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post #1 of 24 Old 08-10-2013, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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drive belt instead of chain

Does anyone offer a conversion for the Strom to go from chain to a belt drive system?? Chain adjustments and wear are a pain. I know that chains are relativily inexpensive. Other bikes have belt drive, why not the Strom.

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post #2 of 24 Old 08-10-2013, 10:41 PM
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My understanding its that gravel eats up belts.

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post #3 of 24 Old 08-10-2013, 10:52 PM
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Chain Adjustment

In my personal opinion and case I have found that I buy a GOOD X-Ring chain, RK GB525XSO, that the need to adjust & lube are greatly reduced. Last year I put on a new RK GB525XSO chain & sprockets front & rear shortly before making a 4,000 mile trip, highway only, and I only had to make less than a 1/4 to 1/3 turn on each chain adjuster at the 2,000 mile mark & I only lubed it at that point too. I get good sprocket wear. I am not sure if that is the case with others too or not.

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You actually should be cleaning/lubing the sealing rings
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VH Motorradtechnik Shop of Germany used to make one for 2004-2006 DL650s but I don't see it on their site any more. It was thousands of dollars and was not an easy conversion. They wanted you to bring the bike to a qualified installer.

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It might be worthwhile contacting the gentleman in Germany. He might still have the parts in stock ... just lack of demand made him take it off his marketing package.

And if that is the case ... it might be a bit less expensive.

Just a thought.

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post #7 of 24 Old 08-11-2013, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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I clean and lube the chain every 500 miles or right after riding in rain or dirt.
I just must have a poor quality chain. I'm not sure how the previous owner took care of it. I do have a new chain ordered. The sprockets are in good shape, several of the links are seized. I have lubed and cleaned but still stuck.

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post #8 of 24 Old 08-11-2013, 04:18 PM
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There's these guys-cruisers only now but if you talk nice to them...

Motorcycle Accessories, motorcycle parts, Belt Drives, lowering kits, handlebar risers

And there's the guys who do the Triumph belt systems, not sure of their url...
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post #9 of 24 Old 08-12-2013, 01:00 AM
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What affect does running a super tight chain have on the output shaft bearing?
Would that be similar to running a belt?
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post #10 of 24 Old 08-12-2013, 06:37 AM
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belts are not as strong as chains. a harley drive belt would not hold up to a wee strom power. Notice the 4" width of belts on custom bikes..

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