BMW stands for, bring more wallet.Hi Arty,
I read your other thread on this topic as well.
Yes, it is a lot for a key [and you may well be able to find cheaper non genuine].
However........ if you think Suzuki is bad, DON'T buy a BMW :fineprint:
I spent about $6,000 in 12 months on basic maintenance and repairs on a 2k model R1150GS, then took it in for a check and service prior to a three state- 4600km road trip, they said I would need to spend between $5,000 to $6,000 in the coming 6-12 months with the projected problems it had. :jawdrop:
I traded it in on a brand new 09 Wee and did the road trip on it, have not looked back, the Wee has been far the cheapest bike to own and maintain that I have had in decades [it is bike #16 and sits alongside an old '87 KLR650 which became bike #17 a year ago].
The Wee will have 60,000km [35,000 miles approx.] on it by the middle of this week.
So far it has had routine servicing, tyres, rear and front brake pads [one set of each- @ 48k and 53k respectively], counter shaft sprocket and chain @ 52k, rear sprocket looks like it will last until the chain and counter shaft sprocket need doing again.
And on a side note, I hid all my spare keys prior to going overseas back at Christmas time...... f#*ked if I can find where I put them since then though. :headbang:
You will love the Strom, huge range of after market "farkles" and spare parts, great to ride and as cheap as chips to run. :hurray:
In the scheme of bike ownership, the key cost is a minor issue and probably still as cheap or cheaper than most other bike brands in the same category as the Strom's are in for a replacement key.