Wow, nice bike Dennis!
I tried in vain for years to persuade myself that I 'needed' a Harley, esp when I worked at the Paintshop. Funny thing is none of the others there owned one either! The boss had an original Yamaha XV 750, NOT a Virago, the original monoshock version, which he called Ethell, she is/was a much modified street drag bike. The other sprayer had a car and I owned Honda's. Much of our clientele owned Hogs and over the 10 years I was there we did all sorts of paint jobs from stock repairs to murals (or Murials as some were prone to calling them).
We had one guy who was very vague in his requirments, 'erm black, erm Indians, erm them big buffalo type baisin things...... that sort of, erm thing'
was all the instructions he gave. At the time I was sorting something in the back of the shop and the boss was out, Shane the other sprayer didn't like doing customer service much, it made him nervous. When he got nervous his hand writing went all to pot. So when the boss gets back and we discuss the new job, to get a good idea of whats what we looked at the job ticket........... 'Indian and a Basin'????? WTF???
'Maybe he wants Ghandi and a Pudding Bowl I suggested'???
'On a bike tank' scoffed Baz??
Well thats what Sid has put (Shanes nick name for some reason). The customer had left no mobile number and the land line never got answered despite my many attempts over the next few days - turns out he'd gone off on holdiday for a month, thats why he'd left the bike.
Finally, after much stuttering we got it out of Sid
- a Native American Indian theme - Dream catchers, teepees, open fires, the buffalo running on praire etc. (something original then
). However the idea of Ghandi etc. lingered and it just so happened that we had spare tank just like his kicking around the shop. So on a whim I painted it black at the same time as the rest of his stuff and then handed it all on to Baz for artwork.
He's got the same sense of humour as me and having done the relevant on the customers gear he set to for a couple of hours and did a fine rendition of Ghandi standing next to a table with a pudding bowl.........
I bunged the whole lot through the booth for lacquer and finish and then racked it away ready for collection.
To cut a long story short - the owner turned in with his wife to collect, took one look and said WTF IS THAT??? Seeing what he thought was his tank among the other items we had out on the counter for him. With a gentle flourish Baz pulls out the Job Sheet the customer had signed and showed him Sids written instruction - in the mean time I'd ducked into the office and flashed the real tank at the guys wife, who immediately got the idea an joined in! 'Honey' she said 'you know I rather like the skinny guy - its different, and the quality is great'. 'Screw that' he says ' how am I gonna explain this a the next meeting of HOG??'
TBH thats about as far as we could let it go without seriously getting the guy lairy. I quickly showed him the real job and he burst in to laughter. His wife even asked if she could buy the other tank with Ghandi on it as a keep sake, but we had to decline as it was a 'shop item' - meaning about 20 minutes later it got stripped ready for another 'demo' paint job.
After that Sid refused point blank to deal with customers - hiding in the spraybooth or the loo if anyone ever came in lol
I do miss that place - some of the dumb stuff we did, by all standards of today we should've been shot, but we had a great time along the way