But there are thousands who have never had or will have a final drive issue and if you are so worried about it, then it's best to get rid of the bike, as you can hardly enjoy the ride with that constantly on your mind.
You guys over there are a lot luckier. I can't even purchase a after market warranty. If ours goes after 2 years, we are buggered and are looking at full cost.
Over here it's more to Canadian cost and would be anything from $4,000.00 ~ $6,000.00
I just gave my 2005 a real hammering through the local mountain range, competing with a Kawasaki ZX14R for more then 10 sweepers before he made it around me on a slightly longer straight line, where pure right out acceleration got him the edge. I know the rider who is extremely competent and above my riding skills.
So far I have not seen another bike that can take me touring for thousands of miles in comfort and then go toe to toe with the Sports bikes in hard/tight and fast corners.
When that day comes, I am happy to look at another brand unless BMW comes up with some kind of superior service/warranty or quality trump that outdo the others.