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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Chain Drive Ain't So Bad......

Leaving work, dropped a glove and reached down to retrieve said glove
.....and (for some unknown reason) looked at the rear pulley on my 2014 Yamaha Roadliner.
I'll tell ya - that was a nervous 50 mile ride home !


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Removed rear wheel, muffler, swingarm, passenger floorboards, misc covers.
Three times the effort of a Victory, - half the effort of changing a belt on a Harley.

The OEM Yamaha belt is $540. 136 tooth, 1 1/2" wide.
Interestingly enough, it crosses to a very common Harley-Davidson belt that was "in stock" at the local Harley dealer for $204.
Or, a Gates Belt from Dennis Kirk for $182, delivered.


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Yep, one little rock at the wrong place and you're done. A bunch of us riding outside Creston, BC this last summer ran across a gent and his lady along side the road. One little rock and he kept riding for about 5 miles or so until it started making lots of noise and shaking badly. He had to be towed and was looking at about a grand or more for the repair (apparently he wasn't mechanically inclined). The belt and the sprocket were both toast.
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Question.. what happens if the belt breaks?

If the chain breaks there will likely be case damage and oil loss.

I've read it many times on the ninja 650 forum.

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Good catch !I used jb weld one time to fix a cut on my sportster belt. Did not look as bad as yours. But I put another 30,000 miles on the belt.
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Question.. what happens if the belt breaks?

If the chain breaks there will likely be case damage and oil loss.

I've read it many times on the ninja 650 forum.
Never had one of my belts break - but have seen a few, and picked up a few alongside the road. In all of these cases, the belt just sort of fell off when it parted.

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To be honest chain drives are deadly if the chain breaks due to some reason. Especially the archaic link type with a master link. I've seen one example where the chain nearly took the rider's leg off. Belt probably isn't as deadly *gulp*.

The belt drive on my gearless scoot is completely enclosed away from dust or debris and even has an sponge filter to keep the air cooling it dust free, and has a rather long life of 50-70k kms. It will age and become brittle before it wears out. However enclosure is silly on the motorcycles simply due to the sheer size of the pulleys.


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