Open belts

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Open belts

Post #1 by byrd900sp » Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:45 pm

I know it's probably a bad idea, but I'm curious if anyone here has ever run their GL motor with open, or windowed, belt covers like a Ducati?
I run open belts on my Ducati, even though I once had a tree branch come up from the road and make a belt skip. Lucky there was no damage, but I was riding through a major wind storm on a mountain pass when it happened, so I guess I didn't really learn my lesson.
Now I just try not to ride during windstorms crossy.gif
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Re: Open belts

Post #2 by robin1731 » Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:11 pm

Scroll down a little. First thread talks about open belts.

There are some here that have done it.
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Re: Open belts

Post #3 by ericheath » Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:30 pm

I worry more about grandkids or toddlers or the neighbors cat. It has its other risks. I’m running mine open right now and have done it off and on for years. I don’t find it visually appealing.
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Re: Open belts

Post #4 by low-side » Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:30 pm

A Duc's belts are on the side of the engine and have some basic guards so it's pretty safe from road debris. With the belts on the GL facing forward, they're pretty exposed to road debris, even with windowed guards. If you do mostly urban riding it will probably be OK, but if you ever ride in areas with gravel and such you might have a bad day eventually.

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Re: Open belts

Post #5 by GW Hobo » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:55 pm

Agree with the wiser ones on this thread; I'd be second guessing myself for safety's sake. But I love the look, especially on a few bobbers I've seen on the web like this one:
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Re: Open belts

Post #6 by Wangthang » Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:19 am

I worry that a meteorite doesn't hit me i the head...
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Re: Open belts

Post #7 by Fred Camper » Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:38 pm

I do like that solution, much less risk of the belt jumping a tooth.
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Re: Open belts

Post #8 by 75wingowner » Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:15 pm

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I ran open belts on my 75 all last season. No issues, but I only rode in nice weather. I figure the radiator guard would stop most of the rode debris. I will try and post a picture later.
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Re: Open belts

Post #9 by CYBORG » Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:29 pm

I like the steam punk look. But I think it is better enjoyed in the living room, while you sit on the couch with a cold brew, and a good biker movie. Anyone who does 15 or 20 thousand miles a year would eventually find them selves along side the road, hundreds of miles from home, in the rain, and wind,.....wishing they were sitting on the couch at home. Just my opinion.
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Re: Open belts

Post #10 by BikeMaine » Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:30 pm

You could make some see-through covers from plexy-glass or Lucite....
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Re: Open belts

Post #11 by Fred Camper » Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:26 pm

This is an easier situation to keep clean.
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