When should I replace my belts?
I thought I would start my introduction with a little humor. I have been reading through the forums for a few weeks and I think everyone is in agreement that if you don’t know the last time they were changed, its time to do it.
A little info about me. I had never really been interested in motorcycles, never even ridden on one, and then I turned 40 this past year. It was almost like a switch, I had to have one. Not just any bike, I needed a vintage goldwing. This need undoubtedly grew from the fact that every car I have owned has been a horizontally opposed 4 cylinder. All of them being from the 50s - 80s and all the make of Volkswagen. Why would anyone want to spend 40 years riding around in Volkswagens you may ask? For me the answer is easy, my father is a Volkswagen mechanic/machinist. I grew up in his shop and before I was old enough to go to school, I had fallen in love with the unmistakable shape that is a boxer engine. Unfortunately in a car you only get to see the engine when your parked. On a goldwing however, you get to have a much different relationship with all that internal combustion happening right there between your legs.
In my free time I enjoy working on my cars, drag racing, skiing, hiking and spending time with my family. As soon as the weather gets a bit warmer and I pack the skis away I am looking forward to turning wrenches on my new bike.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. Less than 3 months after my 40th, we were trailering home a 1977 gl1000. I starts and rides ok, but could use a little fine tuning. Probably new belts too
Im looking forward to getting to know the ins and outs of this new machine from your experience.
Thank you in advance.