Manufacturing is funny that way. In my workplace, if you just add up parts and direct labor, there's something like a 400% or greater markup on every unit that goes out the door. The company's doing pretty well, but not rolling in the dough the way you'd think with that kind of margin. Overhead, marketing, R&D, tooling, taxes, debt obligations, benefits, and more have a way of eating up apparent fat profits. Most of us carry around a supercomputer in our pockets that cost less than $1000 and probably less than $500, and that's due to volume (and inexpensive labor markets and favorable exchange rates). Moto accessories don't move near the number of units, and as such often aren't worth outsourcing to developing nations. Now you've got a product that's being manufactured in relatively low numbers at first-world production costs, and you can't drop the price beneath a certain threshold because you won't make it up on volume. Same applies to the machines themselves; why else would a mid-range bike, which has an eighth the material of a modest car, be half the cost rather than the proportionally logical eighth? Of course, first world motorcyclists tend to have a bit of disposable income, and there's not as much downward price pressure as there could be (in accessories, not motos. Don't think there's all that much headroom on a lot of bikes).
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