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View Poll Results: Where do you purchase your accessories? CHECK ALL THAT APPLY!
I use our Site Supporting Vendors to thank them for helping out! 364 78.62%
AnT Racing 66 14.25%
Adventurers Workshop 74 15.98%
Autumn Riders 70 15.12%
The Beemer Boneyard 120 25.92%
Bergen & Company 65 14.04%
The Earplug Company 86 18.57%
Pirate's Lair 333 71.92%
I use the Internet and phone to find the absolutely cheapest price. 171 36.93%
Chicago BMW 133 28.73%
Cycle Gear 142 30.67%
Cycle Gadgets 154 33.26%
Evoluzione 102 22.03%
Motorcycle Closeouts 76 16.41%
New Enough 156 33.69%
Other Dealer 127 27.43%
Other Retailer 110 23.76%
Sport Touring USA 67 14.47%
Southwest Moto 131 28.29%
Wicked Thunder 59 12.74%
Wunderlich 118 25.49%
Manufacturer Direct - they know their products best! 106 22.89%
I shop local vendors to show my support for them. 189 40.82%
I buy quality used accessories from other owners. Let them take the hit! 109 23.54%
i-bmw.com Classified Ads 175 37.80%
Other site Classified Ads 100 21.60%
e-bay 182 39.31%
Other Auction Sites 64 13.82%
Late Additions: 59 12.74%
Ted Porter's BeemerShop 69 14.90%
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Where do you purchase your accessories from?

I need some help here. I am going to open up a can of worms, but we need to get the pulse of our members!

Our site has a great membership base and an active raport amongst our members. Our percentage of active members versus membership is better than our competitors, so overall, life is good!

However, it takes money to keep us up and running and to bring the latest and greatest software and updates to our site. We have a core group of posters that have donated to our site and they are recognized by the light blue color to their member names. We also have Site Supporting Vendors and they are recognized by the purple color in their member names. They also receive their own forum and section in the Classified Ads.

In order to avoid having to do fund raising drives as we have in the past, we would recruit more Site Supporting Vendors. It is an inexpensive way to allow vendors to tell about themselves and their products. To qualify, it they have to have products that would be of interest to our members and offer our members some "special" value via either regular discounts, routine sales, free shipping, group purchases, etc. They also must promise to handle all member complaints in a fair and timely manner or they can lose their status.

We have turned down some very lucrative offers for banner ads and many who have wanted to be Site Supporting Vendors but have recently lost a few that really bother me. Both have stated that they don't get any business from our members YET they get plenty from bmwk1200s.com and k-bikes.com. One has had numerous positive posts about his products and businesses, yet he feels our members don't buy anything from him. Neither vendor has a positive tracking system and, based on reading posts I feel confident that they are wrong since our members state that they "just purchased" from "xxx", etc.

So, I need your help! Can you please answer some questions. Please post a REPLY for specifics. Thanks in advance!

  • Where do you buy your accessories from?"
  • How can we improve the Site Supporting Vendor section?
  • When you purchase due to a link on our site (either in a thread or from our Site Supporting Vendor section) do you let them know how you found them?
  • For those that have memeberships on other boards, do you find more useful information there are here?
  • For those with memberships on other boards, do you feel more "loyalty" to i-bmw.com, the other sites or all equally?
  • If you feel more loyalty to other sites, why? What can we do to change that?
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Re: Where do you purchase your accessories from?

After Pirates Lair, A & S Motorsports, good selection and customer service.
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Re: Where do you purchase your accessories from?

i-BMW is home base for me for a lot of reasons. A big one is that you guys respond so diligently to requests and questions. I've probably bought more stuff from Santa Cruz than anywhere else and now I'll let them know where I hang out. And Randy, thanks for staying away from the banner ads and pop-ups.
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Re: Where do you purchase your accessories from?

Hi everyone,

To everyone that has already voted!

I messed up and forgot a vendor that I really wanted feedback on so I added him. I have also received requests for others to be added. And, I completely forgot to list our own Classified Ad section! So I added it and a generic "other site classified ads".

