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Lawsuit of the Day: No, It’s Not a Pencil in This Bike Dude’s Pocket

Riding a motorcycle is dangerous for a lot of obvious reasons. Namely, motorcycles, compared to other common modes of transport, come with an above-average risk of crashing and dying.

That said, when young men tell their parents they want to buy a motorcycle, their mothers’ frantic “please don’t buy one” speeches generally don’t include the risk of Motor Boner. One Bay Area bike dude (no, not this bike dude) allegedly has a pretty bad case, though. And that’s why he is suing the maker of his BMW motorcycle. Keep reading to learn more about this extraordinarily sensitive Lawsuit of the Day….

Courthouse News gives us the story of one Henry Wolf, and the lawsuit he filed last week (gavel bang: Overlawyered):

A man claims in court that a four-hour ride on a BMW motorcycle with a “ridge-like” seat gave him “a severe case of priapism,” which left him “unable to engage in sexual activity.”

The man sued BMW of North America and Corbin-Pacific, which made the seat, in a bare bones complaint.

The lawsuit lists Vernon L. Bradley, of Sausalito, as Wolf’s attorney. Other than a bunch of checked boxes, there is not much to the complaint [PDF]:

Plaintiff was riding his 1993 BMW motorcycle equipped with a Corbin-Pacific seat. The ride lasted approximately two hours each way to Plaintiff’s destination, after which Plaintiff developed a severe case of priapism (a persistent lasting erection). Plaintiff alleges that this condition was caused by the ridge-like seat on his motorcycle, negligently designed, manufactured and/or installed by defendants.

Yep, you gotta watch out for those ridges…? And there’s a bit more:

Plaintiff now suffers from priapism (a long lasting erection), and has been experiencing continuing problems since his motorcycle ride. He is now unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional and mental anguish. Plaintiff is distraught and distressed because of this. Defendants, and each of them, are liable to Plaintiff due the their negligent design, manufacture and/or installation of the seat on Plaintiff’s motorcycle.

As Steve Carell deftly illustrated in The 40-Year Old Virgin, too much of a good thing can definitely cause major distress. Hopefully, whatever the outcome of the lawsuit, Mr. Wolf finds some relief sooner rather than later — God help him if his long, hard ordeal isn’t resolved quicker than any litigation related to the case.

Uneasy Rider Sues BMW [Courthouse News]
Wolf v. BMW Group, Corbin-Pacific, Inc. Complaint [Superior Court of San Francisco]

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