The CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) device for automatic motorcycles is a transmission mechanism consisting of various components to support motorcycle performance, one of which is important is the V-Belt. When is the time to replace this component?
“Matic motorbikes are the choice of the majority of motorbike riders in Indonesia because they are considered more practical and comfortable to use. But apart from using them, riders must know the right care so that they can enjoy the best comfort and performance from automatic motorbikes. One of them is V-Belt maintenance. However, because its presence is not visible, precisely in the automatic motorcycle CVT system so often riders neglect its maintenance. We continue to remind motorists through various motorcycle maintenance tips to support consumers in caring for their motorbikes so that they remain optimal and comfortable when used, “said Riyadi Prihantono, Coordinator of After Sales & Motor Sports Manager of PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM) in his official statement.
The V-belt is one of the automatic components that has an important function to channel power from the engine to the rear wheels in the form of rotation so that the motorcycle can move. The more often the motor is used, the more actively the V-belt moves.
If the owner of the vehicle is someone who actively drives a motorcycle, likes to travel long distances or touring, of course, the performance of the V-belt will decrease. So active riders are required to carry out regular motorcycle maintenance, especially timely replacement of the V-belt so that the motorcycle’s performance remains optimal.
Riders can also maintain the age of automatic motorcycle components so they don’t wear out quickly, including by:
1. Avoid driving style with a sudden burst or gas opening.
2. Carrying loads or overloads.
3. Perform proper maintenance of CVT components.
In general, the correct time to replace the V-Belt part is when the motor reaches a mileage of 20,000 km – 25,000 km (20 – 25 months) or in accordance with the instructions of the owner’s manual. However, the rider can also maintain the performance of the motorbike by checking the V-belt regularly according to the regular service schedule at a trusted official workshop. It is also useful for cleaning the dirt on the V-Belt.
If the rider is late to replace the V-Belt, it will have an impact on decreasing the performance of the motorcycle and driving comfort. A V-belt that needs to be replaced will cause symptoms such as less than optimal motor traction, vibrations and a squeaky sound during acceleration which indicates the V-Belt has lost grip. Or if the visual condition of the V-Belt is starting to crack.
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