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Old 11-30-2011, 09:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is a multi-purpose thread I wanted to start, for selfish reasons and also to share experiences with other people. Questions are:

What are the advantages and disadvantages to each? What is YOUR favorite?

My interest was sparked in an earlier thread when one person wanted a 6-speed belt-drive and another wanted a 5-speed shaft-drive. So I wanted to hear everyone's take on it!
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I've had a chain and two shaft rides now. I really like the shaft-drive. Chain was messy and a little more maintenance.

I have a friend who has a belt drive and I thought I'd mind it more than I did. It feels fine, but he's had a rock pierce his belt twice now - and they aren't cheap at all.

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I have had many chain drives over the years and now on my second shaft drive. I love the shaft drives. Never had a belt drive so can't speak to it.
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Chain drive = messy, lotta tinkering.

Belt drive = Cool looking, some tinkering.

Shaft drive = Not so cool looking, no tinkering.
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belt is my last choice. Not durable enough. I'd rather have the extra maintenance of a chain (which really isn't that big a deal) and it's durability.

Chain or shaft i don't care either way that much but would probably favor chain in most cases due to the lighter weight and the fact that bikes that have chains are usually of a style that i prefer vs shaft drives that in most cases look a certain way.
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I'm completely with it looking uncool if it works... lol. Stuck with the chain drive for now.
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Got one of each. They all work well. Modern O or X ring chains don't require alot of maint. A quick wipe with Dupont Multi Purpose Teflon every 600 miles or so, and don't overtighten. Belts can be quite fussy to set up. My S40's belt will whine on decel in cool weather (we don't have cold weather here in SO Cal). Several on Suzuki Savage/S40 forum have got holes due to rocks. Some continue running with holes and report no problems. Shaft seems to work well. No fuss. Had a Burgman650 for a couple of years. No problem with the continously variable set-up. Chain makes it easy to change ratios. OK, there's my two cents, do I get change? Ride safe, far, and often.
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This again??

Check out the search function. Its on the toolbar just next to the "new posts". It took me about 10 seconds to find these by searching: shaft chain belt.

All these were posted within the last year, and were on the first page of results.


http://www.hondashadow.net/forum/53-...-vs-shaft.html

shaftdrive or chain..which is preferred most.

http://www.hondashadow.net/forum/53-...-vs-chain.html

http://www.hondashadow.net/forum/53-...utch-belt.html

Chain v Shaft

http://www.hondashadow.net/forum/53-...-vs-shaft.html
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Shaft is my preference, followed by a belt. Purely for the maintenance reasons. For a pure performance bike, I'd go chain.
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This again?? ....
Yep again ... New members, new experiences, new perspectives, new observations and new opinions.

If subjects were only covered once the forums would be empty except for new personal happenings. Oh ... that means everyone would have to have unique experience to post or it would be a repeat.

Post on members ... repeats and all ... It's all good.
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