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I was about 2 miles from work when I got off the fwy next light tried to take off and nothing I am not moving. A guy pulls up next to me and says your belt is on the ground push in to a McDonalds lot Talked to the manager she says it's cool. Walk 2 miles to work and called Progressive ins. They picked my bike up and took it to PCP Motorsports where it sits until they can get a belt on Tuesday. Thats twice since Sept. I've been in a rental car. damn.
 

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That's a bummer. How many miles on the belt? Had the rear tire been off recently? Did you recover the old belt to inspect it. Hopefully you're back on the road soon.
 

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that poor little belt gave its all, held on with every last fiber of its strength until you got off the highway and were safely stopped at a red light... and then it collapsed on the ground, knowing you would be ok.

Its cool that progressive was able to setup a tow/trailer for your bike, even though it was not an accident. Let us know if they pay for it or you have to foot the bill. Progressive is an excellent company for motorcycle insurance, I have full coverage on both bikes with them. I always expected if the bike quits running or I get a flat I would be on my own to get the bike to a shop. I never would have thought to call them, but they do have a network of towtrucks at their disposal, so that was a good call.

Definitely let us know what happened to the belt, they are so reliable I would first suspect sabotage o_O
 

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Just over 40,000 miles the belt was still attached in the Mcdonalds parking lot. I'm going to the dealership this morning to give them the key I will see if I can get the belt and take some pictures. I have had Progressive my whole life and they always take care of me. With this bike alone they have picked up the bike maybe a half a dozen times. If I'm there or not mainly flat tires. It's supposed to rain all week but I would still rather be on the bike instead of in a car. It's been a couple of thousand miles since the rear tire was replaced.
 

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Real glad to hear it didn't break and get tangled up causing control problems. Hmmm, maybe I'm glad I have a drive shaft...
 

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Well I got a Prius as a rental and went down to the dealership and gave them the key and picked up the belt. It was definitely compromised I think I picked up something on the offramp and it was about 100 ft to the stop light. I have had a shaft on my last few bikes and really liked the non maintenance. I like riding to the middle of nowhere and sometimes end up on gravel roads and the belt was always on the back of my mind. My front breaks were close so I'm having that done and getting rid of the condensation in the dash. I won't be getting any miles this week but at least I will be able to see how many miles I am not riding.
 

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Ive heard a belt can crush a rock between the pulley

I guess it depends on what kind of rock...
 

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between riding bicycles and in the last several years riding motorcycles, I have gotten into the habit while taking a walk, if I see something in the street that I would not want to run over on either, I pick it up.

I take a walk everyday at work, just over a mile at lunch time.

I have a filing cabinet in my office, the entire top is covered with the stuff I have picked up and didnt just throw in the dumpster:

trailer hitch, 4" well drill bit, pretty much an entire set of sockets, wrenches, box wrenches, screw drivers, wire cutters, a 2 foot long carpenters level, CV joint ball bearings (I dont know how the cars kept going) a push rod from an air cooled VW, half a dozen golf balls, about a quart of nuts and bolts and screws... and so far about $30 in cash (coins and bills)

and I have several mystery things made of metal, that none of us at work can figure out what they are.

There is a car dealer on the corner, and several truck service centers nearby, because we are right on the exit for the interstate thruway. Mechanics work on vehicles and set tools down in the engine compartment, and hardware, and forget they are there. When the vehicle drives away, the first turn or stop they come to, it all comes falling out.

I forgot to mention all the master locks, half with the key in the lock (UPS is nearby too), and the really nice EverReady LED flashlight/shoplight. Everyone at work keeps borrowing it.

there is a truck service company that shares our driveway. I found this odd articulated, specially bent ratchet wrench in our driveway one morning riding in, I figured it had to be theirs, so I rode back to their shop. "Is this yours?"

a mechanic said "OH GOD! do you know how much that costs??!"
 

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I have a filing cabinet in my office, the entire top is covered with the stuff I have picked up and didnt just throw in the dumpster:

a push rod from an air cooled VW ...
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That's a pretty specific id. How in the world did you know it was from an air cooled VW??!! Most impressive.
 

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Last time I tried to count all the air cooled VWs Ive owned I came up with 12 from memory.

Had several engines apart down to the crank, I would recognize a VW pushrod blindfolded.

Less anyone thinks Im exaggerating about how much stuff ends up in the streets:


this is the filing cabinet

the push rod is just to the left of the golf balls. I cant figure out any way a push rod could fall out of a VW engine while it was running, unless the head came off completely. I think someone pulled a head off and replaced some parts, and set the push rod down somewhere on the engine or frame, and drove off...

These are the left overs, not including all the tools that ended up in one of my tool boxes.

One morning I was riding my 650 to work, at a corner there were two tool boxes on the shoulder of the road, both popped open, tools and wrenches, sockets, volt meters and current probes scattered. I looked thru everything to see if there was a business card, name or phone number... nothing.

I think an electrician didnt latch the side panel on his utility truck, went around that turn and the tool boxes flew out. I expected when he got to his job site and realized his tools were gone he would backtrack and try to find them, so I left them all there. When I drove past on the way home from work they were all gone.

Highway tools are the best. The road giveth and the road taketh away. Blessed be the road :^)

PS, something you cant quite see, on the bottom right corner there is a metal HD vest pin (a motorcycle), a bit mangled but still intact.
 

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Here in Canada...or maybe just Ontario, I think the insurance company would tell me to piss off if I called them because of a vehiclular malfunction like this. Even if they did consider it because it was cause by an external factor (rock in the belt similar to a rock in the windsheild) Our deductibles are higher than the cost of the new belt + labour to install it so there's no point.
 

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I will pick up my bike on Saturday and turn in the Prius. Thinking about picking up a smaller bike to bop around town when I have issues.
 
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