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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Belt Drive Conversion....Done...!

Greetings Lads & Lasses,

Well I just road my Triumph back from my mechanic after having the belt drive conversion done. Just a few miles, so can't really give an authoritative review but thus far I'm loving it. I love the way it looks, I love how clean it is and although I have not as yet noticed any difference in performance, it is sooooo much smoother.

Now I have jobs to do as in re fit the sprung seat, sort out black bolts, fit the guard etc.

But wanted to just throw up a quick thread to let you all know Charlotte is back home and looking good...

Cheerio,

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Very nice! Looks b!tching!
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post #3 of 56 (permalink) Old 09-18-2019, 12:19 AM
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You are such a bad influence! It looks so clean! Now I’ve got to try it on one of my bikes. I think I’ll order the kit tonight.
I’m curious how many hours was the install?
Can’t wait to hear your updates as you put it through the test🤪
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Looks fantastic mate. Tell me more about this smoothness of which you speak...

Also, what has it done for the gearing ratio?
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I love the look of chain, but the convenience of a belt has made me very very tempted to do this mod too, just for the pure practicality (read laziness) let alone the other advantages of smooth and quiet. Thanks for sharing the pics; I'm actually pleasantly surprised at how "at home" it looks. Any issues with the bracket that needed to be cut in the install?

I'm looking forward to more of your ride reports over time.

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Thanks Guys,

I'm excited about this upgrade and think the bike is really getting close now to my perfect ride.

My mechanic did a few other little projects for me, but I would guess it would take two to four hours to complete depending on competence and if you had done it before etc.

As to the smooth ride; I noticed right away that the 'snatchiness' (is that a word ) in low gears and as you change up, was immediately gone. I was really hoping for this, so a great improvement.

I don't use the power too much and just mostly putter around, so having this belt smooth out gear changes and running at lower revs is going to add some real comfort (if that's the right word) to my riding experience.

As to gearing, as I understand it there isn't much difference. My mechanic felt it was just a little quicker and I know others who have done this have said the same but I will need a little more time to see if that's my experience.

Well, lots of puttering ahead today as I'm refitting my sprung seat, looking at the chain (now belt. ) guard, panniers & brackets, repositioned the exhausts etc. So will report back soon.

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Does the belt have a tensioner (cant see one) or is tension still controlled by moving the wheel back?

How does the final drive ratio compare to stock?
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Hi,

The belt tensioner is just the same as the stock chain, i.e. bolts to adjust the wheel back & forth.

The gear ratio I believe is near identical.

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Smells like $1300 all-in. Maybe?

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I am seriously tempted by this. I like the convenience of a chain, but flinging grease everywhere is tedious and the last thing you want with whitewalls. I take it this is the Free Spirits kit Roy?
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