We may think this is an old subject but as long as newer and low mileage bikes are failing there is going to be some noise regarding the subject. As for the fix. MANY manufactures use this successfully. You can call it industrial espionage if you want but if it fixes the problem and you stop losing customers it is a win. BMW could buy a new Goldwing final drive and let the engineers take it apart and figure out why they DON'T fail. Make a replica and waaalaaa problem is fixed. I am looking at buying a goldwing and spent a fair amount of time on some sites similar to this. The only final drive problems I could find were seal leaks on models from 1982 to about 1985 in that era. You can't throw the,it's a heavy bike they are going to fail. The lighter models fail too and the Wing is not any lighter without failures. Clearly a design issue and as much as I want a new GS I am looking elswhere as cross contry travel is my preference. An LT and a GS would be ideal for me but it will likely be a Goldwing or an HD and a KTM 990. The engineers came out with the new FD and everybody said FINALLY its fixed. Turns out the engineers are drinking too much beer. NO drain plug on the rear drive? What were they thinking? And the new failing at same numbers. It is clear they don't have a clue how to fix it. So I say COPY HONDA and be done with it!!!