I would suggest if you have a Victory that has a lower belt guard made of aluminium that you remove and bin it before it removes itself...
On the trip back from Bathurst and riding doiwn a right hand sweeping bend at around 70 mph my bike gave a violent lurch and bucked, locked the back wheel momentarily, then freed itself and I coasted to a stop as the road started to go uphill.
Thinking the worst I got off the bike as I did I heard a clang of something metal landing on the road behind me.
I looked the bike over for damage.
No collapsed wheel no broken engine case with gears or conrods hanging out.
My saddlebags were still in place.
WTF caused the lurch and lockup??.
Then I saw it!
The aluminium lower belt guard screwed up and jammed in behind the chrome upper belt guard and the swingarm near the swi ngarm pivot point!
I got my fingers in there and managed to remove the twisted metal.
The a 4x4 passed the other way and I heard a mettalic clang again , turned ad saw the rest of my belt guard had just been run over.
I walked back and retrieved it.
Further check of belt revealed it was looser and some marks on pulley and back fender indicate the part mustve gone for a ride around the rear pulley and along the top of the belt to jam in the swingarm
Still dont know if its a 2 piece item or it sheared in two as it went around.
How fkning lucky am I it didnt bring the bike down or highside me or cause further damage to the bike...
Still hard to believe what happened ...
I was fully loaded so nowhere to put the broken parts so after photographing them I left them on the side of the road.
I can feel torn metal still bolted to the underside of the swingarm.
Ive literally just got home and am posting this warning before this happens to someone else and causes injury or death.
My bike sees fairly severe duty and rough roads and high revs and resultant vibrations....unsure what exactly caused the part to stress crack and part company...
I can only assume at this stage that thats what happened.
Havent looked at the parts fiche exploded view yet to see if it is in fact a one piece item and my belt somehow chopped it in half!!!!!!
Dunno right now.
I can only assume the half that landed on the road behind me got launched up towards the stratosphere and came back down again onto the road.
PS while broken down on the roadside 4 motorcycles rode past me....
None Harleys so mustve just presumed I was another broken down badass HD rider.