Newer type belts

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by madlee, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. madlee

    madlee Member

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    Hi, the newer bikes have narrower drive belts, yet produce more power. Is the later belt any stronger.I know they offer more clearance for a wider tyre etc, wondered if anyone had tried the later belt and pulleys on an earlier bike.
     
  2. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    the new belt is supposed to be even stronger they are using carbon fiber in it now supposedly
     
  3. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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  4. larryjmiller

    larryjmiller Junior Member

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    Chopper;
    Thanks for the belt info.

    Dumb question, do the bikes (09 RK) still have the clutch switch? So far, knock wood, I haven't tried to start her w/o the clutch pulled in but I have released it a few times in gear. Dumb, I know. I've always had the brake on so it gives a little jerk and then dies. Good thing I have my helmet on when I slap my forehead, DOH!
     
  5. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    Yes they do Larry, nice thing is if you stall out taking off from a light and some idiot behind you is blowing his horn, you don't have to fiddle around trying to find neutral, just pull in the clutch, hit the start button and your good to go.
     
  6. larryjmiller

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    Cool, that's only happened once so far and it started right up and I don't think I had it in neutral. I didn't even catch that. Thanks Chopper!
     
  7. Grillfish

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    Thanks, Chopper. A quick informative read.

    Ride safe and have fun.
     
  8. larryjmiller

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    Any idea on how long the new belts should last? I guess it depends on riders weight and how hard you get on it.
     
  9. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    I think the biggest factor would be LOOSE GRAVEL, nothing kills a belt like a rock puncture on the edge.
     
  10. madlee

    madlee Member

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    Thank you chopper, there obviously getting developed like everything else, even triumph have gone belt drive on there big thunderbird. After looking at the newer bikes my drive belt looks wide LOL.