Been on the road for work the last two weeks, sorry for the late response.Out of curiosity what would the cost per unit have been at 50 units? Thanks
I have an engineering & manufacturing background. Had an aftermarket luggage rack on my F6B made of 1/4" aluminium plate and it bent over time so I knew I needed more beef.
On my 2018+ design I tried to strike a balance between strength, simplicity of design and appearance. If I was going to produce the rack in volume I wanted it to be produced in the US for quality control purposes which adds to the cost. Quality "Black Hardcoat Anodizing" adds cost as well but really holds up well to abuse.
My first pass indicated materials, machining, Hardcoat Anodizing, assembly and packaging would come in at around $500 sale price each based on a 50 unit batch. Right now I'm too busy but by summer I plan to take another look at potentially getting the cost down further.
I seem to be in the minority here. Most 2018+ Goldwing Standard owners seem to be opting for adding a removable trunk for storage rather than a luggage rack. Personally I just don't like the trunk look and can carry more riding 2-up on my rear rack than will fit into a trunk.
I've seen little interest on this site and elsewhere for a High Quality rear luggage rack which is a factor I'm considering as well.