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Wiring harness - Is there a market?

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Whilst talking to friends from the CX-GL club last weekend, I was asked about wiring looms and electrical repairs.

For various reasons I put the electrical work to one side a while ago. Partly due to lack of time, and partly because if I do it to pay the bills it needs to be profitable.

 

I arrived home from a weekend away, only to find I don’t have a job anymore, again. I had only been there 3 weeks, but they decided that they didn’t want an extra engineer after all.

Long story, but they have dropped me right in the proverbial. Jobs are very few and far between down here.

 

On a previous occasion when I was stuck for a job I started making some garden furniture, and some bee hives. I’m thinking of doing that again,

but it’s the wrong time of year, and working outside in the colder months is no fun at all.

 

So, coming back to the vehicle electrics, is there a market? Making and repairing wiring looms for older vehicles? Let me know your thoughts.

Bearing in mind a CX loom would cost about £180 if I made one. Slightly less if I reused the connector block shells from an old loom.

 

I’ve been looking on CMSNL in Germany, and it’s about the going rate, but many are out of stock or unavailable.

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I doubt you would have many orders for a standard CX, but if you broadened your outlook, it could be worth advertising bespoke wiring harnesses for project bikes like Cafe Racers or Bobbers etc. Most people who build these are good at all the mechanics but no idea on electrics for a custom harness, you just ask them what equipment they plan to fit. You could standardise your own wiring colour schemes? Just a thought (I'm an electrician too)

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Hi Graham - there probably is a 'need' for new/repaired looms but the trouble is that I imagine most CXers are tight fisted do-it-yer-selfers (like me !) and will therefore tend to have a go at something which appears to be relatively simple even if it turns out not to be and fiddly to boot.(I'm trying to do a loom for another bike atm and it's making my brain hurt. Perhaps I shouldn't have tried to 'improve' it ?)

 

However - have you thought of looking at the Porsche restoration market ? The older Porkers are always being restored, the owners aren't short of cash and they generally don't like getting their hands dirty. So thats the opposite of us apart from liking 'characterful' transport ! The interesting thing is that there seems to be a lot of independent Porsche specialists in your neck of the woods - Crispin Manners (Oak Tree garage) and Braunton Engineering to name two. Could you approach them and offer your services ?

 

Good luck.

 

Andrew

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Whilst talking to friends from the CX-GL club last weekend, I was asked about wiring looms and electrical repairs.

For various reasons I put the electrical work to one side a while ago. Partly due to lack of time, and partly because if I do it to pay the bills it needs to be profitable.

 

I arrived home from a weekend away, only to find I don’t have a job anymore, again. I had only been there 3 weeks, but they decided that they didn’t want an extra engineer after all.

Long story, but they have dropped me right in the proverbial. Jobs are very few and far between down here.

 

On a previous occasion when I was stuck for a job I started making some garden furniture, and some bee hives. I’m thinking of doing that again,

but it’s the wrong time of year, and working outside in the colder months is no fun at all.

 

So, coming back to the vehicle electrics, is there a market? Making and repairing wiring looms for older vehicles? Let me know your thoughts.

Bearing in mind a CX loom would cost about £180 if I made one. Slightly less if I reused the connector block shells from an old loom.

 

I’ve been looking on CMSNL in Germany, and it’s about the going rate, but many are out of stock or unavailable.

 

Sorry to hear about your job. I get a LOT of questions about CX looms that are compatible with the M units/buttons etc for cafe racers - I suspect there is a niche market there, and there would be a lot less wiring than the standard... may be some time involved in investigating, though.

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Really sorry to hear about the job situation Graham and after such a great weekend too. As you found last time, I suspect you'd get a few orders maybe for CX / GL's but not enough to keep the wolf from the door. I reckon JC is onto something with the bespoke Bobber / Cafe Racer boys especially if you can enter into a conversation with them about what little goodies there are out there to make their bikes a bit special maybe ?

 

Good luck with it anyway.

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Hi Graham,really sorry to hear about your job loss mate and after such a good weekend too. may be it may be worth considering making looms and being a mobile electrician after all I know of only one in the U.K. That's mobile and he is usually booked up for nearly a year at a time !! I think you know who we spoke about last weekend? (F E) . It's all about advertising and getting your name out there.

