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Offline Mike Adendorff

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New Rockfox workshop space
« on: July 18, 2017, 12:04:55 am »
Hi All,

Again we are doing some strange work.

Some of the guys down here in cape Town might be familiar with the Woodstock Motor Co. (Formerly the Woodstock Mancave). It is a rent able storage and work space where you rent a stand for to work on your motorcycle complete with tools and all. If you haven't been there go pop in and have a coffee.

So after years of wanting to build a bigger workshop for Rockfox we thought of doing the same as the WMC out here in the northern suburbs. I spoke to Devan, the owner of WMC and he was thrilled that we would be doing it, Devan and i share a common goal, to get more people riding motorcycles, talking about motorcycles and working on motorcycles.

A lot of people these days don't have either the space or the tools or both to works on their bikes. This is where we want to help, the new workshop will feature secure storage space for your motorcycles along with a few dedicated work benches and a plethora of tools to use when either fixing your bike or building that dream machine you have always wanted.

We want the shop to be up and running in under 2 months so it is again some hard grafting ahead but we think it will be a unique spot. The area will have 3 to 4 workbenches (maybe more) a fully stocked coffee machine and a fridge where you can either buy a cold one or store your own brand. Also some couches, and an outside braai area where you and your friends can hang around while doing what you love, working on the machines we enjoy.

The idea behind the shop is to not do the work for you, we will help with advice and a small how to if needed but we want you to learn and fiddle on your own, it is ultimately your bike. We will however be offering some special services like Aluminium welding, Tig welding some metal work and other bits still to be announced.

No having bought a smallholding in Joostenerg Vlakte we have ample space open to us, attached are two pictures of where the shop will be put up, a lot of crap still needs to be moved(we got some with the farm and some we brought with us), recycled ect but my steel arrived late this after noon. Will be posting photos of the progress. What will the shop look like in the end, well we are going for a rustic, rundown look, but being an engineer and not arty designer it might look completely different from my thoughts.

So lets see how it goes and who might be interested in this idea, remember the more the merrier and the focus is the biking community, Adventure biker to Sunday cruiser.

Cheers vir eers.
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Re: New Rockfox workshop space
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2017, 07:21:44 am »
Sounds great Mike.
While WMC might have been the first to become an official selfhelp workshop they certainly were not the first to implement the idea.
The G/S Workshop that resided in Frere street, Woodstock had many customers,  especially overlanders the stoped by to work on their own bikes.
The service was strictly available to BMW airhead models especially GS's purely because the shop was fully equiped to work on these models and my expertise was limited to the airhead models.
The idea worked great though and it created a viby atmosphere where plenty travel stories were shared while servicing or repairing their motorcycle.
Such a space like yours will become very popular with overlanders for obvious reasons, and most of them prefer to work on their own bikes.
Good luck with setting all this up. I would love to see the end result.

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2017, 08:12:57 am »
Sounds great Mike.
While WMC might have been the first to become an official selfhelp workshop they certainly were not the first to implement the idea.
The G/S Workshop that resided in Frere street, Woodstock had many customers,  especially overlanders the stoped by to work on their own bikes.
The service was strictly available to BMW airhead models especially GS's purely because the shop was fully equiped to work on these models and my expertise was limited to the airhead models.
The idea worked great though and it created a viby atmosphere where plenty travel stories were shared while servicing or repairing their motorcycle.
Such a space like yours will become very popular with overlanders for obvious reasons, and most of them prefer to work on their own bikes.
Good luck with setting all this up. I would love to see the end result.

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What eventually became of the GS workshop then?

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Re: New Rockfox workshop space
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2017, 10:13:49 am »
great idea

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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2017, 05:01:19 pm »
I spoke to a guy who had a similar venture nextdoor to Flying brick, and he was closing it down, did not seem to work.

This is why I asked what happened to the GS workshop.

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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2017, 05:07:37 pm »
I spoke to a guy who had a similar venture nextdoor to Flying brick, and he was closing it down, did not seem to work.

This is why I asked what happened to the GS workshop.


I dont think it will work if you want to make a living of it. The market is just to small.

If you offer it as an additional extra service to your current business model and you dont need it to survive from month to month I think it can work.

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Re: New Rockfox workshop space
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2017, 05:17:31 pm »
excellent. wish it was near me. definately would partake. so many school boy errors could be avoided. wrong tools no skill. I like a lot.

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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2017, 05:29:07 pm »
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2017, 05:32:46 pm »
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Re: New Rockfox workshop space
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2017, 05:34:54 pm »
Mike

I hope you are not going to limit it to only motorcycles....? What about the hand full of us with near motorcycle pypkarre? Will there be a table for me as well to complete my build? You know my toy, you've already done most of the mods on it.....

Lol

I'll support and send everyone I know to this workshop once it starts up....!!

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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2017, 05:37:06 pm »
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2017, 05:54:45 pm »
I spoke to a guy who had a similar venture nextdoor to Flying brick, and he was closing it down, did not seem to work.

This is why I asked what happened to the GS workshop.


I dont think it will work if you want to make a living of it. The market is just to small.

If you offer it as an additional extra service to your current business model and you dont need it to survive from month to month I think it can work.

My thought too.

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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2017, 07:29:39 pm »
I spoke to a guy who had a similar venture nextdoor to Flying brick, and he was closing it down, did not seem to work.

This is why I asked what happened to the GS workshop.


I dont think it will work if you want to make a living of it. The market is just to small.

If you offer it as an additional extra service to your current business model and you dont need it to survive from month to month I think it can work.

My thought too.
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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2017, 11:37:46 pm »
Hi Dust Devil,
Sounds good, which i was around to see it.

@2StrokeDan
As far as i know, David Cade who used to own RPM next to flying brick didnt rent out space for guys to work on their own bikes but rather they worked on th ebikes and finnished them of or rebuilt them or cleaned them ect. But I haven spoken to david in a few years so things might have changed later on. And i have only been in there once since he sold it.

Like BOBNOB said, doing this as a full time venture will be touch and go and hard living. We on the other hand are doing it as an extra monthly income and because we love bikes.

Sean, we will for sure be looking at possibly adding our big car table to the mix, seeing as we still have a few larger based projects hanging on our rather large "I want to do this" board.

The two pictures are of the steel sections as they came in, this will form the basis oh the workshop, Everything was cut and welded today and the first upright section was made standing just so we can check it all out, 3.2m high in the workshop doesn't sound like a lot and when the section is on the ground it doesn't look that bad. but lift it up and it gets high enough quickly.

Roofing was delivered just before 5 and tomorrow the last of the steel arrives, so the aim is to start screwing the roof into place by tomorrow eve. Its going surprisingly well and quickly, we might actually make our 2 month deadline. But the first 80% of the work done takes only 20% of the time usually so long hours still ahead.

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« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2017, 08:10:30 am »
Materials piling in!  :thumleft:
Is there going to be a floor of sorts?

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« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2017, 02:41:33 pm »
Good luck with this new venture Team Rockfox :thumleft:
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« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2017, 07:52:21 pm »
I'll give you time to get things going a bit and then come around to say hi.

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« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2017, 08:32:40 pm »
I'll give you time to get things going a bit and then come around to say hi.

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« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2017, 08:35:49 pm »
Ek was daar...ek like ...especially the lambs... :drif: