Originally Posted by westnash
To answer this if BMW said a new FD or bearing replacement was due by this mileage would you purchase the bike. My answer no. What is your answer?
So, you'd buy into changing chains every 12kmi or so or every 6kmi if you go for the cut-rate kind (between $50 and $160 bucks) and sprockets ($120 to $200) every 30kmi or so... A rear bearing every 40kmi doesn't sound so bad. The trick is, as XpadreX mentioned, to buy into preventative maintenance. That part of your intuition that says "maintenance free" is too good to be true...you ought to listen to that more than marketing hype.
In fact, bemitten...shouldn't there also be survey about chains breaking, leaving their riders stranded?