I've spent several hours on the phone with Richard since he started this thread. He can rebuild all of these motors in his sleep. He's aware of parts prices on all the major moped suppliers and has discount arrangements with many of them or takes advantage of sales if it results in a lower cost. I've been to his house and storage unit to see he has an abundance of spare parts and passes that savings on to customers. He's dealt with 8 of my Minarelli engines and 1 Swinger 2. Yes, I still owe him a bunch for parts, but I'm not sure if he's made an actual prophet on labor given the extras he provides.
He tunes and times, rejets the carbs, ports intakes and exhausts, cleans headers, cleans mufflers, takes exhausts apart and modifies, uses locktite on everything, greases what is needed, and probably a dozen other things I would never think of.
When I was taking my first set of engines to him, he didn't have any Minarelli bikes, so I suggested he take one of my Motrons to use as a "Mule". "Fix each engine, then test them on the mule". He takes the axels apart and services the bearings, takes the fork apart and services those bearings, cleans the tank, adds a better fuel line and filter, lubricates all the cables, repairs the short in the tail light wires, and finds and repairs a defect in the triple tree.
I've yet to know him to just freshen up a bike. He builds or rebuilds bikes so they are as good as new and better. He wants you as a customer, but only once.
What I mean by that is that his work is so good that if something goes wrong with your bike after he's delivered it to you, its probably because you've done something stupid or didn't heed his advice. I should know, he's torn me a new one a couple of times already.
I think he started this thread for the many people he deals with, many of whom are members of this site, that want everything for nothing, because "it's just mopeds."
He gave me a recent example.
A guy wants him to rebuild and kit an AV7 with a new crank for a grand total of $135.
That's not what the customer wants to pay for labor, that's what the customer wants for Richard to supply a crank, a kit, the rebuild parts, AND the labor!
I'm not sure if this customer is an MA guy or not, but anybody who even considers kitting a moped has to have some clue as to what their kit is going to cost by looking on Treats or DOS. You can barely get a new crank for that price! Is he supposed to supply all those parts and the labor out of the goodness of his heart just because "it's just mopeds"?