Raising of the 30' x 60' flag up the
115' pole in Hawthorne, Nevada.
Well this is me, the man behind Oregon Motorcycle parts. I do most everything around here: making the parts, shipping
& receiving, and cleaning up the place.
I’m also the one that will be giving the technical support. I tend to be generous with pre-sales support. I'd rather spend
some time working with you than sell you a part you don’t need. I have chosen not to have a separate eMail account for
support. At some time in the future, I may change my mind about that and add another eMail account but only if I have
trouble keeping it all organized. Most tech support will be by eMail but I will be available for phone support by prior
I've been reminded how out of date this page is and I'm going to be updating it over the end of winter and spring 2016...
I'm a long time bike nut as my friends call me. I've been riding since around 1970 when I got my first machine (no I won't admit what it was but it got
me around.) I was hooked after my first ride. I got my first real motorcycle a few years later. A 1964 Honda CL72, it was old and beat up but I was
able to pay for it by working odd jobs when I was in high school. I’ve had dozens of bikes since then including more than a few old British twins and a
couple Italian bikes. I’ve always had at least one project bike but in my later years I try limit myself to 2 so I won’t spread my resources to thin.
Back in the early 1980’s I had 17 bikes. If I can ever find those photos, I’ll scan them and put them up on this page.
Update; I married my long lost love in August 2007 and we relocated us and the business to a new (to us) home in Ceder Mill, Oregon (just west of
Portland.) Getting things up and going again after a nightmare of a move was less than fun but we are close to full operation and will be well before
Too many things have transpired to mention here but I relocated myself and OMP to a small town about 60 miles west of Portland. We're now in
Willamina, OR. Never heard of it, you're in good company I'm always explaining where it is even to people in the Portland metro area...
This is my daughter Lydia and her fraternal twin boys. Kit is on the left and James on the right. This pix
was taken about 4 years ago.
Lydia has done some of the electronics assembly work and shipping for me but is currently pursuing
other things. She brings the grand kids over from time to time to help keep me entertained. The twins
specialize in making messes and getting into things. For this I usually reward them with cookies and ice
cream. After all, a grandparent's job is to sugar them up and send them home.
These 2 pictures are from the twins first
couple fishing trips. James is on the left with
his first fish. The second pic is fuzzy but the
only one of Kit with his 16.5" trout.
Oregon Motorcycle Parts hasn't always been an on-line only business. Over 20 years ago It was a real bricks and mortar bike shop in Portland,
Oregon. If you had visited the shop in those days you would have most likely found me either behind the counter or turning wrenches in back in the
shop. Prior to starting at the shop in 1979, I had been a motorcycle mechanic and partsman since 1976. I ran the shop until the economy of the time
coupled with other unfortunate personal instances caused me to close the shop in October 1983.
I got started in electronics making hobby projects when I was as a young teenager. I wired up my first rectifier to convert the AC from a model train
transformer to DC for a model helicopter I was trying get working. Anyway I never got the model helicopter working right but I did learn how to
make a rectifier. The only time I got the helicopter to do more than hop on the ground was when I connected it to the battery on my older brother's
Fiat. I can't find the scar from the helicopter blades any more but I let go of the wires when it flew into my upper arm. The 3 volt motor I was using
was fried anyway and I never got around to finding a replacement. By this time I was getting interested in motorcycles anyway and the rest is
I went back to turning wrenches until 1994 when I completed a college degree at Portland State University and went off to work in the computer
industry. I gave up riding about then having blown up the engine in my Moto Guzzi (and I stupidly sold my Z1 to get my car fixed.) Around July
2002 I helped a friend get a bike going and I got hooked on bikes all over again. Now I have a bunch of old bikes again.
Being both broke and cheap I ride 20+ year-old bikes but they are sill great machines. However some parts that should be commonly available can
only be bought used. Back when I ran the bike shop, I found that I could not get enough good used rectifiers to meet demand and I started making
up my own. From there I've expanded my line of motorcycle electrical parts as demand requires or I depending on what I figure out. I'm mostly
self taught on both computers and electronics and my college degree is in something that it's all that useful. I've had or at least attempted several
careers over the years but I always come back to my first love, motorcycles. I always felt the loss of my bike shop and when I made the decision to
go back into the bike business, the name of the company was easy.
This is my 1966 V Baja Bug. It has a 1971 engine and transaxle. I rebuilt the engine and got it installed with a lot of help from my brother in-law. My brother
in-law Dan also did the cool camo paint job.
The engine is 1690cc with forged Mahl pistons, an Engle high performance camshaft and it was balanced and blueprinted at Dan Hall's machine shop in Portland,
OR (not my brother in-law Dan.) I wanted more torque for hill climbing but I wasn't after a racing engine (when I want to go fast I ride a bike anyway.) I had
the engine balanced and blue printed at Dan Hall's machine shop in Portland, Oregon and that was well worth the expense. It's much smoother than the stock
engine ever came close to.
For those in the know, the early transaxle is different from the later ones. Import Transmission Exchange (also in Portland) converted the later transaxle to take
the earlier differential. After that it bolted right up and good thing too as the later gearbox had ratios much better suited to the later engine. Anyway like all good
projects there's much more to do...
These pictures were taken about 5 years ago last at the trout farm and
my daughter isn't fat, there's a granddaughter on the way. I
I'll put up more pix after our next outing soon...
Here's a couple pix from the old days when OMP was a very different motorcycle business. That's me standing up in the
sidecar with the sub-machinegun in the pic on the right. The pic on the left is Dave Hansen and his bride Jackie Langlitz of
Langlitz leathers. The Vincent Comet with side care is Dave's and he owned the shop before me.
A lot of time has passed since these pix. My granddaughter is 4 year old now and thinks her grandpa is great. I'm not about to tell her
otherwise. I don't have the pix from last summer but she got to join us for the last fishing trip and she is more hooked on fishing that the trout
she reeled in... The pix below are from a year to 2 years back. The one on the left is the boys after their last soccer game of the year. James
isn't shorer, he's leaning against the wall at the ice cream shop where we went after the game.
The twins are 13 now and are doing odd jobs for me when they come to visit. In addition to the stuff they do for fun here, the look forward to
working for the old man. They like helping even more than the money they earn doing it... I can see them becoming a more important part of
the work we do here over the next few years.
More to come...