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Shaft vs Chain

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' started by xjluva, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Hi all;
    I've got an old 83 xj650, and I was wondering if anyone could fill me in on the pro's and cons of the shaft drive system. I assume chain drives are better as you only see them on new bikes?
    What maintence needs to be done and can you try different ratio's like a have with the diff's in my old cars?

  2. I'm not aware that you can change final driver ratios with any ease (or without considerable expense) in shaft-drive bikes. But as long as you keep the system well-maintained (see if you can download or get hold of a workshop manual for the beast), shaft drive should last a long time, and is certainly cheaper and cleaner than chain and sprockets.

    There's a lot of info, and perhaps people you can tap for assistance here; http://www.xj650.com/