Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Eagle Lake, FL
Year/Make/Model: 2008 en500c
I too have seen issues from wheel bands shifting. That's most commonly caused by not taking the proper care when setting the tube into the tire.
Of course, if the spoke end is sticking out past the end of the spoke nut, that's a whole different set of issues that a wheel band simply won't correct.
The way I was taught, you should replace your rim band every other time you replace your tire unless you had damage and ran on a flat or similar, in which case replace the rim band then.
I'd be willing to bet good money that the bands you see that are worn through weren't replaced as I was taught, or anywhere close. I too have seen a couple bands worn through. Every time there were other issues contributing to that... age, improper inflation, wrong band, etc.
I can't tell anyone what to do, but I can make suggestions. Mine is to use factory correct (or factory spec aftermarket, or even aftermarket parts that exceed the factory spec) parts when possible on situations such as this.