Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
Sure does help doesn't it! Nice way to save a buck or two too. My VN900 is my first bike, and boy did I have some sticker shop when I saw what it cost to maintain my bike. On my car, anymore I have my oil changed instead of doing it myself. Reason being? It literally costs like 2 or 3 dollars more for the same oil and filter I was already using at the local Valvoline Instant Oil Change. I'm in and out in like 5 minutes, and I don't have to get dirty. It's worth 2 or 3 dollars not to have to do it myself! So when it was time for an oil change, I called around. Cheapest I found was $150! And that was for conventional oil! So instead, for around $40 I change it with a full synthetic and a premium filter myself. Yikes! I did the stator replacement for around $200 including an oil change; but found out to have a shop do it it'd be close to $1,200. That's just insane!
I'm sure the prices are reasonable; given the lower volume of maintenance done on these bikes (I've noticed areas where there is a longer riding season, thus more miles on bikes, and thus more maintenance being done, maintenance is cheaper). But, even so, having a shop manual and good folks to help you out sure saves a buck...
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
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