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Keep the belt 100 76.34%
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Old 19th December 2014
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I've never had one snap. Only trouble when they get too loose or the link piece falls off.
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The decision should be between "belt or suspenders", not "belt or chain".

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hey train I reckon so, the sprocket is as big as the tire!!! with some good grips, could go mountain climbing.
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Live on a dirt road and have to travel down dirt roads some to get where I want to go.

Chain and sprockets about 8,000 miles max!

Belt goes 50,000 plus miles most of the time. Only need to change the pulleys every second belt.

I don't have to guess which is better for me. Got away from chains in 1981 and never looked back. Chains have some advantages, but none that outweigh the life of the parts issue for me. I was sick of changing chain and both sprockets every time I changed a back tire which was about twice a year.
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hey train I reckon so, the sprocket is as big as the tire!!! with some good grips, could go mountain climbing.
I do a little of that too.

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At 60k change the belt even if not broken, now if I'm stock with a broken belt I just call the OS and she'll bring me the old belt. Wait a minute, I had help a guy on a sunday ride, I need to call him to have my old belt back. LOL.
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Just do a twist with the old belt and it folds up into a three layer 9" circle that packs easy. Also, having the used one as a spare makes a roadside install easier. Do remember the rotation orientation.
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tired of hearing chain noise is why I switched to scooters, but now Im building a sporty chopper, itll be belt drive
If you don't like chain noise, you're gonna LOVE the racket of lifters, pushrods, and valves chattering like sewing machine falling down a flight of stairs at 80mph!
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Real motorsickles have chains and spoke wheels I love the maintenance myself worth it for the old look. if you go chain clean and silicone the link clip after installation chain wax or lube occasionally and keep the slack out you will have many trouble free miles. of course I started riding when belts were not an option. Geezer Glide I would keep the belt
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One of the biggest reasons I went to a chain was due to belt drone. At highway speeds my bike sounded like a 4x4 with mud tires running 65 mph on pavement. The added bonus of being able to run a bigger tire was all it took to convince me to switch. I can run a 140 90 r16 on the back with no rubbing on my 03.
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