Parts & Service Suppliers List
[NOTE this page has not been kept updated. Some info
Engineering (Chris Williams)
BSA parts and ??? Gary got that pretty little Eddie Dow-type finned, cast aluminum, tappet cover for his Gold Star from Chris. Only place he found it in 20 years of looking. Sometimes hard to get on the phone, suggest FAX communication. Takes major credit cards. Fast, friendly, fair-priced service. Gary was referred to him by Bruce Nichols, www.bsagoldie.co.uk . Thanks, Bruce.
Rob North can make or fix anything made from metal! The
Famous Letterbox Tri/BSA triple road race frame used by the factory in
the 70's was designed by and is still built-to-order by Rob.
He even machines his own wheel hubs and makes his own aluminum
tanks for it! ART! He is an
integral part of Don Vesco's World Land Speed Record team. (See http://www.teamvesco.com/sponsors.htm
) Rob will take on most any
motorcycle related or other interesting project you can dream-up.
Want a single-sided swingarm on your CBX?
He did it. How 'bout
a YZ426F motor in your TZ125 frame?
He's doing it. Rob
is an absolute artist in metal, incredible engineer, and one of the
nicest guys in the world. His
prices are extremely fair. His
work is world-class. Cash
talks -- no credit cards. Write
him a bad check and the hooligans from SDAMC will hunt you down!
UK Tax Disc JPEG's
Need (want) a vintage UK tax disc to put the finishing touch on that Brit Bike Resto? Ian Hodkinson has provided a beautiful collection of high resolution JPEG images of 50's, 60's, and 70's tax discs on his web site for you to down-load for free. His collection covers '55-'64, '66-'70, and '72. Be sure to e-mail your thanks to Ian, tell him you heard about it from the SDAMC web site, and tell all your friends! Gary and Joe already down loaded the '63 and '72 for their bikes! Now all we need is Halcyon Tax Disc Holders.
(Water Slide Decal Paper for
Graphix (Nick Parks)
Silk Screening Services. These are the people who do the awesome job on SDAMC's annual T-shirt ride shirts. We have the best ride-shirts there are! Let these guys spruce-up your club's or business's image, too.
Parts & Services, specializing in BSA Twins.
Some Triumph T120/140, Norton, and Ariel engine parts too.
Full BSA Twins restoration service. Lead-free fuel compatible
valve replacements and Lucas dynamo and magneto servicing. They make some very nice parts of their own like finned, cast
aluminum sump plates with magnetic drain plugs. Down-loadable catalog in PDF format so you can browse at your
professional service. Major
credit card accepted.
Gold Star Specialist! Excellent reputation, comes highly recommended. Has lots of hard to find GS parts like original-type petrol pipes and bronze breather banjos and rev counter gearboxes. Does some nicely engineered modifications like a clutch using Suzuki plates, vernier cam adjustment conversion, and GP float conversion using a Weber needle to cure flooding. Supplies a kit of all the fiber washers used on a GS -- no searching for individual part #'s! Plenty of folks think enough of Phil to spend big $'s to ship their Gold Star engines to him to rebuild! Very responsive and helpful. Accepts credit cards.
This is the Wal-Mart of old Brit & European motorcycling. Even Wesley Stark, who knows everybody everywhere, gets some of his Zundapp parts from these guys. Their web site doesn't have a whole lot in the realm of parts listed, but then they have 10 bazillion parts (± a bazillion). You have to buy the 176 page Vintage Catalog #7 (US$12.50 + 4.00 shipping) which comes with the 228 page price list (or that may be $4 extra, no body remembers). Even you youngsters need to buy a magnifying glass before they arrive. The price list type is about 4 pt. and will make you go blind, too. Where else can you find the light sockets to go in the back of you Smiths Chronometric clocks?
Gagg & Sons
Who else has been "Supplying classic British motorcycle spares since 1900"? No body, that's who! Were there even any "classic" British motorcycles in 1900? Great prices on reconditioned Smiths instruments. Good luck even finding "cores" for what Gagg sells reconditioned Chronometrics for. How about a brand new Smiths speedo, black or gray face, for you Triumph Cub or BSA Bantam or C-15 for $100! Their "Bikes Supported" list covers 90+% of Brit bikes: AJS, AMC, Ariel, BSA, Francis Barnett, Greeves, James, Matchless, Norton, Panther, Royal Enfield, Sunbeam, Triumph, Velocette, and Villiers (engine units). Let's see, I guess they missed Vincent and Brough Superior. Mostly major engine hard-parts (pistons, bearings, valves & guides) and Smiths instruments.
GP is a favorite of SDAMC
members and not just because they are local or supply free coffee and
donuts. GP is a dealer for
Ducati, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Husqvarna, and Cagiva.
But most SDAMC members have been doing business with the boys
since before they were a dealer for anybody and were just providing
great parts, service, and used bikes for Brit or Euro bike nuts. They still have a nice selection of Brit bike parts and can
usually get anything they don't have on hand.
They also know how to work on your old Brit stuff as well as your
new and old Italian stuff. Friendly,
knowledgeable, very helpful folks.
