buy stuff that wouldn't sit on the floor and is common parts needed so most of the buy in products we have stocked right now is service products so we do not have a lot of parts on the floor but we do have a pretty good start and one thing I found also is that most anything a person could want for their motorcycle is we can have it at the shop the next day when ordered which is really cool.

Now since I have gotten you up to speed a little bit let me say welcome to our newest team members Chris O'Connor and O'Connor bikes offering full service on Harley and Metric motorcycles and Chad Poovey our new parts manager for MCC.

To go back a little people have and still do ask "How did you come up with the name Mean City Cycles?"  When I was growing up we lived outside of Maiden and there is a road sign I would see almost every day that said MAIDEN 10 miles and I always kind of thought that the way the sign looked it made MAIDEN look kind of mean looking plus Maiden High School has always had really good High School football teams.  We lived on the outskirts of Maiden and I really didn't know anyone in or from the town but would always hear about how good the football team was and the players were mean.  So, there is where the "Mean City" came from the spelling of the sign and reputation of its football players.  The "Cycles" part of the name the came from me not wanting to be limited to just seat work.  When I first started MCC I would do about anything asked to do such as exhaust, polishing parts and oil changes but as the word spread about my seat work that part of the business kind of took over and I didn't want to change the name to reflect just seat work thinking maybe one day the opportunity would come up to where we could do what we have started doing now so I have always kept the name Mean City Cycles and it has a certain ring to it.

So now when people find out we are offering parts and service they are asking "are you going list parts on your web site?"  As of right now, no. There are so many parts on the market and we have available to us it would be very difficult and rather expensive to get everything listed.  So what I have been recommending is look at the drag specialties website, 

http://www.dragspecialties.com  they have all of their catalogs posted online where you can view them over internet.  If you see something you want

then just give us a call and we'll price it for you or you can email Chad at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   like I said previously we will meet or beat anybody's advertised price and when you couple that with our excellent customer service why would you buy from anyone else?

Last thing as I know this has been a long one.  We have set up to where you can buy Amsoil products from us online.  You will see a Amsoil banner on the right side of the page, just click on it and you can purchase it and have it shipped to you.  Amsoil is one of if not the best synthetic oils on the market and I have been using it for years plus they sponsor all of the big rallies and I am all about helping those that help us.

That's going to wrap up this update, sorry it was so lengthy but I had a lot to put out and let you know what's going on at the shop.  Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

March 23, 2013


Well, it's been a while since I have updated the what's new page and all I
can say is we have been busy, busy, busy.  We are wide open and I probably
have said this every year at this time of year but we are busier than ever
so we must be doing something right.  Bag liners and seats have both kicked
in hard this year and while we have picked up production we are not and will
not rush through anything, we want to do it right the first time because it
don't pay to have to do it twice.

Rally schedule, it's simple this year.  No rallies.  We just don't have the
man power to support the shop and to set up at a rally this year, not sure
what the future holds for rallies for us but this year there will be none.  

We do have a new person answering phone calls and scheduling.  My wife has
officially joined the MCC team.  She has always played a important roll
handling payroll and all the tax junk but she finally decided to join the
business full time this year and its great having her and our pups around
the shop.

This year I have made a few changes to our work schedule.  We have been
being closed on Saturdays and I may do away with working on Saturdays for
good.  It's not that I do not want to work, I am just trying to free up some
free time so I can ride and enjoy riding the motorcycle some.  For the past
6 years MCC has been open 6 days a week and while I really like doing what I
do I do know my employees enjoy some time off also.  Last year we tried
being open 2 Saturdays a month but it always seemed to rain on the ones we
were closed and sunny the ones we worked so this year Saturday work is out
for now.  There will be some that I do work and Lori will most likely be in
the shop also so she will be answering the phone and helping walk ins while
I am working on seats so it will be a hit and miss if you call or stop by.
I am hoping I can at least get back to putting 10k miles on the bike a year
again.

