Brain Fade 6: Pull up at an intersection. Surrounded by traffic. Some of the drivers are checking out you and your bike. You’re looking ahead, waiting for the light to turn green. When it does you twist the throttle and go nowhere as you’re still in neutral. There now follows a frantic scrabble to find a gear and just get going, as the guy behind you is getting impatient. You slope off in third gear, lugging the engine and looking like a chump.
Brain Fade 7: It’s been a long day of riding. You’re finally home and as you pull into your neighborhood you see most of your neighbors are out in the front yard enjoying the warm summer weather. You pull up on your driveway. Turn off the bike’s ignition and start taking off your gloves and helmet, knowing your neighbors may be watching you. You get up and step off the bike. Only problem is you’ve forgotten to put the kickstand down and you and the bike both fall over in a tangled mess of motorcycle and thrashing limbs.
Brain Fade 8: You’ve not been feeling well for a couple of days and that head cold you’ve got has really brought you down. What better way to perk yourself up and feel better than a quick motorcycle ride? And, not surprisingly, it works. That is until you have to sneeze at 60 mph in a full-face helmet.
Brain Fade 9: Time to fill the bike up with gas. Trouble is, it’s a bit busy at the gas station with a lot of people and vehicles. Everyone looks at you on your bike. You find a pump, fill the gas tank and get back on. Everyone is still watching you. For the next two minutes your bike won’t start no matter what you do to it. Everyone is still watching you. Eventually you realize you’d forgotten you’d hit the kill switch when you first pulled up. You finally get the engine going again and leave. Everyone is still watching you.
Brain Fade 10: You’re about to get on a freeway from the slip road and it looks like the road ahead is really empty. Time to open the bike up and really get things going. Only problem is you’ve left your tank bag unzipped and, as you accelerate hard, all your worldly possessions are now starting to fly out at an alarming rate. That spare pair of expensive motorcycle gloves you were saving for a special occasion have just shot out and hit you on the leg and it looks like your wallet is about to jump ship too. You check your mirrors and that once empty freeway now has a mass of vehicles coming up fast behind you and they appear to have run over everything that’s flying out of your tank bag.
We’re not admitting to any of these things ever happening to us at RideApart. We’re far too smart to have never done any of this, and are sure you haven’t either. However, what are the truly dumb things that some of your friends have done on a motorcycle?
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