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View Poll Results: Have you removed your belt guard, or kept it on?
Only ride solo: removed belt guard 27 12.98%
Only ride solo: kept belt guard 93 44.71%
Ride 2 up sometimes: removed belt guard 17 8.17%
Ride 2 up sometimes: kept belt guard 68 32.69%
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I chopped mine up in stages - first I knocked off the bits that wrap around the pulley, then I cut it up a lot. In between, I rode without it for a couple months. Never had a problem, and we don't own a car so yes, it's our primary wheels.



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Nice silencers - which model are they?
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On my '05 Custom I changed the 11¾" stock shocks to 11", and found that the belt guard hit the edge of the fender, and the frame rail below the oil bag (it wore a groove in the frame tube), so I took it off. I later made a new belt guard that was shaped so that it couldn't hit anything.

On the '72' I have no intention of taking the belt guard off, unless to replace it with an RSD one maybe.
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On the Touring models with hard bags there is no top guard, so on the Sporties that is there for show and 'just-in-case'. The bottom guard is there to keep debris out and that is where foreign objects are likely to get taken in.

A few years ago a friend bought a new Firebolt. He so hated the guards on it he took them off as soon as he got it home. Later that first day he visited to show off his new bike - complete with a sharp stone through the belt, which he picked up on that ride.

All my belt guards stay on!
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For safety reasons and I like the way it looks. I'll never remove mine. Some people remove theirs to make their bikes look "Custom" or "Badazz". It'll be badazz alright when your belt snaps doing 85 and whacks the s**t out of you
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Left mine on. I only ride solo, but I don't see a reason to take it off. Seems like it should be there for safety reasons. Just my opinion.

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Kept it on. I ride solo. I don't see a real benefit in taking it off.
Same here. Only reason I'd remove it is to replace with a chrome part.
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belt guards are just to idiot proof your bike...first thing to go, along with that silly ass stock seat, it serves no purpose either..
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Only reason I'd remove it is to replace with a chrome part.
Only reason I'd remove it is to replace it with one with holes in and a brass thing stuck on:

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this is giving me ideas hadn't thought about cutting it up or losing it, thought about drilling it out but if you drill it out on the piss it will look rubbish lol.
besides i got my tax disc bolted to the front mounting bolt, id have to rehome that then. hmmmm
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