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I didn't know there was a difference between the FSM and the Owners Man., on belt adjustment, until this thread. Like most, when I bought my '06, the only source for adjustment specs, I had, was the Owners Man. Live and Learn.
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That’s about the closest I’ve been to breaking one.



Probably had a stone go through it.
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The only belt I've snapped was on my '95 Hugger. I consider it a miracle it lasted from new in '95 until late 2002 and I dread to think how many chains I would have gone through in that time. The bike had a 1200 conversion, bolt-in cams, Supertrapp 2-1 and SE carb and had done a hard 70,000 miles at that point.
I think the belt died of old age as it had crazing of the surface and I was only riding slowly uphill in traffic when it let go.
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fresh chipped roads and gravel paths are the worst enemies of a belt... as well as wheelies and burnouts...
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Not yet, but I’m prob pushing my luck with 23 year old belt that has over 40k and a scar from the belt guard screw on the back side. I don’t do burnouts, or bang the 1-2 Shift very hard. My bike will do a modest power wheelie in first (no clutch), but I don’t think that’s hurting anything.
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2005 Roadster. The belt broke while sitting at a red light in 2015 at approximately 25,000 miles. Since then, I've changed the belt twice as a cautionary measure. The bike presently has 108,000 miles.
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Is there an age you would recommend to proactively change a belt?
Stock '02 belt but it still looks pretty solid so far.
Almost 30k on it.
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