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So you know that show gas monkey garage? Well I was thinking what if I did a business like that with dirtbikes. Do you think this would work if so share your ideas on how to make it work

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How would it work if you limit yourself to one type of product? And what would you be doing to dirtbikes that would make your shop like Gas Monkey Garage? What would you be doing that someone couldn't do themselves?

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Ok let me restate that do you think that I could but dirt bikes like with blown top ends and fix them and then resell them and make a profit and I could do that with four wheelers and trikes

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Only if you got them for cheap enough and didn't have to put too much money into them.  Putting money into a bike to make it run properly isn't going to be a big return on invenstment unless you buy super cheap.  Then you run the risk of it costing more than the bike would be worth, in the end.

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If I made 100 dollars on a bike I would be happy right now a make about 200 a month so I will take any work on the side

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I love Gas Monkey, and it is just about the only show Mother Hen and I watch together . . . other than Game of Thrones (good stuff, seriously).  

 

Obviously there are big differences between what customers of restored cars are looking for vs. dirt bikes, but I would never discourage anyone from trying their hand at a business.

 

If you can provide a valuable service and build a reputation for excellence I could see where you could make some money.  Pick up a few late model wrecks, fix them and sell them and see how it goes.

 

I once bought a bike with a dented clutch cover that "would not turn over" so they thought the motor seized.  Got it for $1,000, put on a new cover and fired her up.  Could have made some dough there.

 

But, I replaced everything on the bike, all bearings, piston, clutch, brakes, chain, sprockets, tires, etc. and serviced the shocks and forks and sold it for what I had into it. . . no way to make money, but lots of fun!  

 

You have nothing to loose by trying.  Good luck!

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The only issue that you might have, compared to larger, more complex vehicles (cars/trucks/etc...) is that a majority of people that ride dirt bikes fix and maintain their own stuff. Granted, there are some people that have no mechanical ability, but the dirt side of fixing motorcycles is probably the smallest segment and percentage of money to gain. On the other hand, if you go into it, just expect to have fun and you will find it more fufilling/less stressful than just focusing on the monetary standpoint of it. Good luck to you!

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IDK, but theres no money to be made customizing dirt bikes. 1 person stiffs you and you worked that month for free. Gas Monkey deals with bigger numbers (and is also getting paid per episode)and takes much bigger risks. Cars are a necessity, bikes are a hobby.

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Ok let me restate that do you think that I could but dirt bikes like with blown top ends and fix them and then resell them and make a profit and I could do that with four wheelers and trikes

no....no.....NO,  HELL NO!!!!!  I have done this a few times, but overall you get screwed!!! How many times have you read an ad about a bike that "just needs a top end", and thought, hmmm good price, I could do that. Now, you run out with your boner, and cash in hand and grab the bike.....You get it home, and tear it down, only to discover the bore is gouged to poop, and the connecting rod bounces up and down like a cheap porn star......Now that cheap only needs a top end cash kaw, just became a money pit, you'll never get out from under

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Now, you run out with your boner, and cash in hand and grab the bike.....You get it home, and tear it down, only to discover the bore is gouged to poop, and the connecting rod bounces up and down like a cheap porn star......

 

Such vivid literary imagery. :) I will not be surprised if your word-smithery becomes someone's sig. 

 

OP; I buy and sell bikes for fun on the side. It's a good way to ride lots of different bikes. I do it with street bikes and dirt bikes. I usually make a little bit of money ($100-$200) sometimes break even, rarely lose any money. But I'm not running a business of it and I'm not pressed for time on my ROI. If I ride the bike about for 6 months before I sell it no big deal. I have gotten pretty decent at evaluating the work the bike will actually need and estimating the cost, so you have to accurately weigh your ability to do that. It's also about evaluating someones ad and negotiating aggressively. I push people really hard. Often I know that if I talk them down, I can relist it with better pictures, a well written ad etc and make a couple hundred without touching the bike, and that's after riding it for a month. Seasonally here in AZ, I best stuff from motivated or desperate sellers in the summer, when things are slow to sell, and the sell them for a little profit in the winter. Lots of variables can make it work.  I would caution, given your current income, that you are taking a bigger risk than I am. If I spend some money on a scooter and have to float that cash for a while, it doesn't bugger my finances... sounds like you could hurt yourself financially if you miscalculate, so you have to keep that in mind. 

 

You tolerance for risk it a factor too. I buy, rehab and sell houses and multi-unit properties, so my tolerance for risk on bike is high. I would start real slow and not over-leverage yourself. Don't just look for bikes that don't run, but look for bikes that are poorly marketed, run but just need cosmetic help, and consider seasons etc. 

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If I made 100 dollars on a bike I would be happy right now a make about 200 a month so I will take any work on the side

You could focus on upgrading new/old Jap bikes for wood/trails since they dont address that market like KTM does.

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I've bought some bikes with issues for cheap and did the work and turned around and sold them, usually don't make much just 100 or 200 or just break even, but I enjoy workin on dirtbikes,

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ive made a few grand over the last few years flipping broken bikes. ebay makes it so cheap to rebuild no matter how bad they are. Just have to know what to look for when buying  project bike.

 

Ive also done topends, bottom ends, suspension service etc. Few hundred bucks in my pocket

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There's only one way to make a small fortune in the motorcycle business. Start out with a large fortune!

But seriously, I have stumbled across a few deals over the years. The best deals aren't advertised. Its in someones garage not being used and you find out about it through random conversation or through a friend. A carb.clean and minor repair is all these type of bikes need. Happy hunting.

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Unless you do a American chopper type show.

Take the aluminium frame and build from there complete custom design. Might start something good. Like a aluminium frame Harley dirt bike. Or 600 ninjakx conversion??? Ducati monster dirt bike?

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