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How long do most people wait until they change it? I have 36K on the bike and asked the dealer. They said most wait until 40-50K to change it. Based upon the prior service records I think I have the original belt, plus it looks like the original but it is still tight. I have all the plastic off right now while I am doing my 36k service.

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russell_bynum
I think it's 36K miles.

 

At least that is what I do mine at on both bikes. So far they all come off looking almost new.

 

Stan

 

Hmmm...Yeah, now that I think about it, that sounds more like it.

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Joe Frickin' Friday

Spec is 36K miles. Some folks have gone longer, some folks have not made it that far. My first belt self-destructed at 35K, second one was splitting after 25K. I tried tightening a bit tighter than the spec'd 8 N*m (on the tension adjuster), and the third belt made it 36K no problem.

 

There are belts out there that will go a ridiculously long way before breaking; most will not go that far. The farther you go with it, the more likely it is to fail in service.

 

I would suggest you change it out. Replacing a belt by the side of the road when you're trying to get somewhere is a lot more difficult than changing it in your garage when you've made time to do it. (but you should still consider carrying a spare belt under your seat.)

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Switch it and keep the old one as a spare...if you are already that far into the bike (plastic off) their is no reason to try and save a few bucks now...mine split at 18K and I suspect it is getting ready to go again....

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Joe Frickin' Friday
Switch it and keep the old one as a spare...

 

Personal preference, I guess, but if I have to change a belt by the side of the road, I don't want to have to change it again when I get home (to put a brand new one in). I'd rather have a new belt as a spare.

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Switch it and keep the old one as a spare...

 

Personal preference, I guess, but if I have to change a belt by the side of the road, I don't want to have to change it again when I get home (to put a brand new one in). I'd rather have a new belt as a spare.

 

I with Mitch on this one. For $12-16,= I am not putting an old belt back on the bike and have it go 500 miles down the road. YMMV

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Spec, Schmeck...Why not just leave a sleeping dog lie, and wait until you absolutely, positively MUST change it. Like, say at 2:30 on Christmas morning, in the middle of downtown D.C., with ice all around. Yeah, that would be fun grin.gif My theory is that if you carry a spare, you won't ever need it.

I have 90,000 miles on my RS, and the current belt has been on for 48,000 miles. But then, I'm stoopid.

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What Mitch said for sure

I have replaced 2 in 70k thats kilometers thats less than 44k mls.The first one finished up on the road after knocking a hole in the front cover. I had a spare,still not much fun on the side of the road.

Second one I caught early it just had a few bits missing.

On a bit trip I carry a spare crown wheel bearing and seal 2

Coz I been there and done that to on the side of the road.

regards Jacko

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if your belt breaks while riding you have nothing BUT time to change it by the side of the road. i inspected mine and it looked new. bike has 44k and i would imagine it has been changed. i always keep former belt for a spare if it looks good in other vehicles. j

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I've been carrying a spare around for a year or more. When I checked at 42,000 miles, it looked good as new. However, the bike now has 52,000 and I will put on the new one before it hits the road in the spring.

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