If you aren't our friend on Facebook please do so.  We always post the
latest seat work pictures and other stuff going on the around the shop on
there, it's just easier to update and the stuff we post just
happened...welcome to the 21st century.

That's going to wrap this update.  I hope it's not as long till the next
one.  Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.


December 12, 2012

Almost Christmas again and our orders are starting to pick up.  It's funny how our work cycle continues to be the same year after year.  This year our slow time hasn't been as slow in the past but we can definitely see an increase in orders over the past couple of weeks.  One thing I always try to do is improve things when work is slow and we have the time to do so.  This year we decided to work on our bag liner design.  We have made them now where they completely cover the inside of the saddle bags and actually cut the cost of manufacturing also which in turn gave us a better product, less cost to produce and a better value for our customers which we are passing the savings along to.

December is almost full and in another day or two we will be scheduling in January.  This will be our 9th year in business which is freaking awesome and want to thank all of our customers, past present and future for using our services.  It still amazes me that this all started in my dad's garage one afternoon and has grown into what it is today.  I would have never dreamed it would and every year we keep growing.  One thing has never changed since day one and that is we want every customer happy and we do

whatever we have to, to accomplish this.  While my goal is to have every customer happy I have learned that there are a few people out there that no matter what you do or how hard to try you will never make them happy.  When I first started MCC guys would just send their seats in with a brief note explaining their problems and I would fix it but now we have a page full of rules and a order form.  One customer I was talking to said "you must have dealt with some real a-holes to have all these rules in place" I couldn't help but laugh but like our teachers said back in school.  One person messes

everything up for everybody.  While that is true to some point we keep pressing forward to having every customer happy and hopefully one day we will be able to achieve that.

We will be closing the afternoon of December 21st and will be closed till December 26th for the Christmas Holiday then we will be closing on December 28th through January 2nd for New Years.  

Everybody here at Mean City Cycles wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.


Nov 19, 2012

It really amazes me how fast this year has gone by.  Seems just like
yesterday we busy working on seats and bag liner orders for Daytona Bike
week and here we are again and already starting to get orders in for people
getting ready for Daytona again.  

We will be closing early on Wed November the 21st for Thanksgiving, probably
around 2 PM and will be closed through the holiday weekend.  Our Christmas
and New Years schedule will have us closing on December 21st and re-opening
on December 26th then closing on December 28th and re-opening on January 2nd
and then we will be back open for our normal business hours.

We hope everyone has a great and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

October 15, 2012

I apologize to our faithful readers for a very slow update on what's going on at the shop.  We lost a few employees and it put us in a man power bind big time and we have been working our butts off making other peoples butts happy.  Both positions have been semi-filled though but it will take us some time to get everybody trained and up to speed.  Usually training takes 3-6 months to get people familiar with the basics and at least a good year to get them on their own.  So if you get someone on the phone who sounds a little unsure, it's because they are in the learning process and please be patient with them.

Usually this time of year is slow for us.  October and November have historically been our two slowest months.  The past several weeks we have been wide open and being short handed hasn't helped at all but I am very happy that we have been as busy as we have been.  I remember the first year when I went full time with the business, I was sitting in our old new shop about 2 weeks after moving into it and there were only 2 boxes of seats sitting against the wall waiting to be done...not good and I was worried but right after Thanksgiving the phone starts to ring off the hook but then last year it started about a week before Thanksgiving so our slow time keeps getting shorter and shorter which is great.

I had been previously talking in the past about us venturing out into a new area and four weeks ago we took the plunge.  Being short handed I was somewhat skeptical on doing it but the opportunity was there and we jumped on it.  We have started offering custom car interior work now.  The first project went really good and we are now working on our second car which will be our show piece for us to use at car shows.  We are almost finished with it and should have it all wrapped up this week.  This new business will be a subsidiary of Mean City Cycles, LLC.  We will be using our old shop for the car interior work. I feel this move is going to be a huge step for MCC and I am really excited about it.  We have been getting asked since day one if we do car interiors and we weren't in the position to do them and with all the motorcycle seat work I wasn't sure if we could get there but we are there now and we have several cars lined up waiting to get in the shop so it's been pretty cool so far.  We will be bringing our same customer service and quality and hopefully our prices will be very competitive which from what I am seeing we will be priced a lot less than others are just like our seat modification prices.

