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I spent close to 200 dollars on a brand new CDI for my TW yesterday. Turns out that Bike Bandit has them on back order, for as much as a month, and I may not get it even in that time frame, after which they will refund me the purchase price. And of course they tell me this AFTER I place the order! WTF!? They can't keep track of inventory!? I've been buying from Bike Bandit for a while now, but this is not cool, not cool at all. I've been stressing over trying to get my TW working properly for months now (not having much time to work on it/diagnose while in school), and now I'm on summer vacation and I may have to wait over a MONTH! Just FYI you might want to consider looking elsewhere if you don't want to wait forever to get a part. This isn't enough to kill my business with BB but one or two more of these could well do just that. They need to get it together and be on top of things like this!
 

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My gripe with them is I was in need of a new head light bulb so I thought I would order one online. Their web site was very informative, but when I saw the price, 16 dollars I called my local Napa Auto Parts store and was able to walk in and buy the same bulb for 6 bucks. This bike is costing me a fortune to ride. I bought it new in 2008 and am aproaching 8000 miles on the odometer. So far I have replace the headlight bulb, chain, front sprocket, one fork boot, had the valves checked, spent over 20 dollars on oil changes, and am on my second can of chain wax, for a grand total of around 250 dollars over the last 38 months. That's $6.58 a month just in maintenance. Shocking.
 

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My gripe with them is I was in need of a new head light bulb so I thought I would order one online. Their web site was very informative, but when I saw the price, 16 dollars I called my local Napa Auto Parts store and was able to walk in and buy the same bulb for 6 bucks. This bike is costing me a fortune to ride. I bought it new in 2008 and am aproaching 8000 miles on the odometer. So far I have replace the headlight bulb, chain, front sprocket, one fork boot, had the valves checked, spent over 20 dollars on oil changes, and am on my second can of chain wax, for a grand total of around 250 dollars over the last 38 months. That's $6.58 a month just in maintenance. Shocking.


Lol, you seriously don't even want to know how much cash I've poured into the TW. WAY, WAY, WAAAAAY too much!
 

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Well for what its worth you just cost them a $60 order. I was ordering all my base gasket parts tonight because they are in california and shipping is faster. I will just go to Stadium Yamaha now and wait the few extra days. Thanks for the feedback.



One question. I noticed that you can check availability on the Bike Bandit website when you put a 1 next to the part you want by clicking the button for availability. I found that it spits out 3 options. Green clock means quick, yellow clock means a few extra days, red clock means they will e-mail you when available.



What was the availability showing when you ordered? Green?
 

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... They can't keep track of inventory!?...gether and be on top of things like this!
Bike Bandit orders their OEM parts from a regional Yamaha warehouse, as do other online vendors. The warehouse ships it to them, and they reship the parts to you. Yamaha won't ship directly to the end user.



If BB is out of a part, it usually means that the regional warehouse is out, and is waiting to be restocked.



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Bike Bandit orders their OEM parts from a regional Yamaha warehouse, as do other online vendors. The warehouse ships it to them, and they reship the parts to you. Yamaha won't ship directly to the end user.



If BB is out of a part, it usually means that the regional warehouse is out, and is waiting to be restocked.



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JB. Your right. Something to remember these on-line store are not stores at all.Just middlemen that take your order and send it what ever supplier they use. A few years ago this was a hot topic to the retail dealers. Were the major suppliers going to offer their goods on-line at a much reduced price? NO was their answer. We only sell to dealers not to the general public. Fine until I ordered some tires on-line and they came with the major suppliers label under the on-line store ones! So the next time you walk into a "Real Store" and see the higher prices remember something. On-Line stores don't have pay for trained staff,stock and the store itself!
 

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Stadium Yamaha is a real store in Texas. The added the internet marketing to their other normal Yamaha dealer activities. Some wholesalers don't sell retail, but will ship direct to their retailers' retail customers. This is common with tires.
 
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