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Old 07-18-2019, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

I've been largely avoiding gravel roads on my excursions with the Stryker out of concern that I'll get a piece of gravel in the belt and wreck the belt. After a couple of hours of searching online, I think the whole "gravel in the belt" thing is largely an irrational fear, especially if you keep the stock belt guard on. Removing the belt guard seems to cause gunk problems (makes sense) in the system.

There seem to be a lot of guys who live on gravel roads and ride belt drive motorcycles for years with no problems, so maybe this is all paranoia in my mind.

That being said, I was thinking that maybe it might be a good idea to carry a spare belt on long trips. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have an extra lying around at some remote dealership, but if I've got one then someone could install it if need be.

My question is about the nature of these belts. I was told that you can't roll them up or twist them, they need to be stored in a regular gentle loop or else they can be damaged. I wonder if that might be old technology talk? Or are modern belt drives that sensitive.

Also, since there is no master link on a belt (unlike a chain drive) I'm thinking it would be a **** of a job to replace a belt. Or do they just kind of settle over the pulleys? Anyone have any experience with that?

Just some random midsummer thoughts....
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd price the belt before you think of carrying a spare.. there $300- 500 depending on where ya buy it.
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You will need an in-depth tool box on the road if you plan on changing a belt on location. The swing-arm needs to be removed. I don't know if you can get by with just removing the bolt and twisting the swing-arm it to gain some room to slide the belt in.

Edit: reading on the warrior forum, someone posted there that removing the pivot bolt on the swing-arm will allow you to rotate it enough to get a belt in.
I've never changed one, but I'd hate my first attempt to be on the road.
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Brother I have had a punctured belt since maybe 7000 miles and have had zero issues with it. I found a stone from the new asphalt wedged in it on a maintenance. I've had my belt off no swinger removal necessary. Rear tire off helps alot but can be done with out removal it wouldsuck to do on a road trip, but in your garage on a stand not that bad
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Thanks for the input. Preacher, with all those miles on a holed belt, that puts things into perspective. These belts are pretty tough.

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/forwood/index.shtml

Been reading this story - around the globe on a Harley belt drive with a number of replacements needing to be done, riding deep mud and dirt roads for thousands of km. Pretty interesting - also, just good to realize I am probably overthinking the whole thing when it comes to belt drive.
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Thanks for the input. Preacher, with all those miles on a holed belt, that puts things into perspective. These belts are pretty tough.

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/forwood/index.shtml

Been reading this story - around the globe on a Harley belt drive with a number of replacements needing to be done, riding deep mud and dirt roads for thousands of km. Pretty interesting - also, just good to realize I am probably overthinking the whole thing when it comes to belt drive.
I got 23k of on it now!
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Snowmobiles sometimes carry a spare belt under the hood in a little slot with bungees holding it in place they domt fold it just push the centers of the loop together till they touch and leave it like that. I cant see how that would hurt a bike belt any those snow buggies sometimes push over 100hp and it doesnt seem to cause them any issues. Its still gonna be long but could probably fit in a saddle bag
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