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phantom2163

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phantom2163 says:

Wash yourself or not?

:wink:Hi all 

Doing a bit of market research.
I am thinking about starting up a part time mobile motorcycle valet service.
Just wondering if there is a market for it or would the majority of people prefer to do it themselves?
Many years ago I had a job valeting showroom cars so I have some experience in cleaning.
Any tips, views
Ta :smile

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weasel64

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weasel64 says:

........

ya could count me in .. hate polishing the bikes ( but love the look after )

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ninjachica

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ninjachica says:

Wash Myself

yes, I do so on a daily basis.

Sometimes my o/h helps me which is fun.  However, I don't think I need a stranger checking out my fiddly bits. :lol:

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Kamchat

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Kamchat says:

'wash yourself or not'

I usually wash myself..

I'd prefer a team of nubile hand-maidens did it....

..but sadly DIY is the norm ......it would probably get a bit crowded in the shower anyroad.......

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albert88

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albert88 says:

to wash or not to wash

good question phantom , you will need some insurance i'd have thought plus all your gear sounds a bit pricey to me , but go for it. oh and Kam you've left yoursen wide open there for some 'banter':winkie:

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Kamchat

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Kamchat says:

albert

Lol!

You know me - I'm just a 'banter magnet' :tongue:

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Kamchat

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Kamchat says:

Ok

Serious answer :-

I think I would rather wash my own bike. I like the fact that it can be done as soon as you get home before putting it away..and it's whilst washing it that you tend to discover things like bits of damage or the fact the chain needs tightening or a screw is coming loose on the number plate etc etc.:winkie:

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Beelady

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Beelady says:

I love

cleaning my bike, so I wouldn't want anyone else to do it for me. As Kam says, it's often the time you find something that needs fettling.

I have given up washing my car though. My friendly local Latvians wash and leather it for £5 and they even do all the door shuts and clear out all the dead leaves and rubbish that seems to collect round the base of the wipers under the top of the bonnet. I think that's a bargain.

We do have mobile bike valeters that charge £200 to do a Harley and some people actually pay them, but they are not real Harley owners. They're just show offs.

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phantom2163

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phantom2163 says:

....

Love the banter! 

Still got a bit to look into and set the price to somewhere that people are happy to pay and also makes it worth while.
I am based in the midlands so if you are in this area.....

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mostlyslowly

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mostlyslowly says:

I'd certainly

consider using a valet service occasionally.

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zanderh

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zanderh says:

It might be worth

looking at joining the ranks at All Year Biker as you'd get a bit more custom that way. Not sure if their prices match up to your expectations, but worth getting in touch just to find out more.

I'm far more interested in getting an ACF spray done properly than I am in paying someone to just clean my bike!

Not sure how you go about applying as a specialist though.

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