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Mods: Move if necessary, but I think this is a general roundabout discussion.

Anyhow, I wanted to know from track junkies, stunters, weekend warriors, and anyone else. I used to work for a company called Brammo Motorsports. You might have heard of their Enertia electric motorcycle kicking ass at Isle of Man. Back in the day, we were the only American builder of the esteemed Ariel Atom...





All of the body work is composite, hand laid. Needless to say, I got pretty damned good at fiberglass layup. I just recently realized that I could apply my skills to repairing street and race body work, for cheaper than you could expect to find eBay plastics for. I also do custom paint, so there ya go.

Realistically speaking, would this be something that the general motorcycle populous would find useful, or woulf most people just rather buy new plastics? I'm not trying to get business on here (yet) more just getting a feeler for if people are into the idea.

Thoughts?
 

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I just recently realized that I could apply my skills to repairing street and race body work, for cheaper than you could expect to find eBay plastics for. I also do custom paint, so there ya go.

Realistically speaking, would this be something that the general motorcycle populous would find useful, or woulf most people just rather buy new plastics? I'm not trying to get business on here (yet) more just getting a feeler for if people are into the idea. Thoughts?
Hey cal,

If it walks like a business, talks like a business, sounds like a business it probably is a business. I'm all for someone having a plastics/fiberglass/body work repair business. Everyone need's something to do in their spare time to make some extra cash. My advice would be to get a Vendor's Permit on this site.

Best Wishes :five:
 

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As far as street plastics, I would rather buy new pieces.

However, for racing pieces, I would definitely have them repaired if possible. I think your business may do well targeting the track go'ers.
 

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Gotta Love the Ariel Atom,,, it is better when it has the 300HP supercharged civic type-R motor,,, eco-tec sux!!!
 

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i would... if it was the right price, otherwise u could repair them wth the DIY thread urself and have a local paint it for u.
You let me know how that works out for you. I won't go into detail, but chewing gum and bondo are not all that goes into properly repairing plastic and/or fiberglass panels.

Thanks for the input everyone. I have the business license on it's way, and I'll be making my way to some races and trackdays to peddle my wares. If things pick up, I'll get a vendor permit thingy for here and offer some 600rr special pricing.
 

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Well considering I live within 8 hours (at most) of infineon, laguna seca, thunderhill, PIR, reno fernley, buttonwillow, pacific raceways, and whatever track is in seattle... I think I'll do OK ;)
 

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with the chinese stamping out decent plastics for nothing, and considering the state of the economy, you may not sell many.

chinese are killing small businesses here that would normally fare well
 

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Well unless the bodywork has exploded, I'll fix an entire bike's worth for under 200 including priming the body work. Find chinese repops for less than $200 and I'll eat my shoe; without bbq sauce. I have a minimal overhead and I don't waste time or materials, so it's worth more to me to skimp on my profits and get more business, than to make more and have very few clientele.

I think that people who spend a large sum on good quality bodywork would rather pay to get it fixed, as opposed to buying cheap repop crap. That's been my experience so far.

Keep the feedback/arguments coming though, get me better prepared for selling my service! I like I like.
 

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Well considering I live within 8 hours (at most) of infineon, laguna seca, thunderhill, PIR, reno fernley, buttonwillow, pacific raceways, and whatever track is in seattle... I think I'll do OK ;)
Playing devils advocate -
I just don't think your customers will find the value in traveling that far for something that, you have to admit, an experienced body shop guy could do...
Might not be able to do as well as you, but from your potential customer's perspective, they either may not realize it, or may not see enough benefit to your work over a body shop to go out of their way to give you their business.
Every town has a relatively cheap experienced body shop guy who would do that, even if he does it out of his own garage. I think you need to tighten your radius to 2 hours away.

One thing you do have on a body shop (most likely), is cost. The only problem I see with that, is that the market you are going after is very small (as many racers as you know, they are still tiny percentage of the general population), and I think you will find that you will need to be raising your price pretty quickly if you want to make a living.

Now, what you may want to do is start an all around fiberglass repair / body shop and try to pimp yourself out as a race fairing specialist or something... but i think if you are going to live on it, you are going to also have to repair to ricer's Shogun Honda after he rams the lip into a parking pylon for the 31st time.
 

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Oh whoops, I forgot to mention that I'll be generating business by actually going to the events to pick up parts and pieces, and either shipping back, or going back the following weekend. Conveniently enough, I have enough people that I trust to go to events and deliver pieces if I can't make it up/down that way soon enough.

The whole 240sx drift scene has generated a lot of business for me since they actually hold a bunch of local events here, and lots of those kids suck at driving and shear their front bumpers off at least once a month. I recommended against it, but I ended up back glassing and molding a full erebuni (i think?) body kit to a "drift car" and he piled it into a lightpost at an event less than a week later.... oops.
 

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Oh whoops, I forgot to mention that I'll be generating business by actually going to the events to pick up parts and pieces, and either shipping back, or going back the following weekend. Conveniently enough, I have enough people that I trust to go to events and deliver pieces if I can't make it up/down that way soon enough.

The whole 240sx drift scene has generated a lot of business for me since they actually hold a bunch of local events here, and lots of those kids suck at driving and shear their front bumpers off at least once a month. I recommended against it, but I ended up back glassing and molding a full erebuni (i think?) body kit to a "drift car" and he piled it into a lightpost at an event less than a week later.... oops.
Well then, I think you're in good shape.
 

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Can't wait to see how this pans out! Good luck and best wishes!
 

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Can't wait to see how this pans out! Good luck and best wishes!
I have 3 race bikes lined up right now. One was highsided at 65 and went explody, the other 2 are just beat up from months of thrashing. Things are good, thanks for the good wishes.

haha this made me lol

No bbq sauce would be pretty rough! This guy means business!
True story, I'm hardcore like 2 week old chinese food.
 

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If you think it will work then do it... The only one who will determine if its good business or not is you. If you market yourself the right way, show your work to the right people, then no doubt you'll do good.
 

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If things go well with the repair business, you could consider making and selling your own track bodywork, maybe take replacement panels with you to the track.

I can imagine that drift craze must've really boosted business for you! Good luck with the venture.
 
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