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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I would love to have an old late '70s/early '80s air cooled inline four. And I have seen plenty of them on Craigslist. And on all the ones that really interested me, I did a thorough search for parts, both at all the online oem parts places and eBay. And what I found was "discontinued" over and over again. The Japanese don't support their older bikes, and unlike Harleys, old British bikes, and old cars, their is no aftermarket support either. I used to belong to the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (vjmc.org), and some of those people had been looking for parts for their bikes for years.
I was given a non running 1985 Goldwing several months ago, and even with the support of five different Goldwing forums and probably the best parts availability of all the older Japanese bikes, I like to never found all the parts I needed to get it going. In fact I had to modify some parts from other bikes, use car parts, and outright fabricate some of the parts. Despite the bike being free, I put over $1500 and well over 100 hours of work getting it up and running (and stopping). And I wouldn't have been able to do that if a local member of one of the forums hadn't DONATED me a rear wheel. My rear wheel was one of the early '85 designs that were defective from the factory. The right side bearing just fell out when I took the wheel off, it had been spinning for some time and destroyed the wheel. The guy gave me an '86 wheel. Hopefully it is going to be ok for quite some time now, the engine seems solid.
But had I known up front what was going to be involved, I would have never even considered trying to fix it up.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike