Brake calamity

Brake calamity

I got a puncture on my ZZR1400’s rear tyre. My local garage said he could fix it and duly did for £30. Bargain! All was well… or so I thought.

The next day I rode to work. About 30 miles in I braked for a roundabout and the rear wheel locked up causing me to skid down the road. Because I am a riding god (read that as lucky!) I stayed on and didn’t hit anyone. However, the rear wheel was completely locked up and I had to get recovered home.

Having looked at the bike it turns out the garage hadn’t put the rear wheel back on properly. This allowed the brake calliper to spin on the spindle, nip the brake hose and lock on. I could have been killed and want to sue the garage. Can I?


I’m glad to hear luck was on your side that day. However, you can’t sue someone for something that could have happened. Thankfully you weren’t killed and you didn’t get hurt.

Compensation is to put you in the same place you would have been, but for the accident. Therefore, your only claim is the cost to put your Kwak back to the same state it was before the rear brake locked on. If it has trashed the swinging arm, the brake pipe etc. then the garage will be liable to pay for that. I would add before suing the garage why not contact them to see if a compromise can be reached.

Andrew ‘Chef’ Prendergast

Motorcycle Monthly

January 2016

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Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Last modified: March 23, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a ZZR1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.


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