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.