Even more than seventy years ago, when motorcycles were fairly new to the market and there were not many motorcycles or motorized bikes to choose from, finding high quality parts at decent prices was quite an endeavor. Add to that seventy years and hundreds of new brands, including different companies' unique motorcycle models, and you will end up with a nasty headache when trying to find the appropriate parts at a reasonable price.
Many people differ as to what different terms mean, and the word “overpriced” is no exception. Some people feel that a 100% price markup is too expensive, while others feel that is a complete bargain, especially considering that most motorcycle parts are at least three times the manufacturing costs, which are sold to wholesalers to sell for retail prices. Most people manage to agree, however, that motorcycle parts are quite expensive compared to their four wheel vehicle counterparts. Motorcycle parts are less demanded compare to car parts, and are also much more finicky despite advances in technology and quality.
Most people agree that there are two forms of the motorcycle spare parts industry. One of these is new, not-yet manufactured, spare parts, and the other is for existing parts for older motorcycles. This is where it gets complicated, because it is not uncommon for most motorcycle models to be only manufactured maximum for a few years. Add to this the difficulty in finding the exact correct part for the particular make and model, and the price is going to skyrocket.
In older times, most people could find motorcycle parts at local mom-and-pop shops versus large companies; these stores were generally much more reasonably priced, but had been put out of business by corporate giants. Then, the prices were driven down because the corporations used the “cut-throat” technique of having the lowest prices, attracting more customers, but this resulted in extremely poor quality and the majority of motorcycle parts have subsequently been made in China and then imported. So, now the problem is that the quality is very low and parts will wear out quicker, forcing consumers to purchase parts more frequently.