"due to age or lack of proprietary parts not being available"
lets hear it. What parts you are concerned about ?
I need to make room for more stuff in my warehouse and I want to make sure I got all and everything which breaks or could break with a lot of different modells and maybe a million Dahons on the road this should be a piece of cake.
Surely at times I might not be able to get the year correct or NOS part but lets see if I can find an alternative to keep the bike rollin. For those who have 20 year old stainless geta ways ..those are collector bikes and parts are available through the same sources as old Merckx Gitane or Pinnarello Schwinn krates and so forth. I dont have the time to start a restoration business. But the lack of parts for these real old folders makes the original ones as expensive as they are ( also see Raleigh 20 )
But again this propieroty talk is way way over rated. Just because Dahon calls a hub Dahon special edition means nothing as you can order the same hub from Harris Cyclery.
Grips .. yes Dahon has a maker of grips who makes them pretty grips with the Dahon logo on it.... they also make the same grips without the logo.
Bells integrated ..yeah what a cute little design its like the Radio/Light/Inflator/Battery charger/ emergency beacon what ever. I like to have a good brake lever and a good bell ( I sell Bells made in Germany) but if that silly integrated bell dissapears, than the world is not coming to an end, one can still use the bike. get a 3 dlr bell if you need one and be on your way ....
There are real Dahon parts like frame clasps kits ( I have 3 here which I bought last year ....steel and alloy versions..... they seem to be pretty bulletproof as I still have 2 of each in stock after one year ...hmmmm ? The people who break them must be finding them easily at their local dealer ???
Handlestems , due to the recall they got put into bikes but slowly they also become available again as spare parts .....
folder fanatic ...if you are so afraid of your surroundings may I suggest that no job in th world is that important to stay where you are. Its a semi free world ( dont get me started on that one) and nobody forces you to live in the surroundings you dont like. I live in the middle of a cornfield and at the local Walmart half the cars are wide open ( at least 10 % have the key in the ignition , which is NOT the way to go, as it makes thieves out of othwerwise ordinary people ) Maybe you need a change of location as that would clearly raise your standard of living, living in fear cannot be good for anybody.
colleceting bits and pieces and hopes to get rich on propriorty parts