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early september i will replace my belt... 60k kms... still perfect... change only for peace of mind... with nothing but OEM... pricey though... more than 350 Euros...

food for thoughts... it's not a spare part in EU... each time they order one in US... two weeks... maybe some more due to covid... the scheduled arrive...

this mean IMO that is a part that not broke often... or at least they have little request of OEM ones... otherwise... at least in some central warehouse... they would keep some pieces...
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FWIW OP, OEM seems to be the best by far. I’ve read that Gates makes the OEM belt to Harley spec and those are labeled as HD brand naturally. When you buy a Gates belt it is not exactly the same. This is from a post I read where someone spoke to a Gates engineer if I remember right, the differences I don’t recall at this time but it’s on the interwebs somewhere. Lot of big twin guys have trashed Falcon belts so something to be aware of.
I have personally snapped 2 oem belts power shifting into 2nd at the track. Tried a Goodyear falcon which was going to be used as oe buell by Harley until they killed buell. I still have the falcon in perfect condition after many runs at Barona and Fontana. I now run Pbi sprockets and a 520 rk super bike chain just for quick gearing changes. If you don't care about gearing except for front pully changes the Goodyear now made by bdl falcon is cheaper and stronger than the Harley gates. Just my own experience regardless of what the big twin guys say.
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I have personally snapped 2 oem belts power shifting into 2nd at the track. Tried a Goodyear falcon which was going to be used as oe buell by Harley until they killed buell. I still have the falcon in perfect condition after many runs at Barona and Fontana. I now run Pbi sprockets and a 520 rk super bike chain just for quick gearing changes. If you don't care about gearing except for front pully changes the Goodyear now made by bdl falcon is cheaper and stronger than the Harley gates. Just my own experience regardless of what the big twin guys say.
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Oh no shit. That’s interesting. Maybe there was a bad batch of them Falcons which gave them a bad name, kinda like what happened with Comp beehive valve springs a ways back, who knows. I also run pbi sprockets and an rk 530. Definitely my preferred setup for a hot rod bike, Ive put that stuff through hell and never an issue.
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