Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
John asks: Do you know of a source for the four hard chrome plated “collars” in the Pro-Link suspension for an’83 Honda GL650? I would consider having them re-chromed, but that is super expensive, unless you know someone.
My reply: I own one of these rare bikes, so I feel your pain. They are very reliable – and routine maintenance parts are easy enough to get – but trim and so on not so much. I recently redid the “GL650” case badges – which are no longer available from Honda. Polished and buffed the metal, then (by hand and very carefully) painted the inset black, per original.
Anyhow, as regards your question:
I’d haunt eBay for openers. When looking for rare OE parts, you have to be patient, like a vulture – and ready to drop down from your tree branch as soon as what you want becomes available.
I’d also check with SUDCO and Johnny’s Vintage Cycle (see here). Johnny’s has a huge inventory of NOS/repro parts for classic Japanese bikes. I’ve bought many parts from them over the years for my weirdo ensemble (’75 S1250, ’76 Kz900 – and the ’83 GL650).
Keep us posted!
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