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SportsterPaul, thanks for the tip!
I'll order a new belt & fit it, my bike 03 so rigid, think will have to take rear brake master off as mounted beside front pully cover, undo lower shock mount & belt covers loosen axle, jack under right side of frame & jiffy stand down. be interesting to see how long I take. after changing for a new belt I might pack old belt the way you said & also pack all tools I use to replace. much thanks!!
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The trick with the belt is to put the new one on in the comfort of your home. Pack the old one as it is very flexible and easier to install at roadside. It will twist down into a nice three loop coil about 9” diameter and slip into a plastic bag for transport. To do it you grasp opposite sides of the belt an twist forming a figure eight, then work one coil down and towards the side and do another twist. Should end up with three coils. Easily done and quicker than it takes to try and explain it. I never leave for any over nighter without a spare belt.
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SportsterPaul, thanks for the tip!
I'll order a new belt & fit it, my bike 03 so rigid, think will have to take rear brake master off as mounted beside front pully cover, undo lower shock mount & belt covers loosen axle, jack under right side of frame & jiffy stand down. be interesting to see how long I take. after changing for a new belt I might pack old belt the way you said & also pack all tools I use to replace. much thanks!!
Please note: it’s not necessary to jack up the rear of the bike to do a change out. When installing the replacement it will be sometimes easier putting it around the front pulley and start it up the back of the rear pulley, you can then roll the bike forward,( much as we did when very young and put our chain back onto our bicycles), and it will slip into place. This also saves touching the axle adjusters to gain slack, and is why I advocate taking the used belt as a spare. You might also decide not to install the upper pulley guard until getting home. Just saves time on the side of a road.
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Please note: it’s not necessary to jack up the rear of the bike to do a change out. When installing the replacement it will be sometimes easier putting it around the front pulley and start it up the back of the rear pulley, you can then roll the bike forward,( much as we did when very young and put our chain back onto our bicycles), and it will slip into place. This also saves touching the axle adjusters to gain slack, and is why I advocate taking the used belt as a spare. You might also decide not to install the upper pulley guard until getting home. Just saves time on the side of a road.

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I suggest you not to drive a bike with a broken belt, even for a short distance.
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I suggest you not to drive a bike with a broken belt, even for a short distance.
If the belt is broken, I think it would be quite hard to ride it anyway!
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If the belt is broken, I think it would be quite hard to ride it anyway!
Works ok going downhill...
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I'll give you that one.
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Probably been mentioned.

Since not big twin. I voted keep the belt. If big Twin. Then I'd convert it.
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F.W.I.W. while returning home from up north with a buddie,(on his GoldWing), we entered a road that had just been chip sealed. After approximately 5-6 miles I felt a lurching that got progressively worse, much like the belt was jumping the sprocket. I pulled into a roadside park, got my tools out and pulled the sprocket cover. It was then that I saw where a half dozen teeth had sheared off the belt. Buttoned it up and decided to try to get down to Linwood as there was an Indy that would be able to work on it. My friend ran ahead and ran interference at the couple of stop signs so I didn’t have to come to a complete stop, (hey, it is what it is), and we made it almost down to Pinconning. Teeth kept shearing off but I was able to get another 6 miles closer to help. Belt did snap and I coasted to a stop, called and a truck and trailer were dispatched to pick up the bike. Seeing that tow and repair bill led me to prepare for future trips with a viable back up belt. The next three I handled myself. Just saying......
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