3 GUYZ Is Suspending Production Of Their Custom Made Springer Forks

“Cyril. We wanted you to be the first to know we have made the decision to suspend production. We have attached an open letter that we intend to release to our customers, dealers and friends on Friday, July the 13th. While we will not be building new Springers, we will continue to support repair parts, wear kits, and complete support for our valuable customers” Andy & The GUYZ.

To our friends, Associates and customers:

“3 GUYZ, Inc. has made the decision to suspend production of the Builder’s Springer custom  made springer fork. After initial release in 2004 at the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, our purpose has been to provide a springer fork built in the classic style using modern manufacturing systems and materials. This allowed us to keep pricing low, lead time short, with each fork built to match the frame geometry for ride and fit.

Since the release, we have seen order volume rise with the marketplace, and change as mainstream custom motorcycle style trends vary from year to year. With the most recent industry changes, we have seen more and more emphasis toward modifying production motorcycles with bolt-on customizing. Owners building motorcycles continue to be pressured by price and the economy as they make product selections.

With the reduction in volume, we have experienced a loss of manufacturing efficiency with smaller lot sizes and simultaneous increases in cost from energy surcharges, raw materials,and even packaging. These costs left us with two choices: raise prices dramatically, or suspend production until the industry demand returns. One of our original goals for this product was to make high quality, custom-made springer forks available for the builder, either professional or personal at a worldwide competitive price. We feel that simply raising the price defeats this premise, and does not effectively add value to the marketplace.

Our decision to suspend production on this product was based on these market factors. We will continue to maintain component parts for wear items and replacement to support all those discriminating individuals and companies who selected our Builder’s Springer for their  project and product offering. We will continue to offer belt to chain drive conversion kits, Sprocket Brake Kits, American V-Twin offset transmission sprockets and our other product offerings in the Automotive and Industrial marketplaces.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers, industry associates and our friends for their support for this product, and our company. We will continue to actively seek opportunities to provide new, effective products to fit your needs.’ Sincerely, “The GUYZ

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13 Responses to “3 GUYZ Is Suspending Production Of Their Custom Made Springer Forks”


  1. 1 Ryan Jul 11th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Sad. The small American craftsmen are dying.

  2. 2 Patrick Gallo Jul 11th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    The young generation of “backyard bike builders” is never going to support this industry. Here another proof.

  3. 3 Greeko Jul 11th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Instead of bitching all the time because people don’t buy American products, we all should devote our time finding out the root of our problems. Did you observe like me that a lot of builders use Chinese products on their bikes while at the same time claiming that they defend The American craftsmanship! I begin to think that Americans have created their own problems and are getting what they deserve.

  4. 4 Richard Jul 11th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Looks like a nice piece. Too bad.

  5. 5 J. Martinez Jul 11th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Never heard of this company when I built my bike and looked for a Springer!

  6. 6 badams Jul 11th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Based on some of the Born Free 4 builds, serious “backyard builders” are becoming more refined, evolving into “boutique builders”. I am sure they would provide one at a premium; of course that opens a new can of worms with niche fabricators and machinists such as Sugar Bear, Denver’s and Executive Chopper’s Harmon front end.

    While its disappointing lack of demand didn’t sustain this product, it points to a new paradigm in an ever changing, fickle market. My guess is these guys are far too enterprising to let this setback inhibit them from continuing to produce other quality US made products for the industry.

  7. 7 Highrider Jul 11th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Uh, isn’t everybody riding Baggers now, uh pushed by almost everybody

    Baggers are boring , but for today’s mechanical challemged riders, dealer maintained bikes rule.

    Why dosen’t somebody restart a Chopper show ( no Teutals please)

  8. 8 Nobody Jul 11th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    @Highrider The show producers/who ever calls the shots will push for more drama until that show implodes into a smouldering pile of crap. All these “reality” shows all keep getting pointed towards that cliff. How It’s Made / How Do They Do It, are the only reality shows left where you can see things being built with out the drama getting cranked to 11 for ratings.

  9. 9 Boss Hawg Jul 12th, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Sad, very sad to see one of the best, if not the best springer frontend manufacturers close. Met Andy and his crew at the V Twin Expo in ’04…they are the best.

    Boss Hawg

  10. 10 BluDog Jul 12th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    What’s Brass Balls going to use now that 3Guyz isn’t an option. Nice substantial looking front ends, hope I can find one on a donor next time cash flow permits

  11. 11 donnie Jul 12th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    To bad about the Springer production , But am glad to hear that these GUYZ will still be be offering their other parts and services ..Their 630 chain kits are awesome ..Best of luck to them !

  12. 12 Vince Jul 12th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    People are more interested in changing the bike they already have, not building a new bike. The very low cost Asian forks have made it tough on US manufacturers.
    Its sad to see the ground up custom bike industry shrink.
    We still build our springer, http://www.AmericanSuspension.com but sales are not what they used to be. The builders that are left are going to be left with fewer choices.

  13. 13 Sara Brown Jul 16th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    bummer

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