Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Denver CO
Model: GL1500 Aspencade 1980 GL1100 STD Vetter
When I got the '93 two years ago it only had 43k on the odo, I asked the PO when the last time they were changed. He said never been done. Hawaii title showed he'd had the bike since '95. Not sure if he was second owner, or he bought it NOS.
At any rate, I figured they were overdue since the bike was 24 yrs old. $36 for a set of Gates belts from Amazon and a couple hrs work is cheap insurance.
On my '85 Toyota (350k miles, I got it in '90 with 97k) I've replaced timing belt several times. First one (probably original) I was under the hood with the engine idling, and heard a regular flap-flap-flap sound coming from inside the timing cover. The edge of the belt had shredded and was flapping around in there. Had a couple belts outright fail, too. I try to change them at 75k these two didn't make it that far. Fortunately the Toyota 2000cc 4 cyl is a non-interference engine. First fail a section of the belt had snapped the internal strengthening threads along one edge and jumped about 8 cogs. This one only had 23k on it. The other fail was last year, on my way to work. The belt had 70k on it when it let go. Still looked brand-new, except right where it snapped in two......
1972 CL-350 (1980-1988) sold
1978 Suzuki GS-550 (1985-2005) sold
1977 GL1000 (2002-2006) sold
1980 GL1100 STD Vetter (2005-)
1993 GL1500 Aspencade (2017-)
1983 Trav-Lite Camper (2010-)