Charlie's Place

★★★☆☆
  • 3084 17th St

    San Francisco, CA 94110

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  • 415-255-0316

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I don't know who are people are that trash Charlies place, I brought them my 69 cl350 that had been sitting in my garage for 10 years.
Spoke with charlie on the phone many times to make sure I was taking my bike to the right place. I purchased the bike from the original owner, who purchased it in Japan in 1969. It is 100 % original condition, right down to the tires. When I got to the shop, I was greeted by Rab, one of the mechanics. We talked through the history of my bike, and Rab told me, lets just do a once over checkout of the basics, 1 hr labor.
That seemed fair. I also should say I was in no rush to get it running right away. I deal with people like that everyday, they suck.
After he checked it out, he called me and said All good. I had a good sound bike to work with. So we talked about a plan of what the bike needed to bring it back to a daily rider. And thats what Rab did. About Charlie.
When I went to pick up my bike, he greeted me at the shop. We talked about my bike and the history of the cl.
Now my bike is home, and I'm riding it every day.
Iwould recomend Charlies Place to anyone who has an older Honda who wants to keep the old ones alive. I plan on going back for future parts or repairs.

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★★★★★

I don't know who are people are that trash Charlies place, I brought them my 69 cl350 that had been sitting in my garage for 10 years.
Spoke with charlie on the phone many times to make sure I was taking my bike to the right place. I purchased the bike from the original owner, who purchased it in Japan in 1969. It is 100 % original condition, right down to the tires. When I got to the shop, I was greeted by Rab, one of the mechanics. We talked through the history of my bike, and Rab told me, lets just do a once over checkout of the basics, 1 hr labor.
That seemed fair. I also should say I was in no rush to get it running right away. I deal with people like that everyday, they suck.
After he checked it out, he called me and said All good. I had a good sound bike to work with. So we talked about a plan of what the bike needed to bring it back to a daily rider. And thats what Rab did. About Charlie.
When I went to pick up my bike, he greeted me at the shop. We talked about my bike and the history of the cl.
Now my bike is home, and I'm riding it every day.
Iwould recomend Charlies Place to anyone who has an older Honda who wants to keep the old ones alive. I plan on going back for future parts or repairs.

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I brought my 1973 Honda 350-4 to Charlies place because it was getting 8 MPG. Charlie "fixed" the carburetors for 650 dollars. The mileage improved to 13 MPG. When I e-mailed him I received a very long explanation about how the old Honda mileage wasn't what it is now and this is about what to expect. His note was very defensive, and I concluded that he wasn't really interested in doing the right thing and fixing it. I was un-impressed with his competence (13 MPG is normal?). I had another mechanic look at it. The float valves were totally out of adjustment ( these are part of the carburetors). I now get 43 MPG. Charlie is not where I would go for vintage Honda repair. He's also not very friendly.

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I brought my 1973 Honda 350-4 to Charlies place because it was getting 8 MPG. Charlie "fixed" the carburetors for 650 dollars. The mileage improved to 13 MPG. When I e-mailed him I received a very long explanation about how the old Honda mileage wasn't what it is now and this is about what to expect. His note was very defensive, and I concluded that he wasn't really interested in doing the right thing and fixing it. I was un-impressed with his competence (13 MPG is normal?). I had another mechanic look at it. The float valves were totally out of adjustment ( these are part of the carburetors). I now get 43 MPG. Charlie is not where I would go for vintage Honda repair. He's also not very friendly.

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I tried to buy some parts and had one of the worst interchanges I've had in 20 years with any shop. Unfriendly would be an understatement. Trust me there is no way this arrogant shop wants your business (maybe your wallet though). Save yourself some time and hassle and go somewhere else.

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I tried to buy some parts and had one of the worst interchanges I've had in 20 years with any shop. Unfriendly would be an understatement. Trust me there is no way this arrogant shop wants your business (maybe your wallet though). Save yourself some time and hassle and go somewhere else.

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The guys and gals over at Charlie's Place are all professional, I had a first hand experience.Since my 1975 Honda CB750F brought over at Charlie's Place and repaired by Doctor Jefferson I didn't experience any problem.

Happy riding,
Alfred II
Daly City, Ca.

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The guys and gals over at Charlie's Place are all professional, I had a first hand experience.Since my 1975 Honda CB750F brought over at Charlie's Place and repaired by Doctor Jefferson I didn't experience any problem.

Happy riding,
Alfred II
Daly City, Ca.

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I work a regular 9-5 and my motorcycle refused to start one day so I had it towed over to Charlie??s Place. I stopped by the shop on my way home from work and talked to the mechanic about what things I wanted fixed and he said he would call me the next day with an estimate. The next day the mechanic gave me a call and told me how much the things I wanted fixed would cost and that I should have the motorcycle tuned up. He said that he spent an hour diagnosing the bike and the only reason he could find for it not starting was that the battery was dead and I would need a new one. He quoted me $75 for diagnosing a dead battery, $250 for the tune up, $65 to adjust the clutch, $75 to adjust the starter clutch, $125 to replace one fork seal, $100 to replace the started button, $65 to install a new brake line and clean out the master cylinder, $35 for a new battery and $75 for a new clutch line. I approved the tune up the battery, brakes, the clutch line he quoted me $336 for the service. The mechanic called me at about 8pm Friday night and said it was ready to pickup. At 5pm on Saturday Charlie called me and demanded that I come pick the bike up immediately. I arrived and found that a new battery was not installed, the brake line was only taped over and a fuel filter was not installed as promised as part of the tune up. Charlie refused to listen to my requests to finish repairing the bike as I requested and demanded that I pay the bill in full immediately and leave. He charged me a grand total of $446 for a tune up a clutch cord, a battery and a taped over brake line.