This seasons rallies are winding down and unfortunately we were only able to make it to one this year.  I know I said we were short handed the past few months but we have really been short handed about all year and it killed our rally schedule but we have had plenty of work at the shop so it worked out pretty good except for those wanting us to be at a rally to work on their seats...sorry.  With that being said with the addition to our services I am not sure what next year's rally schedule will be right now and I don't know if we will even attempt to make any rallies.  The rising cost of fuel and promoters wanting crazy prices just don't make it worth our while to go honestly.  Sure we get work at the rallies and usually get some afterwards from being there but after all the expenses of going, setting up, labor and so on its just gotten to the point to where it's not worth going.  We have a lot of people call the shop asking if we are going to be at different rallies so maybe you guys need to start telling the promoters they need to pay us to come set up because we do draw a crowd where ever we go.

That's going to wrap up this update.  Hopefully it won't be as long before the next one.  Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

August 9, 2012

Hard to believe a month has gone by since my last update.  I guess as they say when you are having fun time flies by...it don't seem that fun most of the time though.

A lot has changed over the past month mostly with us going back down to one seat guy...yours truly.  It has been a very busy past few weeks but we have managed to stay right on schedule which was really good considering we were scheduled for two people to be working on seats but that's not to say I wasn't in here every day including Saturday and Sunday making sure we didn't fall behind.  It seems once you fall behind its hard to dig out and I didn't want that to happen.

It's that time of year for Sturgis and man it's killing me being here in the shop while the rally is going on but you can't be two places in the same time but I sure do miss it.  I have been to a lot of places all around the world and Sturgis South Dakota is one of my favorite places to go.

At the end of August things start winding down a little and we catch our breath again somewhat and while we have been enjoying all our work I think we all are ready for a breather.  But with that being said if things continue on the same path as they have over the past few years we won't be that slow but we do normally start slowing down and maybe I am just trying to see some light at the end of the tunnel early.

 We have a new shirt design that should be getting put up on the web site shortly.  These are really cool and we are offering the same design in two different colors. One is our usually gray shirt and the other is a acid washed black that looks really cool.  We have these in stock and ready to ship.

Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

June 25, 2012

Here we are winding down the end of June and wondering where in the heck has this year gone?  We have been very busy but I don't think its been any busier than last year but I swear this year is flying by.  Maybe since its been cooler than normal and not getting to ride much has had some play in but it's not cool anymore and its actually freaking hot now.  Whatever happened to spring and fall?  Seems any more we go straight from 50 degree temps right to high 80's and 90's and vice versa in the fall.

We will be coming out with two new t-shirt designs in the next few weeks to replace last year's designs.  We don't really make much on T-shirt sales actually and to date have yet to actually net a profit on them but we always have people asking about them and it's a nice way to advertise.  The funny thing is though everybody always wants a free t-shirt and nobody will make them for us for free so it's hard to give them away.  The new shirt designs are pretty cool I think and everybody who has seen the concept likes them so we'll see how they do.  Last year's designs were well liked and we are almost sold out of them.

Scheduling has been pretty normal for this time of year and we are in between 3-4 weeks out which is actually a little better than where we were last year at this time which was between 4-5 weeks out.  We added more seats to our daily schedule earlier this year which helped a great deal in getting it where its at.

For the past 8 years we have strictly held to our motorcycle seat only work. This has worked really well for us and we stay real busy 9 months out of the year which is really good but I have been toying with the idea of expanding our services in some other areas.  The people I have run the idea by seems to think it's a good.  I have actually started to test the waters locally a little and we'll see where it goes before I open up the flood gates.

One last thing.  We have been being open on every Saturday and while we stay pretty busy on Saturdays there are some that we are extremely slow on so what we have come up with is we are going to start being open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month and be closed on the 2nd and 4th Saturday.

