High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Asheboro, NC, USA
I can see both sides, owners thinking it's a flaw and all, but if a consumer utilizes a product or a portion thereof in a manner inconsistent with the intent of the manufacturer, then why is it the mfr's fault? Yamaha didn't design or install the component to absorb side or impact loads. You dropped your bike which btw is also contrary to the intended use. I'm constantly amazed by people who are convinced of things like this in this our overly-litigated society. I actually work with the following guy: "I bought a ladder to get higher. I laid it on it's side between two bar stools and stood on it. I got higher until it fell over and I got hurt. Pay me." In one case we actually had a person try to sue us (the mfr) b/c he got a chemical burn b/c he attempted to use his coffee cup as a gasoline container and, "well, the labels didn't say I shouldn't put gas in it." Remember the McDonald's coffee lady? She included the coffee cup/lid mfr in her lawsuit because they didn't print these famous words CAUTION, HOT CONTENTS on the lid and cup. Now granted, I don't recall specifically reading anywhere a specific instruction not to drop your bike or to not park in such a way as to "just fall over" but.... see what I mean?
Anyhoo, I appreciate the time and effort you spent to document and snap the pics.
And no, I'm not a lawyer. Just a working slob who has been fortunate enough to work in places that have been on the receiving end of at least a dozen asinine lawsuits.
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