Charlie is the rudest person I have ever had to deal with at a bike shop. I highly recommend taking your bike to another shop if you actually want it repaired well and don??t want to deal with a horribly rude proprietor.

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I work a regular 9-5 and my motorcycle refused to start one day so I had it towed over to Charlie??s Place. I stopped by the shop on my way home from work and talked to the mechanic about what things I wanted fixed and he said he would call me the next day with an estimate. The next day the mechanic gave me a call and told me how much the things I wanted fixed would cost and that I should have the motorcycle tuned up. He said that he spent an hour diagnosing the bike and the only reason he could find for it not starting was that the battery was dead and I would need a new one. He quoted me $75 for diagnosing a dead battery, $250 for the tune up, $65 to adjust the clutch, $75 to adjust the starter clutch, $125 to replace one fork seal, $100 to replace the started button, $65 to install a new brake line and clean out the master cylinder, $35 for a new battery and $75 for a new clutch line. I approved the tune up the battery, brakes, the clutch line he quoted me $336 for the service. The mechanic called me at about 8pm Friday night and said it was ready to pickup. At 5pm on Saturday Charlie called me and demanded that I come pick the bike up immediately. I arrived and found that a new battery was not installed, the brake line was only taped over and a fuel filter was not installed as promised as part of the tune up. Charlie refused to listen to my requests to finish repairing the bike as I requested and demanded that I pay the bill in full immediately and leave. He charged me a grand total of $446 for a tune up a clutch cord, a battery and a taped over brake line.

Charlie is the rudest person I have ever had to deal with at a bike shop. I highly recommend taking your bike to another shop if you actually want it repaired well and don??t want to deal with a horribly rude proprietor.

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I work a regular 9-5 and my motorcycle refused to start one day so I had it towed over to Charlie?s Place. I stopped by the shop on my way home from work and talked to the mechanic about what things I wanted fixed and he said he would call me the next day with an estimate. The next day the mechanic gave me a call and told me how much the things I wanted fixed would cost and that I should have the motorcycle tuned up. He said that he spent an hour diagnosing the bike and the only reason he could find for it not starting was that the battery was dead and I would need a new one. He quoted me $75 for diagnosing a dead battery, $250 for the tune up, $65 to adjust the clutch, $75 to adjust the starter clutch, $125 to replace one fork seal, $100 to replace the started button, $65 to install a new brake line and clean out the master cylinder, $35 for a new battery and $75 for a new clutch line. I approved the tune up the battery, brakes, the clutch line he quoted me $336 for the service. The mechanic called me at about 8pm Friday night and said it was ready to pickup. At 5pm on Saturday Charlie called me and demanded that I come pick the bike up immediately. I arrived and found that a new battery was not installed, the brake line was only taped over and a fuel filter was not installed as promised as part of the tune up. Charlie refused to listen to my requests to finish repairing the bike as I requested and demanded that I pay the bill in full immediately and leave. He charged me a grand total of $446 for a tune up a clutch cord, a battery and a taped over brake line.

Charlie is the rudest person I have ever had to deal with at a bike shop. I highly recommend taking your bike to another shop if you actually want it repaired well and don?t want to deal with a horribly rude proprietor.

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I work a regular 9-5 and my motorcycle refused to start one day so I had it towed over to Charlie?s Place. I stopped by the shop on my way home from work and talked to the mechanic about what things I wanted fixed and he said he would call me the next day with an estimate. The next day the mechanic gave me a call and told me how much the things I wanted fixed would cost and that I should have the motorcycle tuned up. He said that he spent an hour diagnosing the bike and the only reason he could find for it not starting was that the battery was dead and I would need a new one. He quoted me $75 for diagnosing a dead battery, $250 for the tune up, $65 to adjust the clutch, $75 to adjust the starter clutch, $125 to replace one fork seal, $100 to replace the started button, $65 to install a new brake line and clean out the master cylinder, $35 for a new battery and $75 for a new clutch line. I approved the tune up the battery, brakes, the clutch line he quoted me $336 for the service. The mechanic called me at about 8pm Friday night and said it was ready to pickup. At 5pm on Saturday Charlie called me and demanded that I come pick the bike up immediately. I arrived and found that a new battery was not installed, the brake line was only taped over and a fuel filter was not installed as promised as part of the tune up. Charlie refused to listen to my requests to finish repairing the bike as I requested and demanded that I pay the bill in full immediately and leave. He charged me a grand total of $446 for a tune up a clutch cord, a battery and a taped over brake line.

Charlie is the rudest person I have ever had to deal with at a bike shop. I highly recommend taking your bike to another shop if you actually want it repaired well and don?t want to deal with a horribly rude proprietor.

Pros: Half the Service Half The Time

Cons: You are still going to roll away with a broken bike

 

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