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Old 02-18-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
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Drive Belt

My drive belt is tearing, there's a small rip, starting at the edge of the belt, just big enough to see from a couple feet away but all the way through from top to bottom. Looks like maybe a small rock was pulled through on the edge of the rear sprocket and chunked up the edge a bit. I can post a pic later if necessary.

I know it's toast eventually but I'm wondering if the more belt-savvy folks on the board can give me odds of making it 40 miles to the dealership before it goes out. This is my first belt-drive bike so I don't have a feel for whether it's gonna go all catastrophic-like or slowly tear its way across over the next thousand miles.

I wouldn't risk it with a chain but I'm assuming a broken belt would just make a bit of a racket and leave me on the side of the road, not break the engine block or rip a chunk out of my leg.
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:46 PM   #2
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I just talked to a buddy of mine who works at AJ Foyt and he said - you should be ok if you're taking it straight to the dealership, just Don't get on it hard at all, take it very easy otherwise it will tear.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:02 PM   #4
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Thank you gentlemen.

I will make sure they have the part ready and ride it up there gently.
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:18 PM   #6
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i had a buddy that had a buell blast , and his wiring under his seat caught on fire.
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:06 PM   #8
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wtf?

I had a friend who stunted in a blue hat. He went bald.
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You should make it. Belts are way better than a chain
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Yea those belts are pretty slick - maintenance free and they have the tensioner as well
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Yea those belts are pretty slick - maintenance free and they have the tensioner as well
Indeed, this bike has spoiled me. I've gotten way too complacent. I never used to just jump on and ride without doing a thorough inspection, now I catch myself doing it all the time.
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