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October 1975, test passed & I'm looking badass on my 65 Triumph 350, checking my reflection in shop windows etc, at last riding a bike that sounds like a bike not a sewing machine. I come up to the road junction & go to put my right leg down & cant move it then end up in a heap in front of a bus queue!
Caught my flared jeans on the kickstarter. I didn't learn & repeated it on my BSA A65 the following year
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Riding Custer and Iron Mountain a few years ago, with temps in triple digits, and ran out of gas- managed to side by side it to get to a rest stop, with like 5000 people there......

Brothers got me some gas, put it in, and of course that was when it didn't start 1st kick, nor the many following. A brother thought he would help, and held on to the bars when I kicked- this caused the bike to move oddly, allowing the kickstand to come up, and bike fell over.

picked it up, kicked it once- and see ya! I was out of there- a clown leaving the circus.......

One of my funner moments- at Sturgis a different year, came out and there was a crowd of people around bike. I made a bike deal of "give me room, this isn't a girls push button, stand back, etc.". Made a big deal of tickling (thinking this better fire up) and the rigmarole of a cold kick start. Fired 1st kick, got on, and profiled my way down the street.

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This goes way back. Okinawa in 1970 roughly. The wife and I out dirt riding, she had a Honda 125. I was in front and kept an eye on my mirror now and then to make sure she was still there.

The ride went between some sugar cane fields, and in one place the tops of the cane was level with road, so it looked like grass on all sides. T intersection, I turned right, didn't see her in mirror. Kept looking, nothing. So stopped and turned around in seat and still nothing. I can see for a long way in all directions and nothing.

So I go back to the T, and there she is at the bottom of a 5 to 6' drop off with the bike. A little sore, but mostly at herself. We checked the bike out, and it was good enough, and started, but there was no getting it out of that hole. It had walls with the roads at the top. No room between cane to get a run at the wall.

Some discussion later she had put her right foot down when she stopped at the T (not recommended and she knew that). So basically she stepped right into the hole.

A car came along with a few young Okinawan guys in it. There was a complete language barrier, but they pulled that bike up and on to the road, and we all lifter her up too. I think we all said, Hi, thank you, and you're welcome. There was lots of smiling and nodding, so according to sign language, that is what was said. Of course, I have no clue what "dumb ass" sounds like in Okinawan.

Bottom line, she got on it and continued riding.
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