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

June 5, 2012

What a great weekend we just had while set up at the Hog Happenin in Lincolnton NC.  This was our 5th year set up for this event and it keeps getting bigger and better every year.  We did have a few problems though. Friday evening we were rolling right along and all of a sudden we started losing air pressure.  Checked out the compressor and it was running just fine but wasn't pumping no air.  Then seen the compressor jumping up and down on its stand where the bolts had worked loose.  Got those tightened up and cranked her back up and still not compressing air then saw the broke fitting.  This was at 8:45 PM.  9 PM I was on the road to run down the parts to fix it and got back to the hauler around 11:30PM  Got her all back together with the exception of a few bolts but it was together enough to test it out.  Working like a champ so started putting the rest of it back together and BAM!  Another part broke.  It's now past 12:30 AM.  So, wasn't no fixing her now so went back to the hotel room and got on the internet looking for tool rental places and found one that opened at 7 AM.  Got to bed around 3 and was back up at 6.  Called the rental place on the dot at 7 and they didn't have one at the nearest location but there was one about an hour away.  On the road at 7:15 and made it back to the event around 8:45. We wasn't supposed to open till 10 but when I got back our first customer was standing there and 5 mins later another walked up.  Got the rented compressor up and running and all was good till we started on the first seat.  The compressor was regulated to 90 PSI and our tools require 120 PSI to work properly so what usually would take 45 mins was taking twice that long.  It made a long day longer but we still had a great time and met a lot of good people.  Can't wait to get back down there next year.

Things at the shop have been hopping and to add to our normal seat work the bag liners have been kicking too so we have been extremely busy trying to keep up with everything going on.  Normally this time of year we are 6 weeks out but we have added to our schedule to keep this down and currently we are about 4 weeks out which is super good with very little wait time to get seats in here to be worked on.  But as I say that I do want to point out that our turnaround time is still overnight because we only need the seat the day before its scheduled date then the next day it is completed and shipped back.

Well as luck would have it I have to get back to work that will be a wrap to this update so as always, till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

May 23, 2012

Another busy week has coming to an end and a long weekend ahead for us and much needed.  We will be closed Friday May 25th through Monday May 28th for Memorial day.  We will be back at it and wide open on Tuesday May 29th.  Of course we have a full schedule then throw one of our favorite events in at the end of the week in Lincolnton NC for the Hog Happenin.
 
Everybody here at the shop wants to thank all the troops past, present and future for fighting for our freedom which allows us all to do what we love to do.  I hope everybody has a great Memorial day weekend so till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

May 5, 2012

Where in the world has time gone?...I know, I know its been over a month since my last update and I apologize for that.  We have been very busy at the shop and I have been working on a few new things that I will be updating at a later date once everything is in place.
 
Thunder Beach has come and gone and now Myrtle Beach bike week is going on but "No" we will not be there.  Looks like gas prices are dropping with the exception of diesel fuel and I have to ask, whats up with that?  So, with that being said no we are not going to Sturgis this year.  Looks like our one and only road trip this year will be to Hog Happenin in Lincolnton NC the first weekend in June.  We always have a great time there and always have a great turn out.
 
Like I mentioned before things have been beyond busy at the shop and I just want to thank everyone who has used our serviced and to those of you have scheduled with us for the near future.  I also want to thank the guys and gals at the shop, you guys rock.
 

Thats going to wrap up this weeks update.  Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

April 5, 2012

The weather is really taking a turn for the nice side around here and riding the bike to work is back into the routine again.  Along with warmer weather ride in scheduling has really started picking up also.  This time of year is really busy and that makes our job very interesting juggling everything going on.

Custom cover orders have really picked up this year and we have been having a lot of fun with them.  I have been posting a lot of pictures of the seats on our Facebook page so be sure to check them out over there plus I try to post pictures of some of the interesting seats we get in.  If you're on Facebook be sure to become our friend and like our business page.

