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Klempf's British Parts article #729537
03/22/18 8:55 am
03/22/18 8:55 am
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Cut and pasted from The Land of Dodge
An article about BritBike Forum sponsor Klempf's British Parts.
Read also more here about the Klempf's
http://www.klempfsbritishparts.com/t/aboutus

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From Across the Pond to … Dodge Center

BY ALEX G. NUEHRING DCI CORRESPONDENT

The British Invasion is still going strong – in Dodge Center.
Mitch Klempf, owner and operator of Klempf’s British Parts, has
sold motorcycle parts made by Triumph Motorcycles, a British
motorcycle manufacturer, for over 40 years.
It’s primarily a mail-order business, but Klempf’s also does retail sales at
its store in Dodge Center.
Klempf, 64, Dodge Center, said he got into Triumph motorcycles when he
purchased his first one as a teenager.
“It was always really hard to get parts for
it because the dealer would never have the
parts,” he said. “So I started accumulating
my own parts so I could keep my own bike
going, and in the summer you couldn’t wait
two or three weeks for a part so it was kind
of out of necessity.”
Klempf said his collection kept growing
bigger and bigger, and soon other people
were asking him for parts.
“I kept buying more and more parts,” he
said. “I used to store them underneath my
bed when I was living at home when I was
still in high school. It just kind of got totally
out of control.”
He officially joined the motorcycle
business in the late 1960s and early ‘70s.
He worked at a Triumph dealership in Minneapolis for a few years. Klempf
then went out on his own, and founded Klempf’s British Parts in 1975 in
Rochester. He moved to Dodge Center in 1992.
The business continues to sell parts from 1982 Triumph motorcycles and
earlier.
Klempf said Triumphs are unique because they’re British and because
they were made differently than other motorcycles.
Many are made with old technology, but with good material, and
are made to be rebuilt. One example of that possible restoration is the
crankshaft, which can be re-grinded if it wears.
Triumphs also are popular because they’re simple to work on.
“You don’t need a computer,” Klempf said. “You don’t have to be a genius
to work on them. People can fix a lot of the problems by themselves.”
He said those reasons made Triumph one of the most popular motorcycle
sellers in the world before Japanese motorcycles took over.
One downside of selling older motorcycles is that many of their buyers are
also older, so they’re most often trying to buy newer bikes with an electric
start.
“I don’t think it’s a growing field, but we’ve been busy for years and
years,” Klempft said.
Julie Klempf, Mitch’s wife and assistant, began working at Klempf’s
British Parts full-time in 2014 after retiring from Mayo Clinic
after 23 years. She fulfills most of the computer work with the
online store, pulls parts from the warehouses, and serves as
bookkeeper.
She said she didn’t know much about motorcycles before
meeting Mitch, but she’s learned a lot about the business and
its benefits over the years.
“It pays the bills, we work nicely, and it is our own
business, or his business, so you can run it the way you
want, and that’s an advantage,” she said.
Another advantage is that customers will sometimes
promote Klempf’s by word of mouth.
In fact, she said she recently got a phone call from a
new customer who had gotten their contact information
with the motorcycle they had bought from a longtime
Klempf’s customer.
Those recommendable and lasting relationships are
a result of Mitch Klempf’s business philosophy.
“I think we do a really good job. We give people good
quality parts, good service; we treat them fair and with
respect,” he said. “I treat them how I’d like to be treated when
I go buy something. We’ve had tons of customers and some of
them have been with us for 20 or 30 years so we must be
doing something right or we wouldn’t have them.”

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Re: Klempf's British Parts article [Re: Morgan aka Admin] #730506
03/31/18 11:48 pm
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