Yes! Another Bargain For North Face!

North Face

Registered User
#5
That's a good point, the fuel regulators probably never pack up, over the years I've had my VFR, I don't remember even seeing it mentioned anywhere but the hub turned up just as I'm cleaning up the swingarm on my bike so that's most welcome and my oil cooler lines are on their last legs. I just can't resist a bargain and £6 for a new £168 part is a real bargain!
I've got them all off Yahoo Japan which is their version of eBay, the main difference being that the auctions don't end like on eBay, they keep running until nobody has bid for ten minutes after a given time. This means no sniping unfortunately :( You need an agent to bid, or a Japanese postal address with matching ID. My agent charges $5 US for anything under 1000 yen, $10 for 1000 to 10,000 yen and then $10 more for every 10,000 yen. 1000 yen is approximately £6.50 at the moment, it's gone as hich as £8.50 and, when I started, it was £4! The items I got yesterday were a bit of a one-off. I got the impression the seller was either offering them up cheap as a kind gesture, or made a mistake on the listings as they all had a very low Buy It Now price. Along with other items listed, they were all described as being for the VFR800P police bike which is very popular with those that do bike gymkhana in Japan so he may have been an enthusiast clearing out spare parts. Anyway, what started off as a cost cutting exercise ended up a bit of a hobby and now I help people find parts that they have trouble sourcing in the UK, and I don't charge. If I'm buying stuff for other people, I'm not spending all my money on myself, (there is a strange logic there somewhere!). Most of the parts I get are second hand and low cost which help keeps import tax and duty down and the agents are great at packing etc.
I did mention on here years ago that I am willing to help out any members but don't hammer on about it because even though I don't charge, it looked like I was spamming.
Apologies for the long post, as you can probably tell, this is something I could talk about forever!
 

North Face

Registered User
#6
One of the bigger agents and good for searching in English:- http://www.japamart.com/ TBH, I avoided the bigger agents and found a smaller one where I know who I'm talking too every day. It's not something to get into without your eyes open, there are a few pitfalls and risks but once you get set up, it's well worth it. The VFR falls into a range of bikes that's perfect for buying/bidding, I've not been able to find much for my GT750, parts for '70s bikes fetch just as much there as here but I have a grey import CB-1 too and that's another great bike for spares from Japan so late '80s and 90s bikes, grey imports and two strokes are the winners.
 

North Face

Registered User
#7
Give you an idea:- https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/search...-8&aq=-1&oq=&sc_i=&p=VFR800&x=42&y=35&fixed=0
One great thing Yahoo has that eGay doesn't - you can select "private" auctions or "shops". This means you don't have to trawl through thousands of brake levers, batteries, etc. 'Best way to translate if you have Google chrome is using the "translate" tab in the address bar.....although I've just noticed mine is strangely missing today. If you don't have the "translate" tab on Chrome go to Settings > advanced > Languages and make sure "Offer To Translate" is set to On.
 
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Vifferoo

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#10
Thanks for the info North Face! Yet another place that will end up taking my money when I need parts lol.

Can you explain the shipping process? Does the agent ship to your desired address once he has the parts in his possession?
 

North Face

Registered User
#11
In my case, I can wait until I've got a good amount of stuff then get it sent in one go, or have parts shipped as they arrive at the warehouse in Japan. My agent will hold on to stuff for 2-3 months then they start giving subtle hints to get it shifted! . 'Best way to pack is to combine bulky, lighter parts with the heavier smaller ones. They will ship to wherever I want but I usually get stuff shipped to me then I part it out to whoever. (I did once get two people mixed up, one had an RG400 gearbox and was in Canada, the other had a Honda RS250 front end and was in Australia....very embarrassing) :rolleyes: Two main services used are EMS and SAL. EMS is by air and is tracked and insured, SAL is part air, part sea so about 20% cheaper but no tracking. I've never had anything go missing and only had one seller that didn't complete the transaction. Big problem recently has been with Fuel tanks and anything that's had fuel in as they have strict restrictions now at the airport and use sniffer dogs to find anything that shouldn't be sent. That's a problem because a lot of people need tanks, fuel taps and carbs. I may try surface mail, see if they're as strict. The quality of packing has been very good, there was one time where they were using way to much newspaper and in one package, I realised I'd paid for about 2KG of newspapers to be sent over, but even with old oily parts, they're always very careful and pack stuff appropriately.
 
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JZH

VFR Club Bodger
#12
I used to get a lot of stuff from Japan (such as my NR rear wheel), but one day my "trusted agent" (Akibado) disappeared with three items I'd already won and paid for. That kinda took the fun out of it. But, the agent going bust probably doesn't happen very often (and even less often exactly in between winning and shipping). Maybe I should look at it again...but it's still "expensive"!

Ciao,

JZH
 

North Face

Registered User
#13
Yeah, it can an interesting experience dealing with some of these agents to say the least. Some of them take card details so clients can bid automatically without having them do it for them. I probably wouldn't recommend that. It's a lot more expensive to buy in Japan with the transfer rates how they are, when it was really low, when I first started, it was like Xmas every day!! I very rarely buy anything new, it's usually hard to find stuff that works out cheaper over there that I look for. Winning that new hub was a bit of a one off and you have to look hard to find parts that aren't listed correctly or are interchangeable. If I was the entrepreneurial type, I'd love to find a cost effective of bringing some of the rarer, older Japanese market bikes into the UK, you see some lovely and unusual models turn up in the bike listings.:-

https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/list1/jp/オートバイ車体-オートバイ-自動車-オートバイ/26316-category.html
 

Vifferoo

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#16
Viferoo, should have said, if you see something but get stuck, let me know and I'll advise.
Thanks for that North Face! Currently looking at replacing the oil cooler lines but will be going with replacement hose solution that Mohawk did on the VFRD website. All the chrome on mine has flaked off and needs changing.
 

North Face

Registered User
#17
Thanks for that North Face! Currently looking at replacing the oil cooler lines but will be going with replacement hose solution that Mohawk did on the VFRD website. All the chrome on mine has flaked off and needs changing.
I did ponder the logic of replacing bad with bad myself but I think they'll last for as long as I have the bike, the current ones have lasted 19 years.
 

FTM

Registered User
#18
Just got a brand new rear wheel hub for my Tuono for £12, list price £220 and it's been 'no longer available' for many years.
 

North Face

Registered User
#19
New bargain, barely used Clover Tekno jacket....£37. I've had a clover jacket for the last ten years, it's very comfy and very warm & dry. Hope this one's even better. Odd sizes for some reason.
 

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