I spend where I think I need to. A radiator guard is not a very technical piece of equipment. Powder coated stamped alloy. Very easy to get right and not very expensive to produce. Not very much that can go wrong with it either. Mechanical things on the other hand...not so much trust in the cheap Chinese reproductions.
Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with people spending money on the "best" piece of kit but not being made of money, sometimes I think you can get a lot better value from something that doesn't have the fancy brand name on it. I have owned a lot of parts bought off sites like Ali Express and I haven't had any issues (yet). My radiator guard cost less than half of a R&G guard but looks good and does the job it was designed to do. No sign of it failing yet.
I recently bought a pair of bar end mirrors for $14 US delivered (yes, a pair!) and they fit well, look good and work well. Hard to complain about that.
Last edited by KiwiDuke; 04-26-2019 at 04:22 AM.