... badda bing ... 'n shit.Well. Ya know... belts are cheap enough, and purchased infrequently enough, that I would spend the extra money to support the shops that support the Ducati scene. Buy some other stuff from them while you’re there, too or there won’t be Ducati specialist shops to help out the DIY crowd.
that was the supply chain structure the belt manufacturer insisted on, even though chris was dealing direct with them throughout the development phase. made no sense to me either (nor chris i don't think), but maybe he now deals direct after the screwing over? as you say, one extra price tier.Sounds as if CCW was buying belts from an intermediary supplier rather than directly from a belt manufacture. I worked in the automotive parts industry and we had a Special Order Dept. that handled purchase like that directly with the customer. We even designed the spring if the customer desired that service. I’m sure the belt manufacturers have the same thing. Putting that intermediary in the process only raised the price and interfered with communication between them and the manufacturer .
Ive certainly never understood being on a budget on an italian bike. Ive only owned that country of origin product since I was a kid and lets be honest, its not like anything about these bikes are cheap.I pissed off a bunch of loyal customers when I said it before... but buying low cost Chinese versions of things like belts (that will grenade your motor if the vendor decides to up their margins with a few cost cutting design choices)... not a good idea IMO. Maybe if it's a cosmetic item that doesn't affect the bike... but not for internal components.