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chain 46 20.54%
enclosed chain 12 5.36%
belt 53 23.66%
shaft 113 50.45%
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post #1 of 115 Old 09-19-2010, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Preferred Drivetrain

There was a time when some bikes were available with an enclosed chain.
A belt drive stills needs to be inspected and adjusted.
Shafts needs the least maintenance but are heavy and the least efficient.
Which would you prefer?
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post #2 of 115 Old 09-19-2010, 06:26 PM
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Chains and belts are easy to inspect/maintain. I don't care for that hidden stuff.

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For a street bike I would pick a belt every time. They are fuss free, quiet, clean, and last pretty long now.

For my strom which will be taken on unsealed roads and offroad I want a chain and I want to be able to see it.


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I would prefer a belt, yes it means it wouldn't be as easy/cheap to change gear ratios, but not having to do the clean/lube thing every 600 miles would be worth it to me.


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On a Dualie chain all the way. IMO the ability to swap out the sprockets is a major advantage. :mrgreen:
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post #6 of 115 Old 09-19-2010, 06:40 PM
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I stick with the chain on the vstrom. it I know for a fact I can go 2600 miles and it don't need adjusted. Went on a trip that was that long and I adjusted it when I got home!
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Street bike = belt.

Dual sport = chain.

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Chains are easy to change, find and change gear ratio. properly cared, lasts very high mileage. But need to be cleaned, adjusted, oiled and are a mess...
If you have a shaft, and need to change a tire, its a lot of work... (Exception is the BMW, that you change tire like in a car)
So, the belt I think is better, no mess, almost no maintenance and adjustments and lasts 100k km...
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Yamaha Chose the shaft

yamaha must have an awful lot of faith in their shaft because they just introduced the super tenere that appeared as though it had no issues with the shaft no matter how it is ridden. I chose shaft if it can handle the rigors that I've seen lately in the dual sport application. Far less maintenance, quieter, and I've had them last over 100K doing nothing but changing the gear oil every 10 K.

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post #10 of 115 Old 09-19-2010, 09:03 PM
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Street = Belt!! I love the Belt on my Buell!! 25,000 miles on it and still holding strong. Super quiet, worry free, and super strong. Loaded with Luggage and riding 2 up it still held up. This is one of those things I have never had to worry about on my Ulysses. another story.....
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