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Coming off a highway the other day, I realized that I started to lose power when turning on the throttle a little. I was able to coast through the rest of the exit and roll to a stop. Engine revving just fine, but I was going nowhere and I was sure I was in gear.

Got off the bike and started checking for leaks underneath and discovered that the drive belt was gone! A subsequent walk back down the exit ramp led me to my broken drive belt. No real wear marks (other than what was presumably caused when the belt snapped), but this thing was definitely pulled apart at the seams.

Hindsight being what it is, I guess it could have been worse if it had gotten tangled in my rear tire and sent me into a skid...but I guess I was lucky it just rolled off....

BTW, the bike only has 23K on it.....Not too happy about being without my ride for what is going to be about a week.
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Anyone else ever break a drive belt?
No, but as much as I like the benefits of a belt, they are certainly a weak link in our system. I've read elsewhere about pebbles wreaking havoc with the belts. Probably not a big deal running around the city, but get lost on a country road out in the boondocks that regresses to gravel and cross yer fingers...




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Mine had over 30,000 before I changed it. Others have 50k plus others 10k. Luck of the draw. Long trips. Carry a spare

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Heh, me thinks you've not changed the rear tire on your new beast yet. Unless you're gonna tow a jack and maybe an extra set of hands along behind you for the trip, you're better off paying the AMA or maybe your insurer for towing insurance...and then pray like hell that it snaps in the vicinity of a cell tower.




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All that said, carry a spare. No guarantee that a shop will have one when you need it and it's light and packable. You can find a Jack.

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SB you are so right. Vision weighs a ton over that rear wheel. My thought though was to have the belt due to shops not having them in stock. My JP belt took a week to come in and then another day to put on.


I have the tow package on my insurance but it doesn't cover much. 5 miles then the charges start to come to me. Thinking about switching but my agent is a great guy

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You never said how many burn outs have you done.
Who adjusted the belt.

I had one harley that had over a 100 thousand mile on the original belt. So ya never know

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I broke a belt on my Kingpin at 24,000. i think it was knicked from a rock.
I too had my bike towed at the tune of $120 for 8 miles.Belt cost $288 from a Dealer. Installed it myself. it takes about an hour or so to install.

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You never said how many burn outs have you done.
Who adjusted the belt.
No burnouts....Too new to the game. I road a friend's 650 for only a few months back in the early 80s. Didn't get my own first ride until 2011 (the wife FINALLY caved). Too old now to start learning how to mess around on the bike...I need mine for transportation/work. Won't risk screwing it up by showing off.

The used dealership where I bought it in March was probably the last to adjust anything. Only thing I've done to her since taking ownership was the addition of some lighting.....
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I snapped one on my Kingpin with less than 9000 miles on it. I took it to the dealer and complained very loud. They replaced it and held the bike until they figured out what caused it. I will say this, they were way slow in finding it. The bike was there a whole month, but they said it was missing a spacer. I have put about 9000 miles since then on the bike and have had no new problems. Fingers crossed.
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