Bag liner orders have been going crazy lately and we have been working overtime trying to get all those order filled as quickly as we can.  Right now bag liner orders are taking around 2-3 weeks to fill and we are still trying to get ahead and have some made up and ready to ship when the order is placed which with all the colors we offer it always seems everybody wants what isn't made up naturally.  I am hoping and stress hoping that the Harley Davidson tour pack liners will be ready late this week.  There is just a little tweaking needing to be done to the pattern which shouldn't take very long and I have time set aside this week to finalize them.  Once they are available we will get them posted on the website and also post the release on the forums.

The coming Friday through Monday we will be closed for Easter for some much deserved R&R.

That's it for this week.  We all hope you have a Happy Easter and get to enjoy the time off and get some riding in.  Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

March 23, 2012

I have been meaning to write an update for some time now but every time I sat down to do it I would get pulled in another direction so I am sitting here now and I am going to make this happen.  We have had a hard time catching our breath with all of the work we have right now but we are not complaining one bit and we are thankful to have the work.

First thing I want to do is give our condolences to Kevin and his family. Kevin's dad passed away this past Tuesday and it's been tough on them. Please say a little prayer for them and keep them in your thoughts.

I know I keep harping on the rallies we will be attending this year and Sturgis is out of the picture definitely now with Diesel fuel being over $4 a gallon.  I think it's a total rip off which I feel sure most reading this does also but what can we do?  Thunder Beach is still on and I am looking forward to us getting down there.  We will be leaving in five weeks for the rally and I can't wait.  We will also be the Hog Happenin in Lincolnton NC again this year and that is always a lot of fun and they really put on a great show.  I know they have 2 stages and I am thinking there are 3 and Friday night they usually have a big name act on the main stage.  I highly recommend coming to the event it is well worth it and it's free to boot.

We have been having a lot of seat heater orders this year and one thing I really need to stress is if you want a seat heater installed please let us know when you schedule so we can ensure we have everything ready on schedule date.  We try to keep one or two extra heaters in stock but it's been tough. The people who tell us they want one when they schedule get their heater set aside for them or we order one for them if we don't have one so please let us know as soon as you can or you may be waiting an extra week to get your seat back.

Last thing and I am going back to work.  I just want to thank the crew for their hard work the past several months, you guys make this place rock.

Till next time be safe and enjoy the ride.

February 27, 2012

Holy cow has the scheduling been busy this year.  We just made our 3rd and final adjustment on the schedule and are actually scheduling more seats per day than we ever have, the bad news is though we are having to adjust our ride in schedule some to accommodate the extra work load.  We have been scheduling at least one ride in per day but we will be slowing the ride in schedule down a little till things slow down just a little bit.

With the increased work load we have make a few changes in the shop also by hiring two new people.  I want to welcome Kevin and Chasity to the MCC team. We have previously tried running ads in local papers and over some of the social groups we are on but this time we put a sign out in front of the shop and I was amazed at the number of applicants we got.  We ended up having to take the sign down early on the second day it was out because we a lot of great applicants and while we were actually looking for just one person we had two candidates that were greatly qualified and grabbed them.  Like any new employee they have a lot to learn and if you get one of them on the phone please be patient with them, they are both learning and we are trying to teach them as much as we can as quick as we can but there is a tremendous amount to learn.

Just when I thought we were finally getting ahead on the bag liners and had a few sets made up then BAM! What we had made up got ordered and now they are gone so we are hard at work trying to get more made up ahead of ordering.  The bag liners are very time consuming and with the increased number of seats limits us to usually one person just working on bag liners orders each day but things are in motion to up production over the next few weeks.

Well, Diesel fuel has hit $4 a gallon and I know it's early yet but Sturgis is looking like it won't be making the trip this year.  With these prices we would be looking at a $2000 fuel bill and that would cut too much into profit.  I know things could change and I don't want to rule it out just yet but it's not looking very good.  I hate it because I love going to Sturgis but if we can't make money then there is no use in going.  All the other scheduled events we have right now are still on and I don't see any problems going to them.

That's going to wrap up this week's update.  As always enjoy the ride and stay safe.

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