Although people ride and see a variety of vehicles and bikes around, its time people know what they run on. And what happens to be the best for them!
Chain drive is the most common variant used in regular day to day used bikes as well as in a majority of super-bikes as well as in dirt bikes and in tourer bikes. They are affordable, they are easy to repair and even are affordable at times of replacements.
These drives are the noisiest when it comes to transmission sounds, but they happen to be the most trustworthy when you have to choose between the three. Also, chain drives happen to make the least loss of power transmission which is just 3% and hence ensures maximum power delivery to the rear wheel. Due to high power efficiency, it also ensures higher mileage of vehicles as compared to the other modes.
The drawback is only that chain shafts happen to rust after short intervals of time, hence they need regular oiling and maintenance. The chain sprockets and the chain need to be replaced after every 15 to 20,000 km.
These drives are the second most preferred after chain drives. They are less noisy as compared to the chain drives. Although with the less noise comes the deprivation in the power output efficiency. Belt drives make up to 11% of transmission loss and hence they are less preferred as compared to the chain drives. Due to the loss of transmission, they end up delivering less mileage. Due to fewer average delivery and with the silent rides, belt drives are usually provided with luxury motorcycles.
They happen to be a good companion for long rides, but it seems to be a nightmare when it comes to replacing them. Belts are hard to find, If you ride a unique bike and are hundreds of kilometers away from the market or from the city, then you might have to wait for weeks until the belt is available to you locally. Belt drives easily can be driven for 40,000 km without any issues.
Although shaft drives are most commonly used in four wheelers and in heavy vehicles. But there are very few number of 2 wheelers which are driven by shafts. Shaft-driven bikes are usually of the tourer category. Shaft drives are the worst when it comes to power delivery. They result in loss of about 31% of produced powered. Thus only 69% of the actual power produced is delivered to the rear wheel. Due to such lower efficiency, they are worst for long rides. Just that shaft driven vehicles are smooth and soft enough and can be driven for a long time.
Due to the extra added shaft weight at the rear end, the ride isn’t actually very pleasing at all. But no-one’s ever got a perfect riding vehicle, has he?
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