Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
Dealer markups are notorious; and it's not just Kawasaki, or even just motorcycles. I never buy oil for my car at the Ford dealer, either.
Much of this stuff can be bought online significantly cheaper, or through independent parts houses, etc. I bought a box of crush washers for a few bucks a while back, and they fit both my 1700 Vaquero and my wifes 750 Shadow. Sweet! I don't recall where, it was a couple of years ago. A box of these things will probably outlive the bikes.
I buy oil by the case for a bit of a bulk discount. Buying a case of 12 nets me an oil change on both bikes, plus a little extra. After a few cases, I have enough "leftover bottles" to change them both again. Oil is something I'm always going to need, right? Perhaps not right now today, but I do plan to keep changing my oil, even in the future, right? So it makes a lot of sense to me to buy all of that stuff in bulk, have it on a shelf, and not have to go chasing things or balking at prices when it's time to change it. I just always have it 'in stock'.
"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