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A California man is suing BMW and custom motorbike saddle maker Corbin-Pacific for an epic stiffie which he insists was caused by a "ridge-like" seat fitted to his wheels.

Henry Wolf filed suit California Superior Court in San Francisco last week. He claims that on 1 May 2010, he "was riding his 1993 BMW motorcycle equipped with a Corbin-Pacific seat".

According to Courthouse News Service, the suit continues: "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.

"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."

Wolf is looking for "damages for lost wages, personal injury, medical expenses, product liability and negligent infliction of emotional distress".

Whether Wolf can provide expert medical testimony to support his claim remains to be seen. This report into the Beemer boner quotes Dr Michael Lutz, of the Michigan Institute of Urology, who says: “It’s been long-known that compression of the neurovascular supply to the penis - if it’s compressed for a period of time, whether it be on a bicycle seat or some other device - it can actually cause prolonged numbness of the genitalia.” ®

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