Thanks for the contact. I e-mailed them and they responded that they don't remember the build (!) but that they are willing to work with me, which is great.
The guy at Superior Sprockets in Oregon sent me a sprocket right away to see if it fit. It didn't, but he is a super nice and helpful guy, so I'm pretty confident I can put a chain on the V2K. Just gotta keep looking.
As far as the shaft/belt/chain debate goes, I just say that it is a personal preference of mine. I prefer the way a chain looks, and that is what is most important to me. That usually avoids the debate, which is important because as you can see, it causes people who would otherwise get along just fine to start arguing and it can actually get nasty.
As far as chains breaking, I know a guy who went down on a bike on the highway because of a broken chain and got hurt really bad. Was the tension right? Was it stretched beyond spec? Was it properly lubed? I don't know, but I bet one or all of these were the cause of the breakage.
I personally know another guy whose middle drive locked up on a Yamaha XS1100 shaft drive bike and also went down.
If a belt breaks, you can't say what it will do. I've seen a serpentine belt on a car engine break and wrap itself tight around the engine pulley. Saw this myself, not heard about it. The belt shredded before it broke and the strings wound around as it continued to run. You can"t say a broken belt will fly off.
And the "motorcycles are inherently dangerous" comment was taken as rude, but you know, it's true. When a belt breaks on a car, it's nothing like a belt breaking on a bike.
I've been riding for 44 years. (My God, where did the time fly...) Back in the day, there were chains, and we learned to care for them. The chain maintenance problem is 100% BS created by motorcycle marketing. It is not an issue. Let me explain...
I commute on a motorcycle, about 100mi. per day, in almost any weather. This is how it works:
When I get home, I ride into the garage and stop the bike. I put it up on the center-stand. For you young riders, this is a thing that every motorcycle used to have. It lifts the bike up on 2 little metal legs at the rear and the front tire, like a tripod, with the back wheel up in the air.
I take a little squirt bottle full of gear lube, turn the rear wheel a few revolutions while squirting some lube on the chain.
I take my handy rag I keep by the bike and wipe off the swingarm, chain guard, and any other spots a little gear oil has flung to. There is none on my tire because that only happens when you put too much gear oil on the chain, and you learn how much to put pretty quickly. You don't have much to wipe off and it's always in the exact same places. I can do all of this in the dark and it takes a maximum of 2 minutes, closer to one minute really. Then I go in the house.
That's it. Less than 10 minutes a week, and my chains last forever - 50,000 miles plus. I check the tension once a month or so, but rarely have to adjust.
There is a huge problem with this. Nobody is making any money off of me. I'm not buying any high-tech, expensive chain lube spray and I never soak or brush my chain because it is always clean. The "fling" that advertisers have convinced everyone is bad actually cleans the chain. The dirt flings off with the gear lube. Since you lube it every day, it is getting cleaned every day. Chain maintenance is like maintaining healthy teeth. You don't brush the crap out of them once a month, you brush them every day. Easy.
And nobody can sell me a heavy, inefficient shaft drive bike by telling me lies about chain maintenance. I'm also not a buyer for a bike with an outrageously expensive belt that can't be changed without taking the bike half apart. I see through all these lies, so my kind had to be gotten rid of and the motorcycle industry did this through relentless misinformation by advertisement. The new generation will have nothing to do with chains because they have all been brainwashed. And yet, every racing motorcycle on the planet has a chain - right out for everybody to see.