Re: [CR] can a better KOF frame be bought?

(Example: Component Manufacturers:Cinelli)

Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 13:27:33 -0400
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
From: "John Betmanis" <johnb@oxford.net>
Subject: Re: [CR] can a better KOF frame be bought?
In-Reply-To: <C12E670B.9C27%fatticbicycles@qtm.net>


At 01:55 AM 9/14/06 -0400, Doug Fattic wrote:
>I¹ve been asking around and a typical
>custom paint job on a Harley Davidson motorcycle is around $6000. That¹s
>right, just the paint job. They certainly are not 10 times more time
>consuming or difficult than a paint job I do on a bicycle. We are just paid
>on a different scale not related to talent, quality or difficulty. So the
>question naturally arises why are Hell¹s Angle types willing to pay so much
>more for their passion then their two wheeled cousins?

Doug, by "Hells Angels types" I presume you mean lawyers and wealthy business owners in a midlife crisis with more money than brains. Real Hells Angels would probably work out some kind of "deal". :)

Actually, for the amount of work and the type of paint used, $6000 seems about right for some of those paint jobs. But addressing this whole topic, we should be glad that the prices of custom KOF frames and paint jobs for bikes have not escalated that far out of control. If Barrett-Jackson ever got into vintage bicycles, few of us would be able to continue with this hobby.

John Betmanis
Woodstock, ON
Canada