Archive for April, 2011

15
Apr
11

component pricing

I’ve compiled a list of the major components in the complete Pro-Tour ‘S’ kit and have included the price for those components as well as labor to install them into a donor chassis. I expect the next one I do will be a rubbermount style chassis which will require a small amount of tweaking in how I mount the oil tank. I’m sure I’ll run into a few other small snags along the way, but this pricing should give a good idea of what it would cost to duplicate what I’ve done on the first Pro-Tour ‘S’.

I expect this pricing will change somewhat after I’ve done a few of these kits. After knocking a few out I may find it is taking more time than I anticipated so I’ll need to adjust the labor price accordingly, and to be honest I usually find myself being optimistic about labor times so there’s a good chance the first few clients I do these for are going to get a better deal than subsequent clients. That being said, I wouldn’t expect the total price of parts and labor to rise any more than an additional $1500.00.

I’m not showing the cost of painting all of the sheetmetal and fiberglass components because that price can be all over the board depending on who ends up painting the bike, how wild or subtle the graphics will be etc. When a client receives an unpainted bike it will be turn-key with the Pro-Tour ‘S’ chassis  components painted gloss black to match the factory chassis, and all of the sheetmetal and fiberglass components will be sealed in black epoxy primer – ready to be painted the color (and graphics) of their choice by the painter of their choice. I obviously have the capability to paint these, but my feelings won’t be hurt when someone tells me they have their own painter in mind. I’m totally cool with that!

Other than the paint the only additional cost not shown here will be the cost of the donor bike and I want to mention the warranty here, as I’ve learned a few things over the last couple of weeks after discussing this kit with some H-D dealers.

As I understand it, the Motor Company is not very tolerant about warrantying  bikes that have had engine or chassis modifications. This includes Big Twins as well as XL models. Only a handful of modifications are acceptable by the Motor Company without risk of voiding the warranty, and from the engine upgrades I’ve seen many people having done on their bikes I’d guess most are outside of the acceptable range of modifications. In the Motor Company’s defense, I don’t blame them for taking this position. If I painted a bike for a client then they had another shop install apehangers on it, and in the process that shop scratched up the paint on the tank, does it become my fault because I’m the one that painted it? I don’t think so…

What this means in my view is it comes down to your relationship with your dealer/service facility and how abusive you are to your machine. Don’t kid yourself – if you’re constantly beating the shit out of your bike its going to show, and anyone who works on these machines every day will clearly be able to see how well you treat it. If you ride it normally I know I and most dealers will work with you to resolve any issues you may be having, but if you’re constantly hammering on it, it’ll be obvious and you’re probably going to have a hard time convincing anyone to warranty busted parts.

I warranty all of my work for 1 year as do most component manufacturers. The people I use to do engine mods on my bikes have a proven track record, and have shown me integrity in their work standards and business ethics.

The following price list will give you an idea of what will be invested in your Pro-Tour ‘S’ transformation. If you have any suggestions to provide more clarity please let me know – I’m always open to ideas!

Individual Components Pricing
Item Component price Install Labor Paint component
Swingarm Stretch $475.00 N/C $175
Drop-seat frame section $775.00 $600.00 $425
Oil tank $780.00 $100.00 $125
Gas tank $1050.00 $175.00
left clamshell girder $75.00 $60.00 $60
right clamshell girder $75.00 $60.00 $60
left clamshell attachment plate $185.00 N/C
right clamshell attachment plate $185.00 N/C
Complete clamshell minus light $2,450.00 $1,350.00
center (warrior) taillight w/mount $395.00 $100.00
Complete left mid-frame cover $680.00 $110.00
Complete right mid-frame cover $680.00 $110.00
inner fender $250.00 $85.00 $100
complete latching mechanism $340.00 N/C
seat pan $375.00 $100.00
Upholstery (subcontract – average) $350.00 N/A
front fender $395.00 $25.00
Complete fairing w/windshield $1,600.00 N/C
V-Rod drive belt $200.00 N/C
StreetGlide air shocks $280.00 N/C
Line total $11,595.00 $2,875.00 $945
03
Apr
11

a few points of interest