Bugger! Bedeviled By Buell Belts Busting

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by SkiFastBadly, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. Mnrider2

    Mnrider2 Been here awhile

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    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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  2. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Wait, isn't he dead? I get it, I get it.:rolleyes

    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.:wink::D So let's all just lighten up a little and enjoy our sport.

    Just to keep those judgements coming.....:lol3

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    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.:nomystery
    :lurk
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  3. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    Looks like Pluric can only wheelie without a helmet! :rofl
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  4. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Naw, that was just to give the ATGATT crowd ammo.:wink:

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    Skifast drug me into this. It's his fault.:wink::D
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  5. Jim_SB

    Jim_SB Been here awhile

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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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  6. stinkwheel

    stinkwheel Adventurer

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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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  7. JTucker

    JTucker Long timer

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    Actually big twin harleys still require primary removal for a belt change, brilliant!:lol3

    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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  8. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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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.

    :thumb
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  9. panhead_dan

    panhead_dan motorcycle addict

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    this is wisdom
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  10. thisflatearth

    thisflatearth 2 wheel has been

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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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  11. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    You might share with the group that yours is an earlier version with the later ones having a heavier make up.

    Be fair tell the whole story, not just your side.

    :puke1
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  12. thisflatearth

    thisflatearth 2 wheel has been

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    Didnt know they upgraded or changed it. Not gonna buy a "new" one. Looked cool, worked for a little while. Probably saved my belt from breaking.

    Not bashing teh product but just saying I broke it. :lol3
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  13. ronandkat

    ronandkat Been here awhile

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    They made the Uly in 05? I thought 06 was the first year.
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  14. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    Early bikes made in 05 were titled as 06s
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  15. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy Been here awhile

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    Yes

    There was an earlier version of the tensioner that had some challenges.

    The revised unit has been successfully used by many many Buell owners world wide.

    Just clarifying the situation.

    There are always three sides to every story.

    :norton
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  16. badweatherbiker

    badweatherbiker Been here awhile

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    My original belt went at 19,500 on my police Uly
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  17. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    one of the first belt breakage problems was storage,HD dealers had the belts wadded up to reduce space.did yours come boxed?
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  18. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    When I replaced my tires I put a new belt on my 08X that only had 10k on it. needed a spare and was told the newer belts were better. I am going mod my tensioner this weekend as this makes complete since. Thanks for posting it. I have been riding Harleys for 30 yrs with untold miles never had a broken belt and some of my harleys had 80+K miles on them when traded.

    I believe tension and load plays a huge part but belts are proven......yes I carry the old belt in my Uly:cry
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