Broken belt, help on the road - Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
Lifetime Premium
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 352
Broken belt, help on the road

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Well, this AM the weather was beautiful, so I went for a ride on a just-opened highway. After I exited and was rolling to a stop at light, I downshifted out of sequence (without the clutch fully engaged). I felt an understandably heavier shift but thought nothing of it until I began to release the clutch when the light turned green. Lots of noise, no joy. I quickly pulled over and checked everything. It all looked fine, until I noticed that a belt was lying about 50 ft behind me on the road. Sure enough, it was mine, with a clean break! On the plus side, even though 5 bikers (and a cop) passed me by in the hour I was standing there, an HD rider circled around to check on me just as a very nice fellow stopped his p/u truck to offer his assistance. He had a ramp and some ropes, so the 3 of us pushed the bike up, and he took me home. I was waiting for a tow from Progressive (outstanding service, BTW), who couldn't find a tow operator open. As luck would have it, they called to tell me they found someone literally as I was pulling the side stand down after we heaved the bike onto the back of Willie's truck, so I cancelled the call.

The bike is a 2008 900 Custom with 4001 miles on it, which I bought and checked out thoroughly about 4 weeks ago. The belt's teeth were perfect, with no indications of excessive wear. It just snapped in 2.

Someone please tell me that belt-drives are more reliable than this. Also, the best price I can find for a new belt is $310. Does anyone know of a place that might do better? Thanks.
crazyj is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 04:03 PM
Top Contributor
Strompilot's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Wasilla, AK
Posts: 1,131
I wonder if you somehow got a rock caught up between the belt and pulley. It'll cause a break like that. Unless somehow you got a defective belt, no way the 900 has enough power to snap the drive belt. The other thought is that maybe the previous owner put some miles on it, then just let it sit and the belt material got dried and brittle and just snapped under load. It could be difficult to tell if that was the case.

"Don't sweat the small stuff---it's all small stuff"

'09 650 VStrom
Strompilot is offline  
post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 04:53 PM
Lifetime Premium
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: DeSoto MO
Posts: 474
My belt has 32000 miles on it now with no much wear showing, so it just may be a fluke....Sorry about the ruined day....

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting'..... “what a ride”!' George Carlin
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 1 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
kawa afterthought is offline  
post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 05:00 PM
Lifetime Premium
whiting57's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Simcoe Ontario Canada
Posts: 3,670
$311.65 at ... so the price seems to be in the ball park ... nice that someone stopped to help.

As i flipped into 5th, i couldnt remember a damn thing she said
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 1 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

2009 Classic LT Bagger ... SOLD .... ... Batwing Fairing, Metzler 200 rear, Mutazu Hard Bags, Denray Hitch, Mustang Seat, Piggybacker Trailer. traded on a Versys 650 LT ... Loaded

2010 Custom [I] ... traded on a 2015 Ninja 650 Abs traded on a 2016 Versys 650 LT ... Loaded
whiting57 is offline  
post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 05:15 PM
V2K Rogue Wrangler
Kaw-poke's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 1,112
Is it still under warranty? Is the belt even a warranty item? When I bought my bike used, I found out that the original owner had purchased the full extended warranty, and it transfers to the next owner! The dealer I bought it from didn't even know that. I plugged the VIN into the Kawasaki website and found out. Mine is a 2007 V2K and the extended warranty is still good for a couple more years! SWEET!
Kaw-poke is offline  
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 05:42 PM
BOTM Winner, December 2013
big worm's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: prince edward island canada
Posts: 1,172
belts are not a warranty brake pads,clutch and light bulbs they are concidered a wear item
big worm is offline  
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
Lifetime Premium
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 352
I am the third owner. The first put about 3K miles on it, the second only about 800 (even though he owned it for 2.5 years, he didn't ride much). The idea about the extended warranty is a good one for future reference.

The belt looked brand new - the teeth were all clean and intact, and the tension was right on spec. I guess it could have been defective, or the break could have been caused by a stone. I finally found a belt for $280 - plus $21.50 rip-off shipping, of course, but still less than the others. Now I have one more project to do, along with changing my car's brakes.

I have the service manual, and the belt replacement looks pretty straightforward - are there any tricks or shortcuts to minimize parts removal?
crazyj is offline  
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-25-2011, 04:27 AM
Top Contributor
SteveJB's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Manchester, NY
Year/Make/Model: 2017 Vaquero ABS
Displacement/CC's: 1700 cc
Color: Candy Cardinal Red
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,252
I don't think the manual mentions this, but you have to remove the swing arm to get the new belt on. Not sure why they leave that detail out of the manual, maybe they figure its already off.
SteveJB is offline  
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-25-2011, 04:57 PM
Senior Member
peruano's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 254
Crazyj, I'm just guessing, but one clue may be that you were riding on a "just opened highway". A new road surface is more like to have small stones on it and you are more likely to pick one up and flip it toward the belt. You were not on a gravel road, but it might not have been as clean as a regular highway. Just a thought. Let this be the last belt you have to replace. Tom

Tom, New Mexico. Just trying to have me some fun.
2006 Kawasaki VN500
2002 Yamaha TW200
peruano is offline  
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-25-2011, 06:30 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: NC
Posts: 224
almost 50,000 miles on my 06 classic nine with original belt,was a fluke it happened with that amount of miles on it. Unless you can find a good belt on Ebay for cheap,the cheapest I found one is where I usually get my oem parts from is .Used to use but Ron Ayers is cheaper at $280.00

Last edited by xxxxxxRTL Rider; 11-25-2011 at 06:33 PM.
xxxxxxRTL Rider is offline  
Sponsored Links

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Belt Chirp/Dead Horse/Belt Squeal Wild_Bill Vulcan 2000 25 05-29-2019 04:33 PM
Broken bolt reed valve need help Joe Smith Engine Work 0 07-23-2018 10:53 AM
Broken Belt Kwaka 2ltr Vulcan 2000 9 12-03-2015 10:55 PM
900LT broken Cable (Help) honk Vulcan 900 7 09-05-2010 11:33 PM
broken case. help relic Engine Work 0 05-31-2009 07:25 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome