Recommendations for B50 parts - is there a one stop shop?

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Recommendations for B50 parts - is there a one stop shop?

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International shipping is currently a pain in the arse, particularly to the back of beyond (Australia). It's slow and has become very expensive. A quick look on that well known 'auction' site has plenty of examples where shipping is three or four times the asking price of an item!

So, I'm about to begin drawing up a list of 'stuff' I'm going to need/want to restore my 71 B50SS and am looking for recommendations of where I can bulk buy to reduce shipping and handling costs. Conversely, is there anyone or any manufacturer I should avoid. To be more specific, I'm talking about general cycle parts, ie electrics, fasteners, trim, brakes, controls, rubbers, bearings and seals. For specialist or modified parts I've decided to check out PES first based on the favourable comments in the forum.

I realise we all have different experiences with retailers, good and bad, and I don't want to debate the merits of each and every supplier. Nor am I naive enough to think that I'll get everything I want from one place but ideally I would like to minimise the time I spend scouring the internet for the odd widget, or parts that are apparently made from unobtainium.

One final question, did anyone ever cross reference the BSA part numbers for seals and bearings to manufacturers numbers? I ask because 99% of the time they are a generic part bought in. Having once owned a piece of Italian 'exotica' with a shocking reputation for the supply of spares I found bearing and seal info on the MVA forum that I could use to buy Timken/SKF/Hofmann equivalents locally. Apologies for the long winded post, look forward to your responses, good and bad.
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Re: Recommendations for B50 parts - is there a one stop shop?

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I have bought a few bike parts from K&M in Adelaide along with engine components but I guess they may be down on stock now. BJ's in Queensland has some but most bike and engine parts I have sourced from British Spares in NZ. They used to have a good range but I see components out of stock so they also maybe having problems with the supply chain.
Like you said shipping internationally is a total hit miss for timing and horrendously expensive. I still think it is a con job as any aircraft flying internationally is packed full of freight as few humans are travelling. Quality specialist parts are ex UK or USA (named on this website) but with some reproduction you see lots of rubbish floating around. Don't assume if it is made in UK it is good as I have seen stuff which doesn't fit by a long way and I have heard of some retailers having to just throw stuff away after they are found to be unusable. I have a local supplier here in Canberra who has taken delivery of a few container loads of genuine BSA/TR gear ex Tassie and is slowly sorting it at the moment.
The spares section of this website can suggest suppliers and give where possible generic sizes/numbers for seals/bearings. I did have a conversion chart I made years ago if you cannot locate supplier numbers. If the engine has not had a full overhaul with bearings/seals you can take and trust the original supplier's numbers on the items. You'll find lots on the search function of this site on specific items and what to be careful about when you source them direct. Sadly some bearings/seal components are no longer manufactured and you may have to shop around for genuine items or good equivalents.

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Re: Recommendations for B50 parts - is there a one stop shop?

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Thanks for the tips John. Stock is a big issue I'm quickly discovering as I begin scouring the internet.

As for postage costs, don't start me on that. It isn't even Covid related, we've been getting gouged for quite some time, really since internet shopping took off. A quick look online this morning and I found an example of a drain plug O ring that was for sale for AU$6.04, postage a whopping AU$31.12 from the UK. Six bucks for an O ring is extortionate without the sky high postage charges.
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Post by nopdog »

Hi Sundodger
Another source I found to be very good for the B50'sin Australia/ NZ is,
Mike’s Classic Cycle Spares
7 Thwaites Street
Bannockburn, 4207
Queensland, Australia.
Ph. 07 3804 0055

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Re: Recommendations for B50 parts - is there a one stop shop?

Post by Sundodger »

Thanks for the recommendation Simon. I finished stripping the frame this morning, that's the easy part done! The liberal coating of oil and grease that had built up over the years made pulling it down a doddle. Only one fastener beat me, the side stand bolt, which I ended up drilling out. So the frame is ready for degreasing and off to the powder coaters. While that's happening I need to sit down and go through what I've pulled off the bike and decide what is salvageable and what isn't.
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