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Old 04-02-2011, 10:12 PM   #16
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Back in the bad old 80's we used to have pur rear brake shoes relined at a place where they reline brakes for Fork lifts.

If you can find a place like that, order the 'medium hardness' lining and you'll probably be happy.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:56 AM   #17
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These guys are the great for bike engineering in the UK http://www.srmclassicbikes.com/wheels/brakes They come in around a third of the price of a new set of BMW shoes for relining.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:06 AM   #18
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These guys are the great for bike engineering in the UK http://www.srmclassicbikes.com/wheels/brakes They come in around a third of the price of a new set of BMW shoes for relining.
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:06 PM   #19
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The Parts supply for airheads is WAAAY better than any other (older) motorcycle company, except possibly Vincent. And a Black Shadow is more valuable than a brand new BMW, so you can see why that supply is there. Harley is possibly on par with BMW, but largely from after-market.

In regards to the secondary, after-market options, when it is profitable, there will be non-OEM stuff available. With modern manufacturing and machining techniques, it is very feasible to do the mid numbers production runs.

Look at the old British bikes. Or even the old CB750's. There are plenty of parts (often of better quality) available from after-market suppliers.
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Old 04-03-2011, 05:50 PM   #20
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I was shocked when I entered the world of BMW's at how readily available most parts still are. You guys have it good. Call HD or a Japanese brand and ask for OEM parts for a 30+ year old motorcycle.
Harley probably no problem. There's a good chance they may be using the same parts on their new bikes.
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:48 PM   #21
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I have been reading here how great the prices and availability is for BMWs. Used parts are affordable because of the scrapers that are parting out bikes that need more new parts than they are worth.
To put an old airhead back into top shape though, some new parts are needed, like pistons and clutches, which have become very expensive in the last couple of years. When the supply of old junkers (that the Ebay scrapers buy) runs out, used prices will go up accordingly.
I have done my share of restoring/rebuilding old airheads, so for a change last year, I restored a 1966 Triumph. To my surprise the parts were cheaper than for like BMW parts, with great availability. You can buy a brand new (74 I think) Norton Commando, because all the parts are still made and many are of higher quality than the original.
Just my take on it.
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:11 AM   #22
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It would appear that BMW are having parts made in China which probably explains some of the quality issues experienced recently.

I had a new clutch release bearing part fail in less than 60 miles because it hadn't been hardened correctly. Richie Moore had a new 336 cam lobe break up. Seems the costs have gone up but the quality has gone down.

I remember going through similar issue with Brit bikes in the 80's when the market was flooded with poor quality aftermarket parts.
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:52 AM   #23
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No one has mentioned (in my quick read) the usual suspects in BMW parts for older airheads like:

Bob's BMW
Benchmark Works
Boxer Works

etc.

Hang in there, stock up on expendables (filters, brake pads, etc) and ride happily on.
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:37 AM   #24
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Just tracked a new pair of genuine brake shoes down in Germany, Even with the cost of postage they're 25 cheaper than I was quoted by the BMW dealer here
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