Q How can I stop my dodgy hip giving me gyp?
Can cops go Q after this car door idiot? ‘The CPS would have to prove the passenger meant to cause harm’
I love my 2015 BMW K1300S M Sport, but am struggling to ride it. I’ve developed arthritis in my hip and it’s becoming uncomfortable even with the adjustable Hp4-style footrests in their lowest position.
I am considering purchasing some 30mm drop adjustable footrests from M&P for the standard K1300S and then seeing if I can get some sort of adaptor plate made up. If I can’t get the footrests forward and down an inch or two I’m not going to be able to ride for more than 10 minutes without a lot of pain. I can’t believe comfort is becoming my number-one criterion for a bike. I guess I must be getting old. Cliff Millgate, Tonbridge
AAnswered by Michael Neeves, MCN I’ve got a higher seat unit on my S1000RR race bike and it gives me lots of legroom without sacrificing ground clearance. But it looks like a nice comfort seat or an Air Hawk isn’t the solution here as I suspect it’s the angle the rearsets put my legs in that’s giving me all the comfort. There are a few options out there; Gilles RGK folding footrest kit has different plates that drop between 10-40mm in silver or black for about £90. German-built LSL pegs have eight different adjustments with a 25mm drop and a modular system that allows you to fit different peg styles and cost about £110 all-in.
Alternatively, maybe a different bike? The K1300S has quite a sporty riding position, not too far away from an S1000RR. As a BMW man, maybe try one of the R1200 family? R/RS/GS. If you want to look at other makes, how about a Harley Street Glide with the new Milwaukee eight engine?
As I was passing between two lines of stationary traffic a passenger in a car in the outside lane opened his door and knocked me off my bike. I have a fractured clavicle and minor nerve damage to my shoulder. I am seeking compensation from the passenger, and I want the police to prosecute but they refuse – can their decision be overturned?
Archie Murray, email
Clearly the passenger was negligent in not looking to see that it was safe to get out of the car. However, rather than the passenger it is actually the driver of the car that is responsible for his or her passengers’ actions and therefore it is the insurer of the car that should be dealing with your civil claim for compensation.
It does not surprise me that the police are not willing to prosecute. The burden of proof in criminal cases is higher than that in civil cases and I cannot think what it is they would charge the passenger with. I would think that the CPS would need to establish that the passenger had the intention to cause you injury to succeed in a criminal action against him.
I sincerely doubt that you will be able to convince a criminal court that the passenger deliberately intended to cause you harm and I suspect it will go down as a simple accident, albeit a painful one with on-going repercussions. I suggest you pursue the civil claim and get compensated for your injuries and financial losses.