Vintage Motorcycles and Modern Classics
If you have a vintage motorcycle or a modern classic from Japan or Europe, and you need someone to repair it, handle some basic maintenance, or just check it over, that’s what we’re here for. We see the good in old bikes and take care to get them running like they should.
We gladly repair and service all Ural motorcycles and Japanese and European from model year 1999 or earlier*. We also sell new Urals and occasional used motorcycles that we like or just received on a trade-in.
We make an exception for bikes newer than 1999 if they're "modern classics." If you're not sure what we mean by that, here are some examples, all built in 2000 or later: Kawasaki W650/W800, Triumph Bonneville, Ural, BMW R1200R, Honda CB1100 (the air-cooled retro bike), Ducati GT1000. Typically a modern classic is air cooled or at least tries to hide the radiator, and the seating position is upright/standard, rather than leaned-back (cruiser) or forward (sport). We're not afraid of fuel injection.
We try to treat every bike as if it belongs to a good friend, so when we come across a sticky sidestand, creaky brake lever, or half-inflated tire, we’ll take a minute to make it better.
We started out in 2011 in a small, dusty downtown garage that was intended for side projects but quickly became the base for a new full-time business. Since then, we've deepened our expertise on the bikes that weren't a good fit for big, multi-line motorcycle dealers -- a lot of 1970's Japanese bikes especially, but also BMW airheads, "metric" cruisers too old for the dealers to bother with, carbureted Triumphs, etc.
Since day one in that little garage, what we've always done our best to maintain is a professional workplace and attitude. We collect and pay sales tax to keep our city and state fed, we pay for proper disposal of used tires and oil, we keep the floors reasonably clean and uncluttered, and we keep our customers' parts and projects organized. (Need your old invoice from 2011? We've got it. Want to get your old parts back as souvenirs or learning aids? Ask when your bike is finished, because we don't keep scrap parts around for long.)
We've also expanded what we're able to do, over the years. While we'll probably never be machinists, we do have the hand tools to perform a complete valve job to keep an old cylinder head in service for another decade or three. And while we're not performance tuners who make bikes go faster than stock, we do have a dynamometer for troubleshooting and tuning carburetors to run like they were meant to, and to do all that without putting our lives at risk by tuning carbs solely out on the street. And we keep a lot of little parts on-hand that we know will help us complete your bike's repairs a few days faster.
Not cheap. not fast.
Hourly rate $115
Most labor, plus parts and sales tax. More detail.
E-mail is best
We know phones are convenient for longer conversations. Unfortunately a ringing telephone is an interruption to our work on another customer's bike, and interruptions invite mistakes. So we communicate primarily by email, from start to finish. This also makes it easier to make sure we've covered all your requests, since they're written down from the beginning.
Motorcycle Repairs Take Longer
Because motorcycles have never really won the American general public's affection like the automobile, the infrastructure for repairing motorcycles is a tiny fraction of what you're used to for yours cars and trucks. This means there are no parts in stock in a local warehouse, and no fleet of white Nissans to deliver them to our doorstep in 30 minutes for free. New parts come from distribution centers around the continent, taking 2-7 days to arrive, or they come from salvage dealers via eBay, or sometimes the truly rare parts have to come from across the oceans. Please be patient.
The Basic Process
Repairs: As of late 2021, we bring in repair work from our waiting list. When your spot comes up, we'll email or text that we're ready for you to bring us your bike. Once it's here, our goal is diagnose your bike's problems and write a detailed estimate within two weeks. We give you a week to approve the estimate, approve it with changes, or come and get the bike. We'll invoice you for a deposit of 50% if the total project estimate exceeds $800, and we'll order parts and get started on the work after you pay the deposit.
Maintenance: We do still schedule maintenance work normally, and the typical wait to get in is 2-6 weeks depending on the season. Maintenance work is limited to oil/fluid changes, tire replacement, brake pad/shoe replacement, chain and sprocket replacement, spark plugs replacement and points/timing adjustments, most valve adjustments, and leaking fork seals. (If you need tires, we'd appreciate you buying the tires through us, but we won't make a big stink about it if you don't.) Turn around time for oil and tires is usually same-day; everything else is normally 1-2 days. If we discover that you bike needs repairs in addition to the maintenance, we might make a separate appointment for that unless it's something "easy."
Follow up work: If we did major service to your bike in the past 12 months and something new goes wrong, we'll usually let you skip the waiting list.
* Wait, More Exceptions?
So many rules! But here's a fun fact: Your Harley-Davidson Sprint 350 or 2-stroke SX250? That was made in Italy, so we'll totally work on it even though parts are a bit tricky to get and we only see one every few years. Because we're still suckers for the weird stuff, and Aermacchi-built Harley-branded bikes qualify. Chang Jiang's sort-of copies of the Ural/BMW bikes also qualify, because we're gluttons for punishment. Don't be afraid to ask if whatever you've got is something we'll work on. We might say no, but we'll try to connect you to someone willing to do it.
Business hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm
30 Cleveland Ave.
Nashville TN 37210
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Text us at 615-601-2453
As noted above, we do not generally answer the phone.