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Old 11-28-2015, 12:14 PM   #1
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So yesterday tried to go for a ride with a friend. I was on my buell and my friend was on his 300 ninja. Pulled out of the neighborhood, went to clutch up in 2nd.... Nothing, bike revved to red line. Said what the . No neutral light. ( was in 2nd) clicked another gear... Still nothing. Looked back. No belt. My friend is dodging it behind me. Pulled over. Saw my belt in the middle of the road. Recovered it. Yeah, sure enough it came apart. Supposed to be a lifetime belt. Yeah right! Gotta order a new 1 now. About 150$ got it home by taking both of our belts off, looped them together and got pulled about a mile back to the girlfriends house. Was interesting to say the least. Video will possibly be posted later
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I don't think I have ever heard of a lifetime belt. Maybe a lifetime warranty belt. It's rubber, it's designed to wear out and break. Drive belts, serpentine belts, timing belts, v-belts. At least you were close to home when it happened. Also you may have picked up a rock or a shard of metal in the belt. That could cause some premature wear. My dads Harley picked up a small piece of angle iron in the drive belt. Cut it in half like a warm knife through butter
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I'm not sure of the validity of the claim, but I always heard those Buells ate belts at an alarming rate.
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No buell "claims" its a lifetime belt. My bike has 27k on it. While I know better then it being a lifetime belt. But that wasn't close. Oh well. Those are pretty hard miles. What do you expect!
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Old 11-28-2015, 12:25 PM   #5
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In the earlier models they were bad about it. They changed things up and "improved" the design. For my year
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I would t expect to get 27000 out of a chain let alone a belt
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Old 11-28-2015, 12:28 PM   #7
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I don't think I have ever heard of a lifetime belt. Maybe a lifetime warranty belt. It's rubber, it's designed to wear out and break.
I think they are carbon fiber or kevlar. 27K is very short life. Post video please.
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I don't think lifetime includes clutch up wheelies...
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I don't think lifetime includes clutch up wheelies...
Probly not
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I would t expect to get 27000 out of a chain let alone a belt
belts last longer than chains. Otherwise what would be the point?
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belts last longer than chains. Otherwise what would be the point?
+1 My 2010 Harley had 89K miles when I traded it in, stock belt still in fantastic shape, a former bike (a 2001 Triumph Trophy) max chain life was 20-25K
my Motus is doing well with 10K so far on its stock chain....Keeping up with normal maintenance and adjustments is the key to longevity. IHO
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belts last longer than chains. Otherwise what would be the point?
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And quieter.
Belts don't like any rocks, gravel or grit in them. It will cut them and the next yhing you know you are getting towed home.

Saw a big Harley cruiser spit its drive belt out in the middle of an intersection in Galveston about five years ago.
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I got a new one yesterday. I was surprised. The dealership actually had 1 in stock. 199.99 out the door. it's only rubber!!
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