West Eagle Motorcycle Products Closed Its Doors

“Hello Cyril, How are you doing? I hope you are doing well. I regret to announce you that West-Eagle Motorcycle Products closed its doors in 9/30/2011.

We have been making all efforts to continue to operate our business as the world economy entered a severe recession. However we are no longer able to handle our business, due both to the economy, a stronger Yen against the US dollar and the Japan earthquake disaster.

Therefore we have decided to close down Los Angeles office. West Eagle parts will continue to be sold in USA through Custom Chrome, J&P and many dealers.
 
This is very disappointing, but it means for me starting a new. I will go back to Japan and will start my own company in there. I hope I will see you again somewhere. If you have a question or help to Japan, you can be reached at my personal email address. I really appreciate having had the opportunity to work with you. Hoping good luck and happiness for you, your family and your company in the future. Thank you very much and best regard. Hiro. West Eagle Motorcycle Products.

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20 Responses to “West Eagle Motorcycle Products Closed Its Doors”


  1. 1 Bruce Oct 5th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Sad, I liked the parts they were importing from Japan. But they were not volume parts… I understand it’s easier and cheaper to use a US distributor.

  2. 2 Scott Robert Oct 5th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Sad to see you go, but good luck with your new ventures!

  3. 3 BIG DOUG Oct 6th, 2011 at 4:07 am

    What a bummer just brought another west eagle seat last mth,took me awhile to find a seat I like and the quality was excellent .

  4. 4 Hungouver Oct 6th, 2011 at 5:19 am

    As long as everyone keeps buying cheap shit from kuryakyn and taiwan tard we will continue to see these sad letters and stories! Wake the f$&@k up and support American made products and businesses.

    Enough chineez HD dog food bowls and Christmas lights already!!

    Who is gonna be left to turn out the politically correct light bulbs.

    Am sick of the hypocrites on “American” bikes covered in cheap imported bling!

  5. 5 chopmonster66 Oct 6th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    WELL, THERE GOES ANOUTHER ONE . WHO WILL BE NEXT? WE NEED TO GET OUR S@*T TOGEATHER AND QUITE BUYING GARBAGE MADE IN CHINA !!! OR WE WILL ALL BE CLOSING THE DOORS !!!!!!!!!

  6. 6 Jeff Nicklus Oct 6th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Excuse me, but if I am reading this correctly West Eagle had an “office” in the US but the parts were actually produced in Japan (why else would he be worried about the strength of the Yen?) ….. if that is the case how is that any different than parts being produced in Taiwan? Further if they are building parts in Japan and importing them into the US, then why are so many “Sad” that this company is folding up? It seems that the strict “Buy American” crowd on here should be dancing in the streets at this news?

    FYI: I ask these questions in all seriousness, and mean no disrespect, as I have never heard of this company before now and I know nothing of their products.

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  7. 7 Ed Martin Oct 6th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Hiro………gambatte………Edo

  8. 8 Jeffrey Oct 6th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Jeff. Answers. A stronger Yen against the US dollar makes importing these parts from Japan more expensive. Regarding buying American, I agree with you. A lot of hypocritical statements. What’s the difference between imported from China or Japan? None. The only difference is that bikers consider all products made in China as crap and all those from Japan as of high quality. As a matter of fact there are both crap and high quality parts made in all countries. Apple products are designed in America, made and assembled in China with top chinese components and everybody know that they are of very high quality.

  9. 9 Harry Oct 6th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Who do you think funds our debt? CHINA. Now you’re going to attack China who support all our debt? Bad idea will tell you our dear politicians.

  10. 10 bigalyts Oct 6th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Jeff, I’m with you, I think He is tired of Eating our style of Chinese Food and Dim Sung !

  11. 11 badams Oct 6th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Its unfortunate that another business in the industry fell victim to financial duress. However, there still exists a plethora of quality aftermarket parts available from talented machinists, fabricators and idea men, across US, EMEA and APAC. IMHO some of the best custom bikes out there have been massaged with the likes of Rico Fodrey, Le Beef, Scott Craig, Josh Mills, etc, etc etc……all those guys offer products that stand the test of time given they themselves have put them to the test.

