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    I have seen other mention occasional deals on things like tires, riding gear, etc., but I came to the conclusion a LONG time ago that they must have earned the BANDIT part of their name by selling bike parts.

    I have about a dozen vendors on my favorites list for Suzuki parts. Bike Bandit is consistently the second-most-expensive, and only recently has given up on their own part numbering scheme and started using official numbers.

    Yeah, the few times I had ordered from them they seemed to ship a lot quicker than others, so I suspect they either have their own stock or are next door to the OEM warehouse and don't have to wait for shipping.

    Thanks for the caution, sam000lee, but I stopped using them a LONG time ago.

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    I gave up on Bike Bandit a year or so ago. Long shipping lead times. Right now, Partzilla is not any better. Still waiting on parts to ship, ordered over two weeks ago.
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    covid19 seriously folks expect delays.
    bb has outrageous prices plus uses rapacious brokerage for shipments here.

    parts outlaw for the win
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    Finally received an email reply from customer no-service:

    Hello,

    Your parts have been released to us and we are currently waiting for them to be received into our warehouse. Due to California work restrictions we have been short staffed and have been experiencing delays in getting parts to our warehouse and received but should hope to see them be received soon. Once received and shipped, you will get an updated email with your tracking information.

    Thank you and we apologize for the delays regarding this order.

    Basically, who the #$%* knows when I'll get my parts!
    Ron
    When I die, just cremate me and put me in my GS tank. That way I can go through these carbs, one more time!

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    Haven't ordered from them in a while, but have used partsfish.com it the past. I don't know if their prices have went up, or if their shipping is affected by the 'rona, but their prices were on average, with shipping, some of the lowest. Bike Bandit wants waaaay too much for their parts.

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    Well, it's been 5 weeks since I placed my order and still no parts, not even on the way to me! Looks like they may set a record for worst motorcycle parts delivery time for me, EVER!

    At least I know it's the last order I'll ever place with them!
    Ron
    When I die, just cremate me and put me in my GS tank. That way I can go through these carbs, one more time!

    1978 GS750EC - Nov. 2017 BOTM - Sold
    1978 GS1000C - May 2021 BOTM
    1983 GS1100E
    1978 GS1000E - Sold
    1981 GS1100E - very slow work in progress!
    1985 GS550E - might never get to it!

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    I'm in it for the long haul. I did finally receive my riding pants that I ordered. (5 weeks) I'm still waiting on the Shoei face shield... Well, the riding pants have to go back for a exchange. I tried calling them today and was put on hold. After the third time the forman gave me a dirty look because my machine was sitting idle, I hung up. I did send them a e-mail. They sent me a e-mail back saying they got my e-mail... After all this, I think I'm done with Bike Bandit. I don't know, maybe it's Covid related? Other mail order companies have been up to par for me lately...

    Remember ordering from Dennis Kirk? Man, I had it down. First, the catalogue I'm ordering from. Then page number, then part number. Next, page number, part number... "Yes, and could you send that C.O.D". (who does that anymore)! Then you would wait 7-10 days for the UPS man. He might as well been Santa Claus to me, that's how jacked up I'd be! Yep, those were the days. ��
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    Hey Norm, Iron Pony is only an hour south of you (or so)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboyup3371 View Post
    Hey Norm, Iron Pony is only an hour south of you (or so)
    Yes, but Iron Pony doesn't carry my brand. "Oxford" out of England. The only company that has my size, as I am a short fellow. They have a 29" inseam. A lot of the different brands are way to long... The ones I ordered were a little to snug around the waistline. I gave them the size jeans I buy at Walmart. They go by actual size using a tape measure! Can you imagine that? 🤔
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    79 1000e (all original)
    82 850g (all original)
    82 750e (parts Bike)
    80 KZ650f (needs restored)

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    I think all of you have misjudged how seriously the Covid issue has affected online retailers

    Parts haven't been coming from China and Japan for months. Manufacturers there were shut down earlier this year and shipping lines also
    US warehouses are more or less bare
    Online retailers have been closed, or remotely working. Their warehouses are bare

    A local online motorcycle store has back orders over a month due to the above

    I doubt the issues you are experiencing are limited to Bike Bandit. Especially since they're in CA
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