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This is relation to this thread: http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/s...ad.php?t=14867

I am just wondering how many riders have had their drive belt break on them.

It it did break please post the year of your bike, how many times it has broken, the approximate mileage on the belt, and the circumstances (or what you were doing) when it broke.

I have had one belt break on my 2002 883C at about 10,000 mile during a quick (high-rev) take-off from a red light.
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Mine broke with about 12,000 miles on it. I had backed it out on the sidewalk getting ready to go to work and I shifted into first and let out on the clutch and nothing. Didn't realize it was the belt until I got into the car and backed out.
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I sold my 96 883 with nearly 100,000km (62,000mile) on the original belt.

I've had a softail, Buell and now this Sporty and have not had a broken belt..yet
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I have an 2002 1200c. I have broken 4 belts in 80,000 miles. They have all been in first gear or going into 2nd gear some harder launches then others, but definitely not the hardest it has taken. The first was 40,000 the next 6,000, then 18,000, and then 1,000. There is 18,000 on the one on there now.
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2003 with 5k miles
I was down shifting to a stop, nothing harsh but snap
Clean break with no wear.

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I have an 2002 1200c. I have broken 4 belts in 80,000 miles. They have all been in first gear or going into 2nd gear some harder launches then others, but definitely not the hardest it has taken. The first was 40,000 the next 6,000, then 18,000, and then 1,000. There is 18,000 on the one on there now.
I've heard that the factory belt spec is too tight and that why the 04-on are prone to break. I've been leaving mine a little loose and so far so good with 10,000 miles.

Hopefully warrenty took care of this for ya. Those belts aren't cheap.
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93 XL 1200 - 35k miles before I sold it, still had original belt, no problems
96 Road King - 65k miles before I sold it, still had original belt, no problems
05 883L - 5k miles so far, no problems, belt hasn't needed an adjustment yet either

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Broke the belt on My Dyna when the rear pulley got mudd in it and it froze letting the belt ride up and over the edge of the rear pully...in about 5 inches of mud when I finally figured it out...pushed it out to the road and got the belt back on but it snapped as soon as i applied power...17K
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A friend's belt on his '95 broke after a fairly long ride to the dealership. This was back in about 2002 and we just happened to be shopping there as he pulled in. It spooled off the bike and laid down gently in the parking lot as he was pulling into park. We told him he needed to buy a lottery ticket!
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just last year actually... 49000 miles on my '94....
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