If you purchase from another dealer (other than Chicago BMW) via the Internet and/or mail order, please use the "Other Dealer" option. I listed Chicago since they are well known for their 20% off pricing. I know a lot of people have purchased from A&S, Santa Cruz, etc....but I can't list them all!

PLEASE look at the list one more time and let me know if I need to modify your selections. Please PM me with any changes/additions!!!!

Thanks again for your help!
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Re: Where do you purchase your accessories from?

For whats its worth, I buy a lot of stuff from Motorcyclesuperstore.com They have the best selection I've found on-line. I'd probably support the "supporting vendors" on the site more, but to be honest I don't generally associate the site with vendors. Maybe another way to showcase them that would keep them front of mind more with people like me.

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Re: Where do you purchase your accessories from?

You bring up some good points.

I found I-bmw following the BRPR, up until then I knew only of Ibmw.org... not as well put together. I was a frequent (daily) visitor to K-bikes and enjoyed them a great deal... after being here and meeting several of the people, I-bmw has become a second home. The layout, shoutbox, and overall feel is much more friendly, not cold delivery of information. The site's JoMamma's section is great and with people like FastEddieB and Faust it is hard not to enjoy it. I enjoy politics and discuss things there, the common bond outside of BMW love is enough to keep the discussions from the "you're and idiot/F#$% you" types of posts, great for sharing thoughts and viewpoints as well as understanding other's viewpoints. In short, there is very little that I would change about I-BMW! I now hit k-bikes about once every week to two weeks.

Some, like me, do not mention where we found a location to order from, we should. And we should mention it to everyone we order from, if a business knows they are getting support from the site they may become supporters as well!

I would suggest a Vendors link on the top navigation bar, supporting members deserve to have potential customers only two clicks away no matter where someone is on the site!

Just my $.02
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Re: Where do you purchase your accessories from?

Pirate's whole approach to business is to focus on selling good products at a reasonable price. That coupled with outstanding service gives us one of the best venues for purchasing goodies for our bikes. And no sir, I'm not affiliated with them!
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Re: Where do you purchase your accessories from?

I have found many vendors both on the site and those suggested by other forum members. I have never had a problem with any of them.
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Re: Where do you purchase your accessories from?

You need a line for Touratech and seat makers like sargent, russell, etc., and I didn't see anything for Aerostich. I guess I'm trying to point out those vendors who typically work from catalogues (hard copy and online) direct to consumer.

Great Idea BTW.
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Can only vote for ONE ????
So I picked the most frequent, "Used".
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Can only vote for ONE ????
So I picked the most frequent, "Used".

NO! You can vote for as many as you want....BUT, you can only vote once...in other words, as the directions state:

CHECK ALL THAT APPLY!

but, you MUST do it before hitting SUBMIT!

Also, look at the bottom line -

"Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 94. You've previously voted in this poll"

The key wording is MULTIPLE CHOICE POLL! This is generated by the system when that type of poll is selected!

FYI....when anyone sets up a poll, there are some choices to make. They include allowing the above (mulitple choice), but also if it is a PUBLIC POLL. Choose this one carefully as it allows others to see how everyone voted (NOT anonymous). The system does give warning! You can also choose a time limit for the poll...most are open eneded as they have no expiration.
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NO! You can vote for as many as you want....

Tried that and it didn't like it, so un-checked all but one and it went through.
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Strange...not sure why it didn't work for you...the ones that only allow ONE vote will "uncheck" the previous when you select a new one, so, IF you were able to have multiples checked, then it was sort of working. Did you get an error message?

I looked at the "Who voted" in the Admin CP and most people have voted for multiple sources.

BTW....PM me with the other ones you wanted checked off and I can manually add them for you.
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Where's Hammersley BMW on list???
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For whats its worth, I buy a lot of stuff from Motorcyclesuperstore.com They have the best selection I've found on-line. I'd probably support the "supporting vendors" on the site more, but to be honest I don't generally associate the site with vendors. Maybe another way to showcase them that would keep them front of mind more with people like me.

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Myself being in Canada; I perchase my camping gear at Ganeone sports. Durham BMW for parts. it would be nice if you had some Canadian supliers as well listed
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Where's Hammersley BMW on list???

