Extreme ATV Enthusiast
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Stirling, Ontario
A new belt will set you back around $60-$70. Then installation maybe another $100 at a dealer. Don't know where he spent $700.
I have been through a good deal of water this summer and never even got any water in the belt housing......... I check after each immersion.
My experience so far has been a positive one although I'm not crazy about the limited access to the grease zerks but that's a quibble. Also you should be aware that the Touring models (if that's what you are considering) are not suited to anything other than stock tire sizes. Also the is a lack of storage space behind the passenger seat when in two up but again...... a quibble.
One last thing that I foresee being a PITA is the belt change procedure. Damn near have to dismantle the fecking thing to get at it. If it happens anywhere other than in the garage it will be a real sob. I think I will replace the belt preemptively just to make sure it doesn't happen.
All in all I am pretty happy with the bike and don't have any regrets.
2011 550 Sportsman Touring EPS
ATV Guru Cobra Front Brush Guard
Ricochet Everything Guards
Glacier 3 Plow System