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Depends on how and where you ride I guess. Most of my riding is in dense city traffic. I prefer belt for it's long service life. The only thing I don't like is that they snap without warning. A chain will start to rattle especially from a standing start , which tells you that it needs replacing. A belt can perform perfectly and show no signs of wear and will snap. The up side is , I can get five years out of a belt.
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Bike were with belt when first introduce in 1900, chain is just a fad that was replace with the original design. On a sportster it's an under a hour job. With mess with chain???
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Just run the belt a bit looser than stock and it will last for a very long time. My first one broke at around 20,000 miles. I have over 60,000 on the current one that I keep looser.
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4 common causes for the belt breaking: #1- belt too tight, #2- inferior/cheap belt, #3- no belt guard, #4- belt alignment. If you ride a lot of gravel or dirt roads, the belt guard isn't gonna do much good either, so this makes a chain and sprockets easier to keep clean.
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4 common causes for the belt breaking: #1- belt too tight, #2- inferior/cheap belt, #3- no belt guard, #4- belt alignment. If you ride a lot of gravel or dirt roads, the belt guard isn't gonna do much good either, so this makes a chain and sprockets easier to keep clean.
I do ride a few dirt roads now and then, and I agree about guards, I removed my belt guards because they trap rocks and they rattle around in there until they find a way to screw you out of a belt.
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F.W.I.W. our super boy, Eric Buell, used to offer a 100,000 warranty on Buell belts. With the practice I’ve gotten my last belt change out was just 20 minutes on the side of the road.
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I put 12K miles on my CB1100 in 10 months and serviced the chain every 600 miles...zero stretch. The Bonneville only required one initial adjustment in 7,000 miles. Chains don't snap from a pebble.

But even with the newer wax based lubricants, chains are messy, affected by washing and rain. Lubrication is primarily for the o-rings on the o-ring and x-ring chains, which last an amazing long time.

As much as I appreciated the shaft drive on my Moto Guzzi V7II, fluid changes could be messy.

A belt is zero maintenance, clean, quiet, lighter weight. Other than on dirt/dual sports, it remains my favorite. They just don't give any warning before end of life.
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Do you run belt guards and sprocket cover? I don't run either, but I'm slowing down, so I doubt I could do mine that quick even with nothing in the way.


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Had an audience on all of them, not by choice. And Pete I do run pulley guards and sprocket cover. Sprocket cover takes the most time, but also, all three Sporties run 2:1 exhausts which simplifies fastener access especially to the lower sprocket cover bolt. To the point where I now leave them out. Nothing special there, just common sense which I consider a blessing.
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