Sick of being asked to help fit kits

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Bobbyoutback, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Bobbyoutback

    Bobbyoutback Member

    The words got around that Bobby is the man to see when you need help with your ICE bike , at first I took it as a challenge to set em right , then I got deeper fixing the terrible ways some stuffed up their builds .

    I'd make them a chain tensioner using springs from old beds to trampolines & fit hard rubber stops under the clutch covers to stop chain lock ups , I'd true their back sprocket & fit a stopper to keep the motor from twisting to the left under engine torch etc etc...

    Don't want to charge any money' just can't understand why its so hard for so many ? I,m tired , do you think me selfish to say ( no more sorry ).

    Bobby :sad3:

  2. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    I totally understand why you are saying this, and I feel the same way.
  3. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Start charging for your labor, below minimum wage. You WILL lose most of your "customers".:whistling:

    If ya don't want money, barter with them. Both of you might feel better about your relationship.

    Better yet, teach them how to fix their own bike.:idea:

    Look over their shoulder and advise them, while THEY turn the wrenches.

    Teaching them these valuable skills will boost their self-confidence.

    Soon, Bobby will NOT be THE MAN , the go-to guy. Someone else will be!
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  4. kerf

    kerf Guest


    The simple fact is, many people in this world aren't suited to be builders of anything. They are consumers but have never took tool in hand to create an idea, to breathe life into the parts and bits and pieces of raw material that come alive with the touch of the skilled hand. I know that many of you, like me can and do build our machines in our minds eye, over and over again, before ever putting tool to metal. We can see the three dimensional machine from any angle, in our head but not everyone has the gift.

    Guess what I'm saying is, there will always be those that need help and when called upon, we will always give that help. We have a gift that isn't ours but on loan from Another and we have an obligation to share.
  5. Your-Majesty

    Your-Majesty New Member

    I'm just OK. I can usually purchase unbuilt things like MB motors, Vehicle Hydrogen Generators, Am handy at building furniture, and around the house, even with electronics to a small degree, but rebuilding motors and clutches, etc. like really advanced stuff, I neither have the patience or the desire. If, I loved clutches, I know I could learn. But I hate intricate rebuilds way more than I love MB's. And I like MB's a whole bunch.

    Maybe these people hate builds more than they love MB's. Or Maybe, as was mentioned, They just suck at building things.
  6. RdKryton

    RdKryton Active Member

    Some people have it and some don't. It's as simple as that. My son is a perfect example. He lives in a throw away world. If it doesn't work, throw it out or get dad to fix it. I really believe he doesn't know which end of a screw driver to hold... I don't mind helping a few people but it can feel like I'm being taken advantage of.

  7. louishb50cc

    louishb50cc New Member

    Font take time out of what you usually do to help them, tell them to come over at a time to suit you not them, that way you'll feel better about doing it because you know youve got nothing better to do.

  8. Bobbyoutback

    Bobbyoutback Member

    Thanks Guys for all the nice support

    Well I'm going to still help people BUT make them try to do the hands on stuff under my guidance for a change , better then looking at me do it for em :thinking:

    Best Bobby.
  9. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    charge a minimum fee of dinner for each help session... or a six pack an hour...
  10. arkives1

    arkives1 Member

    I tried that Baron, found that I worked VERY slowly....:whistling:
  11. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    I won't help folks unless they are willing to help themselves. I used to have a lot more friends who only stopped by when they needed help with their cars (I'm a pretty handy auto mechanic with lots of tools and experience).

    If someone needs a brake job, I don't get my hands dirty, I just tell then how to do it and supervise...Some of my friendsn ever visit any more :)
  12. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I feel like I can either work on bikes, or ride bikes. A local here bought a SpookyTooth, and couldn't assemble it. I assembled it for $30 an hour, and told him I'd repair it when it breaks, for $60 an hour. He hasn't brought it back to me yet.
  13. Al.Fisherman

    Al.Fisherman Active Member

    You use the term "FRIENDS" very loosely...let's face it, they weren't friends to begin with. Friends don't use friends...been there done that. Had a (not known to me) neighbor stop by years ago. He saw that I did my own work. He asked if 1st could I build a small block chevy (I can with my eyes closed...well almost). And secondly would I help him. I asked if he wanted guidance as in word direction or actual help labor wise. He asked what the difference was...I told guide him $20.00/hr...if I picked up a wrench $50.00/hr. Haven't heard a word in 10 years.
  14. Bobbyoutback

    Bobbyoutback Member

    I do like your thinking Al.Fisherman :idea:

    Thanks Bobby.
  15. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    "under my guidance for a change AND a CHARGE".:idea:
  16. Whizzerd

    Whizzerd Member

    That "I want you to build ME something" attitude soured my love of furniture making. I refuse to have another great hobby ruined because of that oh so prevalent "entitlement" attitude in some people. It's hard to do w/o feeling like an a$$hole but just say NO! Or, turn 'em on to the Forums and let them learn for themselves.
  17. Bobbyoutback

    Bobbyoutback Member

    What about I say that in order to any work on your bike I need to be well lubricated with beer !
    No beer no help :goofy: :drunk:
  18. kerf

    kerf Guest

    We should be making fishermen not welfare recipients! The truth about MB's is, they won't stay running for long without maintenance, and lots of it. The best way to learn how to perform maintenance is to to actually build the machine with one's own hands. A little coaching, yes but doing it for them is a NO-NO. If one's own, self imposed limitations, leaves them incapable of building the machine, with help, then maybe they should move on to another endeavor.
  19. BGRooster1

    BGRooster1 New Member

    you are from Milwaukee

    Wow .We think the same .Must be our Wisconsin upbringing.Only change I would make is ...dinner or a twelve pack.And bring a sixer to start the job.

    Seriously.I try to help with anything I can,but if it takes to much time......Pay at This Window.That is what I do and I expect the same from others.

    A "friend" would not stop coming by because of trying to be compensated for work done to help.
  20. arkives1

    arkives1 Member

    I agree with you 100% I too build furniture,cabinets, boats just about anything made of wood.Maybe they don't realize that I don't have a factory setting in my shop and it takes many hours to make something I wouldn't be ashamed of. Just getting lumber can take a lot of time. I just tell them I'm no longer able to do very much and they'd be better off just buying what they need. I'm just in the planning stages of building three tables for my living room and I figure it' s gonna take all winter if I milk it just right. (can't go back in the shop after a beer break) My bikes are all in storage until spring. I'll be taking the OCC Chopper up to Waupaca so I have one to ride when I'm up there a lot in summer. It'll be great for rides around the lakes there.