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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-21-2017, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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Default Warning !!! Lower belt guard comes off!!!

I would suggest if you have a Victory that has a lower belt guard made of aluminium that you remove and bin it before it removes itself...
On the trip back from Bathurst and riding doiwn a right hand sweeping bend at around 70 mph my bike gave a violent lurch and bucked, locked the back wheel momentarily, then freed itself and I coasted to a stop as the road started to go uphill.
Thinking the worst I got off the bike as I did I heard a clang of something metal landing on the road behind me.
I looked the bike over for damage.
No collapsed wheel no broken engine case with gears or conrods hanging out.
My saddlebags were still in place.
WTF caused the lurch and lockup??.
Then I saw it!
The aluminium lower belt guard screwed up and jammed in behind the chrome upper belt guard and the swingarm near the swi ngarm pivot point!
I got my fingers in there and managed to remove the twisted metal.
The a 4x4 passed the other way and I heard a mettalic clang again , turned ad saw the rest of my belt guard had just been run over.
I walked back and retrieved it.
Further check of belt revealed it was looser and some marks on pulley and back fender indicate the part mustve gone for a ride around the rear pulley and along the top of the belt to jam in the swingarm
Still dont know if its a 2 piece item or it sheared in two as it went around.
How fkning lucky am I it didnt bring the bike down or highside me or cause further damage to the bike...
Still hard to believe what happened ...
I was fully loaded so nowhere to put the broken parts so after photographing them I left them on the side of the road.
I can feel torn metal still bolted to the underside of the swingarm.
Ive literally just got home and am posting this warning before this happens to someone else and causes injury or death.
My bike sees fairly severe duty and rough roads and high revs and resultant vibrations....unsure what exactly caused the part to stress crack and part company...
I can only assume at this stage that thats what happened.
Havent looked at the parts fiche exploded view yet to see if it is in fact a one piece item and my belt somehow chopped it in half!!!!!!
Dunno right now.
I can only assume the half that landed on the road behind me got launched up towards the stratosphere and came back down again onto the road.
Scary

PS while broken down on the roadside 4 motorcycles rode past me....
None Harleys so mustve just presumed I was another broken down badass HD rider.
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Thanks for the heads-up.....and sure glad you didn't have a go down.
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I would like to remove mine after reading your mishap, but I lost it within the second year or so... It was originally from plastic of course

Good write-up, lucky nothing broke, like a slit belt or something....



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Glad you lived. I hope you were wearing your shittin pants.
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Thanks for the heads up. It could have been very bad.

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The first thing to do if you have short/loud exhaust is to take that thing off there. The vibration/sound pressure will stress it and it will fail. Slash pipes are the worst offenders.
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Good thing you have a supply of under shorts. That event must have wasted the pair you were wearing. Glad it wasn't any worse.

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I read about someone else a year ago that the lower belt guard broke and lock him up to.
Nice you controlled the bike and keeped up right. Good Going

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I took mine off my Hammer because it looked cooler without it ......

Then my belt took my finger off because it wasn't there ....


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The first thing to do if you have short/loud exhaust is to take that thing off there. The vibration/sound pressure will stress it and it will fail. Slash pipes are the worst offenders.
Well there ya go.....
Just as well it didnt let go at some of the higher speeds Ive done on the odd occasion, like on the dragstrip of course.
I did notice in pix of customs that a lot remove it.
I just thought it was to clean up the looks and minimise unnecessary crap on the bike.
Maybe RPW couldve included a warning with the pipes?
If I'd have known of the impending doom then I certainly wouldve fucked it off ages ago.
The Freedom Performance Slash pipes terminated lower to the ground , the only real hazard with them was the fact they ground away from contact with the road on hard tight right handers.
The RPW's sit nice and high and if they touch the ground the bike would be crashing.
Only rhs contact now is the footpeg and its mounting bracket.

Anyway, we live and learn.
Its history now...sad I couldnt keep the mangled bits for 'show and tell'.

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Lloydz 109"cube big bore
" " 495 cams
" " TorqueTubes
" " timing wheel @4 deg.
" " Primary plate
" " IAV
RPW Slash pipes
PCV
Progressive 465 rear shock
Kingpin USD Forks
18" XC front wheel
1 3/4" 'Burleigh Bars'
Stebel air horn
12.106 @110.90mph
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Lloyds air filter
" " VM1 Cams
Home gutted exhaust
Maximus
Both tuned by [email protected] Dyno
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