Frequently Asked Questions

Address Book

This page is divided into several sections, as follows. Please help us keep this up to date, by sending additions and corrections to Tom Childers. We're interested in listing establishments outside the USA, especially if they have a website with an English language option.

Also, check out the Motorcycle Yellow Pages, and links on the online dealers page; most dealers will sell mail order if you ask nicely.

The IBMWR isn't connected with any of the organizations listed here, nor does it endorse them or their products or services. Any comments we include reflect informal comments from members on the list. Check this Experience Counts web page for some useful feedback on vendors.

North American Parts and Supplies

Name and web site Phone Address and email Notes
Beemershop 831 438-1100 5100 Scotts Vallely Drive, Unit #100
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Service and Tech Inquiries:
Ted Porter's place, independent mechanic, with lots of stock and aftermarket parts. Ohlins, Ikon & Wilburs shocks, Techlusion, Dyna, etc. They no longer do full service, but you can ship them your carbs, transmission, heads etc. for expert work.
Bench Mark Works 601 325-2103 Craig Vechorik, Specialist in /2 work, lots of vintage parts, well known for excellent restoration work.
Ural sidecar dealer
Bing Carburetor 800 309-2464 Bing Agency International
P.O. Box 1
Belvidere, KS 67028
Factory parts and instructions for all Bing carburetors.
Blue Moon Cycle 770 447-6945
770 447-5798 fax
Bob's BMW 800 269-2627
301 924-515
301 776-2338 fax
10720 Guilford Road
Jessup, MD USA
Email parts and accessories
Large independent shop with tons of parts, both new and used.
Cal Moto 650 966-1183 (Mountain View)
925 583-3300 (Livermore)
2490 Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View, CA 94043
952 North Canyons Parkway
Livermore, CA 94551
Used to be California BMW.
Capital Cycle 800 642-5100   Mail-order vendor with a large range of BMW parts, including Hepco-Becker, JAMA laser Exhaust and Ikon shocks. Some members have had bad customer service from Capital under prior owners; see the Experience Counts web page.
Classic Motorcycles 414 482-2744
414 482-2745 fax
Pre 1970 parts and goodies
Cycle Works 931 871-6740 217 Main Street
Sweet Springs, MO 65351 USA
Aftermarket BMW parts and tools. One of the oldest and most reliable sources around.
Dennis Kirk 800 969-7501 955 South Field Avenue
Rush City, MN 55069 USA
Generic motorcycle clothing, helmets, parts and equipment, very little BMW-specific gear.
eBay parts Don't forget the obvious, used parts are available on eBay. This vendor in particular, PartsForADeal, seems to have a good selection of used parts for bikes from the mid-'90's on.
Euro MotoElectrics 303 526-0901 2505 W. 2nd Ave Unit 15
Denver, CO 80219 USA
Wide variety of electrical and maintenance parts, filters, etc. for all BMWs, including aftermarket upgrades
Garcia Moto 919 834-5111 8821 Wadford Drive
Raleigh, NC 27616 USA
Was Scooterville BMW
Holt BMW - Ducati 740 593-6690 15530 U.S. 50
Athens, OH 45701 USA
Especially great for paint and painting
Hucky's Spares and Repros 772 564-9589 440 12th Street SW
Vero Beach, FL 32962
Airheads part specialist, including R24/25/26/27/51
Iron Horse BMW 520 327-0773
520 327-3635 fax
Tucson, AZ Large, well-known dealer
KATDASH Airhead Instrument Lighting Kat is designing replacement instrument circuit boards for all Airheads, available in late 2016. The new boards include LED lighting and new connectors to resolve some traditional weaknesses for the original parts.
Motoreflective This family business makes precision pre-cut safety Reflective Kits for BMW saddlebags, helmets, and other bikes. Owned by BMW folks.
Motorrad Elektrik 205 442-8886 3347 Anchor Dr.
Southside, AL 35901
Rick Jones, a very reliable source for BMW electrical part rebuilds and enhancements, like high-output alternators and improved starters.
Nickwackett Garage 802 483-2460 4814 Rt 7
PO Box 562
Pittsford, VT 05763
Bud Provin fabricates stainless steel brake lines for airheads, replacement valves and valve guides, and stocks the usual parts. His shop provides restoration and maintenance services.
Northwoods Airheads 802 483-2460 2540 Upham St.
Madison, WI 53704
This is a one man operation, specializing in tools, parts and opinions concerning BMW airheads made from 1969 to 1995.
"Good parts list at fair prices."
Overseas Speedometer 512 329-8200 100 Wallis Drive
Austin, TX 78746
Instrument repair service, specializes in BMW motorcycles, German and Swedish cars. Works on speedometers, odometers, tachs and clocks.
Re-Psycle 614 837-1160 240 West Columbus Street
Lithopolis OH 43136
Large collection of new and used BMW parts. One of the best sources in the world.
Rocky Point Cycle 978 212-5432 9 Bonazzoli Ave, Suite 3
Hudson, MA 01749
Airhead performance enhancements, Boyer digital ignition systems, Mikuni carb conversions, stainless steel parts, restoration services.
Rubber Chicken Racing Garage 215 321-7944 shop
215 206-9787 cell
215 321-7954 fax
1360 Colony Way
Yardley, PA 19067
Tom Cutter's shop, where you can order most BMW parts and a good variety of aftermarket bits, especially for Airheads.
"Tom is one of the most experienced and knowledgable BMW mechanics in the world."
San Jose BMW/CC Products 408 295-0205   High-performance boxer modifications, both parts and machine work.
ToasterTan Custom Top Braces Stephen Gaulin makes a variety of custom airhead parts, including top braces, replacement handlebar mounts, handlebar risers, and steering tube top nuts.
WW2 Vintage German Motorcycles Buying and selling WW2 Vintage German Motorcycles from the year 1930-1945.

