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Re: buying from Yahoo Japan auction/Buyee (5th parcel)
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2021, 12:00:21 AM »
Hi 5port

Buyee do actually offer a special/protective packing option but tbh with the amount of add-ons already there I never picked it and I have to say their packing for the mudguards etc was way more than necessary. Ironic that the cylinder-head got damaged but they are probably flung about like every other parcel.

I've not heard of Cruzinimage before. I take it that's just new parts  ???

Bummer about the RD350 head. Great that you got a refund but a waste of a rare part.

My next task will be to try and import a fuel tank or exhaust. I'm sure they will be on the prohibited list but surely if the tank hasn't had fuel in it for decades it should be ok.

I saw a CS2E tank on Yahoo Japan the other day, which is very rare, and have also seen AS3 exhausts  :)
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Re: buying from Yahoo Japan auction/Buyee (5th parcel)
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2021, 08:23:00 PM »
Yep, the packaging has to be robust enough for the parcel to be thrown onto a hard floor.  ???
Cruzinimage is a Japanese pattern parts specialist.  Advertises a fair bit on UKebay.  Postage from JPN good value.  ;)
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Re: buying from Yahoo Japan auction/Buyee (5th parcel)
« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2021, 08:21:28 PM »
Had a few bits from Japan but not from the auction site, interesting. On the whole I have found the sellers very efficient and well priced, Cruzin and webbike etc. Its amazing what you can get from across the globe, got nos rd125 bits from Uruguay including tacho and speedo, full z650 exhaust system from the states but took ages as it came by sea, a fuel tank from California with dregs of fuel still in it :o Things have tightened up a bit now it seems as to what can be sent sadly. 

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Re: buying from Yahoo Japan auction/Buyee (5th parcel)
« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2021, 11:21:36 PM »
Had a few bits from Japan but not from the auction site, interesting. On the whole I have found the sellers very efficient and well priced, Cruzin and webbike etc. Its amazing what you can get from across the globe, got nos rd125 bits from Uruguay including tacho and speedo, full z650 exhaust system from the states but took ages as it came by sea, a fuel tank from California with dregs of fuel still in it :o Things have tightened up a bit now it seems as to what can be sent sadly.

I just fancied Japan as that's where our bikes came from and they aren't as prized there (yet?). Got loads of stuff from USA but there are a lot of UK/Europe parts that weren't on USA models.

Strange one about Uruguay but yes I've seen someone there selling NOS Yamaha bits for AS3 and bought some but prices were high

Interesting about the fuel-dregs as I read a thread somewhere where a guy imported a tank (507 to France iirc) and it was destroyed at airport as their machines can pick up on even traces of fumes
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Re: buying from Yahoo Japan auction/Buyee (7th parcel)
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2022, 12:13:32 PM »
So I'm spending more money on Japan 'Ebay'.

I think I missed out one of the recent purchases. It was a sidepanel for a YBR125 (not mine) and we couldn't find correct on in UK but there were plenty in Japan. It was about £4 but after P&P etc prob nearer £30 so once again it kinda works out same as buying a higher-priced/lower P&P item from UK.

This latest purchase was a bit folly I guess and I probably don't even need it now but I  may have mentioned the XJR1300 saga before.

I saw a cylinder-block (barrels) for the XJR1200 for a ridiculously low price on Yahoo Auction Japan. It was around £7. I didn't think they'd ship it because of all the prohibited-items business but, long story short, it was unlocked and I won the auction but was in no rush to pay for the actual shipping. I had 2nd thoughts and considered just abandoning it.

However they seem to allow a very generous 'free storage' period and eventually I  paid the £54 shipping and thought 'it'll turn up eventually and prob have customs fees to pay'

Well I was rather surprised when it arrived a few days later. Interestingly the documentation seems different this time  (more DHL than Buyee) and it wasn't packed so well.

I mentioned before about the almost clinical packing they seem to employ but this (very delicate) item was just flung in a box with some old newspapers.

It seems to have survived fine and am sure I could sell it on and break even.

The downsides are the XJR1300 engine I'm detailing is turning out fine now and I don't think we'll be dismantling it. I knew the 1200 and 1300 barrels differed (bore) but someone said they smaller ones can be bored-out to use with STD pistons on the 1300. It would look odd tho with the smaller engine size embossed on the front of the block.

I also see someone in UK is selling same thing for only £120 and it's not being snapped-up.

The main reason I jumped at this one is that XJR1300 parts seem extortionate and I've not seen any barrels for sale in the 7 years I've been looking.

Plus-points are that it shows you can get engine parts with a bit of determination.

If I can get a fuel-tank or exhaust over that wil be a major achievement.

