Hey Easy Rider, I read your post and agree that if you're used to the metric bikes like GoldWing the upkeep of a Spyder is quite a bit more. Unfortunately as we age we make more visits to the Dr...again more expenses;-) Growing up dollar callenged, I learned I could have a car but had to take good care cause I wouldn't have $$ to pay a mechanic (like owning my first Hog or BMW. Therefore, I suggest to anyone thinking of buying a Spyder, don't think of cutting corners but do learn how to 'upkeep' the machine. i.e. Invoices from previous owner: RnR Battery, $142.99 (battery) + 138.00 (1.5 hr labor)! Oil, filters, labor: $207.31. Not hard, just time consuming. Still a great ride.