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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:47 pm 
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Per the GS forum, the owner is serious ill & the company is now liquidating raw material.
http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/showthread.php?t=215448

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Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:43 pm 
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That is a real shame. Need some young blood to step in and carry on the tradition.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:30 am 
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Wow, that is really a bummer. I just got a set of tubes from them last December, for my T350. They were perfect, and a really decent price. It's going to be a lot harder to get re-pros of old fork tubes now I guess....

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:01 pm 
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I live 20 minutes from Frank's, so I picked up all my tubes there. Never had one problem with fit or finish. Mary did pretty good there and knew her stuff, but her age has to be 75-80. She lived right next door to the business, and ran a cat shelter there. I saw 5 feet high pallets of cat food stacked in the machine shop. You cannot believe the smell when you opened the door and came inside. Sad-I knew this day was coming. :(

I expected that one of the machinists working for her would step up and keep it going. Think about it- nobody else anywhere offers new replacement tubes for any vintage motorcycle, or can make them to order. This really sucks for anybody who restores bikes- what are we going to do?

I hope Mary gets better and can return.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:29 am 
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Good news. Mary is back at work & the company is still in business.

http://www.suzuki2strokes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9606&start=13

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GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
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Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:48 pm 
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That is great news! :up: The GS Forum incorrect statement about them "liquidating raw material" really had me believing that the business was done.

Guess you can't believe everything you read on the interwebs...who knew? :wth:


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:47 pm 
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I just visited Frank's two weeks ago to pick up a set of tubes, and can report that Mary is very much still in business. :up:

Boy, was this thread title/subject incorrect. :roll:


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:46 am 
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The rumor may have been initially correct.
The response to the rumor that they were closing may have convinced Mary to stay open.
So maybe the rumor was a good thing.

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BAS (Bike Acquisition Syndrome) - too many bikes but have room for more

Suzuki:
GT750 2x75
GT550 72 project & 75
GT380 72
T500 73 project
T350 69, 71 & 72 project
T250 72
Honda 85 CB650SC & 86 CB700SC
Yamaha 75 XS650
09 Triumph Bonneville SE


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:16 pm 
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To squash a incorrect rumor that I know to be wrong.....I spoke with them in March of this year after checking with John (Amish john) Lutz. I called and spoke with Bill who told me that since they did not have the pattern for the Kaw S1C I was building this past Spring, to send him one fork upper. I spoke with him on a Weds, sent it on Thur and received two beautiful and correct fork upper legs back on Saturday of the same week!

They provided fantastic service and the legs of course fit perfectly too!

I had not used them since 197? ......that's a long time to be in a business where so many come and go but I'm glad that I renewed my ties to them...top drawer!

jeff

PS...look for " franks maintenance and engineering"


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:17 pm 
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RING_DING wrote:
That is a real shame. Need some young blood to step in and carry on the tradition.


Unfortunately, most of today's young blood can only work a mobile phone with faceplant or whatever it's called.
Not enough engineers nowadays, and not many want to learn the trade as it involves something called 'work' which isn't taught or understood much anymore.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:32 pm 
Bill just made me fork tubes for my 74 GT750. Used my old ones as a pattern. Had the 73 and 75 and later tubes on the shelf. Guess no one ever asked for the L model previously. It is a one year only part. Anyway, they turned out great and the turnaround was fantastic. They do great work at a reasonable price.


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