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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-22-2014, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Why do we do it?

Giving a bike a personal touch is pretty awesome.

What I find isn't awesome is the high markup on farkles. In a matter of moments, adding a little luggage, hand guards, and a set of crashbars and you've spent $1500.

I believe there must be a different way to make a quality product without charging exorbitant prices.
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I work in a company where we make adhesives, and I am working on making a silicone gel pad for my bike. The aftermarket seat pads are hundreds of dollars for about $3.00 of material. I just cannot justify it. It's the same with a lot of other parts. why are plastic boxes $900? is it reinforced with gold? It kills me. That all being said I cant stop part shopping.

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I agree. On my KLR I learned to weld, and fabricated my own rack system, and used ammo boxes. My final build cost was $150 for all materials, hardware and boxes. and if I spent a bit more time, and built a jig system, I could spit a few of these out a week for even less. I agree there is a collective industry wide markup when you tag "Motorcycle" onto an item
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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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Originally Posted by 80-watt Hamster View Post
Of course, first world motorcyclists tend to have a bit of disposable income.

I think I disposed of my income on the Versys and KLR. SO someone did their homework very well!

Or was that look THEN leap?
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