Jeff,

We obviously can't list every BMW dealer, so the category OTHER DEALER would fit for Hammersley. I only listed Chicago BMW because they are a heavy advertiser and offer a 20% discount so many, nationwide, know them.
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Myself being in Canada; I perchase my camping gear at Ganeone sports. Durham BMW for parts. it would be nice if you had some Canadian supliers as well listed
MIke

Mike,

I will be glad to consider adding any large, nationally known, supplier of BMW parts and accessories. I was not familiar with any nor have I seen any references to any on the forum, so, this is the case of not knowing rather than ignoring!

PM or post up some suggestions!
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Have a page to supporting vendors with links.That would help me . I check this sight several times a day and don't make too many decisions without consolting here first. I do use BMWMOA. but this is home
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Re: Where do you purchase your accessories from?

Randy,

This seems like a good idea but why not make a prominent link to a vendors page on the I-bmw home page then actually sell different size ad spaces and positions? In other words, the vendor that wants the first and largest ad pays the most? Once they have an ad up then they can hot link to their site, but keep all the ads off the home page? Could also do a fixed physical layout and let them bid on them for a one year term.

Lead tracking makes good business sense, but I don't know of any motorcycle vendor that has ever asked me how I got to them. Not that hard to setup and will quickly tell you where the business is coming from.

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We have turned down some very lucrative offers for banner ads and many who have wanted to be Site Supporting Vendors but have recently lost a few that really bother me. Both have stated that they don't get any business from our members YET they get plenty from bmwk1200s.com and k-bikes.com. One has had numerous positive posts about his products and businesses, yet he feels our members don't buy anything from him. Neither vendor has a positive tracking system and, based on reading posts I feel confident that they are wrong since our members state that they "just purchased" from "xxx", etc.
I've noticed that some of the vendors that I've purchased from are not Site supporting and I'm perplexed by that. Same as you, many on the forum say they have the products and love them.

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So, I need your help! Can you please answer some questions. Please post a REPLY for specifics. Thanks in advance!

  • Where do you buy your accessories from?"
  • How can we improve the Site Supporting Vendor section?
  • When you purchase due to a link on our site (either in a thread or from our Site Supporting Vendor section) do you let them know how you found them?
  • For those that have memeberships on other boards, do you find more useful information there are here?
  • For those with memberships on other boards, do you feel more "loyalty" to i-bmw.com, the other sites or all equally?
  • If you feel more loyalty to other sites, why? What can we do to change that?
I get my stuff from Pirate and some others but try to use site supporter's if possible.

I let them know I found them from this forum and I even told some who weren't supporting vendors that I'd hear/read really positive things about their products on I-BMW.com. I don't want to mention any names, this is a public forum, but Evoluzione is one, No-Mar another.

I'm a member of the other two boards but rarely got to either.

I like it here real well and would like it even more if you sent me $200.00 or so every month.

Kinda disappointed 'bout those Pazzo levers tho.

Really, I like this place, and think you are all doing a swell job.....really rock'en, bang'en, off the hook, for real, for reel, job.

I do have one question, I just don't get the Shoutbox. Is that just so some can increase their post count?
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I do have one question, I just don't get the Shoutbox. Is that just so some can increase their post count?

What's not to get? The shoutbox is a great place to have a nearly real-time conversation with others on this site. Great place to meet and greet. Just like JoMomma, if it is not your cup of tea, simply ignore it... I mean us.. I mean them.....

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I've noticed that some of the vendors that I've purchased from are not Site supporting and I'm perplexed by that. Same as you, many on the forum say they have the products and love them.


I get my stuff from Pirate and some others but try to use site supporter's if possible.

I am glad that you support our vendors when you can!


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I let them know I found them from this forum and I even told some who weren't supporting vendors that I'd hear/read really positive things about their products on I-BMW.com. I don't want to mention any names, this is a public forum, but Evoluzione is one, No-Mar another.

Ken is one of the two that I mentioned....he claims that nobody from i-bmw has purchased from him, yet TONS of business comes from the other two sites. I KNOW for a fact that this is not correct, but he stepped out of being a site supporter after his free period.

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I'm a member of the other two boards but rarely got to either.

We appreciated members like you!

