Post by Ken Abrams
Over the years I have been amazed at some of the 20 year old "real" Honda
parts they have been able to come up with.
Translation: They found one on a dusty shelf somewhere. The part certainly
wasn't "new", just New Old Stock.
Post by Ken Abrams
There have also been cases where
they can't get things that old from Honda and won't take their time to root
them out somewhere else. That should be no surprise to anybody though.
Bingo. So the aftermarket guys get someone to build the stuff that's economical
to build, that will move, and they sell it until it's no longer economical or
the lack of demand doesn't justify the cost of keeping it in stock. Then you're
stuck digging through junkyards or getting something custom built or modified
from something else.
Once again for the slow readers, I never said you can't get the old parts. I
said Honda doesn't make them any more. And they don't.
The pimple-faced kid behind the counter may try to order them for you, not
knowing that they don't exist. The book he's looking at may be older than he
is. That does not equal corporate Honda support, that is a kid that doesn't
know anything except how to punch in a part number, doing what he's trained to
do and telling you whatever you want to hear.
When the rubber meets the road, Honda doesn't make the part anymore and unless
someone has a NOS item, you're not going to get it from Honda.
I've dealt with too many of the 20+ year old bikes, and I know what my
experience and the experience of other old Honda V4 owners has been. Ignition
modules are in very short supply, and all of them are used. Just this year
someone came out with a module that will work, but it costs nearly as much as
the value of the bike. You won't get one from Honda. They stopped making them
15 years ago and the stuff on the shelves has dried up.