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$54.99 for one cam belt??!!!!????!?!?

I was looking on oem parts section of ducatiomaha.com.

Found out that my bike takes part # 73740072A

But, that part number has been replaced by part # 73710051A and costs $54.99 EACH. MY GOD!

Is that "new" part number for the "new and improved" (red lettered) (Kevlar) belts I've read about? At $54.99 each, they better be. Man. $54.99. You think they'd throw in a free hat or a bowl of pasta!

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You might want to check with some of the vendors listed here, Ducati Seattle, Moto Wheels .... $55 seems a bit steep for a belt, IMHO.

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aftermarket belts for $18-30

Factory are $44

Don't cry, no one make an aftermarket for my 4v motor Desmotimes has them for $162

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Yeah it sucks. I feel you.
The dollar is really suffering compaired to the euro. Premium italian bike. Premium italian prices.
Low volume exotic production means higher prices too.
High volume production and lower quality products ads up to lower prices.(Jap bikes)
When the dollar was strong. the europeans had to suffer when they wanted to buy any american products. Now it has turned around..........
I work for an italian company, whenever people try to special order parts from us and find out the cost they usually gulp and dig in and pay. Every now and then we get someone who raises a stink over it. but it does no good its the part that works on your bike if you need the part it will have to come from italy. It surprises me that a lot of people do not understand the nature of this.

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check around - i recent;y got a pair of OEM belts for about $75.

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55 bucks is a steal !!!!

oem belts for my '02 748 are 75 bucks each...no aftermarket parts exist...im thinking of slicing one belt in two to save some cash...
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Is that "new" part number for the "new and improved" (red lettered) (Kevlar) belts I've read about? At $54.99 each, they better be. Man. $54.99. You think they'd throw in a free hat or a bowl of pasta!

After 10 years, I don't think the "red letter belts" can be called new anymore.


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Premium italian bike. Premium italian prices.
Low volume exotic production means higher prices too.
The belts are Gates PowerGrip belts. They would be 1/3 the price if Gates could sell them through their dealer network. Ducati has some type of no compete clause with Gates. I have not seen the aftermarket 2V belts, it would be interesting to see if these are Gates belts, which may indicate that there was a time limit on the agreement. Perhaps the Desmoquattro belts will be available soon, if this is the case.



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When the dollar was strong. the europeans had to suffer when they wanted to buy any american products....the part that works on your bike if you need the part it will have to come from italy. It surprises me that a lot of people do not understand the nature of this.

True, the dollar is weak, but...it's a freaking rubber drive belt. It's NOT made in Italy, and belts from the same manufacturer sell for a fraction of the cost through the manufacturers distribution network. It's price gouging, plain and simple.
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After 10 years, I don't think the "red letter belts" can be called new anymore.
Hmmmmm, why does the parts manual on ducati.com say the belt needed for my 2001 750SS (7 years old) is part number 73740072A

.....and then ducatiomaha.com says that part number has been replaced by part number 73710051A?

If they've been out for 10 years as you say, then why does the "older" part number (73740072A) even exist?

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It's price gouging, plain and simple.
The currently used term using corporate speak is "strategic pricing".

Doesn't help does it.....

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Haha..if you're whining about a 55 dollar cam belt you better hope nothing serious goes wrong with your bike...them's the breaks of Ducati ownership...
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