I have been buying motorcycle replacements parts for several years now. I used to think that all I had to do was go to a repair shop and everything will be fine. However, life had to have a few laughs at me before it took me for a lesson. Now I know whether I am upgrading or replacing a bike part, I have to consider the quality and my budget. When it comes to motorcycle parts, you have two options, new or used parts. They both have fancy names, new ones are referred to as Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts, while the users are ‘aftermarket parts.
Both OEM motorcycle parts and Aftermarket parts are viable options, so it’s up to you to decide which one works best for you.
What are OEM motorcycle parts?
These are the identical spare parts that come directly from the manufacturer. OEM motorcycle parts are designed precisely and with the same material as the original parts. As a result, they are more costly than the aftermarkets. On the other hand, the aftermarket parts are made by third-party companies to serve the same purpose. They are manufactured in high numbers to fit different types of motorcycles, not a particular model. Therefore, they are cheaper compared to the OEM motorcycle parts. Also, their functionality or quality may not be perfect for your specific model. I sometimes refer to them as the ‘knock-off’ version.
Why OEM motorcycle parts?
The one thing I know for sure is that no one wants to buy something only to realize it doesn’t fit. You can never give a 100% guarantee that aftermarket parts have the right fit, quality, and function. OEM motorcycle parts always guarantee the perfect fit and functionality of your bike. They have been rigorously tested and designed to fit your specific model. Additionally, they have passed all manufacturer’s standards set by the industry.
Longevity is another thing I have come to associate with OEM motorcycle parts. I am not only referring to the spare part but for your bike as well. It is because the operations of OEM motorcycle parts work seamlessly with your bike creating no room for unnecessary wear-and-tear caused by incompatibility. The aftermarket could offer a cheaper option upfront but costly results in the long run.
Besides, OEM motorcycle parts always come with manufacturer’s support and warranty. This way, my knowledge of motorbike parts has increased as my questions get answered by an expert who knows my bike first-hand.