European Parts and Supplies

Name and web site Phone Address and email Notes
Betor Spain Spanish company with an online catalog of parts, especially shocks and Bing carbs for BMWs
Boxer Design 49 (0)7351 / 82 96 40 Oilheads, F & G series and K bikes 1994 and newer
Braking Systems +39 - 0362 993300 Italy
Aftermarket rotors, calipers, etc.
E. Breindl Grope 0531/375737
0531/377763 fax
Querumer Strasse 26a
38104 Braunschweig, Germany
Heritage Stickers Perhaps the best source in the world for replacement factory stickers for BMWs.
Martin Kornhas 0721/592025
0721/592026 fax
Nordliche Uferstrasse 14
76189 Karlsruhe-Rheinhafen, Germany
Motorhuis Muyen   Steenstraat 17 7271 BN Borculo Holland  
Motorrad Stemler 02191/53067
02192/590349 fax
Garschager Heide 39
5630 Remscheid 11, Germany
S. Meyer 06733/8195 or 7281
06733/8134 fax
Bahnhofstrasse 22
67586 Hillesheim/Rheinhessen, Germany
Only R24 - R27 stuff.
Theofried Jeckel 06126/70864 Schutzenhausstrasse 11a
65510 Idstein, Germany
Uli's Motorradladen 069/239319
069/233840 fax
Ulrich Seiwert
Gutleutstrasse 144
60327 Frankfurt, Germany
WK Verlag 05222 - 92750
05222 - 927550 fax
Lagesche Strasse 105
D-32108 Bad Salzsuflen, Germany
Books, manuals and parts lists.

