Businesses can price their wares at whatever they want, their product-their choice, I can chose to buy from them or go elsewhere, its really that simple.
I've had customers/clients tell me that my prices are to high, I usually tell them their free to go else where but this is what it cost in order for me to stay in business and make a profit, something i intend to do if I'm going to run a business.
Having owned businesses there is...
making any profit... making A profit... making sufficient profit... making a living... making a lot of profit... making insane profit... and GOUGING your customers by paying your rent on one parts sale.
As I said, the $1 Chinese mirror for $89 doesn't bug me cause there are multitudes of other mirrors to buy a reasonable prices.
I won't buy a battery, tires, chain, or sprockets from the dealer but a hard wearing part like a peg rubber is something we'll all need sooner or later. HD, who sets the bar for predatory pricing in the MC industry gets $7.99 for a peg rubber and $11.99 for a complete peg with rubber and they are losing market share.
I have no problem with Triumph wanting $250 for a center stand or $300 for gel seat.
That's still pretty pricey but I can say no and do without.
$82 for an entire foot peg when just the rubber is a wearing part and will need to be replaced is simply ripping off Triumph owners in a GRAND manner. There are other parts that are WAY overpriced but damn, $82 for a foot peg and we can't just buy the rubber?
The foot peg alternatives I've found are all radically different designs from the OEM peg and there are complaints of them breaking.
This kind of predatory pricing gives insight into the business model that Triumph has adopted and that does not bode well for either the company or Triumph owners down the road.
I'd rather ride my Triumph and go to the local dealer when I need stuff instead of looking for any other option than the dealer.
The bottom line is you/we either take it or vote with our wallets.
There's no doubt that motorcycles are addictive but a foot peg is not insulin or an Eppi pen and Triumph is not a drug company but they want to enjoy big pharma profits from their loyal customers.
Greed succeeds when customers do nothing. Give Triumph a call and tell them you love your bike but their parts pricing is unacceptable. The call is free and Triumph needs to wake up or we'll be waiting for the third coming of the brand.