Saturday, July 26, 2014

Where motorcycles go when they die

A small section of Bob's Used Motorcycle Parts

Bob’s Used Motorcycle Parks in Phoenix isn’t your normal tourist attraction. In fact, it’s only a tourist attraction if you eat, breathe and live motorcycles, or need parts to repair the bikes you have.

Bob’s is a salvage yard for motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, etc.  The huge bone yard is filled with motorcycles that have been damaged in accidents. Some bikes look to be pretty much intact, while others are piled in heaps by motorcycle manufacturer. My husband says the section for Yamahas alone is bigger than many auto wrecking yards.

Bob’s claims to be the largest motorcycle salvage yard in Arizona, and one of the largest in the United States. It is extremely popular with riders who like to repair or restore motorcycles.  With parts piled five feet deep, I’m not sure how anyone manages to find anything, but I watched a steady stream of buyers go into the yard outside and come back with the parts they wanted. Employees also would show bikers where parts they wanted could be found in the outside yard. The premises also included a big building with shelves of parts stacked to the high ceiling.

I know one thing, I would hate to be responsible for inventory control there. With acres and acres of parts, it would be a nervous breakdown just waiting to happen.

Bob’s is located at 1325 E. Elwood Street in Phoenix. It can be difficult to find if you’re not familiar with Phoenix streets. Elwood is a chopped up street, not a through one which would make the place easier to find.

Bob’s even has its own fan page on Facebook:


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