If you are a shop owner, maybe you have already lent a lift & some tools to a good client wishing to do some work on his bike. If you did, I am certain that it was an exceptional gesture. But do you know that a new shop concept seems to emerge from our recession. The “Do It Yourself Shop” especially conceived, equipped and staffed to offer bikers a workshop where anyone can come to do their own maintenance. A place where they can find all the tools and manuals they may need, and if requested, assistance provided by on-site technicians. Is there a need?
It seems so, because some lack the required space in their garage, or don’t even have a true garage because living in a condo. Tools is another issue because too expensive or not worth buying for very occasional uses. Just changing oil or tires or wheels? Lowering a bike? Changing a front end? Replacing a bad regulator or starter? Even tuning a bike, etc. “Do It Yourself Shop” income comes from an hourly fee, from selling the basic parts found on-site and even from paid maintenance clinics organized to help those apprehensive to work on their bike. What about overnight, short and long term storage? Not only it can be a profitable business but those using a “Do It Yourself Shop” could become better riders by getting to better understand their motorcycle. Let’s see if this business concept has traction. As a biker or professional of the industry, I would like you to state your opinion.