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    F Twin Belt Drive

    How much maintenance is required for the belt drive? How about belt longevity? I am not familiar with belt drive and am interested in rider's experience with the system.
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    Looks like some information in the Similar Threads pane at the bottom of the page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluehole View Post
    How much maintenance is required for the belt drive? How about belt longevity? I am not familiar with belt drive and am interested in rider's experience with the system.
    Voni put 96,000 miles on her F800S before she sold it. I replaced the belt once, just because, at about 42,000 miles but kept the old one as a spare because it was still good. Being rubber I suspect time/age is as big a factor as miles. I replaced the second one at about 80,000 miles. In fact, the first belt outlasted the axle tube and bearings, but that's a different story.

    The belt is essentially maintenance free. I did check tension a couple of times but it was always OK so I didn't mess with readjusting anything. No lube to use and no splines to wear. What is not to like?
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    OM, thanks for the similar threads links. They are quite informative.

    Paul, the more a read about the belt drive, the more I am interested in it. Sounds like the only drawback is rocks and debris getting between the belt and sprocket. I do not do much off road riding and when I do it is a dirt/gravel road. I suppose I would have to avoid those. I suppose it is possible to pick up a rock on pavement, but it does not seem to be an issue. I need to look more into F bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluehole View Post
    OM, thanks for the similar threads links. They are quite informative.

    Paul, the more a read about the belt drive, the more I am interested in it. Sounds like the only drawback is rocks and debris getting between the belt and sprocket. I do not do much off road riding and when I do it is a dirt/gravel road. I suppose I would have to avoid those. I suppose it is possible to pick up a rock on pavement, but it does not seem to be an issue. I need to look more into F bikes.
    Voni did not use her F800S as an "off pavement" bike, but did in fact ride on some gravel roads to and from campgrounds in the National Forests, for example. We never encountered a rock problem but I am sure it is possible.
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