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There is also a perception that the K&N filter is more economical than the OEM Honda filters, but that doesn't really add up... OEM Honda air filters are about $14.00 MSRP ($10.00 online), compared to $50.00 for a K&N, plus another $20.00 for the K&N re-charger kit. Honda's service interval for the OEM air filter is 12,000 miles, with more frequent replacement if operated in dusty or wet conditions. So using 8,000 miles as a more realistic average service interval, you would have to go through five (5) OEM air filters @ $14.00 each to equal the cost of the K&N filter and the re-charger kit... over the course of 40,000 miles. That's the break even point... only after 40,000 miles, assuming the K&N filter is still serviceable, is when you would start to see any $ savings. So then the question is, will you still own the bike at 40,000 miles to begin to realize any savings?