They recently refused to unblock a shock-absorber (Honda CB125TDE Superdream) s it might explode  ::)


My last gripe is with the address-label. Why the hell do some companies insist on printing your name twice and, in this case, missing out part of the postcode?

I'm actually surprised it got here  ::)



my name twice and half a postcode



no paperwork this time but still the familiar little sticker



not packed as well as previous consignments




looks in good condition



XJR1300 engine part way thru cleaning & painting
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Re: buying from Yahoo Japan auction/Buyee (8th & 9th parcels)
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2022, 09:42:36 PM »
So I bought more bits from Japan but this time used the From Japan site. All the listings are the same as Buyee as they both link to Yahoo Auction Japan (which is very like Ebay) but someone said they were less fussy about prohibited items.

As it turns out the pieces I bought were pretty safe this is a moot point.

The interesting aspects this time I guess is that I used surface mail to save money and also they bundled certain items together for shipping but not in any logical date-purchased or size system

Also when you pick the cheaper surface mail it warns the packages are not tracked so you are taking a bit of a chance on it even arriving.

So I bought 5 listings which were all pretty small apart from a swing-arm. I paid for the items on 11th, 14th, 29th of June and they bundled the items from the 11th and 29th together in a smaller box with shipping of £35.33

I paid the shipping on that on 14th July and it arrived this week which is like 10 weeks. We are back to the immaculate packaging again so am not sure what happened with #7 with the XJR barrels flung in a box  :-\

Each listing as 1280 Yen purchase-price which works out to almost exactly £8 depending on exchange-rate on the day.

So for my total outlay of £59.31 I got the parts below.


from From Japan Limited


car exhaust pipes clearing Customs ok





precision packing




no idea what this says




sticker on box seems to share....



....certain data with stickers on packed items





little hand-made tags on the parts




£7.99 for exhaust-pipe/header



£7.99 for pair of exhaust pipe nuts




£8 for LH handle switch


The 2nd (bigger) parcel which I paid shipping on a couple of weeks later (29th July) hasn't arrived yet but a tracking ref does show for it on the site. Perhaps over a certain cost you get a tracking ref. It certainly doesn't give daily updates when clicked but it's better than nothing I guess.

So I don't know if I'm saving that much using surface mail as the prices seem similar to before but I'm thinking the prices overall have jumped and if I choose airmail again it will be a shock.

The seller I got all the cheap CS2E bits from appears to be breaking a whole bike but has not yet listed big pieces. I'm hoping the silencers get listed as these are rather scarce. I've just bought the exhaust/header pipe so technically the bigger bit should be shippable as it would have the same carbon in it but I'm not sure they'll see it that way  ::)
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Re: buying from Yahoo Japan auction/Buyee (8th & 9th parcels)
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2022, 09:16:48 PM »
Graham, have you seen this post in the 250 Tech Help Section

https://www.aircooledrdclub.com/smf/index.php?topic=64830.0

A guy based in Japan has mentioned some of the sites you are interested in

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Re: buying from Yahoo Japan auction/Buyee (8th & 9th parcels)
« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2022, 10:27:14 PM »
UPDATE

parcel #9 arrived and am over-the-moon about that for some reason.

It took exactly 12 weeks to come but seemed an age compared to the last one at 10 weeks. I think perhaps because this contained something more significant, and I'd paid more shipping on it, it was more of a worry.

Anyway. We've still got the immaculate packing which is identical to parcels received via Buyee so am thinking it's all coming from one warehouse.

The swingarm was covered in oil but so shouldn't really have been shipped but the word (in the listing) wouldn't trigger a 'forbidden' item such as a petrol tank, oil tank or sump? which may explain why I could bid on it but not how it got here. Perhaps the packing-staff aren't too fussed and at the docks or whatever mb it's not true that they have sniffer machines  :-\

Looks like with the exchange-rates for these ones I paid £8.17 for each listing and the total for shipping and charges was £54.47

I'm quite happy with that as even tho the shipping is much higher than the parts I don't think I could've got the parts cheaper elsewhere. Swingarms seem to go for £30-£60 before shipping and all the nuts and bolts would cost a fortune to ship or post in dribs n drabs


quite a big box this time



From Japan from Japan


£16 spent on parts but seems odd that both items weighed the same



shipped out last day of July and arrived around 20th October




label on box again but no barcode labels on the items inside this time




quite a big gap in the sequence of the handmade tags this time. gives an idea of  amount of stuff they are sending abroad perhaps



one item was swingarm assy (CS2E)




other was all the nuts/bolts small fittings from the CS2E


Next thing to come is 2 silencers (RD125). If I get them ok I'd say you can basically ship anything from Japan apart from a fuel-tank or shock-absorber but I will try again for those  ;D
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