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    Hi Everyone;

    I live in Midvaal, and periodically require some general motorcycle accessories and consumables (like chain wax, visor cleaner or whatever). Week before last I went to fullthrottle in V-Town (thats Vereeniging/Vanderbijl) just to find they closed down
    OK, no biggie, I go to my alternate option the indie in Voortrekker road next to the bridge...whaaaaat..... ALSO closed down. So has the FT in The Glen. Which only leaves one store (which I have only been to once) somewhere in V-Town central. That or ride out to Randburg or Edenvale.

    Three questions:
    1. Is the motorcycle accessory store not a sustainable business?
    2. Is there a repository of these stores/suppliers somewhere?
    3. Is there a online supplier?
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    Can buy online from FT.
    They don't always have everything on the website, but seems like they quick to reply on FB to any queries (never used online since I'm close to the Vale)

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    Quote Originally Posted by boanergesza1 View Post
    Hi Everyone;


    I live in Midvaal, and periodically require some general motorcycle accessories and consumables (like chain wax, visor cleaner or whatever). Week before last I went to fullthrottle in V-Town (thats Vereeniging/Vanderbijl) just to find they closed down
    OK, no biggie, I go to my alternate option the indie in Voortrekker road next to the bridge...whaaaaat..... ALSO closed down. So has the FT in The Glen. Which only leaves one store (which I have only been to once) somewhere in V-Town central. That or ride out to Randburg or Edenvale.


    Three questions:
    1. Is the motorcycle accessory store not a sustainable business?
    2. Is there a repository of these stores/suppliers somewhere?
    3. Is there a online supplier?

    I also live in the vaal.
    I heard rumours of why FT v-town closed.
    It sucks...I got my Shark S900 there for a decent price.
    None of the little bike shops in the vaal carry brake pads for my Daytona (FT did).


    The shop in v-town central is at "1 De Villiers Ave, Vereeniging, 1939" on the corner of De Villiers Ave and Union street. There used to be a boat place there.
    They should have the essentials that you need.
    Learn from other peoples mistakes....You can't live long enough to make them all yourself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by boanergesza1 View Post
    Three questions:
    1. Is the motorcycle accessory store not a sustainable business? No.
    2. Is there a repository of these stores/suppliers somewhere? Google
    3. Is there a online supplier? Yes, but rather slow and useless in SA.

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    To answer question 1:

    Yes, they are sustainable and profitable. Pity that so many people that run said shops basically run them into the ground. Seen it all to often.
    Like a certain chain of accessories store that went belly up due to pure mismanagement....

    Edited to add: and would not surprise me in the least if FT in Lynnwood Road here in Pta closes it's doors sometime soon.
    Seen that shop go from a brilliant shop that I visited at least twice a week to buy stuff to the current meh shop that I only go to if I can't get things anywhere else, and then they have to get it from the Edenvale store anyways.

    I have gone straight to the Edenvale shop directly and bypassed the whole process many times.
    And would rather go there or to Moto Mate in Rivonia.
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    +1 on Moto Mate in Rivonia

    Thats generally always my only stop, service is great and prices great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanN View Post
    +1 on Moto Mate in Rivonia

    Thats generally always my only stop, service is great and prices great.
    I had some good specials at Moto Mate but between my brother and I we had bad experiences with their workshop. Lets just say I would not have them work on our bikes again.

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    +1 on motomate. They were throwing discounts at me and also got a free motogp calender tons of stock. can't comment on the workshop though.

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    Rumor has it that full throttle is on its way out, unless the stores start become self sustainable, owner is no longer financing as the business has been a cash drain.

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    I think all these bike/motorshops should do what some retail shops do; create accounts where people can pay off 6-12 months off.
    Items are expensive, so if we can pay it off, it will make it more affordable for more people. Me included

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunyCPT View Post
    I think all these bike/motorshops should do what some retail shops do; create accounts where people can pay off 6-12 months off.
    Items are expensive, so if we can pay it off, it will make it more affordable for more people. Me included
    It is not a bad idea, but only a cash rich retailer can do that. Most of these accessory shops are already struggling to carry the cost of the required large and expensive stock keeping. To have to wait for payment after a sale, pay the added admin costs and bad debt will just lead to their demise sooner. Something that could really work is for one of the existing retailers taking over bike accessories. Something like Mr Price Bike.

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    Yep, that could work.

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