+1 for the bottle trick and the latest belt design. I took my first one off at about 24K and it looked virtually new. Belts are pretty easy- if they look and feel OK then they are OK. I'm certain the new belt can go double that 24K with no issues on my bike, an 08 RT. As Don says, the setup is a big improvement over previous.
And the almost tooless change pocedure is pretty painless.