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Old 02-25-2013, 01:20 PM   #136
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Pictures! I haven't seen a white one yet!
I saw this one at Gulf Coast Motorcycle in Houston, a couple weeks back.





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Old 02-25-2013, 08:05 PM   #137
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I sat on THAT bike...

...I like it a lot, except I'm such an old fart now, I'd want some bar risers and a bigger shield.

I am curious about the tank range.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:31 PM   #138
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"Maintenance on the bike is fairly easy and affordable."
If the A&S BMW parts fiche is to be believed, the final drive belt on these 800cc twins is well north of $400US.
Am I the only one who is offended by BMW hosing riders on the prices of parts?
That belt isn't exactly exotic technology. HDs have been using them for decades.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:31 AM   #139
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"Maintenance on the bike is fairly easy and affordable."
If the A&S BMW parts fiche is to be believed, the final drive belt on these 800cc twins is well north of $400US.
Am I the only one who is offended by BMW hosing riders on the prices of parts?
That belt isn't exactly exotic technology. HDs have been using them for decades.
BMW = Bring More Wallet.

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Old 02-26-2013, 05:38 AM   #140
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...I like it a lot, except I'm such an old fart now, I'd want some bar risers and a bigger shield.

I am curious about the tank range.
180-220 miles.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:53 AM   #141
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"Maintenance on the bike is fairly easy and affordable."
If the A&S BMW parts fiche is to be believed, the final drive belt on these 800cc twins is well north of $400US.
Am I the only one who is offended by BMW hosing riders on the prices of parts?
That belt isn't exactly exotic technology. HDs have been using them for decades.
BMW probably isn't making that belt anyways, there should be cheaper
options available.

..and if it had a chain, people would be bitchin' about how they wanted a belt.


EDIT:
Belt for the Aprilia Mana 850 costs about the same.
It's $200 for my 300cc scooter!
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:57 AM   #142
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thanks for the picture. I really hope this thing rides like crap. i can't really afford a brand new bike.


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I saw this one at Gulf Coast Motorcycle in Houston, a couple weeks back.





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Old 02-26-2013, 10:34 AM   #143
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I had no problems with the belt drive with my ST in 36,000. It might be expensive to replace but I'm told it shouldn't have to be until about 50,000. I like the fact that it's pretty maintenance free. I was very happy with the old one except my now 40 year old body needs just a little more comfort on cross country trips! I was going to do some mods on mine but then they came out with this and I was ready for something new anyway. I was getting tired of the matte grey... Really like white!
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:43 PM   #144
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BMW probably isn't making that belt anyways, there should be cheaper
options available.

..and if it had a chain, people would be bitchin' about how they wanted a belt.


EDIT:
Belt for the Aprilia Mana 850 costs about the same.
It's $200 for my 300cc scooter!
Negative there's been more than a few people that have scoured the interwebz looking for a non BMW belt (it's made by continental) to take th place of the one that costs nearly 500 after shipping.

No joy. I looked for weeks to no avail and many others before and after me did the same.

If you could find one there'd be a board full of people from all over the world who would be very happy.

BMW recommends replacing the belt every 24k miles but most people get between 40 and 50 on theirs before They break. Lots of folks just pick up a salvage one with used miles to keep around as a spare. I carry a spare with me on trips out of the local area especially since mine is over 42 k miles now.


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Old 02-26-2013, 06:13 PM   #145
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Well...

..if it truly gets 200 miles to a tank, and I can get the bars up a couple of inches, and get a huge windshield, I'm in.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:21 PM   #146
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..if it truly gets 200 miles to a tank, and I can get the bars up a couple of inches, and get a huge windshield, I'm in.

Even with that stupid $400 belt replacement?
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:26 PM   #147
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Yes..

..so what? $400 every 24,000 miles. No problem.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:13 AM   #148
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Negative there's been more than a few people that have scoured the interwebz looking for a non BMW belt (it's made by continental) to take th place of the one that costs nearly 500 after shipping.
That's really interesting.. I'm sure people have looked hard already, but I
can't accept that there's no alternative from one of the bigger belt
manufacturers on the whole planet. They make money selling belts, they
should be making all the popular sizes for all bikes out there.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:24 PM   #149
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McMaster Carr sells belts for nearly every application you can think of. Even they don't have one. It's a teeth spacing issue as far as I can tell.

Some people have modded theirs to run chains by using a GS front sprocket and custom rear sprocket.

Like I said if you can find one there would be a world wide forum full of elated people. I wouldn't accept that there wasn't a belt out there that would work either until I wasted a lot of my own time looking.

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Old 02-27-2013, 02:10 PM   #150
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..so what? $400 every 24,000 miles. No problem.
Maybe it's only $400.00 where you live, but it's not where I live.



They wanted over double that at my local BMW dealers (Canada)

So, obviously screw that noise, right? Internet here I come!

Motorworks UK, awesome, right around $425.00 give or take.

Wait, what? You refuse to ship to North America? Huh?!

WTF, you won't even accept orders form Visa cards issued to someone in North America?

Ooookaaaay...

MaxBMW, at least they're in the US. $435.00 American. Not bad.

Argh, plus $$$ shipping to "International".

Argh, plus obscene UPS Brokerage fees!

Ack, Border customs charges!

Sigh, Provincial and Federal 12% taxes.

$400.00 bucks? Ya, not so much.

And that's IF the belt doesn't break, wear out prematurely or get stuffed up when the rear axle/bearing goes AWOL, or the front pulley chews it's way through the front plastic cover, and goes fucking off down the road when you're out in the middle of nowhere.
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