Many people say they don't like the plain look of this bike. It is obvious from Honda's marketing efforts that they are intending this bike to be a blank canvas.....a starting point.
"Blank canvas" is merely a veiled attempt at taking your attention away from the fact that these new models look just like every other YABOB model out there.
When you get right down to it, any stock bike is a blank canvas when it comes to customizing...and if you really want to get technical a blank canvas is white.
Twice the price because of surface area?
Click the links, they're both the same price. One has twice the surface area using the more expensive finishing process, the other has half the surface area using the cheap finishing process. And they're both the same price.
Translated: they're bending you over with the powder coating.
Why would you not compare two of the same exact handle bars. One black one chrome. Which are the same price.
I could compare similar sized bars, but you're missing the point...the one with twice the surface area costs the same with the more expensive finish. Even if I did compare two identical sized bars, one still costs more to finish than the other yet this is not reflected in the price so the point remains the same.
Again, they're ripping you off for the cheaper process by offering it at the same price as something that requires twice the work with a more expensive process. In other words, they're selling you a $20 bill for the same price as a $100 bill.
You literally made the worse possible comparison you could have made. That style handlebar you picked are the same price regardless if they are 8 -12 -14 inch, and black vs chrome does not matter either.
The seller would like you to think that. Go visit a local plater and find out which process costs more and which one costs less, they're making a huge profit margin on that cheaper process. In other words, it should be cheaper to the consumer by using the cheaper process...but it's not. Seriously, take any piece of raw steel to a plater and see what each process would cost to finish it, then tell me these "cheaper" blacked out bits are a good deal. Then take two different sized pieces and get quotes for PC on the smaller piece and chrome on the larger.
No matter how you slice it, $20 does not equal $100.