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Out of curiosity, wondering what the spread is around the country on labor for our bikes?

I've dealt with 2 dealerships. Where I bought my bike, 70 miles away charges $89/hr. The other, only 5 miles away charges $120/hr. Both are suburbs of major cities. And neither is particularly customer focused.

So what are you paying when you take your bike in?

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The going rate is about a hundred dollars an hour at dealers.

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Yes mines a 100 dollars an hour. Its a big dealer ship carrying 3 other model bikes

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So what are you paying when you take your bike in?
Take...my bike...in?

What is this?

Okay, I'm jerking your chain. But seriously, my bike has seen the inside of a shop once. For a blown fork seal 18000 miles ago. Performing service, maintenance, upgrades, adjustment, etc is merely a matter of following instructions. I'm very good at following instructions.

What would get me to bring it in might be a case of costing more in tools to have a repair or service done that might only need to be done once during my term of ownership. I felt the fork seal was a good case of that. Of course, I already have a reasonably sizeable collection of tools from my years in automotive service, including air tools, so I'm pretty well equipped already.

Shop rates here currently run about $75/hour. But no Victory dealer. Just as well I spin my own wrenches.

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We are at $89.50 a hour here.
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One Vic dealer is 105 and the other is 120. That's Canadian dollars by the way


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My Vic shop is $125.... They give some good customers a 10-20% discount depending on how much you spend there.
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Take...my bike...in?
Yeah, following instructions is easy, and these are easy bikes to work on. But consider lack of space (for storing specialty lifts) and a definite lack of skills on my part - there are just some things I can't do myself. Like changing tires. Know lots of people that do their own, but I ain't one of them.

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I just needed a new NG regulator for my bbq. It's a $40 part easily replaceable by anyone with basic skills and two wrenches.

Due to house insurance I decided to not do it my self but get a proper plumber to do it. 15 minutes work while I watched.

They don't just change the regulator but the entire control box because
a.) he said they don't have much success with just the part
b.) the markup on a $40 part isn't as much as a $200 part.

Minimum 1.5 hours labour plus the box came to $361.

The bbq now works better than it has since we moved here. He also said I had him for the time so he could check anything else while he was there. Nothing though.

The thing is, I wouldn't mind paying $80 per hour to a mechanic for things I can't do if the results were always good and the price was fair. Not so in this industry for some of us. Luckily I haven't encountered anything I can't do on the bike so I'm good so far.

The car on the other hand needs new plugs. The shop wants $450.

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So @ say $105 an hour how much you think the poor tech is making? My guess if he's lucky about $12 an hour. Just seems like such a lop sided cost share thing. I realize the deal has costs, overhead, franchise fees, schools for tech. But they are also making $$ on parts that are um pricey shall we say, mark ups on oils etc. So why are they so high? Is one dealers service so much better than say an $89 an hour place?
Way back in the olden days when I worked as a tech (we called them mechanics back then) Our shop rate was like $25 an hour and we made $11 when I started and was 12 or 12.50 when I left. So why such a mismatch now.

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