There's two consolations to the whole cost issue. First, you feel like an educated consumer when you go to order whatever it is you're buying because of time spent on this site. Poor quality products get exposed on here and the flip side is that good parts and vendors are also singled out on here. Plus our sponsors usually offer some great values. Second, at least you end up with a bike that is your vision of what your bike should be ...... whether that's a raked, slammed, bag-draggin' full custom ..... or a Stage 4 120 ci on the bottle "Power Crusier", or maybe just a fairly stock looking tourer with a ton of electronics, upgraded suspension, a barn door windshield, and a rider who thinks 800-1,000 miles days SHOULD be routine.
Pretty neat isn't it! So, despite our complaining about the number and cost of our mods, we smile really big when the UPS truck shows up at the door.