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Re: Another parts supplier closing down
« Reply #15 on: 13.02. 2017 12:48 »
I can endorse most of the firms mentioned but one that is still trading and has not been mentioned is  C&D Autos, two brothers with a great knolwedge of BSA, very fast delivery, good knowledge and parts quality - good ( I have in fact had stuff declined to order as they did not like the quality (side stand as I recall))
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Re: Another parts supplier closing down
« Reply #16 on: 13.02. 2017 14:38 »
I can endorse most of the firms mentioned but one that is still trading and has not been mentioned is  C&D Autos, two brothers with a great knolwedge of BSA, very fast delivery, good knowledge and parts quality - good ( I have in fact had stuff declined to order as they did not like the quality (side stand as I recall))

C&D are only about 10 miles from me. I didn't know about them when I was doing my bike. I recently bought a new rear wheel sprocket from them; it seems to be good quality.

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Re: Another parts supplier closing down
« Reply #17 on: 13.02. 2017 19:00 »
its a shame about lyfords. i m impressed with the timing bushes which drop in without any pick up unlike one other maker beginning with a which slightly damaged one case until i gave up.

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Re: Another parts supplier closing down
« Reply #18 on: 13.02. 2017 21:54 »
Today I learned that Lyford classics are to cease trading in March. So, in pretty short order that’s three classic bike parts suppliers that have decided to shut up shop. Lightning Spares, Supreme, and now Lyford. Age demographics I suppose. It is a bit of a worrying trend although  not entirely unexpected I suppose. Both us Brit bike owners, and those engaged in the business of supplying our bits and pieces are all growing older together it is probably inevitable that this will happen. I just hope that this trend does not gather to much momentum.
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The worry for me is the lack of youngsters coming through who like the old Brit stuff. Yes I know there are some and it's great to see but the fact is it's more the 70s-80s rice burners they are drawn too which is understandable. My other worry is whats happening in the vintage/veteran car scene related to the above. "Old Beardies" (yes I've heard this term used in car & motorcycle clubs) have been in denial or I might even say complacent for some time about the lack of interest in the lovely old cars by younger people and it's now having a detrimental affect on prices and suppliers. Who ever imagined a Ford Escort would command 30k+! Couple this with the perceived lack of welcome to younger enthusiasts by the "clicky duffers" and its no real wonder this is the way things are going. The answer? I've no bloody idea but we need to engage somehow. If only for the future of these wonderful machines of two and four wheels. There can only be so many in museums, our machines need to be used and enjoyed. We already have governments trying to legislate them off the road, we sometimes don't help our selves.
The other thing to consider is the price of some spares, it is no wonder to me that the prolific items being churned out cheaply in India and Asia are hitting our suppliers. Would it surly not make sense for the good quality suppliers to engage with the cheap part makers around the world to help improve the quality of these spares and bring the price of quality down benefiting all?
I suspect I'm about to get berated but its only my observation, no intention to offend or hurt anyone. Ride safe all.  *smile*
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Re: Another parts supplier closing down
« Reply #19 on: 14.02. 2017 09:01 »
Well we’ve got to keep on using them and wearing them out for parts suppliers to continue to flourish of course. There has been significant interest more recently in the caff, bobbed, bespoke look – which has led to a younger, if in some quarters derided ‘hipster’ uplift. I can’t help thinking that where they have found cash for a seemingly new, and near hand-made bike they must ultimately be disappointed with how needy of attention these bikes are when they are based on older technologies. And many more turn to the retro look on a more modern base of course, whether from Triumph, Guzzi the MoCo or Enfield or whoever.

I’ve said it before; young folk generally want instant access without the agro, and in any event we will be passed by before too long by continuing emissions control and the adoption of other fuel sources. Even assuming that our bikes are not legislated off the roads, once (gas/petrol) filling stations become rare enough that they are more than a tank range apart we are relegated to tinkering with mere playthings.
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Re: Another parts supplier closing down
« Reply #20 on: 15.02. 2017 15:36 »
I have used Kidderminster motorcycles in the paste have received good items and they know the BRAND and have time to talk to you


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