Text Box: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR
THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

CHRISTENSEN

v.

BICYCLE MESSENGERS

and

YAMAHONDA, INC.

AFFIDAVIT OF SLY DROOL

  1. I am a citizen of Massachusetts.
  2. I reside in Rock Hall, Maryland, living at 4500 Beach Road.
  3. I am 28 years old.
  4. I have bachelors and masters degrees in mechnical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  5. I am motorcycle design engineer at Yamahonda, Inc., working in its facility in Rock Hall, Maryland.
  6. I have written ten professional articles on motorcycle design. Three of them concern motorcycle safety features.
  7. At the direction of my employer, I conducted crash tests on two models of Yamahonda motorcycles, the Penumbra Sport and the Penumbra Safe on 15 December 2009.
  8. The purpose of the tests was to determine if the leg-protection bars on the Safe would protect a rider from traumatic leg amputation if the rider was involved in a crash with a concrete bridge abutment at speeds of 30 miles per hour and at 60 miles per hour.
  9. My test results showed that the bar would absorb enough energy in a 30 mph collision to protect the riderís leg from serious injury, but that at 60 mph, it would not. At 60 mph, the riderís leg likely would be severed, mid-thigh..