Updated: Jul 4, 2019
The long lasting debate between OEM and aftermarket parts is still going strong. Riders, motorcycle manufacturers and aftermarket parts producers try to make the best out of market's options. We, at Siima MotoWear have done some research and came up with a nice compact comparison review of OEM and aftermarket parts market.
There are many different opinions in the discussion of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) vs. Aftermarket motorcycle parts. One opinion that is frequently stated is that OEM parts are better than aftermarket motorcycle parts. This argument stems from the actuality that if the brand that made the motorcycle is also making the parts, then the parts must be much better compared to parts provided by some other company other than the manufacturer.At the end of the day, what is most important is what you, the buyer is evaluating as best parts for your motorcycle. Here's a quick comparison of the two types of parts.
In order for a company to be able to produce aftermarket motorcycle parts, it must be legally eligible to do so. The manufacturers then operate under stringent guidelines, and it is usually required to be very precise in their design and production of aftermarket parts.
Well produced aftermarket motorcycle parts are sometimes hard to distinguish from OEM ones. In fact, aftermarket parts can sometimes be better if the manufacturers are given the freedom to work and improve the use and durability of the parts, plus aftermarket parts are generally less expensive than OEM parts.
A potential problem for riders they like to use aftermarket parts is that the market is full of spare parts that are not licensed by the motorcycle brand manufacturers. This might affect the motorbikes' warranty.
An OEM part is theoretically created by the same manufacturer that produced the part for that original automobiles. However, this isn't always the case, as auto and motorcycle manufacturers often don't manufacture the parts themselves, but outsource them to another company.
Have in mind that it is possible to find quality aftermarket parts. You just need to make a thorough search and have in mind the points above. The best ways for every consumer to collect information would be to research manufacturers online, in order to part dealers that they trust, read reviews, and become active in forums.
The following cases are some which are using aftermarket parts more often than not:
- Custom motorcycle builders often use aftermarket parts in order to create unique designs for their bikes.
- The wide range of of aftermarket parts available, helps it to be pretty possible for even a new rider to consider the advantages of several customizable places.
- Senior riders may use aftermarket parts because they might adapt the aftermarket parts according to their needs thus improve the performance of their bikes.
- Insurance companies frequently choose aftermarket parts to replaced damaged parts after an accident.
Bottom line. When deciding between an OEM and an aftermarket part for your motorcycle make sure you familiarize yourself with the differences between the two, and make up a good decision based on your needs.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Would you go for OEM or Aftermarket parts?