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Old 12-17-2012, 04:11 PM   #21 (permalink)
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yes removing wheel as well as swingarm is necessary to install, for me a belt is hands down best, see on different forums guys replacing chains as lo as 10,000 miles, regular lubing at 200 miles is recommended lube warm chain let bike set overnight so most of lube does not go on rear wheel + tire, adj chain again + again as it wears IMO its a no brainer add labor cost of replacing chain and sprockets if you do not do it, i am glad scootworks stepped up to make a belt for my bonnie, theres a reason some sites list sold out, best $$$ spent along with seat + bitubo shocks IMO i will post a pic of my clean shiny wheel and belt drive when i learn how
I glad its no brainer to go belt drive for you. I am curious...are you selling belt drives...or is the above the line they sold you to buy one. I hope you have some "warm" lube ready when your stuck in the middle of nowhere when your Roadside Assitance tows you to the nearest bike shop and the repairmen tells you it will be a week for the belt and $$$$ for labor. At this moment you will wish you had a chain.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:49 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Hardest part of the belt conversion for me is up-front investment in the kit and getting the gear ratio I like.

Belt or chain breakages are extremely rare if you take care of your bike. As such, the "getting stuck in the middle of nowhere" argument is pretty much moot. Seriously, who waits for their chain to break before replacing it? Why would you do so with a belt? Would you head out into the middle of nowhere with a chain that needs replacement? A blown tire is much more likely. I would be more concerned about a bike shop near the middle of nowhere having a suitable replacement tire than chain or belt.

Pulling the swingarm off is just not a big deal.
It is normally necessary, and just good practice, to replace sprockets when replacing a chain, and you have to remove the wheel for that. Going one step further and removing the swingarm is just not a big deal. Installing a new chain on worn sprockets will wear out the new chain prematurely. Considering long belt life compared to chains and less maintenance along the way, it's easy to see that a belt is much, much less $$$$ for labor over the life of the bike.

Worst case scenario: can't get a replacement belt? Just get a readily available chain and sprocket set and carry on.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:49 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I glad its no brainer to go belt drive for you. I am curious...are you selling belt drives...or is the above the line they sold you to buy one. I hope you have some "warm" lube ready when your stuck in the middle of nowhere when your Roadside Assitance tows you to the nearest bike shop and the repairmen tells you it will be a week for the belt and $$$$ for labor. At this moment you will wish you had a chain.
How often do chains break? How often do belts break?

I've been riding for about 15 years and have owned both chain and belt drives and have never had an issue with either.

Even if RA tows my bike to the shop and I have to wait a week for the part. I guess I'm waiting a week and the only thing I would be wishing for is another motorcycle in my garage to ride. But oh well. Life goes on.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:44 PM   #24 (permalink)
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went to the free spirits site today figured i'd looky at their other fine products, the belt drive was only thing i could see for triumphs, on that note $1053.78 plus shipping to the USA WOW!!! as stated this is almost surely is the wider old tech belt and did you check the pulley sizes 65 teeth rear 29 front although overall ratio is similar to stock they must be going for the harley BLING factor although after going down to my garage i checked my rear pulley on the 06 sportster with 20,000 miles on my original-like new belt it has similar sizing about 50mm larger diameter rear pulley than the stock bonnie you can forget the stock chainguard + possibly front sprocket cover, maybe the older belt technology requires larger diameter pulley which causes less stress similar to a too smallish front chain sprocket. just did the exchange rate the scootworks kit at $579 delivered in the USA is 357 british pounds there would be xtra shipping of course. i am in not affiliated to scootworks and luckily found them on an internet search i am just a happy satisfied customer sharing info for our bikes on this fine forum and truely appriciate all i have learned here
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:11 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Is the scootdrive beltdrive gear ratio similar to the 43t rear/18t front or is there any difference to it
I love my 43/19 sprocket with chain but if I go the belt route do they make something similar to this
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Is the scootdrive beltdrive gear ratio similar to the 43t rear/18t front or is there any difference to it
I love my 43/19 sprocket with chain but if I go the belt route do they make something similar to this
Should be pretty easy to figure out if you have the pulley diameters. Note that the diameter to use is the diameter of the surface that contacts the belt.

The webside (scootworks.com) says that the Triumph Bonneville kit has a ratio of 2.375:1 and is similar to the 43/18 sprocket set.

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thats what it says on the site but then when I spoke to them he said it is more of 42/18
He told me 43/19 ratio is 1:2.26 and this belt drive falls between 43/18 stock to 43/19

Can anyone confirm this if you running the belt on your bike & how it has changed your ride compared to the stock.
have you experience more top end? & less vibes by doing belt?
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thats what it says on the site but then when I spoke to them he said it is more of 42/18
He told me 43/19 ratio is 1:2.26 and this belt drive falls between 43/18 stock to 43/19

Can anyone confirm this if you running the belt on your bike & how it has changed your ride compared to the stock.
have you experience more top end? & less vibes by doing belt?
You could buy the kit and then use the pulleys in the kit as patterns to have a machist make up pulleys with any ratio that you want. Pricey; but, you would get exactly what you want.
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i only recently installed the scootworks belt drive, its cool and getting coolder in pa now only had one shakedown ride about 75 miles, i noticed no difference in anything except when i parked in the garage my rear wheel + tire were STILL CLEAN!!!!
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I have to say I am curious. I reaaaaally hate a dirty bike.
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