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Author Topic: Where are all the Mods Going  (Read 407 times)

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Offline asarms87

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Where are all the Mods Going
« on: May 29, 2020, 09:15:55 pm »
First I want to acknowledge the pandemic is probably really hard on automotive dealers. If the rest of this post is due to the current pandemic situation I get it and I sympathize, just seems like it has been going on a bit longer.

Has anyone noticed that options for our bike are really drying up out there? SSCC has only a page or two (sometimes nothing) for various categories. Multiple parts out there have been discontinued, many things on my own bike less than 2 years old can't even be purchased anymore. Even something like forward controls which I thought was practically ubiquitous.

Fairings are drying up, Road Warrior discontinued (kind of what started me on this discovery). Gauntlet might not be lasting much longer based on Memphis Shades site not listing it anymore.

Custom Dynamics LED's discontinued, you have to use generic and make it work.

There were 3+ pages of exhaust options on SSCC, down to 1.

Air filters I had bookmarked previously are broken links.

One of the top selling points of this bike is the customization and aftermarket support. If that's drying up it's a shame, and a big point against this bike in future recommendations and sales in my opinion. What do you all think? What have you seen out there? New sites or companies I should be supporting? Is this just temporary? Do dealers have inside information Yamaha is discontinuing this bike or something?

Offline DrM

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Re: Where are all the Mods Going
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2020, 09:56:57 pm »
Biggest problem I have with Yamaha-made parts is that they are very high-priced, so I try to look elsewhere first.  The next higher-priced items are those made in America.  You really have to go to Asia mainland to find good prices.  I find a lot of stuff out-of-country, mainly China, just as good, and usually much lower-priced, on eBay, Amazon, and a few offshore outlets. 

Then there is the issue of a small niche market like the Bolt can't really support too many aftermarket vendors.

Offline srinath

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Re: Where are all the Mods Going
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2020, 07:12:04 am »
I hate to admit it, China makes some excellent plastic and electronic parts - other than the killer propaganda videos and absolutely the best viruses.

Metal and rubber parts - I very much prefer American, jap or even European if I can get it. I've had carb O rings that were 20+ yrs old on my other bikes I replaced cos it looked "iffy" with Chinese parts and had it disintegrate in 3 yrs.


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Offline bedheadjulian

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Re: Where are all the Mods Going
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2020, 12:31:55 pm »
Supply and demand... dead simple. There was a big buzz about the Bolt the first few years it came out and it was marketed as a modular bike (ie: easy to customize) and for a few years everyone was on the bandwagon. But if parts sit on the shelves too long, no one makes new ones. So now we have to do it like we always did before... buy a grinder, a tap-and-die kit  and some spraypaint and mod parts from other bikes to fit yours. The Ikea days of customizing may have gone away but that shouldn't be seen as a bad thing LOL
You'll like the parts twice as much if you had to chop them yourself. ;)
 My 2
« Last Edit: June 17, 2020, 12:33:34 pm by bedheadjulian »

Offline shotmybolt

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Re: Where are all the Mods Going
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2020, 04:16:50 pm »
Yup. used / chopped / self-made / finding things to fit from other bikes. All part of the fun!