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I just ran across this article: http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-bizarre/us-biker-sues-harley-in-abs-light-case/19709.html
I'm not sure what to make of it. One the one hand, I can entirely believe a dealer misled him. I can even understand he may have believed the ABS light only came on when the ABS did (though that would be completely useless, of course)
But on the other hand, he must have had a bill of sale that listed the bikes specs? And didn't he read the manual that came with it? Didn't he test the ABS under safer conditions first? I know I do? Did he not look at his brakes and realize the ABS sensor rotor was not there? And doesn't he realize that the dash is made in such small quantities they can't possibly have a production run for each and every combination?
I guess the crucial factor is HOW was he riding, which tellingly isn't mentioned. It does say highway 99, so it's hard to believe he needed to brake that hard if he was paying good attention. And even if he wasn't, he clearly lacked the skill to brake in a progressive manner, which is still safer than relying on ABS (OK, there's irony there given that I went down a week or two ago). And what about safety gear? Were they wearing any?
Mind you, Harley's defence clearly isn't up to much either. The "everyone knows" argument is pretty touch to prove.
I feel sorry for this man and his loss, but I can't help feel this is just another example of people who won't take responsibility for their own actions and decisions.