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I like it here real well and would like it even more if you sent me $200.00 or so every month.

The check is in the mail! You haven't received the others?

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Kinda disappointed 'bout those Pazzo levers tho.

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Really, I like this place, and think you are all doing a swell job.....really rock'en, bang'en, off the hook, for real, for reel, job.

Thanks!

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I do have one question, I just don't get the Shoutbox. Is that just so some can increase their post count?

The Shoutbox is very popular, sometimes to get info faster, sometimes just to chat and say "Hi". FYI, it does NOT add to the post count!
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This seems like a good idea but why not make a prominent link to a vendors page on the I-bmw home page then actually sell different size ad spaces and positions? In other words, the vendor that wants the first and largest ad pays the most? Once they have an ad up then they can hot link to their site, but keep all the ads off the home page? Could also do a fixed physical layout and let them bid on them for a one year term.

Lead tracking makes good business sense, but I don't know of any motorcycle vendor that has ever asked me how I got to them. Not that hard to setup and will quickly tell you where the business is coming from.

Just a few thoughts.....

Rick,

Thanks for the feedback! Let me address some of the issues.

First, this site is about the community. We want this to be the main place our members come for information about the bikes, share ride tales, talk politics and religion (if desired) and, yes, even meet IN-PERSON at the rallies!

In that light, we ask that ALL of our site supporting vendors offer our members some kind of discount, special freight terms, etc. Some of the vendors don't want to do this so we turn them down.

We also strive to avoid banner ads and any other practice that would make us look too commercialized. We DO have a completely separate forum for the Site Supporting Vendors and a link to it in the upper right corner of the HOME page (see my reply to djerrolds). We feel that doing more than that would deviate from our goals.

Keep the thoughts/ideas coming!
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I am glad that you support our vendors when you can!

Stink'in Pirate, I've got him bookmarked and looks like he'll be getting more of my hard earned money.


Ken is one of the two that I mentioned....he claims that nobody from i-bmw has purchased from him, yet TONS of business comes from the other two sites. I KNOW for a fact that this is not correct, but he stepped out of being a site supporter after his free period.
Who know 'bout that stuff? Vendors really need to track that to know. Sometimes the person answering the phone could inadvertenly "push" the "where did you hear about us?....xyz form?" kinda skews the information. I think Ken would have more of "his" type of clients/customers here than anywhere else. Prolly some politics there to....just speculation.


We appreciated members like you!

Thanks! Again this is a great forum.

The check is in the mail! You haven't received the others?
Uhhhhhhhhh......no, maybe you should stop payment and re-issue or we could work out a direct deposit deal?




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The Shoutbox is very popular, sometimes to get info faster, sometimes just to chat and say "Hi". FYI, it does NOT add to the post count!

Oh, was J/K on the post count thing as I know there is some fearce competition on that issue.

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Have a page to supporting vendors with links.That would help me . I check this sight several times a day and don't make too many decisions without consolting here first. I do use BMWMOA. but this is home

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We have a link to that page on our HOME page in the upper right corner.....see the pic below!

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Sorry... I was unable to participate in the poll... One of my bene's at work is being able to purchase accessories, parts, and etcetera from the wholesalers (i.e. BMWNA, Parts Unlimited, K&L, Snap-on, and etc...). There are a few items I purchase at the retail level and in the future I will try to support retailers such as The Pirate.
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Hi, I purchase quite a bit of equipment from Aerostitch. I use them for gifts to friends also. I think with margins tight on internet vendors, asking for a discount is tricky. I am just glad they are there. I always feel good saving 150 bucks or so buying tires on line (SWmoto) and installing them myself. Some jobs and purchases are dealer only and I do recognize the need to support the local dealer. Mine has actually raised parts prices a few % above the factory price other dealers are charging. This causes some heart burn for me. But, if I had to pick one place other than the local dealer and tire shop, it would be Aerostich. Then there is always the Pirate! beech
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I am still kinda new and so far have only bought a tank bag for my KS but I found the Evo web site from here and will be picking up their license relocator kit, air kit and an Akropovic exhaust from them. And I am sure I will be getting several items from Pirate as well

One thing though I did notice....I see the 'supporting vendors' link on the top right of the page and when I click on it it takes me to the classified area with pics of the vendors logos etc. Whats weird though is when I click on one of the logos I would expect to be taken to that vendors web site. Maybe that is something that can be done? I know it would have helped me to directly to that vendors web page. I think what I am trying to say is, I don't see an easy way, a direct link that takes me right to the vendors web page. Does that make sense? Hope that helps a little.
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"Ken is one of the two that I mentioned....he claims that nobody from i-bmw has purchased from him, yet TONS of business comes from the other two sites. I KNOW for a fact that this is not correct, but he stepped out of being a site supporter after his free period."

