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Choosing the Best Harley-Davidson Sportster parts. Stock vs Aftermarket
Stock part versus an aftermarket part
An OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or Stock part is the genuine Harley Davidson Part you would find at an authorized Harley dealer. These parts are original in that they have the exact same specifications that came with the original part installed on your Harley. These parts however many not have been manufactured by Harley Davidson themselves (at their physical location). Harley may get another company to manufacture these parts to Harley specs, and then they will sell them in the Harley box as Stock parts.
Stock parts are generally more expensive, and almost always recommended by the dealer. (They make their money by selling parts not bikes). The dealer will most likely tell you that stock parts are of a higher quality. This may or may not be true.
An Aftermarket part should perform as well as an Stock but take note. These parts were made by a company other than the original manufacturer or licensed affiliate but sold directly under the Harley-Davidson brand. Sometimes after a certain time period the original manufacturer of a part will allow the company that physically manufactured the part to sell it at a reduced price and in their own packaging. The part now becomes an OEM aftermarket part.
Normally after a certain period of time, the manufacturer will allow the company that originally designed/produced the part to sell it in their own box at a considerably lower cost, making it: an Aftermarket part.
So what does this tell you about that Harley Davidson Part that you need?
If you cannot find the quality in an aftermarket part, then search for the OEM part that’s in your price range. There is a lot of competition out there between vendors who want your dollar and this healthy competition drive up quality. An aftermarket Harley part, for your Harley Davidson are generally of good to excellent quality and should perform as well as the stock part.
Choosing the Best Harley-Davidson Sportster parts.
The bike you own reflects your type of personality and is your bold statement on the road. Yes, with a Harley-Davidson Sportster, you can and will truly make a statement while driving. Harley-Davidson Sportster accessories must be properly chosen, to reflect who you are and what you speak of. If you are already a Harley Davidson owner, then you know that you and your bike become a single entity on the road. The differences between you and what you maneuver dissolve; this is what we call becoming intertwined.
It is hard to choose what you need for your bike, as you would want everything to make it better and the right accessories that give you a smooth ride. With your type of bike, you already stand out; but making it stand out from the kingly crowd of many Harley Davidson’s takes effort and the perfect Harley-Davidson Sportster Accessory. A lot of thought should go into what you actually want to add onto your bike. It is like choosing what is good for your pet or even child at home. On this note, make sure you read what is written on the manufacturer’s label, so you can be an informed consumer. It would also be of great help and benefit if you go online and do your bit of homework on the different accessories available.
When trying to come up with a decision, think about what would actually give you a better biking experience. See to it that whatever you end up getting makes the ride much more comfortable, so you will surely get your moneys worth. Maybe you what you want is a better seat for your Harley Davidson bike. If you are one of the many ‘older legendary bikers’ in your own regard, you might feel that your bike is giving you minor backaches. This is a sign for you to consider getting a new seat and although you may be concerned about the price; keep in mind that a Harley Davidson accessory is definitely a smart investment.
If you want to make your Harley look cool, then you may want to give it chrome plated- front fender trim. Those who get it say that it brings more of the ‘macho look’. On the other hand, if you are one of those people who really use your Harley Davidson for what it is intended for, that is for long drives; then why don’t you go for a sissy bar bag? You will have an extra storage space this way and to complete it, you should also get a backrest pack as well. It will add more comfort during those long rides which you love.
Remember that you should choose an accessory based on usage and necessity. Buy something that you can make use of and pick those that will make your Harley-Davidson Sportster experience, a much smoother and fun ride. Going online to get all the needed information on features and everything else will definitely give you a head start.