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Hi everyone.

This is my first visit to the forum, but not the first time I've been on the forum . . . confusing I'm sure.

I'm the Stranded (now rescued) Strat Rider that Miescha so generously rescued over a week ago. Sorry for the overdue posting (I promised Miesch I'd do it sooner rather than later). I'm not much of a forums person, but he assured me this group might change that.

I planned to provide the many details of my rescue, but I see Miesch has already done that (btw, thanks for the vote of confidence DCrider . . . smokin hottie :) ).

I called Miesch yesterday and he thought you all might enjoy the info I shared with him. After the ordeal (fun as it really was), I was nervous and so took my Strat in for a good look-over at my dealer. All was well (in fact, perfect they said). I shared with them what occurre on my trip and, among the many responses, they informed me that the rear belt replacement would be billed out for 2 hours, probably 2.5 given the belt broke and seemed jammed in the front drive gear. The cylinder gasket replacement would have been billed out at 5-8 hours. Parts for both jobs were quoted higher than we (OK, mostly Miesch) found in Branson. Shop rate is $95/hr so it looks like I would have been looking at $1k just in labor that Miesch handled (he did a bunch of other stuff too that I forgot to mention to the dealer, so likely another couple hundred in addition).

You already have all the other details, though I'm happy to answer any questions that come up.

I've been riding about 15 years, all street bikes and mostly cruisers. The Strat is my favorite by far! Never married and no kids, so at 41, I have plenty of time to ride.

I don't have many pics of my bike, but Miesch said it was absolutely imperative that I include at least one, so here is the only one I could find quickly.



Very nice to meet you all, and my very sincere public thanks to Miescha - one of the greatest people I've ever met (regardless of the bike knowledge)!
 

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I don't have many pics of my bike, but Miesch said it was absolutely imperative that I include at least one, so here is the only one I could find quickly.
Good man that Miescha. Never leaves out the important stuff. :D
 

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Welcome to the forum Damsel Hottie. That Miescha is one of the great ones for sure. Not everyone would stop to see if a fellow rider is in need of help; but he does :). I really like your paint job. The fairing must stand out big time with the flames. I really hope that you decide to join us and post often, share stories, post pics and tell us whats your favorite ice cream flavor :D.

Ride safe and keep it shiny side up.
 

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i'm sure Miesch will give you a discount on that $1K tab.
$95/hr is the highest labor rate i've ever heard of for a bike dealership. that's absurd. for future work on your bike, i would advise you to look around for a local bike shop that can do all the same work as the stealership for a much better rate.
 

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Aide: I'll have to work on the pics. I'm not too into tech in my personal life (according to Miesch my phone not only ISN'T a smart phone, but barely qualifies as a phone at all). Of course, had my phone been better, I likely would have got a signal and a tow truck long before Miesch arrived - so I guess that worked in my favor. . .

Sparkn: Yeah, he was very, VERY clear about the need for a pic . . . made me wonder if I was being setup for something (though that doesn't seem to be his style).

Corsair: Yeah, Miesch is great for sure. But I have to say, I was on the side of the road for at least 30 minutes before he showed up and not one single person stopped. I get that with cagers, but several bikes blew past and I never heard one decel shift note. Really disappointing. It was hotter than heck, so I stripped out of my leather jacket and helmet pretty quick . . . so apparently the 'hottie' factor didn't help. When Miesch pulled over, I was bent down looking at the rear wheel with my back to the road, so he didn't benefit from any possible 'hottie' excuse to stop. And I gotta say, I was a bit nervous when I saw him step off that bike - he's HUGE! But as soon as the helmet came off, his huge smile instantly relaxed me . . . and that nice guy initial impression proved to be spot-on. As for the paint, I can't claim any ownership there . . . that's how I got it, but I really like it! The one pic I posted is from the on-line ad when I bought the bike a year ago.

Favorite ice-cream . . . anything offered by a guy on a bike :)

Bevo: Miesch told me the same on the phone yesterday, so I'll be looking for an independent shop in the future. Either that, or I'll be cruising to STL to visit Miesch . . . I've rode further for lesser rewards :D Joking aside, I was really surprised when the dealership gave me the prices for the work Miesch did - even more surprised by the time estimates b/c I'm pretty sure Miesch was as quick or faster (we had a lot of interruptions and even when working I was distracting him a lot - though I'm sure he would never admit it).

When I'm not working, I'm usually riding . . . but I'll give this forum thing a try. Especially when the weather sucks like it does currently. Very nice to meet you all - Miesch was clearly correct about this being the best group of riders (and people generally) I could find. Thanks for the warm welcome!
 

