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I was just mainly trying to remember how long it took me to install my Rostra, and what I was going to charge the insurance for it. I don't believe I would take it on as a paying job, since I've only done it one time, and that was what, 7...8 years ago? You might be right about 8 hours being a little on the tight side, but I also don't wanna get more than it's actually worth in the settlement. If there's a maximum $ value the insurance will pay for accessories, I'm probably pretty close to that already.

Also, as far as being a skilled mechanic. I'm retired from that way of making a living, and my, $50 an hour price quote is a way of keeping the freeloaders at bay. LOL

Thanks again, Man. Jamie

I've been working with a Washington attorney recently who charges $675/hr. Why not start there and let the insurance co negotiate downward, which is what attorneys do. Maybe they'll settle with you at $500/hr.
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Open Forum / Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Last post by sanmo on Today at 07:50:25 am »
Further evidence of the renaissance of half-witted intolerance : https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/05/17/us/aaron-schlossberg-attorney-racist-rant/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

At the other end of the racial harmony spectrum there was the Brit Royal wedding yesterday which offers some hope for optimism.
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Open Forum / Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Last post by sanmo on Today at 07:46:06 am »
IMO, the Cornell lass didn't go far enough. Hope I never reach the state of mind where I get upset by harmless youthful exuberance or by young ladies not closely related to me, shedding their clothes. That level of curmudgeon requires a boneheadedness which can only result from inadvertently placing a bone stimulator contraption on the cranium. To my knowledge, nobody's Constitutional rights were tinkered with or harmed by that senior thesis presentation.
PS. Progressive insurance co. is running ads showing people thinking/behaving like their parents. I think they call it parentamorphosis.  Some of the members here seem to have skipped a generation and are behaving like their grandparents. heh..heh...heh
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Open Forum / Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Last post by sanmo on Today at 07:34:29 am »
It's incredible that feminism has evolved into women being half-naked and promiscuous.  Yeah, that'll really stick it to the men.

I think there is more to feminism than being half-naked and promiscuous. Those may be by-products of them rejecting traditional boundaries and norms.
The guy who convinced women that topless protesting is very effective, is pure genius.  ;D
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The Bike - C14/GTR 1400 / Re: The Future of th C14
« Last post by freebird6 on Today at 07:01:02 am »


If you want a C14 that gets better mileage you're best off with a 12+ C14, with it's ECO thingy and a proper flash. I've read mid 40s are quite common. I'm cool with 39-43mpg on my 08.

I would agree with this. My 08 was the same as yours. My 13 with Steve's flash is mid to upper 40s with about 30 to 50 extra miles a tank running mid grade instead of premium on these flat Indiana roads depending on my twitchy wrist. When I make it down to my wife's homeland in Southeast Ohio I run premium and enjoy the curves, hills and wrist action which changes my gas consumption profile.
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Wow, thanks for the kind words. I am just another hack who likes to tinker with things and passes along what info. I think can be helpful because I like to see others succeed and be happy (fulfilled? more content with a production product?).

Yep, wrist is getting better. And it should continue to do so other than lifting the hand in the 'up' position relative to the wrist as I mentioned. Oh well, not a big deal- I <should> be able to ride and operate a clutch correctly.

The thing with motorcycle insurance is that they do not discount or acknowledge mileage, at least a few years ago. That means that those of us who ride a lot really get a break on resale value, at least according to the ins. companies if not the real world of motorcycle selling.

Yeah, I guess if you are familiar with the C-14 and removing the Tupperware 8 hours is possible though on the tight side IMO. I always tell people they should figure on a full weekend, if not a bit more. Besides, this is NOT a job you want to rush, especially around the throttle arm. Beware the old adage: if it can [fail, bind, lock, jam], it will. So extra care if required in the routing of the Rostra cable and the throttle arm attachment. And I always suggest spending some time literally opening and closing the throttle, while trying to get the cable to hook or catch on anything, before calling it a good install. Treat every installation as if the rider's life was in your hands.  ;)

As to the money, $50 an hour for a skilled mechanic is very reasonable. But again, I would beware of counting hours because it may make you tend to work a little faster if you see the end of your time envelope approaching and that is not the best way to handle a cruise control IMO. Perhaps a better way of looking at it is: if you get $400 to do an install, and have ample time available, do as good a job as you possibly can and if it goes over some number of hours, so be it. But take pride in the fact that you did your very best and probably did an outstanding job for the customer. I know that don't feed the bulldog but coming up a little short on dollars per hour while providing a valuable and appreciated, top- notch service is far, far better than making the arbitrary hourly rate and risk a come- back or worse, some type of mishap. Trust me- I am not making piles of money on my couple of silly products I sell but I do believe I may have the happiest customer base on the planet, and to the best of my knowledge, I never caused anyone any grief with my trinkets and that is good enough (I am not trying to make a living this way though, more of extending a courtesy to fellow C-14 riders).

Brian
I was just mainly trying to remember how long it took me to install my Rostra, and what I was going to charge the insurance for it. I don't believe I would take it on as a paying job, since I've only done it one time, and that was what, 7...8 years ago? You might be right about 8 hours being a little on the tight side, but I also don't wanna get more than it's actually worth in the settlement. If there's a maximum $ value the insurance will pay for accessories, I'm probably pretty close to that already.

