Belt Drives Ltd. puts the brakes on baggers

Publish Date: 
Jan 2, 2012

It’s no secret that baggers and touring bikes are the current flavors of the cruiser space. Just take a look at the OEM offerings over the past year or two and it’s apparent that when riders are hitting the road, they’re doing so fully loaded.

For 2012, Belt Drives Ltd. is aiming at the bagger market starting with its new GMA 500 Series Calipers designed specifically for 2008-2012 Harley-Davidson touring models. The high-performance calipers are CNC-machined and assembled at the BDL factory, and come in a black or chrome finish. The new calipers, along with the company’s extensive lineup of open and closed belt drives, clutches and other parts will on display at the American V-twin Dealer Show booth in Indy, says company president Steven Yetzke.

Along with the bagger products, the company is also promoting its full line of replacement belts, Yetzke says. With more people keeping their bikes for longer and the drop-off of the custom bike building market, the replacement parts side of the business is strong, he adds.

This story originally appeared in the Dealernews January 2012 issue.