Cee Bailey's Flector Broke
I have had the Cee Bailey's Flectors for about 2 1/2 years and about 20,000 miles. Up until today I have been very happy with the Flectors. While I was riding to work this morning the bracket on the left Flector broke and the entire Flector fell back against my leg. Luckily I wasn't going very fast and the Flector just laid against my leg so I was able to pull to the side and put the Flector in the saddlebag.
From my initial inspection the fracture is a typical fatigue failure. It is surprising to me that it doesn't appear to have started at a pre-existing crack or defect. So the failure looks to be 100% caused by repeated / cyclical fatigue loading.
My initial thinking is that this failure was caused by the fact that I live on a very poorly maintained country road that is rough as hell. I drive that road to and from work everyday and it bounces the hell out of the motorcycle. When you combine that with a couple years and a few miles you end up with a fatigue failure on the bracket.
For the guys that have the Flectors you may check your brackets to be on the safe side. I got lucky that this broke while running around town. But it still fell backwards and slammed into my shin. If it would have broken while I riding on the highway it could have really done some damage to my shin and could flew off my motorcycle at speed (it is quite heavy and could do some damage).
I hope this is an isolated incident because I haven't heard of this before. I'm not yet ready to call out the Flectors as an inferior product. I still like them but I'm not going to keep them on my bike due to my personal circumstances. My biggest complaint is that Cee Bailey's won't sell me a replacement bracket for the one that broke. I understand why they are no longer warrantied (though I would personally warranty something like this) but they would only sell me a complete replacement Flector kit at a discounted price. I'm not going to spend a bunch of money on a complete kit when all I need is a bracket.
You guys with the Flectors check your brackets for cracking. If this thing would have broke at freeway speeds it could do some serious damage.
2011 Cross Country
-Cee Baileys Windshield & Lowers. Victory Lower Bag Rails, Driver And Passenger Backrests.
-RPW Exhaust, Lloydz Air Filter, VM1 Cams, ATS (Timing Wheel), 1/4 turn throttle & IAV. PCV with Custom Tune by Coweta Customs.
105.2 HP & 127 Ft-Lbs on a Dynostar (Eddy Current) Dyno.