So who's 'Ken' ?

With few exceptions I get all my aftermarket goodies from "The Pirate".

BMW parts from Chicago BMW.

Tires(two at a time) from Southwest Moto.

How about a poll that included specific products. Garmin, Chicane, I-Pods, etc.

Mabe then we could hit them up for some ad $. I would imagine what the members have spent on Garmin alone would get their attention, maybe ?

Might want to check your PM's Randy. I sent you one asking about where I might get a I-BMW license plate frame. No reply thus far !

Really would like to know who "Ken" is. Considering maybe talking one of my buds into sharing a "No-Mar". But will not, if he will not support our site, yet supports the copycats..
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For new, I'll shop the internet hard. If the percentage difference is small, I'll do the local shops and site supporters. Classifieds more often than ebay for used stuff.
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I just reviewed the poll result after i've voted and would like to share a recent purchased i've made online:

its combination of resource. most of manufacture will have year end sale, it will all depends on which channel (they might do it on their own website); the one i have received info was on ebay, and finding them off ebay was also easy as well, wrote them a email to get their attention of serious purchase, and negociate a better price then the price they have on ebay prevously.

I'm not trying to pretend i'm a master of procurment, but, what i have experience is multipul layer of price margin shaving from the suggested market value. And I'm happy to understand i didn't rely on just one source for a purchase acquisition. bottomline, if you want the best deal, you got to do your homework. Coincidently, I'm a manufacture myself, i have the same measurement and recognition of year end sale, but, i will save that blah blah for another topic.

on the note of supporting vendor, I have made purchased with on-site vendor, and it was a very pleasant and smooth transaction.
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"Ken is one of the two that I mentioned....he claims that nobody from i-bmw has purchased from him, yet TONS of business comes from the other two sites. I KNOW for a fact that this is not correct, but he stepped out of being a site supporter after his free period."

So who's 'Ken' ?

With few exceptions I get all my aftermarket goodies from "The Pirate".

BMW parts from Chicago BMW.

Tires(two at a time) from Southwest Moto.

How about a poll that included specific products. Garmin, Chicane, I-Pods, etc.

Mabe then we could hit them up for some ad $. I would imagine what the members have spent on Garmin alone would get their attention, maybe ?

Might want to check your PM's Randy. I sent you one asking about where I might get a I-BMW license plate frame. No reply thus far !

Really would like to know who "Ken" is. Considering maybe talking one of my buds into sharing a "No-Mar". But will not, if he will not support our site, yet supports the copycats..

Drew,

Not sure how I missed this one, but part of the reason is that your quote of me was not done as a real quote so it simply was part of your text.

To answer your question - Ken is Ken Zeller of Evoluzione. I had replied to a post about him, but you wouldn't see the "tree" unless you are in that mode. In retrospect, I should have quoted the post so everyone would understand. Sorry!

I check my PMs multiple times each day. I never received a PM from you about the license plate frame, but we don't offer a motorcycle one at this time. IF our merchandise vendor starts offering one, I will definitely add it! They DO offer a car one.

Are you interested in one for your car? If so, what would you like to see on it? There are TWO areas that can get print....they really aren't large enough for much of an image. Maybe our rectangular logo.


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Why isn't Ted Porter on this list? I purchased a new set of Wilber shocks for my K1200S from him just before I sold it and recently I bought a GS-911 diagnostic thingy from him.

Thinking about getting a set of Pazzo levers from Pashnit. Price seems right.

I like Aerostich. Also SWMoto for tars.

The dealer is a man, with a lump of parts in his hand... I just bought a bunch of oil change stuff from the dealer.

