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post #1 of 17 Old 10-08-2004, 04:22 PM
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Belt drive modification

Hello, I am a prospective V-strom buyer and I have a question. It might
be a oddball question, but I will ask it anyway. Is there a conversion to
change the bike from chain drive to belt drive?
If so, has anyone done it and how are the results.
Thanks for not laughing.
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-08-2004, 05:07 PM
 
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No reason for any giggles....

ask and ye shall recieve:

http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=10...h=Belt%2CDrive
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post #3 of 17 Old 10-09-2004, 10:45 AM
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Drive belt modification

Thank you for the reply. Very interesting. Shame about the price though.
Too bad someone in this country can't come up with this belt mod.
 
post #4 of 17 Old 10-09-2004, 11:05 PM
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I will sve others the time ....... it's $1,400 from Germany, NOT INSTALLED. I think that with the instant popularity of this bike there will be cheaper mods in the near future soon so don't let a little chain oil on the rear wheel stop you from a purchase of a suberb bike!
post #5 of 17 Old 10-10-2004, 09:18 PM
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I don't do dirt and gravel. I use my DL1000 on pavement 98 percent of the time. I don't like chains or chain maintenance. Been happily riding shafties for the last 20 years.

But, I didn't let that stop me from buying the DL1000. I don't get too carried away with chain maintenance either. I lube it once in awhile. I cleaned it once. I adjusted it once (a very small amount). I have 7500 miles on it now. If my chain wears out a couple of thousand miles earlier than it would if I took better care of it - so be it. I bought the bike to ride - not as a chain maintenance exercise.

I don't think I'd spend the money on the belt drive conversion though. There are better ways to spend money on this bike. Luggage, centerstand, aftermarket seat, nicer mirrors, better windscreen, case guards, suspension upgrades, better tires, etc. would all fall higher on my wish list than a belt drive conversion. It's not that the bike needs all of that right away, but each thing you do over time makes it a nicer ride.
post #6 of 17 Old 01-19-2005, 01:24 PM
 
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Hmmmm. A shaft drive for the DL1000. I'm going to have to think about that and see what's in the parts bin.
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post #7 of 17 Old 01-20-2005, 08:04 AM
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I was considering a BMW GS because of the shaft drive. A friend of mine was quick to point out that IF the shaft drive fails, it's going to be expensive and probably not able to be repaired on the side of the road. A chain is relatively inexpensive and you can carry a spare and tools to change it on the side of the road if it fails. As it turns out, the new GS appears to be suffering from some final drive issues and my friend is a genius.
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post #8 of 17 Old 01-20-2005, 08:57 AM
 
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I was considering a BMW GS because of the shaft drive. A friend of mine was quick to point out that IF the shaft drive fails, it's going to be expensive and probably not able to be repaired on the side of the road. A chain is relatively inexpensive and you can carry a spare and tools to change it on the side of the road if it fails. As it turns out, the new GS appears to be suffering from some final drive issues and my friend is a genius.
I have a 12 year old VS1400 with beaucoup miles on it and the shaft drive, other than normal annual lubrication checks and changes, is the only part that has never been serviced. In fact I can't recall a single failure on any shaft drive I have ever owned. On the other hand, I can't even tell you how many belts, chains, sprockets, tensioners, etc etc I have had to replace over the last 40 years of riding, but I'll bet if you melted them all down you could build a fullsize pickup truck from the metal and rubber.
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post #9 of 17 Old 01-20-2005, 11:42 AM
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I have had five Japanese motorcycles with shaft drive. No reliability issues. BMW pursues different shaft drive technology and design in an effort to minimise the shaft drive's effect on ride and handling. These designs have sometimes been prone to failure. I had a friend who ate a $2000 repair bill on his BMW K75 when the splines wore out. Those splines had to be lubricated at least annually too, so there was maintenance involved. On the Japanese bikes you pretty much forget the shaft drive is there. You don't think about it any more than you do the driveshaft on your car.

You can never forget about a chain. It requires lubing, occassional cleaning and adjustment, and it will require replacement periodically along with the sprockets. If you keep a chain drive bike and rack up a lot of miles on it, there is certainly an expense associated with the chain drive.
For that you get lighter weight, and slightly better handling characteristics.

Overall, I prefer shaft drive. But you have to consider the whole motorcycle. The V-Strom offered other things I wanted at a price that seemed reasonable. So I put up with the chain drive. I will most likely go back to a shaft drive sport touring bike the next time around, but that won't be in the near future.
post #10 of 17 Old 01-20-2005, 11:45 AM
 
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No argument. pound for pound and dollar for dollar this is the best bike I have ever owned.
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