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Old 24th November 2020
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What is up with the lack of 81 parts? Is there any other years that the 81 is interchangeable with?
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Depends on what parts.
79 was a frame and rear brake change (along with supporting hardware)
80 moved the rear MC
81 had the new starter
84 was the next major change with the clutch and alternator.
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Hi,

I have had my 81 for 20 year's, never had a problem getting any part. Yesterday did a sweet deal on 10 primary gaskets & 12 generator brushes.

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Andy, where do you source most of your parts from?
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Easily 99% of what I need I get from ebay. If I can't find what I want there I just trawl the internet.

Having the parts manual is a huge help. Searching using the correct part number is a big help & it ensures you are getting the correct part & not wasting money on the wrong bit.

One thing I do where I can is change the imperial fasteners for metric, they are cheaper & easier to find. I'm quite happy to re tap threads to metric. I don't have time for those who have to have every nut, bolt & washer correct period, life's too short for that crap.

Like everything in life, it just takes time & effort.
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I get a lot of stuff on B-BAY also. Checkout J&P Cycles.com, click on their vintage catalogue, they will send you one for free.
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Never had a problem. J&P fleebay even the stealers for some stuff. Even v-twin
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