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    I'm thinking of melting scrap British bike parts down to make hipster ear bolts and belt buckles like jalsteve mentioned somewhere else.

    I reckon by the time I've finished writing some nostalgic nonsense about its origins being from the 1960's, fueled by testosterone and 4 star petrol in a bid for 100mph while the needle in a scratched 45 piece of vinyl was the measure of time, they will sell for loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roccitycafe View Post
    see what I was saying about brand identity adding value? though he seems to do jap bikes, must be because he's in LA... that town's all weird
    I wonder if he sells any of them. I also wonder how much is brand identity and how much is just keeping the people that watch "cafe cowboy" and want to jump his bandwagon at bay.

    "Cafe cowboy" is Still the worst name for a bullshit hipster bike video. Sounds like a bad porno.
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    Haha, as long as you are running a business that caters to a hobby that draws in dumb hipsters, you'll get questions like this.
    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people. It seems to me that your version of "no it won't fit" sounded too much like "yeah it might fit, if you're clever enough".
    That said, was checking out that $50 seat myself. It looks like a decent piece, and is probably light and strong. Is it plastic?
    I'm not going to put it on a 750, of course. Is it just too narrow for the frame rails for anything bigger than a 175?
    Maybe if enough idiots ride motorcycles, they'll eventually go extinct, but I doubt it.
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    well crap.

    I am gonna start spotwelding flayed open campbell soup cans to cheap steel cake pans and selling those for 150.
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    You can always forward the cheapskate hipsters to my shop !

    I can knock-out $50 seats all day !




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    oh yea, bratty style for the $50 too !

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    yup... unfortunately I designed that seat because of the questions about tiny bikes I kept getting, and just because of the ridiculously small size of it and hence, very little material used, plus a mold that worked really well because of the draft angles, the pricing could be pretty low. what wound up happening wasn't exactly what I expected... once I put that seat up, for every 10 seats I sell, 8 of them are that one. now I KNOW there wasn't that big of a market for those tiny bikes, so I eventually figured out that what most "builders" were doing is just going through the web looking for the lowest price on all the cliche cafe parts, and that one was the lowest price, of course it didn't fit any of those bikes they were working on, but that didn't stop anyone, I'd say 95% of the bikes that seat was bought for will never wind up as anything more than parts in a garage, and the other 4% were exchanged for larger seats, the remaining 1% were probably 125's...

    as far as strength, yeah, it's a good part, all my parts are now vacuum infused, partially because of the strength and low defect rate and partially because I was incredibly sick of laying up by hand and my shop smelling like resin no matter how good my downdraft lamination booth was working

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    I wonder if he sells any of them. I also wonder how much is brand identity and how much is just keeping the people that watch "cafe cowboy" and want to jump his bandwagon at bay.

    "Cafe cowboy" is Still the worst name for a bullshit hipster bike video. Sounds like a bad porno.
    reminds me of midnight cowboy... the trashiness conveyed by that movie still gives me the heebiejeebies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondj View Post
    Not defending the potential customer here but I don't think I would want to pay $500 plus for this either:

    Hand Built Rear Seat ? KOTT MOTORCYCLES
    HAHAHA thats an absurd amount of money for something that looks like it was made from a trash can lid

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    Quote Originally Posted by roccitycafe View Post
    yup... unfortunately I designed that seat because of the questions about tiny bikes I kept getting, and just because of the ridiculously small size of it and hence, very little material used, plus a mold that worked really well because of the draft angles, the pricing could be pretty low. what wound up happening wasn't exactly what I expected... once I put that seat up, for every 10 seats I sell, 8 of them are that one. now I KNOW there wasn't that big of a market for those tiny bikes, so I eventually figured out that what most "builders" were doing is just going through the web looking for the lowest price on all the cliche cafe parts, and that one was the lowest price, of course it didn't fit any of those bikes they were working on, but that didn't stop anyone, I'd say 95% of the bikes that seat was bought for will never wind up as anything more than parts in a garage, and the other 4% were exchanged for larger seats, the remaining 1% were probably 125's...
    so put it in real numbers. On your best month for those seats how many did you sell and how many were returned? Forget about the ones that the buyer kept and probably didn't fit and thew ones that were actually for small bikes. If you don't want to share this info publically you can pm me or if not all tell me to fuck off. I have a feeling some of your problems could be solved by just raising the price to slow down the false buyers. Also do you actually offer a return policy? for such an inexpensive part it might be worth it to just tell your customers no refunds on this item.

    Also we should probably talk about your item description, maybe a rewrite is in order.
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