Their shop is very cool, too; a thoroughly modern old-time
motorcycle shop. Besides
their full stock of new bikes, they always have a great selection of
interesting used bikes and classics.
If you only visit one motorcycle shop when you visit San Diego,
make it GP -- they are only a $5 cab ride from the Convention Center.
Ask Isaac to show you his Monster in '74 750SS Duck-egg green
& silver livery with Conti's!
Rocket is San Diego's Triumph dealership. They also have Bimota (in spirit, at least) and KTM. Rocket has a fair selection of new and used parts for older Brit bikes and provides service for them as well as the new models.
Buchanan has been around since 1958 supplying wheels and spokes and complete wheel building/repair services to motorcyclists and car guys. Formerly Buchanan's Frame Shop, they stopped doing frame straightening 1987. Buchanan is famous for their stainless steel spokes and nipples. If you have a spoke-wheeled bike you ride, these are a god-send. They offer British-type steel wheels, chromed or unplated, and custom drilled for your application. They also offer Akront alloy wheels, with or without the flange, as well as Sun, D.I.D., and Excel rims and an unparalleled selection of pre-packaged spoke kits for most British & Japanese bikes, BMWs, Ducatis, Harleys, and Indians. They will build your wheels for you or sell you everything you need to do it yourself, including a spoke torque wrench.
Grove Cycle Supply
A good place for wheel and tire service as well as other general maintenance items.
The BEST vintage brake work on this planet is by "Vintage Brake" in Northern CA...send Mike your stuff and get the finest mechanical or disc brake work available. Brakes...we need 'em! He's popular with the AHRMA crowd and has busy seasons, plan ahead.
New bezels, new glass, refurb
the rattiest clocks into new concourse gauges. They get ALL Joe's and
lots of other guy's Smith work. Quick turnaround.
If anyone needs Norton parts the
only way to go is Andover Norton in England. They are part of the
BSA-Regal group of companies and supply parts from the original tooling
-- they are also where most of the US Norton suppliers are buying their
parts. They will sell over the internet at about half (or less) of what
everyone in this country wants for the same piece. It appears we can buy
for the same price as the dealers. About time! A
lot of the time US dealers will leave the Andover Norton tag on the part
when they sell it to you. Andover
has the easiest web site to buy from Chris O. has ever seen and they
literally have any part you want for Commandos.
Delivery takes about one week and the shipping is about double
for the same stuff purchased in the US.
Lynn & Dorothy Mobley have tons of NOS, repro, and used Bultaco stuff and motor service, too. Really nice folks and reasonable prices. To order you must call Lynn as there are many options to each order which he needs to discuss with you. Have your frame & engine numbers handy. VISA, MasterCard and Discover Card accepted.
Chris W. says: "For Classic Italian Parts you can't do better. Phil Hitchcock is a wealth of knowledge, his shipping is faster than US places I've dealt with and the exchange rate is very favorable." Robert likes 'em, too. Credit cards preferred. The web site has a nifty little window showing your time and Aus time -- a day apart from SD.
Now here's a claim! "Largest stock of beveldrive Ducati parts anywhere in the world." Rubberbandhead parts, too. Do you Ducatisti need to hear more? Okay, Robert likes them. Remember the Au$-U$ exchange rate is about 2-to-1. That means you can have that carbon fiber 851 front fender for $60 USD! Visa & MasterCard. Call to increase your credit card limit BEFORE looking at their web site.
British Cycle Supply has a huge collection of Brit bike parts. They have warehouses in both Canada and the US. They have a 152 page catalog which the will send you in printed form or you can down-load the catalog and price list in PDF format. The PDF price list is especially nice since you can let your computer search it for your OEM part numbers. Besides lots of engine, carb, cycle, and electrical parts, they have some nice finishing touch kind of things like logo license plate studs and Halcyon tax disc holders and mirrors and more label pins than you knew existed -- check their prices on this stuff before you bid on it on eBay! They are also one of the few suppliers of vintage Brit bike chopper parts. Very friendly, prompt service and fair prices. Credit cards accepted.
American motorcycle specialists since 1972. Specializing in Indian and obsolete H-D (Panheads, Knuckleheads, Flatheads, Shovelheads, ironhead Sportsters). Parts, service, bikes, accessories. Awesome museum of American motorcycles from 1902 Indian to 1977 H-D XR750. You've never been in a shop like The Shop! It's almost a tourist attraction.
Bolts, studs, screws, nuts, washer, lockwashers, and pretty much any fastener you need for American, British, or Metric bikes. Available in chrome plated, polished chrome, stainless steel, polished stainless, zinc, gold, and brass. Open stock or kits. Lots of down-loadable PDF format catalogs for your particular area of interest.
Blake is known to lay on some of the finest paint work around. He can get that perfect factory original color combo just the way you want it. Joe won't let anybody else paint his bikes.
For wheel building and tires
it's hard to beat Ken at
Santee cycle. He was trained by Harry at Lemon Grove cycle.
"Watch out...he can be grumpy...........but it's fun to tell
him so." (Chris O.)