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I have owned 3 gray market bikes, and found that nearly all the consumable parts were interchangeable with other models. My experience was that all the mainstream dealers weren't interested in the hassle of helping to find parts etc. to the point that I concluded that nobody who worked there was an enthusiast of any sort. I did find a little independant shop who was as enthusiastic as I, and helped to cross reference oil filters etc.

If you can't find parts that fit domestic market bikes, be prepared to pay dearly for them, and shipping.

Finally, if your dream bike is a Japan only model, you might never locate a shop manual in english, so you have to use your experience to do the servicing.

I would definitely do it again, only with a different importer.
 
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