Information on most European dealers was provided by Kees van der Heiden. He notes:

"Personally, I have had good experiences with Uli's. They are not the cheapest, but they are "commercially correct" and they accept credit cards. Overall I can't promise you a profit from ordering in Germany, because the dollar is weak and the transport costs are high. . . . . those dealers do exports on mail order base, although not all of them accept VISA. They are all /2 and maybe /5, /6 specialists, except Theofried Jeckel, with whom Sven-Eric from Sweden does all his bussines. Personally, I like Uli's for their prompt service and great parts availability. It is said that Stemler even has more parts, but I had nothing (but) problems with their service." Kees

Australian Parts and Supplies

Name and web site Phone Address and email Notes
John Brisan Motorcycles (049) 969 4500 Hannel & Greenway Sts.
Newcastle NSW 2293
R Twin Works (027) 266 5335 or 06 354 6896 Palmerston North, New Zealand. Owner is Kane, Airhead parts and service, restoration, rebuilds, etc.
Tom Byrne Pty/Ltd (02) 9264 5157 34 Wentworth Avenue
Sydney NSW 2001

Aftermarket Parts and Services

Name and web site Phone Address and email Notes
Air Rider 888-232-9253 Communications gear
Autocom Communicators
(U.S. Distributor is Top Gear Accesories)
888 851-4327
518 449-8677
518 449 8876 fax
P.O. Box 1477
Slingerlands NY. 12159
Barsnake 877 437-3704
831 784-4402
831 757-5029 fax
446 E. Laurel Drive
Salinas, CA 93906
Like a lounge lizard for a cycle
Battery Web 877-746-2288   Odyssey and Panasonic batteries; shipping is free (in the USA) or discounted (international) for IBMWR members. Go to their Motorcycle battery page, click on BMW, then click on the link for Club Members. Enter "ibmwr" as your club membership number.
Bob Weis
a.k.a. The Earplug Company
407 895-6216 1 W. King St.
Orlando Fl. 32804
Tank bag & luggage repairs, earplugs, and original stuff too.
Bosch 800 937-2672    
Britts and Beemers 208 697-1976
Todd Millican manufactures replacement wiring harnesses for airheads, including /2's. He is also the Idaho Air Marshall for
Buns-EZ Cushion 319 657-2577 S&M Sales
3107 250th Street
Ainsworth, IA 52201
Corbin 800 538-7035 Seats & stuff.
Cycle By Cycle Carriers Sports racks and bicycle carriers for m'cycles
Direct Auto 800 611-6730   Online parts - especially odd light bulbs.
Dave Quinn Motorcycles 203 393-2651
203 393-1725 fax
335 Litchfield Turnpike
Bethany, CT 06524
Hagon shocks, motorcycle turntable
Ear Plugs for Motorcyclists +44 1473 603533   UK provider of ear plugs
Eastern Beaver Ships from Japan, minimum order $20 Headlight and lighting upgrades, relays, fuse boxes, all kinds of electrical supplies and tools. Reputable and high quality.
EBC Brakes     High-quality aftermarket rotors and pads
Electrical Connection 800 215-6168   All kinds of goodies, but especially waterproof BMW style switches.
EML Techniek 31 545.292154
31 545.292205 fax
Handelsweg 4
7161BV Neede
EML sidecars
EZ-Touring 800 443-1443    
Federal (Cycle Shipping) 800 747-4100 x214    
Frame Man 916 920-1010
916 927-9712
  Straightens bent wheels and frames
Galls 800 477-7766   Reflective tape, safety gear, cop & EMS equipment
Givi 704 679-4123
704 679-4133 fax
Suite 101
805 Pressley Road
Charlotte, NC 28217
Aftermarket luggage
Hannigan Fairings 800 324-7660
501 963-4603
112 S. Elm St.
Paris, AR 72855
Hannigan Sidecars 270 753-4256    
Helimot European Accessories 408-298-9608