Good luck mate

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Thanks everybody for taking the trouble to get back to me.

 

Loads of good ideas there.

 

If only I could get a grip on marketing I might stand a chance.

 

I also need to get it straight in my head exactly what it is I am going to do, what direction to go in.

 

Desperate to get earning. Things are getting serious due to just about everything going wrong this year.

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Graham, not surprisingly you sound very "down" at the moment. Please feel free to give me a call if you want

to discuss possible ways forward with this project.

M

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Thanks everybody for taking the trouble to get back to me.

 

Loads of good ideas there.

 

If only I could get a grip on marketing I might stand a chance.

 

I also need to get it straight in my head exactly what it is I am going to do, what direction to go in.

 

Desperate to get earning. Things are getting serious due to just about everything going wrong this year.

 

If you do go ahead with something bike related let me know and I can promote it on MotoFaction - there’s thousands of views from CX and other motorcycle enthusiasts daily and a reasonable portion of those are from the UK so it’d be good exposure.

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A pal of mine has a couple of early Kawi triples, he is trying to source wiring looms for them, so he's a possible customer!!

He did get a quote from a specialist down south somewhere, but he wanted in the region of 2 grand for each bike, he couldn't get of the phone quick enough lol.

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A pal of mine has a couple of early Kawi triples, he is trying to source wiring looms for them, so he's a possible customer!!

He did get a quote from a specialist down south somewhere, but he wanted in the region of 2 grand for each bike, he couldn't get of the phone quick enough lol.

 

Hi Chris, I've sent you a PM.

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It seems having talked to a few people and read these pages there may well be a market for you to tap into Graham. Dont sell yourself short, you have a skill you might be taking for grantid. There are plenty of peoole out there ( like me ) who havent a clue about electrics ( or "Sparks" as I call them for obvious reasons) so get advertising and call on friends in the club if things get too heavy again.

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Sorry to hear about that Graham. Keep your head up. You have the skills to be able to offer a good service- you just need to get a few jobs under your belt then post on facebook etc showing work completed, work you're willing and able to do etc.

Eric.

 

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18 hours ago, ericry said:

Sorry to hear about that Graham. Keep your head up. You have the skills to be able to offer a good service- you just need to get a few jobs under your belt then post on facebook etc showing work completed, work you're willing and able to do etc.

Eric.

 

Cheers Eric, I'm trying to get my name out there, but it isn't easy.

Since my contract ended in May I've only had about seven weeks work. I'm applying for jobs left right and centre, but no luck.

Can't even get any benefits due to a period where I missed paying some national insurance contributions.

Things are getting desperate.

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Hi Graham, there is a guy called Ferret who travels around sorting out bike wiring all from his van. He comes to the customer and works in their shed or garage and carries fittings, connectors etc with him. He's not cheap but does ok I think, so there is definatley a market for your idea its just getting your name out there and getting set up with materials and a vehicle which is again an expence you could do without but maybe some kind of business loan to get started may be an idea. Once your name is out there and people know who you are and work with recomendations I think you could do well. I know its a gamble and I wish you all the luck in the world.

If you could get your head around stator rewinds you would definatley hit the jackpot as there is noone down this way since Rob retired😉

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Graham, get a picture of a few of the people holding wiring harness you built beside their bikes and use them to promote yourself.

Picture of Fran beside his CX........"Here's Fran with a brand new custom made CX wiring loom to replace the original which was coausing issues..........."

Picture of a 95% complete new wiring loom........"Just finishing off this new wiring loom for John's CBX to replace the original butchered by a previous owner......"

That kind of thing...

Eric.

 

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23 hours ago, PB said:

Hi Graham, there is a guy called Ferret who travels around sorting out bike wiring all from his van. He comes to the customer and works in their shed or garage and carries fittings, connectors etc with him. He's not cheap but does ok I think, so there is definatley a market for your idea its just getting your name out there and getting set up with materials and a vehicle which is again an expence you could do without but maybe some kind of business loan to get started may be an idea. Once your name is out there and people know who you are and work with recomendations I think you could do well. I know its a gamble and I wish you all the luck in the world.

If you could get your head around stator rewinds you would definatley hit the jackpot as there is noone down this way since Rob retired😉

I've sent you a pm.

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