I live for the CABE
No ! Apparently I was not up to date on the rules until the issue landed in my lap and I honestly thought...
To quote myself:
Are you smoking Crack! Why would I go to a person that blatantly counterfeited my product!!!
And what point don't you get about...
The POINT is called BUSINESS, and making MONEY.
You already stated you don't want to be in the bicycle business, frankly neither do I. Why would anybody want to go into business today, especially in California with all of our anti-small business rules? But you have a product brand name you can sell, maybe even make some money. By contracting with a long-term quality custom manufacturer, you do not have to forecast inventory, place orders for parts, handle the cash flow and paperwork. You're not shipping or receiving materials; you do not have anything tied up in rented space or machinery. You just make fifty cents per unit sold (or whatever number you negotiated). Do you think Schwinn Bicycle Company actually liked buying bicycles from Giant? No, it was just a good business option that helped both parties. Heck, Giant was so low in quality in the beginning, that Schwinn had to send their engineering department over to help design their production equipment. The maroon colored (Giant produced) World's faded to white (undercoat) while sitting in the dealer showrooms if any sun hit the paint.
LOL. while this entire idea might make sense to business minded people with cool heads, I seriously doubt you and Johnny could ever sit down and make a jointly profitable business arrangement like discussed.