  12. 12 nicker Oct 6th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Either way, that is one fine looking scooter………

    -nicker-

  13. 13 David Oct 6th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Ok what difference where the stuff is made or the value of the yen against the dollar…..If it is a great quality and people want or need it, it will sell what ever the exchange price is. It may take another month ot two to put together the $ but if its what you want you’ll get it.
    There is lots of fine products that come for all over the world….that doesnt mean we have to buy everything that China makes at the big box stores.Yeah I believe we should buy American first and foremost but that doesn’t mean I have never owned a Honda motorcycle,Or electronics made in Japan.
    Now if he cant manufacture the parts at a resonable cost and make a profit because of said exchange rates or diaster problems that maybe be a different case all together.
    It just seems to me he cant afford to keep a west coast shop open.

    SSDD;David

  14. 14 Curt! Oct 7th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    It’s sad to see another builder go, but it’s a sign of the times . Not only is the US economy in the dumpster, but most of the world is as well. West Eagle is not the first to fold his tent up and he wont be the last. I’d say 2 years from now most of the high end shops will either be gone or dramatically downsized. This isn’t a case of being a good or bad businessman, it’s a case of governments not supporting business to maintain a robust economy. my .02

  15. 15 David Oct 7th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Curt I dont know where your intelligence is coming from but Govt. does not need to support business it just needs to get out of the way with it;s rules and regulation and taxation. Then all business will grow and people will have jobs to go back to work with.
    Govt. can only take so much and then try and redistribute it , it finally ends up like it’s going now no money ,no jobs and then no business because there is no one left with any money to buy anything.
    Think about this really hard as the govt and it’s regulations have grown…… jobs have disappered….slowly going to other countries because labor was cheaper ,less compliance was need to just import products and USA manufacturing went down the tubes and dont tell me people dont want those jobs….there will always be people for those skill based jobs like making Levis and tshirts….BUT not as long as the Govt is in the way or the EPA, ACLU or the UNIONS driving th prices higher and higher untill NO ONE WINS. And all it takes is one cry baby with a lawyer to start the whole mess down the tubes and start new regulations which drives the cost up on everything else. Its a very visous cycle.

    SSDD; David

  16. 16 Ed Oct 7th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Jeff and Jeffrey:

    You ask what’s the difference in parts being made in Japan and China. Heeeellooooooo … ! In case you haven’t read ANYTHING in the last 60 or so years, let me just inform you that China is a comunist country (hint: we have lost many young heroic lives in combating that kind of regime) and also engages in unacceptable labor practices (I’ll let you do some homework on that). Whereas Japan, albeit a formidable technological and commercial competitor to the USA, is a friendly country and shares our same values regarding democracy, freedom and the respect for the dignity of all human beings.

    In that context, I feel no guilt nor shame in wearing a Shoei or Arai helmet. I wish I could wear a Bell (like I did many years ago), but they sold out (i.e. they are “designed” in the USA and made “guess where’).

    If you still don’t get it, well … I better just leave it at that!

  17. 17 Donnie Oct 7th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Ed. What about Pearl Harbor?

  18. 18 Jeff Nicklus Oct 7th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Hey Ed,

    Japan …… seems like we had to Nuke those little bastards once didn’t we? Wasn’t WWII brought to you by the Japs, at least as far as the Pacific Theater goes? Wasn’t Japan allies with a guy named Hitler? So spare me with the communist (FYI: check you spelling on that) crap, I doubt you know anything more about communist aggression around the world than you have watched on CNN during your visits to Starbucks. Further, before you comment, please know that I am a Combat Vet and I have seen the results of communism up close and personal and I have had the honor of knowing many heroic men and women who wear or have worn the uniform. Have you ever taken the Oath and put the uniform on?

    Have a nice day.

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  19. 19 Boss Hawg Oct 7th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Jeff…I’ll second your motion…Sempre Fi.

    Got your back anytime my friend!

    Boss Hawg

  20. 20 OG Oct 9th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Try to run a high volume motorcycle shop without taiwan TEDD. The stuff just isn’t available elsewhere.

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