Once again, nice timing you all; I was just about to do my 72K maintenance stuff and there it was, info on the Vbelt renewal.
So after reading what riceburner had to say about it, I thought, jeez, it is after all just a darn alternator belt, I bet I can do that....
Note: I already had the tank off because I was replacing my fuel filter at the same time. My bike is vintage March of 2002.
First, I figured out that if you put a ruler laying flat on the telelever arm it lines up with the center (top to bottom) of the belt. So I measured how much deflection there was and it was 1/4" (both sides).
Second, I loosened everything and removed the old belt. It showed little sign of wear, no cracks or other obvious problems, but when I held it up to the new one, it seemed to be somehow "thinner".
Once I had the new one in place, which was quite easy to do, I put a torx head socket on my ratchet, and pulled down (ccw) on the tensioning bolt somewhat less then 1/4 turn,
and voila, the new belt felt tight. So I tightened up it's nut, then the other two bolts, and checked it's deflection.
It was perfect, so I put the cover back on and tackled the fuel filter project. When all was done, I started it up and went for a 50 mile test ride. No problems.
"On some days you get what you want, and on others, you get what you need." -- Hunter T.