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Two shops I trust with my Honda and Suzuki Roadracers cylinders:Bore Tech Engineering https://bore-tech.com/Millennium Technologies http://www.millennium-tech.net/serviceInfo.php?id=1
Grcamna2................I feel your pain about the storage 'shop' with NO electric power As we ease into full retirement and plan to travel most of the next few years, I decided to keep my projects (5 or more) plus the race-bikes and a few complete bikes with all of the associated stash of parts in Plymouth, Wisconsin, because of my established contacts with local machine shops and a good painter. After moving everything to storage and renting an apartment until we begin to travel more or less full-time, a friend from our church offered me more than 4000 SF of shop space with electric. It even has an office with a fridge and A-C. The rent is VERY low because he just wanted someone to cover his basic electric cost to keep all of the meters running on a former rural industrial facility. He uses part of the building for farm equipment storage and is looking for another tenant. I plan to return from time to time and work on one project at a time. While we are traveling, the paint will get done and two motors will get bored and partially rebuilt. Both of those contacts will have a key to my shop so the parts don't get in their way. My landlord likes it that I prepay for 6-months and have committed to stay for 3 or more years. I get my boring jobs back in less than 2-weeks, paint in a week or so, and everything else within days or according to a pre-planned schedule. Having a good shop-contact who understands your needs is a valuable asset
Well,I found a 'local' machinist who comes highly recommended.. and specializes in Powersports within a 20 mile ride to me. I dropped my cylinder off last Sat. & spoke w/ the man when I met him for the 1st time and the 1st question out of his mouth? "Who sent you" ? Here we go again... He has a full-time job and then tries to come home and do a Huge work-load of good quality machine work for many other folks in his spare time: Way 'too many irons in the fire'. Guess how long it will take to get my 'little job' done? He probably already has my small box buried underneath his bench somewhere..We spoke about replacing 1) exh. seat in a Honda single head I plan on using very soon and he told me that he has someone he will send it to that will do that.He told me he would have my cylinder done this past week;I called him twice and only got voicemail w/ no return calls and now when i call it goes straight to voicemail..not a good sign.I went to a buddy of his a yr. ago who does the same machine work in the same town and I had to have the local State Police call him after he didn't return my calls after 3 weeks.. A name for these guys could be 'Primo-donna' I think I've about had-it w/ local Westmoreland county Powersports machinists. I don't mind driving a little bit further locally if i could just find a person who is good w/ customers and tells them what they will do and then Does it.I don't need this b*llsh%t stress,I'm just trying to get 2 small jobs done for a fair price.
Epeatedly calling shops every day or two to inquire about your job is often considered off-putting. The more time they spend answering the phone and returning calls and saying, "it's in the queue" is less time they have to spend doing the actual work.Bear in mind, your project may be a priority to you, but it is another billable project to them. And just because you want it done now, doesn't mean they have the cycles to do so. And emergency jobs come in all the time for professionals or long time clientele that need something fixed to service others.A little perspective goes a long way with small shops.
I played the local 'yeah I can do that' game and it didn't get done. These are car guys but no other local options. I picked up the cylinders and shipped them to APE. Jay cut his teeth on these bikes and does us a great service. I knew they'd be done properly and I'd get them back quicker. Got tired of fighting the game and only use people I know can do it even if they are far from me.
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