Motorcycle Engine Hardware and Cost Savings
It’s no secret that the majority motorcycle engine hardware that comes standard on your motorcycle is usually junk. Some of the OEMs have made it an art form to determine where to cut cost when building a bike. They know where they can save a few pennies here and there while avoiding liability issues. This is where things like painted controls and cheap imported fasteners come in.
Why is your motorcycle engine hardware junk?
Unfortunately, the fasteners are a good opportunity for cost savings. OEMs spend a lot of money on tooling making these beautiful chrome covers and engine parts only to fasten them to the bike with cheap zinc plated fasteners. Most of the customers outside the motorcycle industry never take the time to question this. Which is what the OEM manufacturers expect. This is also why brands like Harley Davidson produce bikes that use a variety of fasteners. Torx, hex, allen head fasteners, and those strange 12-point brake caliper bolts can all be found on a single Harley.
For god’s sake you need to strap a toolbox on the back of the bike just in case you need to perform a roadside repair. The variety of fasteners and the cheap coatings that come on them is a sure sign of production cost savings from the OEM. Chrome is not cheap and when you add up all the millions of bolts used to produce thousands of motorcycles, you can see how the savings begin to add up.
Changing Your Motorcycle Engine Hardware is Easy
Adding a nice engine hardware kit to your bike and replacing those cheap fasteners is a great way to really change the look of your bike. It’s also a cool project because you can basically do it at your own pace. Add some beautiful chrome head bolt covers for your Harley Davidson one day, and then change out your motorcycle sprocket nuts the next. Wherever you think you need a little bling.