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The motorcycle aftermarket industry is starting to take notice of the popularity of the CX/GL motorcycles that we believe in so strongly. I was contacted a few days ago by a major parts distribution company about providing them with some OEM parts for the carbs for our bikes. Two days ago I sent them emulsion tubes, low jets, 650 accel. pumps, vacuum operated petcock and several more parts. They want to reproduce them and make them available with the exact needed dimensions that these bikes require. In my opinion this is a really big step forward in establishing the CX/GL in the respected pages of history. I was a little taken back that I was the one that they though of first, but it's an honor I had to smile about.



Hopefully in a few months we'll have some of the hard to come by parts available to us. It can only go UP from there.



Keep-em running guys! Their starting to notice!



Larry
 

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thats fantastic news i know i am fed up with looking thru a catalog and keep finding nothing for the cx or gl so now lets hope all works out
 

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WOW!!!.........COOL!!!!!!!!..........Maybe all them trips to Willy World were NOT in vain.



(edit) Hey Larry.......side covers?

 

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....... maybe I should get another GL before they become popular again! LOL



Lord knows buying a 66 Charger that runs/ looks great is difficult enough.. LOL
 

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The motorcycle aftermarket industry is starting to take notice of the popularity of the CX/GL motorcycles that we believe in so strongly. I was contacted a few days ago by a major parts distribution company about providing them with some OEM parts for the carbs for our bikes. Two days ago I sent them emulsion tubes, low jets, 650 accel............Hopefully in a few months we'll have some of the hard to come by parts available to us. It can only go UP from there.



Keep-em running guys! Their starting to notice!



Larry


K&L?



This is the kind of thing we've always hoped for by maintaining a club..!!!! And they came to you.... sweet.!!



What other parts would be in need of reproduction?



The one that jumps out is the curved cam chain tensioner especially for the 650's. I don't know the status on the availability of 500 blades, but if they call again, we should have a list ready for them.



I wonder if there would be a way to remanufacture replaceable intake manifold boots so that the old ones could be ground off the intake manifold and the new one could be vulcanized on.



Various rear suspension parts on the monoshock possibly.??



I'm sure there are others.
 
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That is nice to hear,as I'm just getting back into the CX/GL's





Lets just hope that this company does a good job on keeping the needles etc. correct to Honda standards.



There are a couple companies that make kits for the SOHC bikes ,but a lot of guys only use the rubber bits as some of the metal parts are way out of spec.



eg. needle tappers not consistent in the same kit....or jets that are over or under size...
 

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Great news Larry, and it indicates the interested company is good, I mean, after all they found THE number one CX/GL carb guy in the country to contact. Literally the guy who wrote the book on the subject.



I looked into sourcing the NLA slider (fixed) side of the cam chain tensioner for the 500's. I found several companies in Asia that could make them. Quantity was the problem, minimum order was between 2-5 thousand units. I didn't pursue it after that. The price was very reasonable when the tooling cost was spread out. I have a cousin who goes over to China somewhat regularly on business but hasn't had the time to visit a manufacturer.
 

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I have never been one to try and push anyone into a particular direction no matter what the need is. That's why I didn't mention who it was. But the manufacturer is Keyster. I'm lead to believe that they realize some of their hard parts are lacking in precision, so they are trying to rectify that. Let's hope so with the help of actual OEM samples.



The other parts you guys are mentioning are great examples. I'll contact the supplier, (sirius) and discuss the possibilities for intakes, chain guides etc.

All of these are items that will keep us alive for years to come. Give me some more parts you think would be a great investment for the company to produce. Keep the post short or underline it so I don't loose track of it.



One thing that I was looking for was a link to that favorite motorcycle poll that showed the CX as the #1 voted bike last year. I mentioned it in the conversation with them and I could see his eyes light up even through the phone. He was very impressed with that outcome. Does anyone have that link I could send them? Don?



No Bear, I don't have any side covers sorry. You are asking about the GL's right?
 

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That's pretty cool stuff, Larry. I wonder how broad their manufacture base is with other sections of our bikes, such as the fuel tanks, H box, and maybe the molding of side covers that always seem so in demand. Looking at their site limits it to the carb type stuff mostly, but I did see some other types of things like buttons, so maybe they have sources for some of those suggestions. Just ruminating......



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That's pretty cool stuff, Larry. I wonder how broad their manufacture base is with other sections of our bikes, such as the fuel tanks, H box, and maybe the molding of side covers that always seem so in demand. Looking at their site limits it to the carb type stuff mostly, but I did see some other types of things like buttons, so maybe they have sources for some of those suggestions. Just ruminating......
I've been reading up on mold making and composite layup, and side covers are the first thing I think I'd tackle.



Anyone know how many crank bearing shells are still in the parts system?
 

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How about correct size float needles and idle mixture screws.
 

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a brake MC would be nice I'd imagine... New Valves maybe?
Brake MC can usually be supplied by aftermarket unless one wishes to keep in stock.



Are the tappet screws a probem? I expect they can be filed down a couple times.



Most of the o-ring and gasket parts are already and continually made by aftermarket companies.



We pretty much have the CDI box covered.



I think that a spark plug cap and wires remade in good quality could be a reseller. They eventually become suspect and spares, being 30 yrs old are not the way to go.



Are bearings and rings still available??



OH, that little foam breather under the air filter breaks down over time. I used to replace it with a kitchen scratch pad cut to size.



SS brake caliper pistons are on ebay from time to time; but they are expensive. If they could be made and sold for $5 each, it would be a possible item.



Keyster does seem to focus on Carbs; but it would be an option to contact someone like K&L to see if they'd be willing to takle a few of these items. Or get them fabed up here.



The cam chain tensioner is a lazer cut peice of metal, with the right bends and the right material glued and fastened in the right way.



Still a step in the right direction.
 

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Well, we'll leave this at the parts everyone listed and I'll talked to them as soon as I can. I'll let you know what is decided on possible parts. They do work with more than just carb companies after all.



Thanks Don. I may even have it bookmarked in my other computer. I'll should have looked there first.
 

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Seats. People get inventive because they want something to put on, and don't always want the stock, vintage look on it.





Then they do things like put Harley Davidson Road King seats on their bikes... pshhhhh... imagine that! Who would do such a thing?? That's just crazy!
 
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