I appreciate your responses and your different points of view.
Even at $60 for the oil change, the expense is less then 1/10 of 1% of the cost of the bike. I, like many, plan on having this bike for a long, long time, so taking great care of it is worth the added expense. That being said, if I can save a few bucks in the process, great. I am very open to other brands of synthetic bike oil, thatís why I asked about the aforementioned brand.
I have heard so many good things about the oem filter that I think I am sticking with it (just not at $17). But I am still open to otherís experiences.
Thanx for any help. Doug.
blue 2004 1000