It Makes Me Sick
I see 100 cubic inch piston sets for late model Harleys for $200. I see high performance cams for the same for 125 dollars out-right (no exchange). I talk to piston and cam manufacturers and despite sending them a thick packet of my merchant credentials, they will do no business with me because I don't have a physical store: I lease a dyno room and bench space on an "as available" basis. I try automotive sources and they call up to mock me. They tell me that I'm a sucker if I ever pay shipping from suppliers. They tell me that automotive pistons' retail price is at least three times their wholesale cost.
I must do my own designs and shop out CAD programs and drawings to get anyone to talk to me. I get quotes that astonish me. I must buy pistons in lots and supply my own (or customers') cores for cam grinding - which can take a month. I pay well over retail of the prices of more modern bikes. I buy in quantity and wait on sales. I mark up a very small percent and if I don't sell a product within a month, I end up losing money. So it goes. . . .