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I'm gong to start to blush if I get any more compliments (damn I have EVERYONE fooled :D)

Yeah Damsel, that phone looked like the one I had back in 1987! I didn't want to make you feel too badly, but I'm pretty sure any free phone on craigslist would get you a better signal (though, as you noted, you might have missed me this time around).

And glad to hear you were listening about that pic - I have a reputation to maintain as a preeminent pic-whore :D

In all the time we spent together wrenching, you never mentioned that you were on the side of the road that long before I stopped - that is really appalling that other bikers shot past you (and thanks for supporting my contention that I didn't know you were a female or a 'hottie' when I stopped - I'll send that $20 right away :) ). As for the HUGE comment . . . I know I've put on a little weight over the years, but I think my 6'3" frame carries it well - give a guy a break!

The pic actually doesn't look like your bike as I recall it. To be clear, it is definitely your bike, but the colors don't come through as well - looks too much like orange. Also, I notice you've changed the seat (I was eyeing that ultimate seat you have now). I can't tell if the bags are on in that pic, but I know that passenger peg wasn't there . . . so I guess you've decided against ever having a passenger.

Bevo - what do you think you're doing offering to knock down my $1k fee???? :D
My advice is that the dealer rates are too high, but $95 is the rate at the dealers near me, and $75/hr at the independent shop I like. But I do most of my own stuff, I just notice the price when I stop in to window shop and chat. What are the rates in your area?

Back to Damsel, I hope you come to like the forum, you can really learn a lot. If nothing else, Corsair gives away weekly prizes and an annual paid vacation to his royal estate in Banf for an entire month. I'll put in a good word for you . . . .
 

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One of the sales people at Star City Power Sports in Lincoln, NE told me their shop rate is $125/hour. He also said they charge $100 per carburetor for cleaning, plus any needed parts.
 

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Welcome to the krazy train strat rider.. I'm glad you had such a gentleman stop to help you out. I'm not a mechanic by any stretch and these guys/gals on this forum have talked and help me work on my ride. I have a reading disability so reading a shop manual is like a foreign language to me.
If you have any question please feel free to ask..

That's I sweet ride. What fairing is on the bike ?

Also you ever come to MI I will make sure to have some ice cream.
 

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LOL - that's perfect!

That just made my day....and might just become my new forum pic.....or sig....or both!


ON EDIT: Krazy....I think the fairing is the Yamaha deluxe fairing...not sure, as I'm just starting to look at fairings. She has hard bags that I'm pretty sure are the Yamaha deluxe bags - took me a bit to get them off the mounts as they had knobs securing them instead of the clips my leather bags have...never seen that before.


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Welcome Damsel! So glad you got to meet Miescha and be rescued, it so would have sucked being at the mercy of the shops who would have NOT had you back on the road any time soon - eeek.

This is a great forum - both the guys and gals here are wonderful for info about your bike and just generally shooting the manure. AND it's always nice to have another lady biker!
 

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Welcome Damsel! Another woman... YAY!!!!! Your bike looks gorgeous but the pic is a little blurry so it's hard to see the paint clearly. Yes, I'm joining the large group of pic whores on this forum :D

Bevo, the standard rate for a shop here in San Francisco is $120ph. If I found a place at $95ph I would be jumping up and down happy :) Hence the need to start wrenching myself.
 

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Welcome Damsel! Good to have you on the forum. That story was great. I think Pixar might just pick it up and turn it into a feature film. Hahah, but seriously it's good to know there's good people out there willing to help out someone in need, even if they pesture you about pictures.



I think shop rates in Texas are a bit cheaper. I've used a shop that charges $65/hr
 

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Annie & M'Lady - I told her we needed more female riders (don't all m/c forums?).
And Rockett - damn right I pestered her about pics . . . though I may have left out the 'pic whore' label - didn't want to scare her off too soon!

And my good man 5 - it was just a slight step up from the bag phone I had in the 80s . . . maybe a few steps since it was better than the first-gen Motorola Flip-phone but somewhere in the range of the early Nokia phones that came out right after the gen2 motorola razor. 90s tech for sure. .. I was shocked it worked at all. I asked her to take some pics while I was working on cylinder leak (didn't get any pics of belt replacement I don't think - I was in a hurry to get out of the HD shop before close). I ended up giving her the Sony helmet cam to take video (that card failed so we have zip).
 

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I think shop rates in Texas are a bit cheaper. I've used a shop that charges $65/hr
apparently. and one shop i occasionally frequent, a well known bike builder who has a lot of his stuff featured in magazines, sometimes just charges me $10 or $20 if i just need something really quick and simple. and has charged me just $50 for something in the past that took less than an hour.

and my state has no income tax.
:D
 
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