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my own shop

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with being laid up for so long with the broken neck, i've had time to do paperwork with the city, state, federal to get my own shop put together. i think we've found a building reasonable and in a high traffic area 2 truck bays, 3 phase power and already set up for a bigass compressor. i'll be doing vintage euro, brit and jap bikes with custom builds, restorations and maintenance. i have a line on a motorcycle sized paint booth too. i'm certified on beemer and triumphs and as soon as i'm out of this collar i'm going back to ami to get my certification on ducatis and hondas. going to call it fat cat cycles i think.

some people are like slinkies, basically useless but they still make me smile when i push them down the stairs
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you didnt say the first think about a shop you need more then all the above and I know first hand ......A good accountant and lawyer.
So find yourself those two things before your neck brace comes off or you will have your a__ in a sling.Then you are open for business.And good luck YOU CAN DO IT.Just start off with your right foot with paperwork .

Im so far behind ,that I think Im in first.
there is a shop here in town called progressive cycle.
He has a complete shop (small)and a store coffee shop slash cafe (no booze liguour licinses hard to come by).he is on such a busy street you can slam on your brakes and go past it.Its the location that keep it from being busy9the cafe that is as the shop does well) not much parking but dripping with real cycle pictures and parts and cyclemobilia out side the entire walls are air brushed with larger then life modern street bikes ..knee sliding thru turns .Its the ultimate set up put its TOO busy of a street to access.In Providence RI they have a lot of building that are built on an inclining street where the fron is on top the hill and the street slop down the side of it you always see a garage entrance on the side.Thats a perfect place because the way the building is you can put the bar strret side on the top cut out glass wall that looks down into the shop.So its separate but a visual part.

Im so far behind ,that I think Im in first.
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I also look at old abandoned water towers and think of an elevater that goes up the middle where the water was pumped half way in the dome put a floor and slice the roof like an orange for some screen sections and some plex /lexan sections for a eagle view bar with all the bikes parked below ,those places are always on a road all by it self and on a good size lot.
And my last Bar conversion Idea is those old three story city parking lots you know the kind you drive in a long continuos circle to the top or to each floor to park. cut out a square middle section on all the floors.put a steel post and beam center section the reinforces and stablises the floor supports and have a long tall rectangle glass wall build a bar and let all the bikes parked around each level of glass be the decorations ,and you can see people coming and going and driving around the levels .Ah If I only had Microsoft money !!!

Im so far behind ,that I think Im in first.
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