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Why isn't Ted Porter on this list? I purchased a new set of Wilber shocks for my K1200S from him just before I sold it and recently I bought a GS-911 diagnostic thingy from him.

Thinking about getting a set of Pazzo levers from Pashnit. Price seems right.

I like Aerostich. Also SWMoto for tars.

The dealer is a man, with a lump of parts in his hand... I just bought a bunch of oil change stuff from the dealer.

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Well, I have never heard of Ted Porter before this.....sorry, but I can't include who I don't know! I listed places that I had seen mentioned by several others. I am sure that there are hundreds of shops that are frequented by a member here and there, but I can't list them all....just the majors. Is Ted Porter a major player?

Also, this was originally posted in 2006. Some of our Site Supporting Vendors have changed. For example, we now have Pashnit on board (I am not sure that the shop was even running in 2006, but it is now).
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Ted's shop is a non dealer BMW repair and parts shop located in California. Lots of repair work done on airheads, but newer bikes as well are serviced. He is a factory trained outlet for Wilber shocks. Well respected on the left coast.
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Randy: NO criticism intended! It is virtually impossible to create the perfect poll, especially given the number of people involved, etc.

OK, that being said, Ted Porter is a good guy! My first contact with Ted Porter's BEEMER SHOP was while mining the various tips to be found on this link here:
http://www.beemershop.com/mistakes.php

The first "real" contact was when we were at the 49-er Rally in Auburn a few years back. Three of us were on K1200RS's, making a speed run back to the rally from riding on the Coast Highway, and became stuck in traffic on I-80 somewhere near Sacramento. My rear tire went flat! Right near a turnout! My buddy Beecher had my tire plugged and filled within 5 minutes after I got her on the centerstand! I rode with him to the A&S BMW Shop in Roseville, CA. Beech had his own problem, with a strange sound coming from his engine. I asked the shop guys about a new rear Z6 and they told me that they could help me, but I'd save significant dinero with Ted Porter up at the Rally. "Thanks guys," and I was riding up to Ted Porter's tent about 15 minutes later. Had a new rear Z6 mounted on my RS about two hours later (they were kinda busy, after all) and the cost was closer to my usual SWMoto order price than the BOHICA dealer price! Beecher's problem turned out, by the way, to be a leaky exhaust gasket, which A&S fixed for him at minimal cost and hassle.

Third experience was the very satisfactory deal for the Wilber shocks. I talked to Ted and ordered them over the phone. This was after a couple emails while I was shopping around, trying to decide between Ohlins, Wilbers, and HyperPro. I want to do the exact same deal for OXCART2, my '08 K1200S this coming winter or next!

My wife doesn't believe me when I told her the farkles you can put on a K-bike are limited!

Fourth experience was the GS-911 I just bought for diagnosing problems on the K1200S and my R1150GS. There's a web sight for owners to ask and answer questions, etc.:
http://groups.google.com/group/GS-911

Stephan, the guy in New Zealand who is the "inventor" of the device (think: Iron Man) frequently visits the site to offer his learned suggestions. Ted Porter chimes in every so often as well.

So, if we were sitting around the campfire, with our bikes sheltered under their little bikini covers (a farkel I have yet to purchase!), I'd pass a bottle of Tequila Chamucos to the brethren and sistren and nominate Ted Porter for the exalted position of "Site Supporting Vendor," however that process happens.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

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So, if we were sitting around the campfire, with our bikes sheltered under their little bikini covers (a farkel I have yet to purchase!), I'd pass a bottle of Tequila Chamucos to the brethren and sistren and nominate Ted Porter for the exalted position of "Site Supporting Vendor," however that process happens.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

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No criticism taken and I will add his shop to the poll, although it will have misleading numbers as it is 2 years into it!

As far as a Site Supporting Vendor, let him know about our site and he can contact me if he is interested. Our basic policy is to add vendors that service the community by offering products and/or services that our members would be interested in and to offer them a "deal" at least once a quarter. It can be a group buy, discount, free shipping, etc.

We give each Site Supporting Vendor their own "forum" and their own section in the Classified Ads for only $120 per year!

