It looks as if B.C. based Konker Motors may have closed up shop.
Konker’s best known for their KSM200 motorcycle, a made-in-China bike with a motor based on the DR200. We tested a long-termer last summer and were suitably impressed with its toughness — it pretty much just shrugged off a crash on the mean streets of Saint John, N.B. But apparently, the company itself doesn’t share their bike’s longevity.
We first started to wonder about Konker’s demise late last winter. We’d heard they had a new motorcycle coming to Canada this year, an update of their supermoto/dual-sport KSM200, with a 250 cc engine that looked pretty similar to Suzuki’s TU250 motor.
However, the information abruptly stopped flowing, and this despite repeated calls and emails to head office. The only tidbit we got was from R&R Motorsports in Ontario, who claimed to be their new parts distributor, and they told us that the new and improved 250 was indeed on its way.
Fast forward a few weeks to June, and we still haven’t gotten any more news on the 250. Instead, we’re getting comments on our site from unhappy customers, complaining that they can’t get in touch with Konker for parts.
So, we did a little digging, but we hit a brick wall. Nobody from Konker will return calls or reply to our emails. We can’t even find a phone number for R&R anymore on the Konker website and their dealer list doesn’t display any names.
And we’re not the only ones; dealers are having a difficult time getting in touch with Konker as well. Supposedly they’ve been told to put their parts order through the Konker website — just like the general public — but Konker dealer Sven Bernard, with W.C. Distributing in Fort McMurray, says he’s been unable to get parts through the website at all.
He says his company is still managing to honour the warranties on the bikes they’ve sold, despite their problems sourcing parts, so if you bought your Konker from them, you’re still in luck.
But if you’re not so fortunate and you’ve got a Konker in need of some fixing, don’t despair. We mentioned Arthur Mitton at ChinaPartsCanada.com last summer during our long-term testing, and we’ve confirmed that he’s still able to get parts for the KSM200.
Also, Sven Bernard says that his company is so impressed with the KSM200 that they’re hoping to bring it in themselves (under a different name, of course), though they may just leapfrog up to the new 250. They’ll likely offer the dual-sport package as the bike’s original configuration as well, instead of the supermoto styling that came stock from Konker.
So, although we haven’t heard an official announcement from Konker’s management saying that they’ve closed their doors for good, we haven’t heard anything to the contrary from them either. Of course, if we do, we’ll be sure to update you.
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