Another question which shows how little I truly know about motorcycles. I am buying a new bike next year. As I mentioned in my Carbs or FI thread, I will own the bike for quite some time. I have narrowed the field, and all three final drives are represented. Most of my riding will be on pavement and I do not plan to do any trail riding. My land, however, is about 4 miles from the nearest pavement and I plan to ride in the local Natl Forests to access fishing areas. So dirt/gravel roads will be a part of my reality. From what I have read, this amount of dirt road riding rules out the belt drive. My current bike (and the bikes of the past) have been chain drive, but I have not put enough miles on any of them to break one or need to replace one. I clean and lube regularly and have not had a problem. It sounds like the shaft drive requires less maintenance, although the splines should be greased every so often. How involved is shaft maintenance? Anything I am missing? Any words of wisdom? I apologize again for my noobness.