Main Motorcycle: Triumph TR7
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Norwich, England
Other Motorcycle: T140
Extra Motorcycle: Most of another T140
I bought a front mudguard (as we British call them!) from Shropshire Classics a few months ago. It was supposedly a T140D mudguard in chrome finish, made by LF Harris according to the bloke at Shrop.Classics.
When it arrived in the post I couldn;t belive my eyes when I unpacked it - it looked like something a 12 year old would have got only 6 out of ten for in metalwork classes. The chrome was so thin on the underside you could literally see through it, and rust was already starting. It was out of shape so if you placed it on the floor you could rock it side to side, and never get all 4 'corners' down. Also, the metal was sardine can thickness and the rolled edge at the front was almost to a point, and underneath looked like someone had folded it over with their fingers.
In a word, unbelievable. Shropshire insisted it came from Harris. They did refund me, after quite some debate. I won't be shopping there again. But the worrying thing is that I have since bought 3 grabrails, the first two new, from different suppliers, both supposedly made by Harris and both (and the third, bought privately from ebay) no good - they just are not faithful copies and can't be lined up without bending something.
I find it completely unacceptable that people are making such rubbish, and I really don't think anyone should be selling sub-standard repro parts. Its no good saying they're all like that - if the shop knows they aren't right they should either be selling them as seconds with a clear warning and a big discount, or not selling them at all IMHO!