So, anyone who has a relationship with a vendor that you think may qualify, send them to me!
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After Pirates Lair, A & S Motorsports, good selection and customer service.

A&S has great stuff , but there internet parts dept sucks. they never follow up with you. It is beyond annoying, and I consider my self a good customer, since I have spent a lot of $$.

Pirates Lair, first class all the way!

Santa Cruz is Very solid I have no complaints!

Sierra, although I haven't ordered lately. I liked the way the site use to be laid out.
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Hi guys: Just want to put in a good word for Ted Porter's Beemer Shop. He''s working for us. I got some really well set up Wilbers from him for my K1200RS (now sold) and a GS-911 diagnostic unit.

He's a good guy.

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I have purchased accessessories from Pirate's, Tank Slappers, and the local BMW dealership. Cycle Gadgets is right here in my back yard, but I haven't had an opportunity to buy from them yet, though I've looked.

As for loyalty, I do enjoy reading the posts from the vendors. I use this site more than the others, but I do use BMWMOA and k-bikes. Navigation on this sit is a little difficult until you find your way around, but membership base keeps me coming back. I like Pirate's, because he is an active poster with both funny and useful stories. I see Pirate's as a customer focused business and, because he is a BMW owner (among other things), I like that he has used or tested many of the products he sells.

If there is an easy way to identify how I heard of the vendor in a drop down box or something on the order page then I usually use it, but I don't go looking for way to say how I heard of them.
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The truth Pirate's Lair and Motor Liberty for apparel ( www.motoliberty.com )

Southwest Moto for tires
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When they open there doors soon. I got a hold of the new catalog wow good stuff.

http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/

http://www.motorradzubehoer-hornig.de/en/produkte.html

http://www.touratech-usa.com/shop/index.lasso

They have a sale going on
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http://www.mv-motorrad.de/lshop,shop...11229,,,,,.htm

http://www.eurotechmotorsports.com/f...fm?q_brand=BMW

http://www.evoluzione.net/evo-cycle.htm

http://www.bullster.com/en/catalogue...recherche=moto

http://www.rizoma.com/default.cfm#

http://www.cyclegadgets.com/

http://www.saeng.com/products.htm

http://www.piratesk12site.net/

http://www.hesa-motorsport.de/shop/c.../bmw-c-69.html

http://www.oberon-performance.co.uk/acatalog/BMW.html

http://www.nippynormans.com/home.asp

http://www.beemerboneyard.com/

http://www.ascycles.com/

http://www.sierrabmwonline.com/

http://www.ac-schnitzer.de/en/bmw-motorcycles/products/

http://www.bmwscruz.com/Merchant2/me...ore_Code=BOSCC

http://www.ztechnik.com/

http://www.motolight.com/

http://www.kisantech.com/

http://www.ceebaileys.com/bmw/index.html

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Hey, don't forget Verholen!, good stuff and will mail direct from the Fatherland. For those K1200RS owners still out there, the rear rack plate that uses a BMW rear box attachment device (and key lock) is fantastic. Called their Klick Klack rack.
http://www.mv-motorrad.de/lshop,show...-001.0018,.htm
I really recommend this device. I hope they come up with one for the K1300S, if not I will be copying it. beech
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[quote=Beech]Hey, don't forget Verholen!,

I didn't they are the fifth one down from the top.
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I've had good experiences with Revzilla and Twisted Throttle as well.
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site supporters, Revzilla, Twisted Throttle.
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motorworks uk part out all bmw models
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I so wish I could get most parts to South Africa. Problem is the cost of shipping stomp grips now is usd 45 and shipping is use 55 from revzilla. They are about the only company that will ship to South Africa

Looking for brake and clutch levers
Oem tail light locally its around usd 490 percent of even similar looking aftermarket I'll consider
Tank bags well these are crazy with our 100% import tax
Most cf parts is unaffordable for us due to crap postal service and let's not forget the current exchange rate

I think there is a great market for affordable aftermarket parts for all types of Bmw bikes in South Africa if we could only get the stuff at reasonable prices landed
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Almost exclusively from Pirate. If it's good enough for Jerry, it's good enough for me. Quality stuff at reasonable prices and if there's a glitch he's quick to reply.
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