Jalopnik: BikeBandit Has Stolen $646,000 from Customers and Disappeared

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5/31/2022 7:19 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/31/2022 7:21 PM

"Motorcyclists around the country are confused and frustrated by BikeBandit, a well-known online seller of motorcycle parts and gear. Starting in late 2021, customers have been complaining that orders are never delivered, and refund requests are never answered. BikeBandit’s online customer service chat is broken. Its phone number is dead....

BikeBandit quietly filed for bankruptcy in February 2022. But there’s no indication of that on the retailer’s website, where up until the middle of April 2022, you could fill a shopping cart, enter your payment info, and send your money to a defunct company that had no way to fulfill your order."

https://jalopnik.com/motorcycle-parts-seller-bikebandit-has-stolen-646-000-1848823954/amp

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5/31/2022 7:22 PM

When someone tells you who they are, right in their business name, believe them.

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5/31/2022 7:30 PM

Roczoff wrote:

When someone tells you who they are, right in their business name, believe them.

😂😂😂

Touché

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5/31/2022 8:30 PM

Robert Rosenberg and Vey's Powersports (the owner of Bike Bandit) has been ripping people off for months. If I lived in El Cajon I wouldn't be spending any money in his shop. If you read through the bankruptcy filing you will see what kind of criminal this guy is.

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6/1/2022 1:25 AM

Roczoff wrote:

When someone tells you who they are, right in their business name, believe them.

Yep, we finally know why they were called Bike Bandit.

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6/1/2022 1:33 AM

Wow, this is crazy. I assume this was somehow planned.
I bought parts from them for a couple street bikes years ago. Glad I never went back.

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6/1/2022 2:21 AM

How did it take this long for this to get posted? Usually stuff like this is up here as soon as something happens. Sounds like this was going on for months.

But good that it's out there now. Talk about shady shit...

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6/1/2022 3:58 AM

Website still looks to be functioning.... just to get what they can before it's fully closed I guess! $$$$$$$$$$

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6/1/2022 4:36 AM

Wow. I bought stuff from them a long time ago. I think they were the first to provide OEM parts explosions so you could be sure you were ordering the right thing. No issues.

If they filed for bankruptcy in February, all funds received since *should be* in the hands of the trustee, who is obligated to use them to settle debts. An unfulfilled order is a debt. Though I 'm not sure how you make the claim or if you would actually get anything back because of your position *in line*. The court filings would provide this information.

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6/1/2022 5:59 AM

damn

pretty sure i bought parts for my suzuki from them years ago.

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6/1/2022 6:27 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/1/2022 6:27 AM

ns503 wrote:

How did it take this long for this to get posted? Usually stuff like this is up here as soon as something happens. Sounds like ...more

I don’t think they were a common site mx enthusiasts used as there go to. I know they typically had good prices but delivery was long so Rocky Mountain or Motosport were more appealing to use. I’m sure if they were a more popular vendor of choice it would’ve been posted sooner. Hope those ripped off can get their money back

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6/1/2022 6:36 AM

Must be ArtForPetrolHeads' buddy.

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6/1/2022 7:21 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/1/2022 7:42 AM

ns503 wrote:

How did it take this long for this to get posted? Usually stuff like this is up here as soon as something happens. Sounds like ...more

yak651 wrote:

I don’t think they were a common site mx enthusiasts used as there go to. I know they typically had good prices but delivery ...more

Probably also a factor that with the global supply chain issues, customers are used to waiting quite awhile for a backorder right now. The customer may not be aware that the vendor has taken payment and closed up shop.

As has been mentioned, the powersports dealership and people behind Bikebandit are still operating, and the bankruptcy filings indicate years of nonpayment as they organized Bikebandit into a structure designed to blow up financially on its own.

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6/1/2022 7:57 AM

I've had no problems getting OEM parts from Motosport.com and Beta throughout this entire pandemic. I completely rebuilt a 2003 CR250 and bought $2500 in OEM parts. No backorders, no delays.

BikeBandit has always been untrustworthy, from its inception.

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6/1/2022 8:03 AM

They got me for $300.95. Part back ordered then unavailabe money will be returned. That was a year ago.

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6/1/2022 8:28 AM

This really sucks to hear. I used them once or twice years ago and never had any issues. Something went haywire it sounds like , and they decided to go out with a bang.

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6/1/2022 8:41 AM

Madmax31 wrote:

They got me for $300.95. Part back ordered then unavailabe money will be returned. That was a year ago.

That sucks, man.

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6/1/2022 10:09 AM

WhipMeister wrote:

Wow. I bought stuff from them a long time ago. I think they were the first to provide OEM parts explosions so you could be ...more

Don't think that is how BK works on post filing purchases.

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6/1/2022 11:03 AM

Crazy that website is still out there.

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6/1/2022 12:08 PM

WhipMeister wrote:

Wow. I bought stuff from them a long time ago. I think they were the first to provide OEM parts explosions so you could be ...more

FreshTopEnd wrote:

Don't think that is how BK works on post filing purchases.

You certainly know better than I. Just what I was led to believe during a different action many moons ago.

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6/1/2022 12:13 PM

Here's something more concrete.that I searched up. Your actual mileage may vary.

https://www.bdo.com/insights/industries/retail-consumer-products/treatment-of-customer-deposits-after-bankruptcy

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6/1/2022 1:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/1/2022 1:25 PM

Is that where Varner orders his parts?
laughing

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6/1/2022 1:38 PM

WhipMeister wrote:

Wow. I bought stuff from them a long time ago. I think they were the first to provide OEM parts explosions so you could be ...more

I use to mess with then too...ermm

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6/2/2022 3:14 PM

Assholes. Always a terrible source. You’d order something and pay, and then three days later get a message saying that the part was unavailable.

If you paid with a CC, just dispute the charge and your company will reimburse.

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6/6/2022 9:57 AM

Full circle.

Remember when there were book stores? Now Amazon is opening them.

The online places really screwed up the local parts guys and dealerships. There's a lot of need for local brick and mortar shops but their value was greatly decreased by people shopping online. Maybe this is part of the circle.

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6/6/2022 11:25 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/6/2022 11:26 AM

Flipsid33 wrote:

Full circle.

Remember when there were book stores? Now Amazon is opening them.

The online places really screwed up the ...more

The article makes it clear that the owner of BikeBandit is a brick-and-mortar powersports dealer.

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6/6/2022 2:05 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/6/2022 2:07 PM

Man....that is criminal. Someone needs to go to Federal pound me in the ass" prison for this.

Is that site really tied to Veys? If so, I won't set foot in there again.

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6/6/2022 2:23 PM

Madmax31 wrote:

They got me for $300.95. Part back ordered then unavailabe money will be returned. That was a year ago.

Why wouldn’t you dispute the charge with your CC company?

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6/6/2022 3:25 PM

Madmax31 wrote:

They got me for $300.95. Part back ordered then unavailabe money will be returned. That was a year ago.

Brad460 wrote:

Why wouldn’t you dispute the charge with your CC company?

Exactly. My wife dealt with something similar and Visa helped her out.

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6/6/2022 4:08 PM

Madmax31 wrote:

They got me for $300.95. Part back ordered then unavailabe money will be returned. That was a year ago.

Brad460 wrote:

Why wouldn’t you dispute the charge with your CC company?

MPJC wrote:

Exactly. My wife dealt with something similar and Visa helped her out.

If their merchant account is closed the dispute wont help.

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