Also, as far as being a skilled mechanic. I'm retired from that way of making a living, and my, $50 an hour price quote is a way of keeping the freeloaders at bay. LOL

Thanks again, Man. Jamie
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Wow, thanks for the kind words. I am just another hack who likes to tinker with things and passes along what info. I think can be helpful because I like to see others succeed and be happy (fulfilled? more content with a production product?).

Yep, wrist is getting better. And it should continue to do so other than lifting the hand in the 'up' position relative to the wrist as I mentioned. Oh well, not a big deal- I <should> be able to ride and operate a clutch correctly.

The thing with motorcycle insurance is that they do not discount or acknowledge mileage, at least a few years ago. That means that those of us who ride a lot really get a break on resale value, at least according to the ins. companies if not the real world of motorcycle selling.

Yeah, I guess if you are familiar with the C-14 and removing the Tupperware 8 hours is possible though on the tight side IMO. I always tell people they should figure on a full weekend, if not a bit more. Besides, this is NOT a job you want to rush, especially around the throttle arm. Beware the old adage: if it can [fail, bind, lock, jam], it will. So extra care if required in the routing of the Rostra cable and the throttle arm attachment. And I always suggest spending some time literally opening and closing the throttle, while trying to get the cable to hook or catch on anything, before calling it a good install. Treat every installation as if the rider's life was in your hands.  ;)

As to the money, $50 an hour for a skilled mechanic is very reasonable. But again, I would beware of counting hours because it may make you tend to work a little faster if you see the end of your time envelope approaching and that is not the best way to handle a cruise control IMO. Perhaps a better way of looking at it is: if you get $400 to do an install, and have ample time available, do as good a job as you possibly can and if it goes over some number of hours, so be it. But take pride in the fact that you did your very best and probably did an outstanding job for the customer. I know that don't feed the bulldog but coming up a little short on dollars per hour while providing a valuable and appreciated, top- notch service is far, far better than making the arbitrary hourly rate and risk a come- back or worse, some type of mishap. Trust me- I am not making piles of money on my couple of silly products I sell but I do believe I may have the happiest customer base on the planet, and to the best of my knowledge, I never caused anyone any grief with my trinkets and that is good enough (I am not trying to make a living this way though, more of extending a courtesy to fellow C-14 riders).

Brian

Damn, Brian. Your injury sounds so not fun. Ugh. I'm glad you're getting mostly better.

On another note, You've been a valuable source of information for me over the years, and that is MF priceless. Thanks Brother. That insurance info is very hope inspiring.

I figured about 8 hours of my time for installing My rostra cruise. You think that sounds reasonable? I charge people 50 an hour for my mechanic services. I figure that's my labor rate for insurance payouts, too.
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The Bike - C14/GTR 1400 / Re: The Future of th C14
« Last post by katata1100 on Yesterday at 05:58:53 pm »
My ‘11 has a flash but the thing that really help mpg was the mccruise. That , when used with eco, gives me an easy 50+ mpg. I’ll take her on a five day trip in July and will report back on mpg.
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I wish you the very best of luck with that paw but I must be honest: two physicians missed my scaphoid fracture (with clear, crisp X rays taken by both) before the orthopedist caught it. Again, I am not wishing this on you but it is the most common wrist fracture for males, almost always occurs when the hand is open (as opposed to a, say, boxing type of fracture) as yours was when gripping the handlebar.

There is good treatment for it with a pretty good likelihood of a successful outcome, although if hardware is used, the wrist will almost certainly bend up nearly as far as it did before. The good news there is that unless you are doing push- ups, or trying to communicate with the aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, how often do you really bend your wrist very far 'up' anyway?

I am out of a permanent cast, or at least out of it some of the time (it is a hard cast but removable- really, really slick!) and now starting rehab. Man, does that suck. It is an exercise in finding out what hurts and then doing it.... a lot. Am now on pain meds. about 1/2 of the time (OTC Alleve), which I required for only a couple of days after surgery and a few days after the initial break.

So hopefully you are just 'beat up' in the wrist / hand area and all will be well. But the orthopedist will probably make very sure that is the case, and if not, treat it properly now and greatly reduce the risk of advanced arthritis AND a bone repair later.

A couple of years ago, when I had my little mishap on the C-14, the insurance co. was the only group that thought a C-14 was worth anything. They valued the bike at $10,700 (!!! an '08 with 99,000 miles on it!!). The bike was something like $7,000 because they do not recognize mileage as a devaluing factor. Then they gave me the full $3K or $3,500 allowance for accessories. The damage written was $5,500, which is actually amazing considering the bike was ride-able and would actually pass inspection other than a broken right hand mirror!

Brian
Damn, Brian. Your injury sounds so not fun. Ugh. I'm glad you're getting mostly better.

On another note, You've been a valuable source of information for me over the years, and that is MF priceless. Thanks Brother. That insurance info is very hope inspiring.

I figured about 8 hours of my time for installing My rostra cruise. You think that sounds reasonable? I charge people 50 an hour for my mechanic services. I figure that's my labor rate for insurance payouts, too.
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The Bike - C14/GTR 1400 / Re: The Future of th C14
« Last post by Akumu on Yesterday at 04:08:53 pm »
H2 SX was never meant to be anything like a C14. Meant as a Sport Touring ZX14R replacement. LOTS of ZX-14(R) are bagged out, bar risered, taller windscreened bike. Basically an inline 4 VFR with 100 more hp.

If you want a C14 that gets better mileage you're best off with a 12+ C14, with it's ECO thingy and a proper flash. I've read mid 40s are quite common. I'm cool with 39-43mpg on my 08.
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