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Parts availability for the CX range

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Did anyone notice that parts for the CX range are drying up? What do we do when vital parts are no longer available? I had a very hard time finding brown conrod bearing shells, all the major suppliers are empty. Also other bearings are discontinued, like the main bearings. And pistons, camchain guide, camshaft, brake parts for the early models, and other special parts. Body parts are all but gone. 650 parts are very scarce.

I also ride and restore British bikes, and although NOS parts are virtually impossible to find for most models, there is a very large industry that makes good quality parts to keep those bikes running, 50 years or more after they left the factory. Even body and chassis parts are now being produced, some of better quality than NOS. Also the British bikes are simpler and more robust, so are easier to keep running.

Unfortunately the CX500 has never been, nor will it probably ever be, a cult bike with a strong following like the CBX1000 and other more obvious 'icons', so I cannot imagine the repro part industry will tool up just for this model range.

I fear there will be many CX's rusting in garages all over the world in a few years, due to lack of spare parts..

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I'm a bit more of an optimist too, and although it's been that way for the main bearings etc for quite some time, the CX family has noticeably increased since I joined here, as we see new barn finds show up somewhat regularly. Reproducers may need to see that this bike has a pretty stout following, and is on the rise. Take Larry's outfit considering making carb parts for these machines. Nice starting point, and maybe the rest will take a bit of notice......hopefully sooner than later.

Just takes a bit of networking with those that have access to these companies. I bet if a search of registered CX/GL's were done world wide the numbers would be quite surprising. Not to mention those still in pieces being worked on. Just my opinion.

Joel in the Couve
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