Years ago, I took a course on small business. In it, I was tasked to do research for a business plan and come up with my findings on "what IS the market you're in". Searching around, I got information from a Michigan Insurance company. They know everything, including how many tickets you take to wipe.(im exaggerating, but you get the point)...unreal what they keep stats on.
At the time there was 2.4 million registered and insured snowmobiles in N.America and about 650k in Euro/Scandinavia. The aftermarket industry taps into about 6% of all of snowmobiling. Its a 1.8 Billion $ industry (That's with a "B"....billion) and only taps into about 6% of all snowmobile ownership in the world.
...anyhoo, I use these words specifically - the "capacity" of the sled for the amount of use it gets, meets and/or exceeds the "ability" of 94 to 96% of owners, so then stock is "good", people dont have to fuss with it. It takes a lot of time of occupation on the seat, driving, using natural skill, learned skill, pushing yourself, making mistakes, to get accustomed (accustomed is; being comfortable with how hard you push the sled) and be habituated with the sled, and eventually "want more capacity"' which is what I supply "more capacity" as a business model when the driver eventually thinks he "needs" such an enhancement.
Me, as a "clutch guy" who taps into the market, I tap into a "fraction of a fraction" of the 6% market regarding transmission performance enhancement. The percentage of the market I tap into is very small.
A7M266D (Jamie) from what I know about him, I would say he's in that 6% and at a higher degree, high probability in the 1% of the market of ability for the amount of seat time, miles and "how" he drives the sled in a competitive manner and what he "needs for speed" out of the sled. My niche is pointed towards that category of rider where "stock is good" aint good enough.
Where im going with is just to reiterate;
- the "capacity" of the sled for the amount of use it gets, meets and/or exceeds the "ability" of 94 to 96% of owners...
...so then stock is "good", people dont have to fuss with it. BRP clutching "ease" of tune-ability is limited (clicker change), but its a grand canyon gap of tune-ability compared to other brands.
But then one can fuss with the clutching, putting time/effort/energy/mistakes/testing/testing and more testing; eventually can eat-stock's-lunch.
You only know what you know by the amount and kind of testing you've disposed yourself to. Rich knows what he knows and other tuners know different things Rich doesn't know. (never had the opportunity to test in x or y categories or not been disposed to challenges outside of the scope of what he does and/or talks about in his area where he is)
People have a comfort-zone and may not venture outside of it.