I'll defer to your much greater experience.
Just something I remember reading aeons ago.
The math made sense to me then, but as I said,
when I reinstall I do try to line things up.
Certainly worth trying to get it right the first time.
I would call it "best practice "
Thanks for your continued input, it is truly appreciated.
ps Just picked up this comment over on ADVrider. Make perfect sense and makes Dave's OP comment about marking the drive to pick up creep even better. Thanks
When the bike is operating, pushing 700 to 900 lbs. of bike, rider(s) and luggage, there is constant pressure on that rubber, and the rubber just gets tired. And the driveshaft creeps out of phase, which introduces a light hammering on top of that running stress, which accelerates the wear on the rubber, which, puts it more out of phase, and the hammering intensifies, and so on, until the shaft is so out of phase those poor little u-joints can't handle it anymore.