How do you figure they are, "Taking advantage" of you because the belt is $400?
How many of these belts do you think they sell globally every year?
Have you ever tried to mass produce a motorcycle belt that last 25,000 miles in all conditions, globally, and make a profit?
They are a business. You understand the concept of profit, right?
Do you live in Russia?
So, you would drop $15,000 for this BMW, but then complain because the zero maintenance belt, that required NOTHING from you for 24,000 miles, and allowed you super quiet operation, no oiling, and was lighter than a shaft drive, and had zero "shaft jacking effect", cost $400 after 24,000 miles?
A new chain a sprockets is at least $200 installed for quality parts. The darn belt isn't a whole lot more. and you are spreading that cost out over 24,000 miles.
Man, you folks are a surly bunch.
It never ceases to amaze me how people will drop a huge amount of money on a very complex machine like a motorcycle or car and then complain about maintenance costs.
You folks are like the tools that buy a Dodge Viper and then complain that the tires cost $500 each and only last 10,000 miles. It's a VIPER!
You want lower operating costs? Buy a freaking Honda Scooter and STFU!
Want a bunch of Marys.