CMS: from a moped to world leader

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From this is­sue we wel­come a new ad­ver­tiser – Con­sol­i­dated Mo­tor Spares (CMS) based in The Nether­lands. Com­pany CEO Mike But­tinger cut his first deal at the age of eleven when he re­built a To­mos moped and flogged it for enough to buy a Honda C310. From there on Mike traded in Honda spares, fre­quently buy­ing up in­ven­to­ries of NOS parts, be­fore es­tab­lish­ing CMS in 1996. “I never meant to start a world­wide op­er­at­ing com­pany,” Mike says. “From an early age on­wards, I loved work­ing with mo­tor­cy­cle parts. When I dis­cov­ered I could make some money by trad­ing them, this was a pleas­ant sur­prise, but I never imag­ined that things would turn out they way they did.” To­day, CMS has a prod­uct range of 3.4 mil­lion, dis­patch­ing 60,000 ship­ments per year to a world­wide cus­tomer base of 125,000. 90% of cus­tomer or­ders are shipped within five days. CMS is now the world’s largest in­de­pen­dent dis­trib­u­tor of Ja­panese mo­tor­cy­cle parts, de­liv­er­ing to 65 coun­tries. As well as sup­ply­ing gen­uine NOS parts for all the Ja­panese brands, CMS has hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent prod­ucts re­man­u­fac­tured, in­clud­ing ex­haust sys­tems, brake calipers, fil­ters, shock ab­sorbers, wiring har­nesses and many oth­ers. “One of the first things I ask man­u­fac­tur­ers is to pro­vide me with a se­lec­tion of ref­er­ences, so I can check whether they will be able to de­liver the high qual­ity prod­ucts we are look­ing for.” says Mike. As well as the enor­mous stock of parts, CMS has amassed a mouth-wa­ter­ing col­lec­tion of fully re­stored bikes, in­clud­ing some real rar­i­ties, such as ex-works Hon­das and Yama­has – some mod­els that the fac­to­ries do not have in their own mu­se­ums. We will be fea­tur­ing sev­eral of these rare beau­ties in forth­com­ing is­sues.

CMS founder Mike But­tinger.

TOP AND ABOVE OEM parts galore. BE­LOW A small sec­tion of the CMS col­lec­tion of re­stored mo­tor­cy­cles.

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