PURPLE HAIR JEN : BEGINNER BIKER BLOG 1
What is it about bikes that people like so much? The freedom of being on two wheels? Riding the twisties in the mountains? Being able to move through traffic quicker and getting to work on time? Feeling the wind in your hair, (well not really, in California we have a helmet law, so I can feel it whipping my ponytail. Or the cold wind on my legs through my jeans.) Through my blogs about being a beginner rider, I will let you know what I feel about it all and what I experience.
So how many of you are beginning riders? Raise your hand… (hand raised). Well I have to be honest, I did get my license a year ago…yeah I know WTF took you so long to ride? Well, I co-own a motorcycle DIY shop. And you know, as with all trade businesses, your stuff is the last to be worked on.
My first time being on a bike was when I was 20. I was visiting a friend in San Francisco and she had a GXSR. I rode on the back to get through the town of hills and tight roads. I don’t remember much about that time except that she was fast and I held on tight. I remember her saying, in San Fran, a bike is the only way to go, because it sucks to try to find parking with a car. Bikes you can park anywhere.
The next time that I was on a bike was the first time I visited Dave in Tennessee. His 1978 Honda CB750 had a solo seat. I asked him “Are we going for a ride?” He laughed. But I was persistent. So for the next couple of days he made a two-up seat pan and then gave me vinyl and his mom’s old sewing machine. That was the first seat that I sewed for a bike. (Many were to follow).
I DO have a bike I am “working” on. It’s a 1982 CM450A. OMG, it is so amazing, if I say so myself. “The Monkey” will be a sight to be seen. But, in the meantime, I ride a 2009 Honda Rebel 250. I know, "it’s so little, get a bigger bike, you own a motorcycle shop you need to be on something to promote what you do". Well, what I say to that…PPPHHHHHHH! I ride what I am comfortable on. And ALL beginner riders need to know this. RIDE WHAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE ON!!! NOT WHAT SOMEONE ELSE TELLS YOU WHAT YOU SHOULD BE ON!
"Well, how did you get the 2009 Honda Rebel 250?" you ask. Dave got a message about a bike turned in as trade in at Sweetwater Harley. A Honda rebel. Something they might not be able to sell. Their description was, “a hipster rode in with his girl on the back with a guitar strapped to her back and traded it for a Sportster.” We rode down, started it up. It sounded great. Looked like sh*t. The whole bike was painted with flat black spray paint. Not just the body work, the whole bike on the frame, chrome and all with a dent in the tank. But it was $700 out the door. Woo Hoo! We couldn’t pass that up. We bought it. Dave rode it home, with me following in my car. He was going about 75 MPH. Pretty good for a 250. But I get ahead of myself. How did I get my license? What was that like. That will be in my next blog.
CERBERUS MOTO HAS GROWN OUT OF THE TUBS BUILDING
Thanks to all the enthusiasm of members wanting to learn on their own bikes we grew out of our old location. If you were in there a few months ago, you knew it was getting pretty tight in there to work on your bike.
We moved to 7082 El Cajon Blvd. , just two blocks from our old location. In the new space we can now offer more amazing things for members and non-members. We have a nice lounge area with a coffee and tea station. We can move the couches around and bring down the large screen and show movies or races for everyone to watch.
We have a larger retail area, boosting KnN filters, Motol oils, Stay Ridin stickers and shirts, Nuviz heads up display, WD-40 products, Purpose Built turn signals, handle bar controls, and headlights (we will be the only US distributor of their amazing products), Spiegler brake lines, and Moto Gadget products, featuring the M-Unit V2 and Blue, plus we have 4 more display cabinets to sell other motorcycle related products. (stay tuned to find out what we will be carrying in house).
The next area is Dave and Jen's custom build section. Showcasing the latest builds that you just have to see to believe. All surrounded by a vast amount of motorcycle memorabilia from tanks and helmets, jackets, antiques of all sorts, vintage motorcycle magazines and more.
The other half of this amazing space is set up for the members. In The Tubs building, we could support 4 work benches for the members plus floor space. Now, we can support 10 work benches plus floor space to work on your bike! Dedicated electrical area, metal area, engine autopsy room, welding area and a paint booth. We also have the only usable Vapor Honing machine for people to rent or pay Jen to make your parts look shiny and new (this is her favorite machine ever!) If you don't know what a vapor honing machine is, come into the shop and Jen will tell you all about it. In the members area there is also the "Dirty Lounge". An area for members to sit, relax, play darts, and watch all the action.
So you just have to come down and see the new space, sign up for a membership, and start building your dream bike.
Welcome to Cerberus Moto’s Blog. Let me tell you a bit about us. We are a motorcycle shop co-op based in San Diego, California, with Dave Hargreaves and Jennifer Gardner as the owners. We started our motorcycle shop co-op in 2006 out of our garage, but soon grew out of our space. In 2006 we moved to the historic Egyptian Garage in City Heights. It was a great old building built in the 1920’s. In 2015 the owner had other plans for the building so we scoured the surrounding area and came upon our new location in the College District. People that grew up in San Diego know the building well. It’s the old Tubs Building. Built in the 1970’s it housed an hourly rental of hot tubs. So famous, that since we have opened we have heard lots of stories of people fun they had here. “I had sex in that area and that one and that one.” “All my kids were conceived at The Tubs.” Since here we have regrown our reputation as the place to go to fix your bike. Friendly, fun atmosphere with a great vibe, to start. All the tools and knowledge you would need to fix your bike. We have members that just do a small upgrade to complete restorations. Our latest being a 1938 BMV with sidecar. He already has plans for his next build! We also have workshops, movie nights, Sunday rides, moto nights and more. Check us out on Instagram and FB.