Fixing up the shop

What it’s taken to get the rented space ready to open up a proper repair shop:

Other things we’ve done to get ready:

That’s enough detail for now. I’m a little tired just reading back over the list.

Update: There are many photos here.

by Andrew | June 27, 2011 at 11:00 am | About the Shop | No comments

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Installing auxiliary lights on a Concours 14

Bill is a friend from my past business life who’s been very supportive of the new shop. His company was throwing out some big metal shelving, so he had it stored until I could use it here. He’s also customer #2: he wanted Hyper-Lites and PIAA auxiliary lights installed on his brand-new Kawasaki Concours 14.

Better yet, he brought his service manual! I used it for the (enormous) wiring diagram and to help clarify how some of the fairings are supposed to come off.

Detailed photos and captions are in the comments in the photo album. Beyond that, I have to say Kawasaki’s fit and finish on the fairings is really good on this bike, and the only real trouble I had with the fairings was a result of not noticing there are three different styles of plastic “quick rivet.” Turns out the two smaller ones look similar enough to get them mixed up. The only special tool I really used was my wobble bit from Snap-On.

 
From Bill's Kawasaki Concours 14 From Bill's Kawasaki Concours 14

by Andrew | June 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Finished Work | No comments

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Nearly up and running!

Nashville Motorcycle Repair is nearly up and running! Since May 16th, we’ve been getting government paperwork filled out, having the shop painted, waiting on telephone and internet installation, and generally frittering about organizing things and wishing the air conditioner was already installed.

We’ve have two official customers’ motorcycles come and go: One was a 1972 Honda CB350 that needed carburetor work, and the other was a 2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 that was getting extra-bright tail/brake lights installed to help traffic see the bike.

Lots of people ask what we specialize in. Right now, it’s anything our customers ride, and I think the first two projects through the door exemplify the range of bikes we’ll be working on for years to come.

We will officially open full time before the end of June, but if something rolls through the door in the meantime, I’ll be happy to work on it.

by Andrew | June 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm | About the Shop | No comments


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