Aftermarket Levers

Aftermarket Levers

I bought a sports bike about four years ago. I added aftermarket brake levers among other things. About a month ago, the manufacturer contacted me with a recall on the front master cylinder. I took it to the dealer who completed the work and off I toddled… for about three miles.

After climbing out of the ditch I found the front brake had locked on solid. Since then the dealer and manufacturer basically told me to sod off, the accident wasn’t their fault and the problem with the brakes is because I fitted aftermarket levers.

Am I stuffed or do I have a claim? I now have a totalled bike, a broken arm and been off work for six weeks.

Answer

I hate it when manufacturers/companies don’t take responsibility for their muck up! If you spanner something up, apologise and fix it. In essence, you are not stuffed and the dealer/manufacturer is full of the proverbial. We had a rash of cases just like this about 18 months ago.

What should have happened is when they sorted the master cylinder they should have put a standard brake lever back on, not refitted your aftermarket one. After all, this aftermarket lever was designed to work with the original master cylinder.

As for proving your case, evidence is going to be the key. Therefore, do not let the bike get scrapped/fixed etc. as you will need an expert engineer to look at the brake lever and master cylinder so you can prove what they did to the bike caused the accident.

Andrew ‘Chef’ Prendergast

Motorcycle Monthly March 2016

Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Posted on: August 18, 2016 at 12:00 am

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a GSX1400 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.