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Xb9sxvtwin
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2021 - 05:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'm becoming more & more concerned that one day soon I'll no longer able to find parts for my XB12 if something breaks or worse I crash and despite being fully insured my beloved BUELL will no longer be repairable.

Is this realistic? Or is it like HDs & a chinese company will begin making quality copies of parts like they do for every freakin' thing w/ a HD bar & shield on it?

I'm really worried.....
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34nineteen
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2021 - 07:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You'll still be able to find most everything. Not everything will be factory fresh and readily available at the drop of a hat.

If people are able to restore P-51 Mustangs and Model A Fords, you'll be able to find parts for your bike.

However, if you are unlucky enough to crash, repairing your bike may be unfeasible, even if all parts were available as new. Hopefully thats not ever the case.

I doubt many companies will jump on the aftermarket band wagon for a bike in limited supply and out of production. Luckily, the guys at Twin Motorcycles are working on reproduction parts.
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Xb9sxvtwin
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2021 - 09:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Are you talking about the crazy expensive European place? At the prices those son-of-a-bitches charge I might as well buy a Ducati.

(Message edited by xb9sxvtwin on May 04, 2021)
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34nineteen
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2021 - 10:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

No way! Itís nice that someone is trying to reproduce them, but no thanks.

My point is to stay vigilant and keep your eyes open. Iíve been able to pick up some great deals on new or newer parts. But, if youíre waiting for the parts to find you, youíre likely going to be disappointed. Last month in my area, someone was selling off a set of white Firebolt plastics that were in really nice shape.

At this point, with HD selling off the Buell name to LAP/EBR, Iím sure Harley is just letting stock run out with no intention of refilling it. Iím sure one they warehouse stock level hits a certain point, theyíd just sell it all off to VPI. I donít think the new Buell really has the motivation or the resources to support the XB and earlier bikes. They are likely much more interested in looking forward to the future and not back at the past.

A Ducati? Really? After all that ranting on the other site, youíd consider giving it all up for a Ducati? Nothing wrong with them, in fact Iíve got my eye out for a Monster 695.
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Ahampton128
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2021 - 11:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

34nineteen the only issue with that line of thought is that Model A's and P51s are iconic vehicles while Buell always was a niche market. From a very brief Google search I wouldn't be surprised if there are more roadworthy, running Model A's today than Buell's entire production numbers.

Thanks to the Buell forums and Facebook groups I've had better luck getting XB parts than 2014 Honda VFR parts. However, every used Buell part we see listed for sale likely means one less bike on the road (not to mention the yabbos that "customize" their bike with a Dremel). It might take a long time but eventually every replacement part will have to be custom made and priced to reflect that.
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34nineteen
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2021 - 12:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Oooohh!!! Honda VFR. ; )

True, but the point is to stay diligent and plan ahead and one should be ok finding parts. I wouldnít fret over a part not being available. Sure, if you have to have a set of NIB Traction grips, be prepared to pay out the nose, but there are options.

I think the troublesome part at the moment is the front isolator, but a resourceful few are working on a replacement.
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Xb9sxvtwin
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2021 - 05:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If HD isn't concerned about keeping parts in stock then they wouldn't be worried about someone marketing copies of common parts like isolators, pushrods, cams, etc.. Since the market is tiny.

Buells are like a few other things in history. Someone makes an innovative machine for a few yrs (like Arthur Jones made NAUTILUS machines) then stops & nothing ever comes close to the original.

(Message edited by xb9sxvtwin on May 05, 2021)
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Ducbsa
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2021 - 07:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

OT, but Model A Fords have an excellent supply of new and used parts. We owners are quite spoiled, compared to owners of contemporary cars.
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Court
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2021 - 07:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

HD retains no rights and could not care less what someone does.

I bought, when Al retired, a good part of his remaining Ulysses stuff. . . Reindog and I opted for teh "Uly Survival kit" so I've basically got a Uly, in new parts box, in the barn.

If the market is there . . the aftermarket will be. I can buy any part for my 1906 MGA . . . from every nut and bolt to body panels and pretty much have overnight.

Ditto the 1952 Cushman
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Leadenwinter
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2021 - 11:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Twin motorcycles now supply their own steering head bearings for Ulys - and are a lot cheaper than the originals - even with postage and duty and they seem to be only ones adding to the list of no longer available parts by re manufacturing
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34nineteen
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2021 - 11:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I actually purchased a set of these bearings and they are .

Twin's shipping to the US is pretty quick and roughly the same price as ordering from St. Paul/New Castle. Usually overseas shipping is a nightmare, but Twin has it sorted out pretty well with DHL.

Twin is going to be one of the few places adding to the availability of Buell parts.
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Froggy
Posted on Monday, May 10, 2021 - 09:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Please keep the discussion here on topic, there are plenty of threads in the Quick Board if you want to discuss politics.
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34nineteen
Posted on Monday, May 10, 2021 - 10:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

What did I say? I didnt think the P-51/Model A comparison was controversial?
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2cylinderbill
Posted on Monday, May 10, 2021 - 11:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It wasn't you.
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Xb9sxvtwin
Posted on Monday, May 10, 2021 - 05:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Alot of V-Rod owners are also experiencing both parts shortages & HD dealerships refusing to work on any bike 20+yrs old.

{https://www.1130cc.com/threads/hard-to-find-v-rod-parts-list.441975/,https://www.1130cc.com/threads/hard-to-find-v-rod-parts-list.441975/}

(Message edited by xb9sxvtwin on May 10, 2021)

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