Today I received another shipment of pieces from Autocycle Engineering in Emgland. Again I'm totally satisfied with their sevice supplying parts for our olde Goldies. They supply many of the obscure parts I needed. I like that.
Mike ... are you sure that you have the name right?, I and many other G/S owners / builders have had nothing but courteous service from Chris, the parts that Autocycle Eng. sell are of high quality and they DO fit .. unlike several other " specialist" Gold Star suppliers.
Me too. I have had many years of excellent service from Chris and have never been unhappy with their Gold Star parts. I am in New Zealand which is as far away from the UK as you can get, so correct parts and good honest service is a big plus for me.
If I was an idiot and acted like an idiot I would still not expect to be talked to in the condescending manner he does. I have thankfully only had the displeasure of conversing with Prew twice at Newark auto jumble that was enough for me:( All people are not equal, but I must say I have had no problems with Autocycle... I built my Goldie from a basket case ( first brit bike I have restored ) and there is some sh"t pattern parts out there and know all traders, you just use supplyers you get on with and of which you are happy with there parts...:)
If I was an idiot and acted like an idiot I would still not expect to be talked to in the condescending manner he does. I have thankfully only had the displeasure of conversing with Prew twice at Newark auto jumble that was enough for me:(
Thats funny, same place and same experience here. I blankly refuse to deal with the arrogant nerk after that.
I've had very good service from auto cycle, good after sales support (Q+A type stuff, never had to return anything) and on items where there has been a delay in the order process (waiting for mudguards to be made and chromed) I have phoned them up at any stage and they have been happy to keep me up to date with information.
Another one! They all have their own specialities when it comes to a ripp off, the one you mention was selling my friends Goldie on a commission basis to an overseas buyer. After 9 months the deal had still not gone through, my friend went to collect his Goldie unannounced only to find 1/2 the original parts swapped out!!
The con is to flog the best stripped off bits and the novice overseas buyer gets the bitsa.
I wonder how many Gold Stars are out there? I'm surprised that Autocycle are able to manufacture and stock such a large volume of parts for these bikes. Having said that, I am aware there are a few guvs out there in the biz who do quite well. For example one who drives a Bentley with a bumper sticker saying, "My other car is a Rolls". well more power to 'em. Personally I am glad they are out there as I could not ride without these spares. As a cantankerous ol' codger meself I understand that quite a few exist in this industry. Some of whom are gradually disappearing, such as Domi which is sorely missed regardless of what the personality types were in the last days. The point being that some eccentricity in such a niche hobby/cottage industry is probably to be expected.
As for Autocycle, I've had great experience with them at all times and received valuable pointers on parts, especially when rebuilding a 10GP2 carb. A/c can be a little slow to respond to queries about parts pricing and availability IMO but other than that, I'd highly recommend them especially since their pricing on some parts has been advantageous.
Has anyone bought from Phil Pearson? He seems quite helpful. He is selling the alloy inner primary (new) for what seems to be a good price, would appreciate f-back if anyone has tried one? Thanks.
I have brought from Phil many times, what a guy for engine parts and service - He is the 'GOLD STAR GURU'.
I had a look at his inner primary's the other day, like the outer casing i brought some time back from him the casting is thicker and stronger. I will be adding one to my next order (for a B33 as it happens).
I agree with your first paragraph, however in India you find the the status symbol is more like a top of the range Merc. As i go there very often for business! My next trip is to source the Indian manufacturers, negotiate an Indian mans price using my Indian mate, hand pick the best stuff, ship it back, flog it.