|Counterfeit Parts and How to Avoid Them|
Unfortunately recent years have seen a huge rise in the number of counterfeit or fake items on the market, even in the motorcycle industry. The UK Anti Piracy website has quite a lot of info on the matter, and a quick trawl online shows the problem is widespread across brands. We know that many consumers are working hard to stretch limited budgets in a difficult economic climate; but fake products have become a real issue.
Quite often we see fake merchandise and promotional good such as t shirts, accessories and so on, often with the big name logo’s printed on, and the quality is such these days that the counterfeit goods are often indistinguishable from the real thing. This might not seem like an enormous issue directly affecting you, but actually, any bike lover should be extremely wary.
First and foremost, so much motorsport relies heavily on sponsorship, and without this sponsorship many events would not go ahead. Buying counterfeit means an expensive loss of revenue to these sponsors, as well as official manufacturers, which in the long run can only hurt the sport. Protective clothing, such as leather or helmets undergoes extensive development and testing to make sure it is fit for purpose and will keep your safe – fake products have not be subjected to anywhere near this level of testing and could prove a fatal liability in the event of an accident.
Worse still, much of this counterfeit production is used to fund criminal and terrorist activities both here and abroad.
Another issue is manuals – which should be supplied by the manufacturer to authorised dealers and repairers but are often available elsewhere as downloads or on certain auction site. Disks and downloads carry a serious malware threat; contaminated with viruses or hijacking software and can do significant damage.
The main threat for British motorcyclists is from counterfeit parts. Usually manufactured in factories in China and across Asia, these are usually good copies which look the part but are of substandard quality which will most likely crack and fail under pressure, putting the rider at serious risk. Always use a main or authorised dealer to avoid any chance of being duped by counterfeit goods.
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