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Drive Belt Maintenance- How Important Is It?

Indian & Victory riders know the importance of a well-maintained motorcycle is important not only in saving money on costly repairs but also having a safe enjoyable riding season. The problem is even veteran riders can make the mistake of forgetting to check the condition of their bike’s drive belt.  A drive belt can last up to 100,000 miles before needing replacement, riders may lose track of this important part of motorcycle maintenance.

How Often Should I Inspect My Drive Belt?

 When your belt is first installed, make sure you inspect it after the first 1,000 miles. Whether you take it to a professional mechanic or examine it yourself, a tension check with a belt tension gauge

Belt Tension Gauge for Victory & Indian motorcycle

should also be completed. After that, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of checking out your bike’s drive belt every time you change your oil (about every 5,000 miles). These regular check-ups can help your drive belt reach its maximum lifespan, as well as support the overall feel of your ride and keep you safer on the road.

When is it Time to Replace My Drive Belt?

It’s common to notice if your drive belt has been damaged by rocks kicked up from the road. Damage like this, along with damage to the teeth and shredding that exposes the internal tensile fibers, will require a drive belt replacement before 100,000 miles of use. Motorcycle owners who choose to remove the plastic belt cover for looks make a choice to shorten the lifespan of this part. If you do decide to remove the cover, it’s a good idea to keep a closer eye on the condition of your drive belt.

Victory motorcycle drive belt cover

** Some Victory models are known for this lower belt cover breaking and getting wedged in the belt. Always check the condition of the lower belt cover and replace or remove if damaged.

While rocks are the most likely culprit, any kind of debris trapped in the belt can cause damage to the belt as well as the teeth. Regular inspections and removal of this buildup can help extend the lifespan of your drive belt. Cracking on the outside of the belt may also necessitate earlier replacement.

Rear Drive Belt Cleaning

Riders often complain about a noisy or "squeaky" belt. Cleaning the drive belt will maximize belt and sprocket life and minimize drive line noise. Clean the belt at every tire change. Clean the belt more often if riding in dirty, dusty or high debris environments.
  1. Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with a cup of warm water.
  2. Use a soft nylon brush to clean the belt and sprocket teeth with the soapy water. Clean well in corner areas where road debris and belt dust can collect.
  3. Rinse the belt with clear water, then dry thoroughly.


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