much discussion with my buddy Bobby, he finally convinced me to
get rid of my greasy chain and convert to belt drive. After no less
than a 12 pack I had him convinced to help me with this project.
The next thing to do was find a belt drive. kit and all the other
crap I was going to need.
are the benefits of a belt drive? Chains require constant maintenance
and that involves grease, grease and more grease. The type of grease
used on chains is the heavy thick stuff that ends up everywhere
but on the chain. So, you end up spending lots of riding and drinking
time either putting grease on the chain or taking it off the rest
of your bike.
tend to stretch and require more adjustment then a modern fiber
belt. That stretching leads to chain lash and can kill you when
they break and bind at interstate speed. The life expectancy of
a belt is around 3 times that of a chain and requires little adjustment
after the first 2 initial adjustments.
a quick internet search I found a excellent conversion kit from
scootworks . I really liked
the looks of the chrome Monsta belt model. The order was placed
and I received a email from them that my pulleys were out to the
chromer and would be to me soon. Before I knew it the UPS man delivered
my kit and it was even better looking than I had imagined. The installation
instructions were extremely detailed. They included every step necessary
to get your chain off and belt drive on. They gave you all the new
torque settings and included pictures. They suggested a centerstand
lift to use to raise the rear during installation.
decided to get the centerstand that they recommended from centerstands.com
and again ordered it online. Due to the placement of the exhaust
pipes I had to use a precision cut 2X4 with the stand to keep the
weight off the exhaust. That worked great and it is really a nice
simple stand. Later I saw a 4 ton motorcycle/ATV jackstand at Northern
Hydraulic for $70.00.
let me say a few words about my friend Bobby. This dude knows his
stuff. He has a garage in his home that is laid out perfect for
this kind of work.... and beer drinking. It is even equipped with
Throughout the conversion a whole host of characters kept dropping
by to drink his beer and offer unneeded advice.
stepson Ronnie, was my ever present source of motivation. He was
constantly agreeing with all my crazy ideas of what to do with my
bike next. Well I appreciate all of his support and
political views. We can only hope that Bush doesn't fix another
project went great! I can only say if you have a EN500 with a chain
then "Get it OFF". This belt drive rocks! I was fortunate
to have a great friend to help we with the project. Check out a
few more pictures below.