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Old 01-04-2014, 06:42 PM   #61
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Yeah, cut Jerry some slack. He is, after all, the OP. And he is, after all, human. By that I mean many of us think we know more than we actually do, and I would put Jerry (and a whole lot of other people including myself) in that category. Sure, he rambles off topic frequently and gets out of his element, as when he claimed only low-end cars had CVT trannies.

As for me, I'm here to learn as much about motor scooters as I can. When someone strays off topic I just stop reading and scroll down to the next poster.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:38 AM   #62
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One of the things many scooter riders like about their scooter vs a motorcycle is that they don't have to clean, lube & adjust a chain. This is true, but when you maintain a chain, you have to look at it making it more likely you will detect signs of wear, or a defect. Belts are often out of sight, out of mind. Most things in life involve some compromise. Belts are no exception.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:47 PM   #63
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One of the things many scooter riders like about their scooter vs a motorcycle is that they don't have to clean, lube & adjust a chain. This is true, but when you maintain a chain, you have to look at it making it more likely you will detect signs of wear, or a defect. Belts are often out of sight, out of mind. Most things in life involve some compromise. Belts are no exception.
I made a big inspection window on the chain enclosure so I could keep track of the oil level and the condition of the sprocket. After 6 years of coping with drive chains exposed to the dirt, dust and wetness, I will never have another.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29821169@N06/9873274406/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/29821169@N06/8324771870/
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:23 PM   #64
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I have owned many motorcycles with chains. My XT225 dual sport has a chain. Yes, they require maintenance, but it is easy, especially since my bike has a centerstand. It is obviously a lot more maintenance than a belt. But I have never had a chain fail, in hundreds of thousands of miles. I wish scooter manufacturers would put inspection windows in the belt drive cover so you could inspect the belt. I have thought about doing it myself. But I don't know how much good it would do. I suspect my belt looked perfectly normal right up til it failed.

Overall I am happy to do maintenance, lots of it, to prevent a breakdown on the road.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:36 PM   #65
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I made a big inspection window on the chain enclosure so I could keep track of the oil level and the condition of the sprocket. After 6 years of coping with drive chains exposed to the dirt, dust and wetness, I will never have another.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29821169@N06/9873274406/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/29821169@N06/8324771870/
Thats pretty damned cool!
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