408-271-3955 fax
1141 Old Bayshore Highway
San Jose, CA 95112
Excellent leather suits, gloves, boots.
Helen Twowheels 800 397-7815 1725 Wales Ave., Suite A
Indianapolis, IN 46218
Great luggage and stuff
Helmet Camera Central     Source for all kinds of helmet camera equipment
Hepco - Becker     The home office in Germany
Howard Leight 800 327-1110   Industrial strength ear plugs
J.C. Whitney 312 431-6102
312 431-5625 fax
Koni America
Customer Service
Krauser/Germany 01149-8233/7412-34
01149-8233/1057 fax
La Forsa 
"Gear For Dangerous Sports"
818 992-6061  
Liberty Moving & Storage 800 640-4487   Cycle shipping — ask for Grace
Luftmeister 310 784-7690
310 784-7696 fax
2101 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, Ca 90717
Marren Fuel Injection 203 732-4565 91 Willenbrock Rd. Unit B2
Oxford, CT 06478
Full service for fuel injection systems, replacement parts
MAP Engineering 805 964-8502 Goleta, California
Aftermarket brakes & stuff
Bill Mayer Saddles
(Owned & operated by Rocky Mayer)
800-242-7625 108 Bryant St (rear)
Ojai, CA 93023
Rick Mayer Cycle Saddles 866-357-2888 5778 Heavenly Valley Lane
Anderson, CA 96007
Metzeler Tires 610 524-2190
800 722-3336
610 524-2191 fax
410 Eagleview Blvd. #106
Exton. PA 19341
Moto-Sport Panniers 303 679-9316
509 694-6105 fax
1153 Bergen Parkway Ste. M-219
Evergreen, CO USA 80439
Ohlins 608 758 1111   Suspension goodies. The link is to the factory; phone number is US distributor.
OMEX Performance 415 488 1666  
Parabellum 706 864-8051   Fairings and windscreens
PIAA Lights 503 643-7422 15379 SW Millikan Way
Beaverton, OR 97006
U.S. Distributor
Pichler Fairings      
Progressive Suspension 619 948-40122   Suspension
RB Racing 310 515-5720 BMW-specific turbocharger kits.
Red Line Synthetic Oil 800 624-7958
510 228-7576
510 370-7698 fax
Remus Exhausts (US) (Austrian) 510 595-8017  
RKA Luggage 707 836 7659    
Russell Cycle Products 800 432-9566
530 336-5323
530 336-1076 fax
43151 Hwy 299E
P. O. Box 609
Fall River Mills, CA 96028
RPM Cycles 805 644-7159    
Run-N-Lites 732 786-9777 P. O. Box 40
Tennent, NJ, 07763
Well-established vendor for lighting upgrade kits, with a reputation for good quality. The web page requires the Adobe Flash Player, so you might need to call or email. You can see their products here
SAENG/TA Corp. 800 868-7464 Stealth edging & stuff.
POB 1246
Columbus, NE 68602
Sargent Cycle Products 800 749-7328   Seats & stuff
Staintune 800 782-4686   Exhaust systems
Three Jokers Motorsport Shipping 208 689-3918   Truck stop-to-truck stop or door-to-door
Touratech   US dealer/distributor Lockable oil  plugs & stuff
Ural America 800 832-2845    
Valentine Research 800 331-3030   Radar/laser detectors. That work.
Vibe Rider     Why we ride and smile...
West Coast Battery     Gel batteries in BMW sizes
Whitehorse Press 603 356-6633   Book specialty house; accessories and other stuff too.
Wiring Diagrams     Large 11x17" full color laminated wiring diagrams for BMW bikes and many other vehicles.
Woody's Wheel Works 303 936-0232
303 578-9599 Text or Send Photos
2200 South Jason Street
Denver, CO 80223
Woody has been practicing the art of the wheel since 1973. His approach to the process was forged by his experience in Marine Corps aviation, where excellence is the standard.
"They do incredible work."
Works Performance 818 701-1010 21045 Osborne Street
Canoga Park, CA 91304
Suspension stuff
WUEDO   US distributor Parts & accessories
ZTechnik 866 983.2465    

