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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-15-2015, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Spirit 750 Chain or Shaft

Have been cruising various threads. Seems the verdict says the 750 chain drive has more umph than the shaft. Would love some numbers to back that up.

It's bad luck to be superstitious..
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If both version used the exact same engine and crank horsepower, it is true the chain drive should have more kick. Besides being able to raise or lower the gearing on chain drive, it weighs less (better power to weight ratio) and chain drive has less power loss at the rear wheel than shaft drive.

Probably a 1-4 hp difference at the rear wheel.

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Not at all convinced there would be enough umph difference to base a decision on, on a 750 cc machine.

Ride 'em both, then decide.

Chain drive offers gearing changes, via different sprocket sizes. And requires more rider oversight.

Shaft drive is smoother, IMO, and is closer to being maintenance-free.

Cruisers= made for cruising.
Difference in umph? Insignificant.

Again, my opinion!
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Originally Posted by Gnarly View Post

Cruisers= made for cruising.
Difference in umph? Insignificant.

Well said sir. And yes, low maintenance is nice too.
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The only problem is messing with the rear sprocket you just lost your umph as they say. For me I will take a shaft any day. That last statement kinda sucks when you read into it but u no what I mean. If it was more than a 750 the sprocket change would pay off a lot more.
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Well said sir. And yes, low maintenance is nice too.
Well said indeed. I have shaft drive on my 750 Spiri, and think it's great. Clean, no maintenance, and lasts forever.

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When you're riding the bike it makes almost no difference whatsoever.

When the bike is parked in your garage you might learn to dislike the chain (service, cleaning, adjusting). I really hate that my rear wheel is always dirty from it.

That said, if my 750 were a shaft-drive I would have already sold it! Why? Because on the highway (stock gearing) it was not "cruising" or "smooth". Sounded like an asthmatic wasp at 70MPH. If I were stuck with that gearing I would be looking at other motorcycles.

Regeared, it's much better on the highway and a bike I can consider riding long distances now. So although the chain can be a pain, it also has it's perks.

I believe an 1100 shaft-drive would be perfect, if I wanted a bike that big.

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Use the right lube (chain wax) and a chain is just as quiet and clean too. My DID X-ring hasn't needed adjusted in the last 10,000 miles. Virtually maintenance free also.

I even have white walls. They stay clean and purdy.

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Guess I'm the loner who likes my chain drive... lubricating and adjusting isn't a big deal, and gets me in touch with what's going on back there more regularly - tire wear, pressure, brakes, etc.

I have some Dupont silicone lubricant that I use, no mess - awesome stuff. I just put some on every 500 miles or so after a ride and it's ready to rock in 30 minutes - or I can wipe it clean, it's a dry lube.

Here's the stuff:

That said, for power:
1. Chain
2. Belt
3. Shaft

In that order.
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Guess I'll order some DuPont because I've not been happy with either of the lubricants I picked up at my local auto store. They were both $10+ per can which seems ridiculous to me. Maybe I'm applying it too often though.

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