I must be missing something as I've never had downtime due to having a chain on my bikes. 5 mins maintenance on the chain when cleaning or checking other stuff isn't exactly a hardship.
Why the need to spend money changing for a belt? Thought there was more power loss via a belt too, plus the risk of it snapping if debris or gravel or something damages it.
I shall await my education ! Fire away belt lovers!!
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Nothing to do with being a belt lover. I simply want to try out something different on my Bobber. Just as others on the board express their customizations in different ways, this is what i like to do. I also plan on changing the front fork kit & brakes (which no-one looking at my bike will ever be able to notice or know about), but i do it for my pleasure and as respect to the forum members I like to share my findings.
A belt won't stretch, does not casue a mess & has no mechanical noise like a chain. And of course has zero maintenance. For me, those 5 mins you talk about do inconvenience me as i ride alot and those 5 mins add up - very quickly. And the way some riders use the powerband, the chain has a tendency to stretch & need adjusting far too often...!
A chain can also snap. And if it does it can cause devastating damage to both rider and bike. A snapped belt will only ever amount to a slight inconvenience.
Power loss you say? Our bikes have circa 77hp and Hayabusas they will never be. And with a shorter ratio, i doubt the difference (defecit or not) will be noticable.
Anyway, i hope i have shed some light on the ´why the need to spend on a belt´ question...