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Man sues over Harley test-drive crash

Updated: March 25, 2011 9:31AM



A man who crashed a Harley-Davidson motorcycle during a test drive has sued the storied motorcycle company, claiming the steering mechanism didn’t work properly.

Gregory Zenere claims the Tri-Glide 2011 motorcycle from Harley-Davidson of Crete fell on top of him Aug. 17, 2010, while he was test-driving the motorcycle on Illinois 394 south of East Burville Road. He filed a lawsuit against the now-closed dealership Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit claims Zenere attempted to steer to the right to follow the road when the steering mechanism locked in place and the bike continued straight.

Zenere tried to brake but the bike continued straight, began sliding off the road into the median and fell on top of him, according to the suit.

Zenere suffered severe and permanent injuries, the lawsuit said.

The suit contends Harley-Davidson failed to properly design, manufacture and adequately test the Tri-Glide 2011 motorcycle.

The Harley-Davidson of Crete motorcycle dealership closed in October 2010. A spokesman for the Harley-Davidson Motor Co, was not immediately available for comment.



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