I'm curious what some of you will have to say regarding my recent predicament. I'm coming up on my 48K major service on 2001 Honda CBR929RR. It being a major, it's stupidly expensive. I got quoted 3 different prices on this service. One from a large shop we all know and 2 from very reputable smaller shops whom I had dealt with before and was not only very impressed by their service but also found them to both to be quite likable and trustworthy. The "big" company (wouldn't take my bike there regardless of the cost) had the highest quote and the much smaller shops came in a fair bit cheaper. One was $150 cheaper and the other just over $300 cheaper. I was told by Shop B that one of the reasons the major on this particular bike is so expensive is due to the iridium spark plugs that need to be used in them. For curiosity I called Shop A (big shop) to find out what they cost. I was quoted nearly $130 for 4 of them. I then checked good old Ebay and found 4 NGK iridium plugs from an American supplier for just over $50 shipped. So it got me thinking. I can do some of the service - oil and filter, clean the K&N air filter, adjust the chain, etc. I figured if I sourced some of the tangible products on my own I could bring them in and get the mechanic at Shop B to simply charge me the labour. Surely $125/hour is plenty is it not? Well apparently not. I was told politely that that 200%+ mark-up on the plugs (for example) is how he makes a lot of his money and that he wouldn't "taylor make" the service for me as it's a set cost, blah, blah, blah.... **** me... To me that just sounds like he's taking the piss. I have to go with his guy or he won't put them in. This really pissed me off and made me think what a greedy ****er. I mean really....the small shops can't be doing that bad if they're knocking me back for servicing my bike at $125/hour....can they???