Honda produces reliable motorcycles and is the largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines with 14 million engines per year.
They are also the sixth largest automaker in the world and fourth largest in the United States, overtaking Chrysler in 2008. They didn’t enter the American market for motorcycles until 1960, so there’s a 50+ year history of Honda today and in the US That’s a lot of Honda motorcycle parts to go with it.
The first place to look for the cheapest Honda motorcycle parts is a junkyard, but these (especially motorcycle specific) can be hard to find.
Try engine parts buildings next. This is where the garages buy parts for your Honda motorcycle and although the public prices are slightly higher than the retail prices, you can get them from one of the main sources and therefore save.
You can also try your local garages if you can’t find motor factors. Although the workshops will order from local Motor Factors or their favorite online source.
Next, you can try specialized Honda motorcycle companies online. There are many companies that promote a motorcycle brand and maintain their specialty. These tend to be the best as they are more efficient in finding what you need and more likely to stock it than offer you a generic solution.
Finally you can try the manufacturer (Honda) for yourself. However, this is usually the most expensive way. They can usually get the parts for their older models, although they may not want to because of the hassle. So be sure to wave them some cash if you’re having trouble finding the part you need elsewhere.
If you still can’t find the Honda motorcycle parts you need, there are also second-hand options. While rubber parts will fade over the years and are not a recommended used purchase, metal parts will last provided they have not been abused and used as intended.
eBay is one source but it can be unreliable and you can wait months for the right part and even then be outbid at the last moment.
A better idea is to search owner forums. Chances are there are many enthusiasts for your model and someone somewhere in the world has the part as a spare and will be happy to send it on at the right price. This method has never failed me when owning rare models, again you may have to wait a bit, but something always pops up, post search ads and you might get lucky fast. To do this, go to Google.com and enter your Honda motorcycle model and try adding words like “club”, “owner” or “society” at the end to find the owner forum for your specific model.