Top Belt-Driven Motorcycles in the World
Not seen on many motorcycles, belt-driven rides are rare and therefore, they bear a massive price-tag
In case you are not aware of what belt-driven motorcycles are, let us inform you that in belt-driven motorcycles, the rear wheel is connected to the engine via a belt instead of the traditional conventional chain or chain drive. In short, the power generated by the engine is transferred to the wheels via a belt. The belt is made of reinforced rubber and powerful material because of which, belt drives are highly durable and have a long life of 1,00,000 kilometres; way more than chain drives. Not to forget, belt drives require less or no period check-up at all.
However, belt drives have a list of cons. First, they lose more transmission compared to chain drives. Second, they take a lot more space and can function up to certain speeds. Third, they slip more compared to chain drives. Irrespective of the cons, several premium motorcycle manufacturers prefer to use belt drives on their large premium motorcycles. In this clickbait, we have listed some of the top belt-driven motorcycles in the world.
Harley-Davidson LiveWire- A muscular motorcycle that runs on an electric powertrain, the LiveWire from Harley is a new-gen cruiser. Does 0-100 kilometres per hour in 3.5 seconds, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire offers a range of 236 kilometres. Not yet available in India, if it comes, it will be priced around INR 22 lakh. Runs on belt-drive, the LiveWire has a massive 1,400kWh motor with a charging time of 60 minutes.
Harley-Davidson Sportster S- Another model from the house of Harley, the Sportster S, has recently made a comeback in an all-new avatar. Not as costly as the LiveWire, the S is a street-focused cruiser that is available in the US market at around 15,000 dollars. Powered by a 1,252cc Revolution Max engine, the cruiser makes 125Nm at 6,000rpm of peak power. Sadly, it has a tiny fuel tank of 11.8-litres.
Suzuki Boulevard S40- While the two motorcycles are considerably new in the market, the S40 from Boulevard is from 2019. Available in Japan, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and a few more markets; a 652cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder, SOHC engine powers the cruiser. With a seat height of 700mm, the motorcycle has a fuel tank capacity of 13-litres and makes around 32hp of power. Given it was launched in 2019, the S40 is unlikely to reach the Indian shores ever.