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Airtech closing shop

Discussion in 'General' started by This old Rz, Feb 16, 2024.

  1. This old Rz

    This old Rz Well-Known Member

    I've read this on two different forums, That Airtech is closing shop?
    Anyone here know if that's the truth...I would hope not. I need glass for 4-5 bikes...but not all at once... lol
    I saw that he was auctioning off some motorcycles at the Mecum event...
    If so hard to believe there's not a buyer for the company?
    But I imagine the days of aftermarket bodywork..are getting slow and not too much being produced for old bikes anymore.
    Push comes to shove I'll have to order up some seats and uppers for at least two bikesAs no other company in the world makes em but Airtech..

    Post some info if you know, Thanks
  2. motion

    motion Nihilistic Member

    I don’t think so… I’ll ask Kent
  3. britx303

    britx303 Boomstick Butcher…..

    That site is guilty of a few of my daydream builds over the years. That xs650 roadracer is damn beautiful!!!!
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  4. motion

    motion Nihilistic Member

    Yeah, he's closing down. Looking for a buyer ASAP.
  5. dave3593

    dave3593 What I know about opera I learned from Bugs Bunny

    DANG IT!
  6. pro69ss

    pro69ss Well-Known Member

    Sucks !
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  7. motion

    motion Nihilistic Member

    I have a Kent Riches story...
    In 1986 I bought a used TZ250G with ratty bodywork from a racer in LA. I somehow found out about Kent down in Oceanside. He was just starting AirTech and operating out of a tiny little space behind an industrial building. I was a broke kid who needed bodywork so I could go racing with ARRA and AFM South. I had no money. Kent set me up with new bodywork from an S model, complete with snazzy handcuffs. My bike looked like it was straight off a European GP grid. Then, he hooked me up with a female painter just starting out who painted my new bodywork in Marlboro orange colors for free. So, off I went racing at Willow Springs, telling everyone about Kent and the painter (Heidi?). I couldn't have gone racing without Kent's help, and also the help of John and Bill Matherson at Mission Motorsports in San Juan Capistrano. They used to work on my bike after they closed their shop for a 6 pack of beer. Kent's a solid dude and I wish him the best of luck in his next endeavour.

    (Years later and the paint had faded since I didn't have a garage and the bike was stored in my carport)

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  8. fzrkidd

    fzrkidd Well-Known Member

    With Beasley gone and now AirTech out soon .... who's left?? only Sharkskinz?
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  9. bergs

    bergs Well-Known Member

    If you prefer poor fitment, there's always Hotbodies
  10. RossK6

    RossK6 Grid Filler

    Ouch! True, but ouch.
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  11. backbone

    backbone scarred for life

    Armour body is awesome.

    Airtech was the only place to get vintage stuff though, at least that i know of.
    If Airtech would remake the Hex Cell bodywork from the 80's it would be as good if not better than Sharkskinz.
    I never understood why they started making thick ass non flexible bodywork.
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  12. MGM

    MGM Well-Known Member

    You started racing VERY young on the 250..
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  13. evakat

    evakat Well-Known Member

    So I better get my order in for new FZR750RT bodywork...
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  14. Wingnut

    Wingnut Well-Known Member

    I just put in an order for my Erion FX CBR900RR last week.
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  15. 418

    418 Expert #59

    IIRC Sharksinz doesn't have any of their old molds anymore.

    Really with Airtech gone somebody gonna have to pick up the pieces or we're gonna have a huge hole for old race bike bodywork.
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  16. Robby-Bobby

    Robby-Bobby Steeltoe’s Daddy

    Shit-Fuck, I am gonna need some TZ750 this year but I wasn't ready to pull the trigger. This sucks.
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  17. Shenanigans

    Shenanigans in Mr.Rogers neighborhood

    They don't do vintage stuff
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  18. Robin172

    Robin172 Well-Known Member

    Blimey, how old were you when you started racing?
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  19. Jeff McKinney

    Jeff McKinney Well-Known Member

    Man,I kinda knew it might go this way.A couple years ago he contacted me about a bike I had sold about an hour before he called.We talked probably for 1/2 hr,he lamented that he was getting close to retirement,but his son had no interest in motorcycles or the business.
  20. A. Barrister

    A. Barrister Well-Known Member

    repeat customers...Duh. :D
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