This topic should be somewhere in the "what bike" area because, for me, it does not get enough discussion - I am running a brand new (more or less) Chinese bike which I got for $750 US, new - I am not travelling, just riding around the streets and getting great fun, economising on transport costs and "mixing with the locals", more than could ever be achieved on 4 wheels in Kabul.
So "sub-Saharian" or not, the moderator should move the topic over to where-ever the others are riding bikes made in China (or Iran, or some other place that is constantly improving their products without charging the earth for the marketing men).
new footpeg = $1
oil change = 4$, incl labour
complete new rear twin shock suspension (which was knackered after taking a pothole a bit too quickly) + new indicators all round + new instrument binacle = $60.
In fact, come to think of it, all the above prices incl labour.
Yes, bits break on the "3rd world bikes" but they cost next to nothing to replace.
ps the engine is running great - no smoke etc, but it has done only a few 1000 km so far :-)