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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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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... Belt did snap and I coasted to a stop...
Do you remember about how many miles were on the belt? Just wondering if the chip seal debris trashed the belt or if it just gave out and the chip seal was a coincidence or maybe "the last straw"...

Were you running the OE belt guards?
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Somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000, it was aloooooong time ago, and on my rigidmount 2000”C”. The belt was in good shape, they always get thorough inspections and is a big reason I change them out before planned long mileage trips. Better to be safe than sorry.
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Somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000...Better to be safe than sorry.
Thx. Do you run the OE belt guards?
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Yes, I have belt guards on all three. Some have argued that the guards may trap debri leading to more problems. I don’t know, so will continue as I have been doing.
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Yes, I have belt guards on all three. Some have argued that the guards may trap debri leading to more problems.
Thx. There are those who think having them is worse as they trap stuff. I think they're a good thing.

I'd like to lose the C/S sprocket cover (and trim the cam chest cover) but I'm running OE headpipes and the rear pipe bracket. The sprocket cover does distribute that load so it's not all on one stand-off. Need to look at that more...
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