Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
The Factory says to replace the belt at 30k. Seems like throwing a dart to Pop but I ain't too bright. Still, if this were Jeopardy and the answer were "Replace Belt" I would have guessed the question is What is " Keep an eye on the belt and pulleys and maintain correct adjustment until wear is visible"? Alex.
Harley used to direct replacement at 60k but since belt material tech has improved over time now at 60 they inspect instead of replace. That doesn't mean Vic belts are up to the same standards but I imagine that they probably are.
One smart thing I did do was stash a spare belt and pulleys on the shelf. The belt is probably more likely to get trashed from a single event than the effects of wear. Vic dealers don't stock replacements that I am aware of. The ordering cycle is usually a week or more for a replacement. It's about a two hour job to replace one, two hours and a week if you don't have one that is. Plus having spares gives you something to look at for comparison. Plenty of riders have made themselves believe that their stuff "still looks brand new at 50000" when it is a far cry from it and looking at one that really is new next to one that is not can be an eye opener.
I have had my bike for two years. When I got it and started hunting for a spare belt I got the stark realization that it's a ghost town of aftermarket parts manufacturers. At that time there was no alternative to the Vic belt. Everybody comments on the lack of suppliers and always adds, but they are coming. The former is true, the latter, not so much. Geegaws and doilies, sure. Always room for another handlebar or LED array that changes color to the bass line but take Lloyds out of the equation and how much of a build could you do ground up and not essentially put together a factory crate motor?
These bikes have been belt driven for 15 years. Belt manufacturers you would think are actively trying to expand the customer base. The Chinese copied just about every single thing that America makes. Yet no Hung Low belt drive alternatives for Victorys? Hmmm. The only reason not to provide an alternative is there is no money to be made there due to small numbers of units or small numbers of failures or both.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry