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Old 11-04-2012, 01:44 PM   #16
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Rick, I knew I'd draw you out. Shame on you for that wheelie photo, not very ATGATT of you. Setting a bad example for the young'uns, you know.
Anytime I see your name on the beginning of a thread I have to see what's broken this time.
Almost set my clock by it now.

According to you I'm "Nuts" anyway so the little darlings will know better.

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Old 11-04-2012, 03:07 PM   #17
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Regarding the setup, bearings and such, we're talking about two different bikes here the only common demominator (besides both being Ulys) is the rider. I don't think I beat the things. And even at 180/belt, I think it's a better deal than dealing with a chain every couple of hundred miles, if they last 8-9K. I'll start sweating when the belts are no longer available, that's when the price of these bikes will go through the floor.

Rick, I knew I'd draw you out. Shame on you for that wheelie photo, not very ATGATT of you. Setting a bad example for the young'uns, you know.

Craig, another inmate can get us belts for $104 delivered. He's still got a few.

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I've been running one for about 1500 & treating it hard - no problems.

I have a few for sale - $104 including delivery to USA (signed for)
Saw this posted on the farkles thread. Ignore the haters, these are collector items and need to be cherished, preserved and most of all, ridden! Some day they'll be as cool as a 4 cylinder Indian and then who will be laughing?
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:36 PM   #18
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Modify your belt tensioner as noted above and in addition to a happier belt (and related bearings) your bike will shift better, too.

Not entirely sure why the tensioner seems less than ideal on the Uly, but it could be the longer suspension travel of the Uly complicating it's function.

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Old 11-04-2012, 06:19 PM   #19
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I really think the belt is a bit too short for the extra travel of the uly with the idler, mine has broken both times whem the suspension was drooped out and had a bit of a shock load.

Pluric is right move on, you'll get used to the gear whine a lash of a tenere I'm sure.

Yes I rode one and until I ride a shaft drive bike that's better than the tenere I rode I wouldn't own one. Possibly just an isolated problem with the bike, I'd ride another if I get a chance.
After two belts on my uly I'm not a big fan of their drive system either.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:52 PM   #20
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I really think the belt is a bit too short for the extra travel of the uly with the idler, mine has broken both times whem the suspension was drooped out and had a bit of a shock load.

Pluric is right move on, you'll get used to the gear whine a lash of a tenere I'm sure.

Yes I rode one and until I ride a shaft drive bike that's better than the tenere I rode I wouldn't own one. Possibly just an isolated problem with the bike, I'd ride another if I get a chance.
After two belts on my uly I'm not a big fan of their drive system either.
See.

The hardest thing to get used to is not needing a support vehicle when you do a milk run.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:51 AM   #21
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I've got a great idea. MOVE ON. Geez you're like a woman in an abusive relationship.
After a while you have to believe she enjoys getting beat up. How many more time does that
bike have to break down before you get it? It is great thread starting material.

Craig, get help. This is your online intervention. GET A FREAKING SHAFT!!!!

Oh and........

Indian Larry comes to mind.

You may have to set your rear suspension stiffer so it doesn't dip so far into the travel.
The further it travels the tighter the belt gets.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:42 PM   #22
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Indian Larry comes to mind.
Wait, isn't he dead? I get it, I get it.

They're just motorcycles. Designed to be fun and have fun on them. Sometimes it's a little spontaneous
and we're not always dressed prepared for a moon landing. I've never claimed maturity as a virtue and actually
try to avoid acting my age.

I can understand why the Buell crowd is so helmet concious. That would hurt like hell to get hit in the
back of the head with a broken belt. So let's all just lighten up a little and enjoy our sport.

Just to keep those judgements coming.....






I will say they've improved the replacement process. The last one I had to do was on a friends
HD dresser. Towed in from the dessert and switched out in a motel shed. Have to remove the
primary case and clutch. Pull the swing arm back, took hours.

Well Craig it sounds like you're going to keep the Beast so I'll just wait for your next new thread.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:06 PM   #23
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Looks like Pluric can only wheelie without a helmet!
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:22 PM   #24
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Looks like Pluric can only wheelie without a helmet!
Naw, that was just to give the ATGATT crowd ammo.





Skifast drug me into this. It's his fault.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:33 PM   #25
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I've got an '05 Ulysses, 20k miles, original belt.

Spending more time riding my CRF250X these days though.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:00 PM   #26
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Get the spring tensioner from Trojan Horse in the UK.
I've done 20,000 miles more or less with no belt issues whatsoever. I have also done countless wheelies and trust me, I love doing them but really suck at them and my landings are far less than graceful and no issues. I don't know why more people don't make the change to the spring tensioner and not worry about their belts any more.
I am still on my original 2006 belt to by the way.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:16 PM   #27
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Actually big twin harleys still require primary removal for a belt change, brilliant!

The belt just falls to the ground when I've broken them, chains well that's another story. They all have there good and bad points I guess, although I've not owned a shaft drive bike.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:32 PM   #28
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Chains, shafts and belts. Lots of miles on all three.

Chains: Once had a thrown chain sail straight through a transmission case.

Shafts: Three driveshaft failures over thirty-three years, but can't really complain considering the number of miles logged on shaft-driven bikes. The constant, never ending handling penalty is the real price you pay on every shaft-driven bike that's ever been made.

Belts: Five Buells over ten years and not a single belt related issue. Ran the tubers with their belts well loose and the Uly with the tensioner modded to reduce belt tension. Not a bad way to enjoy the benefits of greater power transfer efficiency, lower maintenance and lower driveline mass.

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Old 11-05-2012, 07:59 PM   #29
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Chains, shafts and belts. Lots of miles on all three.

Chains: Once had a thrown chain sail straight through a transmission case.

Shafts: Three driveshaft failures over thirty-three years, but can't really complain considering the number of miles logged on shaft-driven bikes. The constant, never ending handling penalty is the real price you pay on every shaft-driven bike that's ever been made.

Belts: Five Buells over ten years and not a single belt related issue. Ran the tubers with their belts well loose and the Uly with the tensioner modded to reduce belt tension. Not a bad way to enjoy the benefits of greater power transfer efficiency, lower maintenance and lower driveline mass.




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Old 11-05-2012, 08:36 PM   #30
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My Free Spirits/Trojan belt tensioner explosisized after about 5k of spritied riding. Put the old mount back on and keep riding.

Always kept it adjusted right, checked it all the time. No difference. Busted just like everyone else, the upper hole just blowed up.

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