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DIRECT INQUIRIES

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Copyright 2018, R. Fleischer

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The entire purpose of this article is to discourage you from posting technical questions about BMW motorcycles directly to me; instead of to the Airheads LIST.

BACKGROUND:
I have written technical articles for various BMW magazines, etc., since the early 1970's.  I was a troubleshooter for BMW on the West Coast, and chief tech and head of the shop at a BMW dealership; later I had my own BMW shop.  I am also a life member of BMWMOA.   I joined the Airheads Beemer Club in 1996, and have been a Member ever since.   I have written quite a number of tech articles.  I wrote articles for the Airheads.org website and for various monthly magazines, etc.  I participate on E-mailing TechLists, as well as some others, including one for BMW K bikes and one for EML sidecars, and three Airheads Facebook groups .....but my primary daily involvement is on the Airheads LIST.  I joined that free E-mailing LIST for the Airheads a very long time ago.  I still spend a lot of time every month answering questions on these various sources.
You may join, for free, the Airheads List, here: http://lists.micapeak.com/mailman/listinfo/airheads.
I am a Moderator/Administrator (one of three) on that LIST.

But...if you desire PERSONAL and PRIVATE ADVICE directly, privately; ....read on:

I used to AVERAGE over 130 hours per month answering inquiries.   I also was running several businesses and trying to earn a living, have a good relationship with my wife, etc.  A motorcycle ride, particularly a tour, became more and more problematical.  In the last half-dozen years or so, I have been considerably feeling my age and have tended to discourage direct inquiries; preferring that inquirers/requesters ask on the Airheads LIST, where advice from me, and others is free, and, in particular, such advice benefits vastly more than just one person!  I hoped that my changed policy would reduce my on-line E-mail time.  BTW:  The Airheads LIST is a vastly better venue than Facebook Airhead groups for tech queries.

I still receive direct inquiries, but very considerably less.  NOTE that I receive reports from Google regarding the clicking on the Google-provided advertisements at the top of my pages.  I KNOW how many look at my pages, including which pages, for how long, etc...., and I know how most folks do not bother to click on the advertisements, which gives me a few pennies ...but DOES add-up.    Yes, the VAST MAJORITY of look-see folks do NOT click on advertisements.  You may make your own conclusions.  My donating page explains what I do with the money....and a lot more information.

There was a particularly nasty instance that occurred on 05/24/2017, when someone was VERY unhappy that I would not look at his numerous photos he sent (without prior correspondence of any time, certainly not any request), analyze a situation, and then answer him directly.   I did direct him to the Airheads LIST,.... politely and nicely.  After three E-mails with this person, in which he called me all sorts of names, etc., including bashing me for 'being selfish' ....well, it did not make for a nice day for me.   I immediately discussed this situation with my wife ......and, I initially took her advice to propose to start charging for "private" consulations....but I have modified what I originally had in this article

The latest change is that I no longer am providing on-my-site prominent links to the page you are now reading, and I have modified this page some. That means that if you see this page it is by accident; or, you have contacted me for a personal BMW motorcycle technical question, and you don't want to pose your question to the Airheads LIST; which means I must take the time for one, or multiple, E-mails to/from you. You are, then, asking for a professional consultation.  In such a situation, it is no longer free (Unless I decide it is free, which I may do). 

Originally, this article, which was originally seen to be clickable from the website, announced that I would start charging for direct inquiry technical questions and answers.   The money, if there ever was any, would be spent to take my wife out for a nice evening, since my enormous amount of time spent answering questions was detracting from our life together.  I hoped my direct inquiries would dwindle to near zero.  As of September 4th, 2018, as I updated this article....so far, ... I have not received even one paid direct inquiry (although one person offered to pay, but I answered for free). That is GREAT! ...as the whole idea was to greatly reduce direct inquiries. That has happened!   You may draw your own conclusions.

I will continue to offer FREE advice on such as the Airheads LIST, etc. ...where answers can benefit more than one person.  For those that insist on private messages, I may send you this, or I may even answer for free. I may also press DELETE.

****If you post an inquiry on the Airheads LIST, please do not specifically ask me to answer your question(s)....this is to allow others to answer without feeling morally bound to let only me answer.   I may be out of touch with the Internet for awhile anyway.
 


If you are responding/inquiring about something very personal, such as about my Prostate Cancer article, http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/prostatecancer.htm, then you are NOT in the Direct Inquiry group, and I would never even think about charging for my advice!


SO:  There may be instances where I do not charge for direct inquiries.  Don't depend on it!  I can get grumpy too!

NOTE ALSO:   I intend to try to retire and move to a CCRC in 2019.  I will be giving up motorcycling, giving up my shop, ETC.  Once settled-in, I may well remove this article you are reading, and, if bored, answer most anyone, directly.    MAYBE!


1.  If  you want a personal technical analysis/reply/whatever (about BMW Motorcycles), you may send me an E-mail, requesting such.   In that first E-mail, you should explain your inquiry clearly, including for what model and year of BMW motorcycle, any pertinent modifications and history, etc., that you know about.  It would be a good idea to furnish me the VIN number of the motorcycle frame and engine and the 4 digit code number for the bike.

2.  The exchange of E-mails will be private between you and me, unless you specifically give me permission to post the details onto such as the Airheads mailing list (where it may benefit many others).  If such permission is given, I will withhold/remove any identification of your name, your e-address, and any other easily identification that it was you making the inquiry.

3.  I will respond via E-mail, and quote you a price for my best attempt at answering your question(s).  Sending me an exceptionally long list of questions will raise my quoted price. The minimum Consulting Fee, when I charge for it, will be $35.00.    There will be no refunds.

The Consulting Fee will be payable via PayPal ONLY,  via the normal PayPal process to my E-address, which is located INSIDE a photo:  http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/emailimage.htm
I may consider allowing postal money orders.
Answers will be furnished upon PayPal notifying me the money has been cleared and deposited into my PayPal account.
DO NOT send me money via PayPal, until we agree on my services.

Keep in mind that I 'hang out' mostly at the Airheads mailing list, and inquiries and answers from me, and others, are FREE there!  Join at:  http://lists.micapeak.com/mailman/listinfo/airheads


For those of you that are posting questions to the Airheads LIST, and not aiming questions directly towards me, thank you!


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