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Old 11-01-2007, 10:35 AM   #11
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LR,

Roger that!

Something else for the long-distance guys to consider is the Belt Repair Kit. They used to be available for $100 and some at HD dealerships, and probably elsewhere. The idea is similar to the emergency fan belts and now serpentine accessory belts for cars.

So, you can carry one of them in the bottom of one of your bags for use if your drive belt breaks. Of course, Murphy has a corollary that says something like, if you carry the thing, you'll never have a problem. Kinda like a tire repair kit.
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:41 AM   #12
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LR,

Roger that!

Something else for the long-distance guys to consider is the Belt Repair Kit. They used to be available for $100 and some at HD dealerships, and probably elsewhere. The idea is similar to the emergency fan belts and now serpentine accessory belts for cars.

So, you can carry one of them in the bottom of one of your bags for use if your drive belt breaks. Of course, Murphy has a corollary that says something like, if you carry the thing, you'll never have a problem. Kinda like a tire repair kit.
I have one of those belt kist, along with a tire repair kit and air pump. Cheap insurance!
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Old 11-01-2007, 07:47 PM   #13
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Count me as one of those not really sold on belt drive. I have had two friends lose a belt on the road, one late model Buell, and one on an HD.

I have put many miles on chains without failure. I can't remember when I last heard of someone discussing a chain failure on a road bike.

Oh, do we need to mention BMW final drive failures here, too?

Despite all that, I do own a belt drive Buell and shaft drive bike.
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:31 AM   #14
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It wasn't the chain's fault but..

I had a chain snap on me whilst doing 85 on the Baltimore beltway. It wound it's way around the rear wheel causing a braking effect without quite seizing the rear wheel up. The bike slowed down too quickly for me to get over so I had to pull the bike into the 3 foot wide strip between the jersey wall and the fast lane, dismount off the back of the bike, unwind the chain by hand, and run my ass and the bike across three lanes of traffic.

Good times. I had just had the rear tire replaced and the mechanic who did the work must have quit about halfway through tightening the rear wheel when he put it back on. Now I check out everything (twice!) after any service.
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Old 11-03-2007, 06:37 PM   #15
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Thanks for the advice. I plan on marking the belt and watching it. Once I get the time and geld I'll have it changed out.

Meanwhile I'll be busy riding my new scoot, an 07 Bonneville T100.
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Old 11-03-2007, 07:30 PM   #16
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If I had my 'druthers I'd have a chain and sprockets. Modern O and X ring chains are good for 20k easily with minimal care and feeding and you never hear of them snapping or anything else. Hell, after the first 1k or so you don't even need to adjust them untill they're buggered. A $100. for a decent chain tool and a Dremel is all you need to change them.

I'll leave the belt on my Dyna because it works but if built another bike it'd run a chain with maybe a belt primary.
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Old 11-03-2007, 08:13 PM   #17
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Hell, a $30 press works just fine... what's the $100 chain tool do?
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Old 11-03-2007, 08:22 PM   #18
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Hell, a $30 press works just fine... what's the $100 chain tool do?
Motion Pro makes one for ~$90 that's a combo breaker, sideplate press, and rivet tool (for those who don't trust clip master links).
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Old 11-03-2007, 08:36 PM   #19
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I just went with the $30 rivet press... no complaints.
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Old 11-04-2007, 05:32 AM   #20
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If I had my 'druthers I'd have a chain and sprockets. Modern O and X ring chains are good for 20k easily with minimal care and feeding and you never hear of them snapping or anything else. Hell, after the first 1k or so you don't even need to adjust them untill they're buggered. A $100. for a decent chain tool and a Dremel is all you need to change them.

I'll leave the belt on my Dyna because it works but if built another bike it'd run a chain with maybe a belt primary.
I'v had bikes with belts since 86 and have never had a problem before. My Heritage had around 90,000 miles on it when I changed it out. It was still in good shape and I probably could have gotten a few more years of use out it but I figured since I had the bike apart I'd change it for peace of mind.

I had a primary belt drive on my 82 FXR. I snapped two of them. Then again I rode a lot more agressive back then.
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