Helmets, Riding Gear and Clothes

Name and web site Phone Address and email Notes
Arai Helmets 800 704-1634 P.O. Box 9485
Daytona, FL 32120
AeroStich Riderwear and Riderwearhouse 800 222-1994
218 722-1927
218 720-3610 fax A fantastic source for Gore-Tex suits, jackets and pants, and LOTS of cool riding accessories and gadgets.
Bates Leather Shop 310 426-866 3700 Industry Ave. Lakewood, CA 90712  
Bell Helmets office 714 476-3150
service 714 570-4620  
Classic Motorcycle Jackets 503 788-1899 PO Box 82175
Portland, OR 97282
Competition Accessories 855 518-6681    
Fox Creek Leathers 800 766-4165
821 Fox Creek Rd
Independence, VA 24348
Lifetime guarantee
Gerbing's Heated Clothing 800 646-5916
360 898-4223 fax
E 750 Dalby Road
Union, Washington 98592
GT Enterprises (530) 842-6511 Days or (530)459-5658 Eves and Weekends
7308 Frontier Dr., Montague, CA 96064
Frame, fork, & wheel straightening. Specializes in vintage stuff.
Krauser/Germany 01149-8233/7412-34
01149-8233/1057 fax
Langlitz Leathers 503 235-0359
503-235-0049 fax
  Used cow parts
MotoPort USA 800 777-6499 340 Rancheros Dr #184
San Marcos, CA 92069
Wide variety of motorcycle riding gear, made in the USA
Motorcycle Leather Exchange 828-297-7196
  Well-established business with lots of used leathers, plus brand-new Held, AlpineStar, Vanson gear. A good source for women's gear also.
New Enough Leathers 888 530-7351 405 Clovis Road #83
Shallowater, TX 79363
Good used stuff
Olympia Gloves 800 645-6124
914 347-4737
914 347-2029 fax
8 Skyline Drive
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Revzilla 877 792-9455   Very competitively priced source for helmets, boots and riding gear, plus tires and other accessories. Video reviews are very useful.
Predator Motorcycle Helmets 155, Isaraphab. Rd.
Bankokyai, Wat Arun District
Bangkok 10600 Thailand
Great prices on Arai, Shoei and Kabuto helmets, custom predator painted helmets, also handgrips and mirrors
Shoei Helmets 714 692-8776
714 692-2815 fax
22605 E. La Palma Ave.
Yorba Linda, CA 9268
Shuberth Helmets      
Syed Leathers 407 857-7933 11349 S Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32837  
Union Garage 718 594-7093 103 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
VERY nice replica BMW tool roll, jackets, gloves, boots, helmets...and some cool t-shirts
Vanson Leathers 508 678-2000 951 Broadway
Fall River, MA 02724
Z Custom Leathers 714 668-9200
714 668-9224 fax
2915 W. Warner Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Fastener Sources

Name and web site Phone Address and email Notes
Barnhill Bolt 800 472-3900
505 888-1559 fax,  
Gardner-Wescott Co.1 800 521-9805    
Hi-Strength Bolt Co. 206 622-6360
206 622-3057 fax
McMaster-Carr 908 329-3200    
Metric Screw & Tool Company

9 Lake Street
Wakefield, MA 01880
Extra large sizes
Seastrom Manufacturing 213 245-9121
213 246-6803 fax
Tacoma Screw Products 800 562-8192
253 572-3444
253 272-2719 fax

Associations and Services

Name and web site Phone Address and email Notes
Airheads Beemer Club     ABC is devoted to airhead BMWs, 1995 and older. There is a very active email list (you can join for free), and with annual dues, you get a monthly magazine and access to the full web site with lots of tech pages and links.
American Motorcyclist Association 800 262-5646
614 891-2425
  Perhaps the largest motorcycling organization in the USA
Motorcycle Safety Foundation

For class info...
800 447-4700
714 727-3227
800 446-9227 Great organization, offering motorcycle rider's training and safety classes. Strongly recommended.
National Handicap Motorcyclist Assoc. 718 353-3941 35-34 84th St. #F8
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Motorcycle Towing Services
   Customer Service Number
800 225-1575
800 999-7064
1500 E. Tropicana #221
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Vintage BMW Motorcycles Owners, Ltd. 414 333-6987 (Central time)
414 456-9790 fax
Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners
P.O. Box 431
Clarksville, Ohio 45113-0431
Club for BMW owners of bikes at least 25 years old