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Old 8th September 2014
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When I'm sitting on the roadside with a broken belt it makes go insane. Think billy jack when the girl gets the ice cream cone shoved in her face. 100 miles out and not a damn thing I can do but call for help. Which is great if you have lots of friends . Myself I have mostly aquantinces. I realized long ago that if you truly have one good friend that you can count on you are lucky.
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No reason to. Why spend money and time when it's not necessary?
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Belts are for pants
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What are chains for? Dresses or maybe pansies?
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Chains are for real machines of course, that seems obvious.
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My ride is a 1980 Ironhead, and it still has stock sprockets and chain. I think chains are stronger. Only hae to watch out when you adjust the chain. I sit on the ride with a back pack on to add as much weight as I can.
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Got one bike on chain, one on belt.

Chain wore out at 22,000 miles (well earlier, but that was when I replaced it). Easy job to do. Needs maintenance.

Belt is 50,000 miles old. Belt still good, slight pitting on the sprockets. Ride it in all kinds of conditions, including dirt roads. Have been pretty lucky with the rocks, and haven't picked any up.

I'll keep the belt on my Sportster. I like the lack of chain noise from it.
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I've had two belts snap on me, what scared me was the complete lack of warning; belts looked fine, run fine and then snapped. I did the chain thing, can't really say I found any difference in the ride either in terms of noise or smoothness of pull.

I like the idea of belt drive but the thought of having another snap without warning put me off. It sounds like I was just unlucky but I'll still stick with the chain.

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I've seen chains snap as well. Fairly new ones too.
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