Harley OEM Part Stream
There’s an app for that!
As an ancient Chinese proverb says, “There’s an app for everything.” And while that’s probably true, if you wanted to get replacement parts or accessories for your Harley-Davidson motorcycle, chances are you’d have to do some lengthy and fairly complicated digging through print catalogs, dealer indexes, or the main H-D website just to find a part number. This holds especially true if your Harley is an older model, in which case the H-D website won’t be of any help at all.
But thanks to Blake Taylor, an avid bike enthusiast and app builder from Australia, parts finding problems are a thing of the past. Blake is, as he puts it, just an average Aussie guy who owns an 2004 Harley-Davidson V-Rod VRSCB. One day, fate intervened in the guise of a bike accident that left him shaken up and with one of his feet badly smashed. And while some people might have called it quits at that point, Blake called it sort of an awakening.
When he set out to fix his bike, he says, “I realized it wasn’t the easiest of tasks to complete as I wasn’t able to go to the dealer due to my foot being smashed up. So I searched for an app that would help me with the process, but was surprised to find there wasn’t such an app, so I decided right there and then to design and release one.”
It helps that Blake builds apps for a living. After lots of development and testing, he was able to launch his app, Harley OEM Part Stream, into Google Play and iTunes stores on June 20, 2017.
Blake says the app can help you with Harleys from 1941 to current models. “This App is the only one on the market and will change the way we care for our bike and streamline a rather difficult process of sourcing parts, part numbers and prices for years of Harley’s 1941 to 2017 and free service manuals for selected models,” he says.
Of course, the app won’t find the part itself for you, but it will find the part number, and that is a big step because once you have your desired part numbers, you can order from a part supplier in the United States or take your list to your local dealer, even if you don’t live in America. The app also contains exploded diagrams and prices (USD) and can show you exactly where on your bike a certain part fits.
Currently Blake’s app is for Harleys only, but he says he’s also got apps for other brands. You can find detailed instructions on how to go about finding your specific parts on YouTube by entering the app’s name. Harley OEM Part Stream is available at all major app stores for download. It’s not shareware and costs $7.99 AUS (or about $6.35 U.S.), but that’s a tiny sum for something that saves you lots of time and effort.