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ok, here is my understanding on how entire MC after market parts works (from limited knowledge working with people in the field).
the supply chain is as follows:
obviously you expect someone to keep stock of stuff you need but it is not always so especially for our bike which is kinda not overwhelmigly popular.
retail unless very large for the most part will keep very limited stock of most popular stuff + whatever unique products they may have. the rest is ordered from distributor which not always has it in stock either. so hence the delay.
to create and upkeep inventory system from a technical stand point is not a trivial task at all + there are considerable costs involved in supporting that system. now what good this system be if you as a retailer stock almost nothing out of the stuff ? also how retailer is going to have visibility to distributors (let alone makers) inventory?
if you noticed the ability to sort parts by motorcycle of your interest is somewhat rarely implemented although now more then it used to be. just visited JPcycles and even though they are somewhat larger retailer (at least as i heard) you cant go like "show me all the stuff for Vn750" although it would seem just a simple query. trust me - it is not simple at all from technical stand point so the cost of it is accordingly not cheap.
so, just to summarize: the chance that the seller has your part in stock is very small, unless this is very popular part AND they are very large resseler. or you get very lucky
Last edited by tankist; 03-14-2007 at 09:33 PM.