Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Kick down...

An incident this morning...

I was at a petrol station this morning filling up my bike. As I was finishing up and getting ready to pull out, I saw something that caught my attention.

There was another bike pulling out on my right. Blue Modenas Jaguh. Something was amiss. I could see that his kickstand was still down!

Now, most bikes these days have a safety switch at the kickstand. Heck, even the GPZ that I'm currently babysitting, which is 21 yrs old, has a safety switch. What this switch does is, it prevents the bike from starting with its gear engage. If you tried to ride with the kickstand down, the engine will cut off. This is a good thing, coz, if you ride off with the kick stand down, and turn left:

1. if you're lucky, you'll just create heaps of sparks, wobble a bit, but still remain upright.

2. if you're not, the stand will hit the ground, lift your rear tyre and throw you off the bike.

So, not wanting to see a fellow biker kiss the tarmac (plus, crashing in rush hour traffic increases your risk of getting run over after falling off), I quickly pulled out of the petrol station and gave chase.

As soon as I caught up with the blue Jaguh, I started honking my horn and pointing at his bike. The guy gave me a puzzled look. I kept pointing at his bike and my bike's kickstand hoping he understands. But, still a puzzled look. This went on for a few seconds until the road we were on split. He was on the left and I was on the right and we parted ways.

He still had that puzzled look when I pulled away. I hope he did not have to turn left anytime soon...


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