About Fix My Hog
So How Did Fix My Hog Come About?
For a long time, I didn’t know what to do with a wrench. My brother Paul and our longtime friend Bob LaRosa had a knack for fixing up and improving all things gas-powered; they were always tinkering with some type of go-kart, mini-bike, dirt bike or motorcycle. But while they did the work, I just enjoyed the rides.
We could never afford new models, so we would find a “deal” and the guys would make it run. I lost a few teeth trying to drive one of these “deals” once, but over time, they got better at wrenching and I got safer rides.
Down the road, I left for college, Bob went to the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) and Paul became an auto mechanic.
I moved from Connecticut to California with my 1984 Harley Davidson FXRS. I rode it up and down the golden coast every year and camped in Yosemite each spring. And with Bob 3,000 miles away, I had to find a local independent mechanic to do oil changes and maintenance work for $55/hour.
Over time, though, service jobs got more expensive. The rear tire had to be replaced. The clutch was going. A $100 simple service turned into a $1,000 service and repair. Soon I wondered, “Where’s my old buddy Bob when I need him?”
I moved several more times during those years, and I had a hard time finding a good independent mechanic in most places, so I looked into the world of dealers. Mechanics at dealerships get the job done well, but dishing out $85-$90/hour each visit cut into my travel money really fast.
As the world became more expensive and the cost of owning my Harley increased, I considered doing my own repairs. I said to myself, “Self, you’ve watched Bob and Paul service and repair motorcycles before. You can do this no problem!”
But then I realized that I knew nothing about how a motorcycle actually worked. I had no idea how to use the stuff inside a toolbox, and the factory service manual looked like it was written in Greek. I searched for help in “how-to” Harley-Davidson videos and found a few VHS tapes with good information, but they were too general and the audio/video quality was amateur at best.
Then the opportunity light bulb flicked on. I figured there had to be riders out there just like me who loved their motorcycle, but who hadn’t a clue how to fix it when things went wrong.
So I called Bob and told him about the lack of quality instructional material on the market. I said that I wanted to create a professional Harley-Davidson maintenance DVD and that I couldn’t think of anyone better to do it. Bob went to school at MMI, worked for Harley for eight years, completed the PHD course work and was at the time the proud owner of his own garage.
He laughed and said I was crazy, but he ultimately agreed.
We brought a professional TV production setup to his shop (Lights, Cameras, and Jibs – oh my) and went at it. We made lessons for everyone and anyone who needed help with their machines, from shade tree or “at home” mechanics to more experienced jet engine repairers and diesel truck drivers.
After creating many hours of content from many more hours of hard work, we are now proud to be the only ones to have such extensive and high-quality Harley Davidson repair and maintenance video instruction.
And ever since, the response has been tremendous. We get emails every day from customers saying things like, “Your Fix My Hog DVDs bring the factory service manual to life” and “I feel like I can tackle just about anything on my Harley with your videos.”
Take my personal story as hard evidence. I was a kid that had never turned a wrench, and now I can fully service and repair my 1984 Harley-Davidson FXRS. All with a little (OK, a lot of) help from my friend, Bob!
Founder of Fix My Hog
Fix My Hog Member Associations and Accomplishments
2009 Best of San Diego Award in the Motorcycle Repair & Service category