Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Deland, FL
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I value your input here. The $72.99 will likely be a starting price point to feel out the market. You cannot compare this part to a stator cover for these reasons:
1. this part is brand new and the tooling required to make it had to be paid for, and the first 500 units will have the tooling ammortized into their price.
2. The stator covers have been around for years and the manufacturers that offer them have had their tooling repaid many times over already
3. This part is more intricate in manufacturing because of its geometry. It is therefore more laborious and costs more money because it takes more time.
4. Just because the size is similar it does not mean that the pricing should be (have you ever seen the quality difference between the cheap Hong Kong shorty levers and the nice levers that some American companies offer?...the price difference is staggering, yet a lot of people know to go with the more expensive, high quality item).
5. The stator cover moulds are made with existing geometry of the OEM engine cover. Our exhaust tip has been designed from a concept in my brain. A lot of time and money was spent on sculpting, scanning, 3D design, prototyping, testing, etc. A unique product always costs more (look at the price percentage difference between a Dianese suit and an AGV Sport suit). The pioneer of design and technology spends more on development so they have to charge more. The follower/duplicator just makes something that follows in the footsteps of the pioneer and does not endure the development costs. The final price of the product reflects this.
In perspective, let's say a person buys one of these to use for a year or so until they raise the funds for an aftermarket exhaust, or until they decide on what exhaust to go with. Since the part is not consumeable, after getting the exhaust they will likely be able to sell it for at least half price, if not more. So in the end the total investment will only be about $37 or so.
Some people will decide to keep their stock exhaust because the extra noise doesn't matter to them, and freeing up just a few ponies is not worth the investment. These people are likely to get in on this part too.
The return on investment here has to be present and realistic, otherwise I don't make any money to invest into new technology to continuously bring you guys new goodies.
I am not worried about selling these and getting my time's worth. There will be plenty of demand around the world with six model years and every international market offering this bike.