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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-14-2010, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Belt Tightness

I have an 09 900 Classic.

I have read some things about the belt tightness on earlier models being too tight causing a bearing failure.

Has the factory spec been changed for 09? My bike has some whine at lower speeds 1st - 3rd. Is this a symptom?

I have a few hundred miles before the 600 check up. What do you think is the best way to approach this will the dealership?
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I have an 09 900 Classic.

I have read some things about the belt tightness on earlier models being too tight causing a bearing failure.

Has the factory spec been changed for 09? My bike has some whine at lower speeds 1st - 3rd. Is this a symptom?

I have a few hundred miles before the 600 check up. What do you think is the best way to approach this will the dealership?
I believe the factory spec was changed long ago, I picked up my 09 on Jan 2 09, had the same whine for the first couple of months and then the belt settles in and all is good. You will love it I am sure.

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Many posts.......threads.......discussions..........on this forum and others......Generally seems 2 b shipping with belts tight....Many taking 2 dealer 2 loosen a bit....Many dealers say they know there is a prop and loosen right away....Some say no problem and leave....U can always loosen a bit and see if makes any diff.....There r mixed views on this....Or like Byte says just leave and see if works in......

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There are also many posts on belts not running correct alignment on pulley right or left making noise rubbing the shoulder of the pulley. My 2009 was about perfect for adjustment but have seen posts that bikes needed both tension and alignment worked on. I'm still learning but more I learn about belt drives the more I realize they take time to adjust properly.

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I have a new 09 also. This is the 5th bike I've had with belt drive and it's way to tight in comparison to all of my other bikes.

I'm going to loosen it a bit at the 600 mile oil change my self.

I had a Victory with belt drive and it showed me how to check and adjust the belt in the owners manual.
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Well there ya go........If is 2 tight.....Loosen a bit.....Thats the way 2 deal with it.....LOL.....Yup they sure did a overtighten job on them....4 sure.....

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I have an '09 custom and everything to seems to be running top notch, I can hear the belt ever so slightly when I'm cruising around town, but it doesn't chirp like a bird, more like a soft ticking.

There are specs for the amount of 'play' in the belt given a certain amount of pressure applied.

If you are taking it to the dealer, they can check those sorts of things pretty quickly.

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LMAO.........Had a girlfriend like that once......Chirped like a bird.....And she was wound a little tight as well.......

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I have the same phenomenon happening with my bike. It doesn't sound like a grinding noise like you would hear from a break hanging up, or for that matter, like the belt. I would think the belt would whine more if out of alignment. It will disappear as I slow down, but remains if I put on the brake or put the clutch in. Driving me nuts....I'm about to change his name from Angus Magee to Bluebird, but he just doesn't look or sound like a songbird..........:-)
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