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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 02-23-2009, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Belt Drive Conversion?

I am thinking of getting the belt-drive conversion kit that Brent has on Newbonneville.com. I own a 2005 America and would just like to know if anyong has done this? What the advantages may be? What the disadvanatges may be? Any comments or input? How would the ride be different? In other words would you do it? Appreciate any comments.
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I couldn't find it on their web page. Gotta link?
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I read that a belt drive requires mo' Hp than a chain drive...
True? Chime in...
I love putting my girl on a scissor jack and lubing her...
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Or maybe wait for the new 1600 TBird...
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I couldn't find it on their web page. Gotta link?
http://www.newspeedmaster.com/html/b...onversion.html

I must say, I am not against the idea of it. I can understand why most Triumph guys would be against the idea. The chain is much more machine-like, has a more gritty, aggressive look to it... plus being dirty and oily is kinda fun.

On the other hand, the girl's sportster has a belt, and she never has to bother with jacking it up and oiling it and these new belts don't stretch much, if at all, and are lasting for upwards of 50-70k miles. There are plenty of guys here LINK that swear by them... but of course, they are Harley guys and most of them aren't wrench turners.

When it comes down to it, I think one will work just as well as the other for the average rider. It really depends on what you are going for and what fits you personally as a rider.
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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A matter of taste I suppose...

No chains, no spokes, no carbs, no Lucas electrics, no Amal's that require "tickling", no smell of petrol on your gloves, no kick start, no shift on the right/brake on the left, no oil pan under the bike from the time of delivery, no single shoe drums (front and rear), no Wentworth fasteners, no pedestrian slicer...I miss my 1967 English Home market version Daytona 500. I love my 2007 Bonneville T100 for the things it still DOES have that remind of the old bikes. I gotta say though that my wife's 2006 Yamaha V Star 1100 with custom EVERYTHING is pretty bitchen too. Push comes to shove, I'm keeping the Bonnie...considering buying an old one (pre 1970) too. Yeah, all that stuff I mentioned above is a pain in the arse, but I love it.
Hey deseely, if you do the conversion...post a pic.

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Hey guys thanks for the feedback. I am heading to work but will post a link to the site tonight when I get home. Talk to you then.
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Belt drive

I really LIKE the idea of a belt drive. From the picture of the setup on a Speedy, with the guard back on, the change in appearance is minimal.
And, you can't argue with the longevity reports the big Harley riders are turning in for these. Some have exceeded 80K miles on the OEM belt, and this on a bike weighing nearly 400 pounds more than a Bonnie.
For grins, I did a search on the company that makes these. Not only was the link to Quiet Power Drive dead, but the company profile lists it as a "restaurant ret motorcycles", whatever that means.
I wouldn't be interested in the 2.45:1 ratio offered, as my current setup (19/43) yields around a 2.26:1, and I like how the bike works at that ratio.
If anyone has success in locating a working link to the company, please post it.
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I read that a belt drive requires mo' Hp than a chain drive...
True? Chime in...
I love putting my girl on a scissor jack and lubing her...
Oops...
Or maybe wait for the new 1600 TBird...
In theory, there's more friction with a belt than with a properly oiled chain, so it could take more power to pull, and there are expansion/contraction losses as well as the belt stretches (which they do... chains do too, but minimally), but on a well-designed belt drive that's appropriate to the bike, this shouldn't be too much of a problem. Belts also smooth out power delivery some, which can be a big deal on a big V-twin. Not so much on our smaller parallel twins. Practically, on these bikes, it probably wouldn't matter, even with the nastiest engine you could reasonably build, though it might smooth things out a little.

You want it? They make it. Why not?

If you do it, report back.

(I'll keep the chain on my Scrambler... thanks.)

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