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Soichiro Honda promised that when someone purchases a Honda, the stock MC parts will always be available. With his passing this is now not the case, and I feel that it will hurt the value of our old Honda's. Come on Honda! Let's go back to the same core values Mr Honda set forth for his company many years ago!

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It would be a good idea in my book, Honda makes a great bike like the Wing and then you get sent on a scavenger hunt trying to find good used parts to keep your Classic Wings running.


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You are right but unfortunately it's all about economics and not principle. Honda wouldn't sell as many later models if people were able to maintain the older models longer. Because of not being able to sell as many later models, they wouldn't make as many which would drive the prices higher.

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Soichiro Honda promised that when someone purchases a Honda, the stock MC parts will always be available. With his passing this is now not the case, and I feel that it will hurt the value of our old Honda's. Come on Honda! Let's go back to the same core values Mr Honda set forth for his company many years ago!

In reality how would you reasonably expect Honda or any other manufacturer to do that unless they just kept making the exact same model indefinitely? Believe it or not Honda does not make every part they use, far from it. The vendors or Honda are not going to continue making some part they may sell only a few of, it is just not profitable to run a production line or keep it set up to make 3 parts a year. A certain amount of replacement parts are made when it is in production and they last until they are gone. Sorry but you have to face the facts.

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It would be great to have 'all parts, all the time' which is what Mr. Honda said back in the day. But that was when the total model count was probably under 100. I counted the different models that were made as of 1984 and that was 183 beginning from 1959. I could only guess the model count now. That promise isn't economically possible any more.

I was service manager at a Honda dealer in California back in the late 80s. We got to tour the Marysville factory and it was fantastic to see how they made the parts there. The engines for the 1500's were made in their factory in West Ohio…. the frames, all fairings, bags, cover parts were molded and painted at Marysville. One of the things they told us was how the GL's were more American made than the Harleys were. I don't remember the exact percentage but it was something like 83% American made Hondas to 79% American made Harleys. Most of the switches and sensors were made in Japan for Honda.
Back in 2004 I had a 'fall down' on my 88 GL1500. At the time I found out that I got the last Phantom Grey fairing that was left in the USA…. at the time. The fairings are now/still/again available from Honda. The Phantom Grey was a one year color and I think it says a lot about Honda that they are still making fairings for a bike whose color was last made 25 years ago.

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