$115 per hour for most labor, plus parts and sales tax.
Tire mounting and balancing Save money and bring us the wheels off-bike for $39 each. No appointment needed for wheels off-bike; same-day or next-day turnaround. If you need to bring us the whole bike, it’s $70 for front tires, while rear tires are $95 for chain drive, $90 for shaft drive, and $135 for most belt drives. (Gold Wing 1100-1500 are higher still.) We use adhesive wheel weights for most balancing, included with the work. Tubes, rim strips, and new valve stems cost extra as needed. We recommend replacing tubes at the same time as the tire. Metal valve stems are typically reusable as-is, and we inspect rubber valve stems for signs of aging and replace them as needed. Yes, we’ll mount tires you bring in, with a gentle reminder that if you buy local the profit stays in town. (Our tire prices are internet-competitive.)
Engine oil changes cost $60 for most bikes, not including the oil and filter. We use K&N filters and motorcycle-specific oil from Motul and Bel-Ray. Change your oil and filter at least every year or every 3,000-5,000 miles (check your owner’s manual for more precision). If you ride a lot of miles in a year (10,000+), synthetic oil is probably worth it. Our oil is $19/liter synthetic and $9/liter conventional, and oil filters run $8-16. A 3-liter oil change will cost as much as $133 or as little as $95. We charge only for how much oil goes into your bike, to the nearest tenth of a liter. (Call us crazy, but if someone charges for 4 liters of oil and only uses 3.2 liters, that seems a bit like theft — and it’s not like you want to ride out of here with an open bottle of oil.)
Other oils Shaft drive and non-unit construction bikes (BMW airheads and K-bikes, pre-Hinkley Triumphs, Ural, etc.) require additional oil changes for their primary drives, transmissions, and/or final drives. Most of these require an additional 0.3-0.5 hours of labor, and a general rule of thumb is to change these oils with every other engine oil change. (Unless you’re riding your Ural through a lot of streams, in which case change it much more often to be safe.)
Brake and clutch fluid flush $35 per master cylinder. Brake pad replacement $65 per caliper, includes cleaning and regreasing slides (as applicable). Brake shoe replacement $105 per wheel, includes cleaning and regreasing pivots in the brake. (Less expensive if we do it while changing the tire.) Brake fluid should be replaced every 2 years — the fluid absorbs water over time, which will decrease the effectiveness of your brakes and eventually corrode your brake calipers’ pistons.
Carburetor Cleaning: We still work to a flat labor rate for carbs, despite all the surprises old bikes usually keep in store for us. We use a commercial ultrasonic cleaner, carburetor cleaning spray, tiny pieces of wire, and a torch to clean up the ugliest of old carbs. The rate runs from $220 for single carb to $545 for a V4 engine’s carbs. (Dual-carb bikes are $290, inline-four carbs are $495.) Parts will be at least $25 per carb and can run $35-150 higher (each) if you have torn diaphragms, rotted air-cut bypass valves, stripped-out jets, cracked carburetor bodies, etc. After we clean and re-install your carburetors, we check and adjust the synchronization, and then after a road test we re-adjust idle air/fuel mixture screws to where the bike needs them for a proper idle.
Fork service: $290 for conventional damper rod forks, $345 for cartridge and “upside-down” forks. This is for both forks and includes seal and wiper replacement (if required), cleaning of internal components, fresh oil addition, and re-installation. Replacement parts and oil not included. If you bring forks off-bike, we’ll discount $50 on the labor.
Steering head bearing replacement If your steering feels like it has a “notch” in the center, you need new bearings. Replacing them runs roughly $255-425 plus parts, with large and faired bikes at the higher end of that range. If you’ve gone 12,000 miles or four years, you should have your steering head bearings cleaned and regreased. (This takes somewhat less labor than outright replacement, and no new parts are required.) If you’re getting your forks serviced at the same time (see above), we’ll charge straight time for the steering head bearing service, which typically adds 1 to 1.5 hours. Steering head bearing tightening If you feel a “clunk” in the handlebars when you grab the front brake (while moving), or if the front end feels especially rough over small bumps, your steering head bearings are likely loose and need to be adjusted. This can be done in 30 minutes on most bikes.
Storage Unfortunately we are not able to offer storage beyond one week of completion of repairs. Bikes left longer than this will incur a $20 per day storage fee.