That's exactly right. HD can sell their crate engines for less because of the quantity produced and they have an unsurpassed R&D department that is integral to the company. All in house.newultraclassic said:It's really a very limited, specialty market. As with all things, there is a lot of front-end development cost. If the munber of units is relatively small, the unit cost will remain relatively high since the builder is trying to make some profit out of the effort.
Put another way, it's strictly a case of supply and demand. You can almost get two American automobile crate engines for the price of one S&S or JIMS stroiker.