Harley-Davidson mechanic gets compensation over bike ‘phobia’

A mechanic at a Harley-Davidson dealership has received over £60k after been left unable to work due to motorcycle phobia


FOR many motorcycle fans, landing a job in the industry that allows you to mix your passion with your employment is the ultimate goal. That’s how Stuart Conway felt when he landed the job trainee mechanic at West Coast Harley-Davidson in Glasgow.

Sadly for Mr Conway, he is now unable to fulfill that role after developing a phobia of motorcycles following a crash. Now, a Sheriff has awarded Conway more than £60,000 in damages from the third party and her insurance company.

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Conway was road testing a customer’s 750cc Harley-Davidson at the time of the crash, which resulted in his head going through the passenger side window of the car. the defendant had already admitted liability in the incident, just leaving a sheriff to decide upon any compensation.

As a result, Conway suffered physical and psychiatric injuries, which included a newfound phobia of the motorcycles he had to work on.

Despite receiving support from his employer, a change of role away from riding motorcycles was facilitated, Conway left the business to become a motorcycle valet and service technician.

The Daily Record reports that Sheriff Robert Fife agreed to award Conway a total of £61,252.27 from the driver’s insurance company.

Sheriff Fife said, “This was a job the pursuer loved. Any time he was on a bike, he felt very nervous, very anxious, and was shaking. He felt as if he had to get away from the situation.”

Conway now has hopes to become a photographer.

There’s no mention if that’s with bikes or wildlife though…