Monday, 14 June 2010

Bugger, that was embarrasing.....

.......and painful too. I pulled up outside my flat, kicked the sidestand down, swung my leg over and off the bike and watched in amazement as my new bike toppled ever-so-slowly off the stand and on to my foot. I couldn't get my foot out as it was trapped between the bike and the kerb, and I couldn't lift it up as I was (a) twisted at a funny angle and (b) lacked the strength to pick it up. As I gazed around I was hoping that none of the neighbours had seen me, but also hoped someone would walk by and help me with the bike.

Luckily my new/old ladyfriend is visiting at the moment, and after an agonislingly long time (funny how time slows down when you're in an embarrasing situation) she glanced out of the window and saw me. Another few minutes passed while we exchanged gestures (!) until she came out and helped me pick it up. So now I'm in the situation where she thinks I'm incapable of riding my bike, my foot hurts so I am incapable of riding my bike plus I daren't talk to any of my neighbours in case they saw what happened and take the piss out of me. Ah, the life of an elderly biker!


  1. You can tell that your friends and neighbours aren't motorcyclists, not one of them asked if the bike was okay. the bike okay?
    Glad you're okay, it happens to all of us and we just need to learn to obey's the law.

  2. El Diente:

    you know the old saying: "bones will heal, but bikes won't" . . . something like that anyway.

    Hope the bike is okay. I had a similar situation a couple of years ago whilst parked on a steep hill near the edge, the sidestand gave way in the asphalt on a hot day. the bike was starting it's tumble but luckily I was there (in the way), otherwise it would have gone down the embankment. It fell on my leg and I was trapped until a few riders came around the corner and helped me get it back on solid ground.

    Wet Coast Scootin

  3. Thanks guys - the bike's OK apart from a scraped engine cover, no big deal I'll touch it in. It was good to be reminded though that 100% concentration is needed at all times with a motorcycle - I may have just glanced at a young lady walking by as I was dismounting :)