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    Indications on Drive Belt --> Replacement necessary?

    Hi All,

    My Buell XB12S has a drive belt with indiciations on it which makes me worrie a little bit.
    I read in the manual that cracks in the center are not critical but when they are located at the edge it is.

    I assume that the foto's are not looking good or what do you think?
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    Thanks for your help guys!
    Greeting Niels

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    Looks old and bad

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    Replace!

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    I understand that you have that idea because i was thinking the same thing.
    Strange is that they previous owner said that he changed the belt a year before he sold it to me.
    I've got the bike from last year what makes the belt only two years old (max 10k km's).
    So probably the previous owner was not that honest

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    I would follow the instructions per the service manual. I've had a belt snap without any signs of wear and tear. Nothing much sucks more than towing that buell home. :/

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    To the best of my knoledge this belt has 25k on it. I would be curious how many miles were on your bike with that one. I changed this one because I thought IT was aging LOL

    Where do you live... I suspect sunny, dry, arid?
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    Looks like too much UV light on this belt.

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    If you decide not to change it, try putting linseed oil on the outside of the belt, where it's cracked. Make sure it's all absorbed or wipe off the excess, before you use it.

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    Dont play games, put a new belt on it , Looks like dry rot to me . just sayn. If that was my bike I would always not pushing my bike and having fun worrying about when it is going pop and ruin a trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xb12-2've-fun View Post
    I understand that you have that idea because i was thinking the same thing.
    Strange is that they previous owner said that he changed the belt a year before he sold it to me.
    I've got the bike from last year what makes the belt only two years old (max 10k km's).
    So probably the previous owner was not that honest
    He said he changed it , Did not say he put a NEW one on , Big difference.



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