I understand all that. I just can't see spending $100+ on a pair of brackets, four bolts and nuts, and 4 plastic washers. I think the bubble wrap it was shipped in weighed more than the parts it contained (seriously, a LOT of bubble wrap to protect a finish that was nothing more than protective).
Yeah, I get it. Development and tooling costs are high for a limited production item. But, a hundred bucks for a pair of brackets is highway robbery. For that kind of dough, I expect something with more... Everything.
I mean, seriously... I bought an entire Michelin rear tire for $175, shipped!
That is custom made for your bike. How many do you thing they will sell?
The manufacturer has to gain access to a test bike to make custom parts for it. Most times they have to buy the bike and then maybe recoup some of those costs by selling it with their accessories installed when they have made all they want for that model.
SW MOTEK is a European firm. Think about all the hands that touched that accessory before your hands ever touched it.
From Raw Material to delivery every hand needs to make a profit.
I once bought a carburetor for a line trimmer direct from mainland China. It was the exact replacement down to all the markings. It cost me $10 shipped on a slow boat, but would have cost me $80 at the local John Deere store.
Of course you didn't HAVE to add those brackets or extra lighting to your bike. You chose to.
Motorcycles are a priority in my life. I do without Cable or Satellite TV. Rarely eat out. Brew my own coffee. Don't smoke, rarely drink anything but water, and never order a drink at a restaurant. I am a tightwad, cheapskate, conservative when it comes to everything but motorcycles.
When I was 19 I owned a $1600 motorcycle and a $100 car.