Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Belt vs Chain

     This is the belt from my '04 Electra Glide. It has 110,000 miles on it. I just replaced the belt not because it was worn out, but because the pulley was.
     I recently read an entry on a motorcycle forum, where the writer opined, "Chains drive motorcycles, belts hold your dress up." The above belt and pulley have 110 thousand miles on them, the chain sprocket below is from my Sportster after the last Stampede and has a total of 7,000 miles. 
            Your honor, I rest my case.



SonjaM said...

Belt vs. Chain? It's kind of a rhetorical question really... (My Sporty is belt equipped)

Greybeard said...

I'm told when your engine produces above a certain horsepower your choices dwindle.
Under high torque loads a belt WILL stretch.

Ray Watson said...

The rules for Stampede 9 called for a kick start and the belt just wouldn't work with the kick start kit, so I switched to a chain. It was nothing but problems.
A lot of people just prefer a chain so will do a switch to a chain, pretty easy.
There are a lot of reasons to go with a chain, such as high horse power applications. But for me I'm staying with a belt.