Ram Products have some ingenious designs and honestly out of all the products they make I have only ever had one fail, well more than one...their 'ball mount' numerous amount of them
Failure maybe due to the volume of time I spend on a motorcycle, but in a recent article I wrote for ADVrider its seems like I am not the only one who has had this failure.
They have a tendency over time to get crushed, misshapen, rip and tear and then basically fall apart. In my epxeriences, usually good for maybe one year of riding.
I have used these to mount mirrors, GPS units and cameras.
When in great condition they hold as required, but a drop of the bike and the mirror hits the ground the ball takes the impact and as you have to tighten the clamp so tightly the rubber on the ball takes the strain, and the damage occurs.
The other issue if you don't drop your bike is whatever you have mounted needs to be secure, so the amount it needs to be tightened damages the ball and mishapes it,then it beomes loose and you tighten it some more...leading to failure
A company called MotoManufacturing has made a solution, they make an array of aluminum mounts which they call MotoDock and have a few variations of mount, both male and female
The structure of the aluminum is solid and obviously avoids crushing by its simple makeup, a drop with a mirror hitting the ground with a MotoDock will see the clamp have the opportunity to partially rotate, as the energy needs to go somewhere.
A very simple solution to a minor problem that only motorcyclists seems to have?
Do cyclists use these types of mounts too and have the same issues, lmk?