This is a survey of sorts, and I believe this is the right place to put this thread. But if it is not, please advise.
I am a retired US Army Officer living and working in Northern Bavaria, some of you who where in the US Army or other services may have been to Grafenwohr Training Area before. Last year, upon my decision to buy a house and stay here, I purchased a Hof(German for Farm) here in Bavaria. With my Hof, came 1 large house, a 4 car garage, and 3 massive barns and the land. Recently, I began storing a couple of bikes(1 Harley and 1 BMW) for buddies of mine deploying down range to Afghan or Iraq. I had cleaned out my big barn and after a ride this spring, my buddy with the Harley was over after a ride, and he asked, "what would you charge for storing my bike-I dont trust my wife to take care of it".
So I thought about it, came up with a price and within the week, another friend asked the same. Last week I got an email from a K1200 forum member looking to buy my K1200(which was sold) then he asked about buying a bike here in Germany and shipping back. We went back and forth and I mentioned storing a couple of bikes for friends here. So then he came back and said "what if I where to buy a bike and keep it in Europe with you, then I could come anytime I want to ride".
So we talked more, and now I am looking into getting a proper storage contract in place, insurance, Battery Tenders, covers etc, and even buying a GS and an RT for rentals.
Then he asked if I was willing to pick him up at the airport if he paid me too, so we came to an agreement on a fair price(about 1/2 of what a taxi costs) to pick him up, get him oriented, help him register the bike locally, get his TUV inspection done, and help program all the fun rides and places in the GPS he has and even stay at my house for a couple of days(It is a really big old farm house).
At first I was just offering to do it for free, but he is a business man, and said "Jack, you can offer a great service for an awesome price, you live and work there, know all the inside stuff, you need to charge for you services, as they are very unique and are much more friendly than your typical tour operator, much less, the uncertainty of coming on your own and renting and learning all the painful lessons of traveling Europe".
So my poll is this,
Is there anyone out there interested in storing bikes, whether they ship a bike over for semi permenent or permenent storage, or purchasing here and storing for future trips?
I have a very large, weather tight Dairy barn, a great location near both the Nuremberg or Munich airports, it is safe, clean, and well cared for.
I guess this might be a way for me to fulfill my dream of completely retiring(for the second time) and leading affordable tours, and hunting when I want to if I could get enough bikes in storage.
I have a German Lawyer as a riding partner, he is translating a couple of US storage contracts, and insurance policies and comparing them to German ones, and shoreing up that end for me.
I would buy more 4 station Battery Tenders as needed, offer covers for sale if needed, set up a website, etc etc.
My goal is to provide a service at a reasonable price to fellow riders, and a nice second income for me, with not that much expenditure of effort(ie not backbreaking work--I already did 21 years in the Infantry).
So please, provide some feedback, what you guys think, etc.
I have many websites for bikes for sale here in Germany, and would also offer a service to help in the purchase, paperwork and inspection process here; all at a very reasonable rate.