Well I've sat here and read this whole thread(on my birthday I might add) and found it well and truly interesting, when I used to run Ducatis the unwritten rule from Bologna was when a model hadn't been produced for ten years the factory no longer supported it for spares after the ten years were up, now I know for a fact that certain members of the main two Ducati clubs, the DSC and DOC, bought a lot of stock for the 851/888 range (which I had at the time) direct from the factory and sold them on to members who needed them, including myself. Now they done this off their own backs with no "club support" probably for the reasons mentioned early in this thread, but I would hope a dealer like BB (who a lot of their staff ride Buells I might add) would endeavor to keep as many parts in stock as possible
So can I get something very clear now from the people who know ie, Steve, Allan, Maz etc, "what is the official line on spare parts and support for Buells from H-D?",if there is one, my bike is now nearly 11 years old and I don't have to many concerns on getting parts for it, I have numbers for bearings etc and general service items which can be obtained from outside sources and good dealers like BB, but it is a concern that if I break a "sidestand" or need a new isolater will I be able to obtain them, when H-D themselves still support parts for WLAs which are no longer made and a lot older than 11 years, but in their defence it does say "H-D" on the tank and not Buell.
and I would say that not to do whatever you can for your customers, however removed from HD could be seen as a bit ungracious and ungrateful given the positive input of Buell knowhow to the parent company over the years?
........and doesn't exactly endear yourself to potential customers.
Men in suits and accountants?