Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
If you think you'll ride more than 4k, and you don't want to do the work yourself, then it can be a good deal. I'd just make sure the paperwork is pretty clear on how much you want to use. Remember- the house always wins, they intend to make money off of you. So if you think you might ride like 15-20k and find out the service plan only covers three oil changes and chain lubes in two years, you'll be spending some money! Of course some of those things can be a gamble that you can win. Sometimes they'll price it at a level based on the 'average' user, so they can entice riders to buy when they'll end up using way less than they pay for it, at the cost of a handful of guys who actually ride enough for it to be a good deal. So you COULD be on that end that ends up winning, versus all of those guys who barely ride, just use their bikes as garage ornaments.
Although, I'm having a REALLY hard time believing 4,000 miles is the break even point. That's basically one service, right? I mean the manuals service intervals range from 5k-7,500 miles (with some at 8 or 12 or 15k). So, $600 for ONE service to break even? I dunno... Now, again, if you ride alot, the service plan includes pricey things like valve adjustments and you have no desire to do that on your own- it's the way to go.. it's ALL in the fine print.
Also, are you POSITIVE you don't want to do your own maintenance? Oil changes are a piece of cake, once you've done it once or twice it's a 20 minute job and most of that is spent watching oil drain out of the engine. I ride 15-20k a year, and my annual maintenance is significantly less than $600/yr. I run full synthetic, motorcycle-specific oil and a premium filter. Under $50 an oil change, and $50 an oil change is pricey as those things go! So, every 5k I spend $50, that means each year I'm at $150-$200. It will take me 3 years at 20,000 miles a year to spend as much money as 4,000 miles @ 1 year at that dealer price. In other words, $600 can maintain by bike (oil changes anyway) for 60,000 miles. If you add coolant flushes and brake fluid changes, a thing I do annually that doesn't cost very much, you are STILL in excess of 40-50k on that same $600 price tag if you do it yourself.
Just my $0.02!
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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT
Last edited by Romans5.8; 03-30-2013 at 07:47 PM.