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Old 07-29-2009, 08:19 AM   #1
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I am considering a HONDA SHADOW SPIRIT 750cc,
need opinion on "SHAFT DRIVE" or "CHAIN DRIVE"?
Overall I think this might be the bike I will purchase soon.
I would appreiciate any input as to any known maintenance problems, or anything known that might be considered a negative.
I will be riding "IN TOWN" for the most part, ocassionally a short 50 to 100 mile Interstate road trip.
Any input would be appeciated.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:55 AM   #2
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One has a chain, one has a shaft. It really doesn't matter unless you're too lazy to lube a chain now and then. Course shafties need some care now and then too and *will* eventually leak.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:59 AM   #3
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CHAIN DRIVES require LUBRICANT application, USUALLY WHEN you fill the gas BUT SOMETIMES less frequently if you only ride ON CLEAN dry roads. Modern CHAINS ARE very durable and LOW maintenance; TYPICALLY ONLY a few adjustments ARE NEEDED THROUGHOUT the life of the CHAIN.

SHAFT drives are virtually no MAINTENANCE EXCEPT for changing the oil in THE FINAL drive on OCCASION. Except for BMWs, which have a reputation FOR EATING bearings too FREQUENTLY.
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:03 AM   #4
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CHAIN DRIVES require LUBRICANT application, USUALLY WHEN you fill the gas BUT SOMETIMES less frequently if you only ride ON CLEAN dry roads. Modern CHAINS ARE very durable and LOW maintenance; TYPICALLY ONLY a few adjustments ARE NEEDED THROUGHOUT the life of the CHAIN.

SHAFT drives are virtually no MAINTENANCE EXCEPT for changing the oil in THE FINAL drive on OCCASION. Except for BMWs, which have a reputation FOR EATING bearings too FREQUENTLY.

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Old 07-29-2009, 09:17 AM   #5
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I say, Old Man-

Not a lot of difference for the use you describe.

The chain may be a bit more demanding for 'service', and maybe messier.
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Old 11-27-2009, 11:49 AM   #6
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both are equally good. No maintenance issue. You can choose any one of them.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:52 PM   #7
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chains are messy and noisy belts are quiet but uncommon cept for H-D, shafts are heavy (50+lbs) but no loss of power, I'm no pro but it seems the performance minded lean toward chain, no sure why though. I trust the engineers that designed it to make the best decision for that model.
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:37 PM   #8
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On a chain-drive bike you can change the sprockets, but that is done more on sportbikes than cruisers I would guess (I don't own a cruiser).
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:53 PM   #9
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I think you can change the ratio on belt sprockets (pulleys) too but cruisers dont typically do it like the sportbikers
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:21 AM   #10
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we in china,,riding motor is forbidden in many cities,,what should i do???
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