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Okay Lads & Lasses,

I'm not too cool to admit to an embarrassing moment, so thought I would share what happened to me the other day.

I was riding down the highway, beautiful morning, little traffic and thinking I was the bees knees. I spotted this State Trooper parked on the other side of the road, no doubt waiting to catch the next unexpected speeder coming his way. About a mile past and out of site of the Trooper I spotted a biker hurtling at speed toward me and to the Trooper, so I gave him the requisite signal warning him that there was a cop ahead.

I wish a big hole had swallowed me up when in a blink of an eye as we passed the bike was indeed a motorcycle cop....:surprise::eek:

Has this every happened to you?

Or any other embarrassing moments you wish to share?

P.s. I didn't feel too bad as I always wave to bikes even cop bikers...:smile2:

Cheerio,

Roy
 

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Mine was more of a “glad that wasn’t me” moment.
At a big motorcycle rally at which there are dozens of bikes at each corner, revving, looking cool, etc. Except one of our group stopped at
the light and promptly let his bike fall over. After another friend jumped off to help him lift it back up, he looked around to see who saw this (like everyone!) and off we rode. Good thing he was wearing a full face helmet so no one could see how red his face was. :):)
 

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I don't mind telling an embarrassing story :D

Immediately after getting my license I bought a Kawasaki Versys 650 MK I, I think you call them KLE650's in the USA. Well, I was a bit unfamiliar with the weight of the bike and of course was a bit nervous as well. The dealership was about 45 minutes from my home so I was riding home using sat nav to get me there. I mistook the turning I needed to take and ended up having to turn around in the entrance to a restaurant. As I turned my head to check if the road was clear I saw a car coming. I wasn't going fast but grabbed a handful of front brake. That was enough to depress the front end a bit, throwing me off balance, and I dropped the bike. Hadn't even owned it 30 minutes and it was already on the ground. Thankfully wasn't a brand new bike so I had prepared myself for the eventuality that I might do this. Thankfully hard plastic panniers and the grip cowls took the scrapes. But I felt a total wally trying to pick my bike up.

Blue was where I was supposed to go, Red was where I ended up.

Did a lot of really good miles on that bike.



 

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I was ridding out of a small town in the mountains. An SUV was in front of me doing about 40mph in a 45mph zone . . . . so I passed it on a double yellow line. The SUV turned out to be an unmarked county sheriff vehicle. He lit me up. I pulled over to the side of the road and took off my helmet. I got out my drivers license and my military I.D. When the sheriff walked up to me I handed him my registration, I.D. and license and told him that I was getting in one last ride before being called back on active duty. (I was being called up because of Iraq.) He told me to slow down and have a nice day.

Another time I was ridding in Ireland. I took a wrong turn and the group that I was ridding with got away from me. I turned around in a rural church parking lot and got back on the road . . . . on the right side of the road. (I'm a Yank. What do you expect?) A car was coming right at me. :surprise: I just stopped and he passed me on the left. I got back in the left lane.

A third time I was ridding in Germany. I knew the road signs because I had lived in Germany for 4 years . . . but I was not leading the group. Someone who didn't know road signs led us the wrong way down a one way street. I motorcycle policeman was going down the one way street in the right direction. He stopped us all . . . and led us out of town.

A forth time I was ridding through the Alps. We were ridding a little fast. :grin2: Two German motorcycle cops were coming down the mountain but they didn't bother me because I thought they wouldn't be able to turn their bikes around and catch us. They did. German motorcycle cops are good riders. :|
 

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Mine was I had pulled over in a subdivision, forget why, put the kick stand down and hopped off the bike....well, the kick stand didn't fully extend and the bike started to fall over. Tried to save it mid fall, but the weight drove me to the ground with it (still have issues w/ thumb from hyper-extending it). As I popped up to lift the bike I heard......"are you okay".....lady driving through saw the hold thing. So embarrassed, and a dent in the tank from the clutch assembly mashing it, super sore right hand/thumb, mashed knee, and a very red face...
 

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Well, I was the guy who forgot to put his sidestand down before getting off the bike at the 2019 UK Bobber rideout.


And after joking that I always forget to fold out my sideplate, I promptly forgot to unfold my sideplate.
 

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Mine was I had pulled over in a subdivision, forget why, put the kick stand down and hopped off the bike....well, the kick stand didn't fully extend and the bike started to fall over. Tried to save it mid fall, but the weight drove me to the ground with it (still have issues w/ thumb from hyper-extending it). As I popped up to lift the bike I heard......"are you okay".....lady driving through saw the hold thing. So embarrassed, and a dent in the tank from the clutch assembly mashing it, super sore right hand/thumb, mashed knee, and a very red face...
Been there. Done that. :frown2: I was riding a Ducati Paul Smart. I had to buy a new faring. Several weeks later it fell over on the other side. I had to buy a new faring. :|

When you have been riding a motorcycle as long as I have stuff happens. :wink2:
 

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At 17years old I accidentally turned the wrong way down a one-way street only to face a police squad stopped at the stop sign facing me! I made a quick u-turn and came up behind the squad. No contact with the officer, but a moment to remember. ??
 

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OK - so the thread title is just embarrassing moments, not necessarily our own.....

Being a vicar I was asked to cover a service at a city centre church. Obviously parking was limited so I went on the bike. When I got to the church right by the vestry door there was a marked parking bay for the clergy conducting services to use, very handy, so I parked the bike there.

I was just getting off when this rather angry and loud church official stormed out of the vestry door and told me to bugger off - you can't park your motorbike there.

So I duly buggered off, found somewhere else to park and was therefore late arriving at the church to start the service.

The look on the bloke's face when he realised that the biker he'd told to bugger off was the vicar coming to conduct their service for them.
 

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The highlight of my short biking life so far was trying to start my crappy Chinese 125 in front of the chap who'd travelled about 100 miles to buy it and it refusing to budge. tried any number of times, tried the kickstart, rocked it back and forth in and out of neutral (shift was awful and false neutralled all the time). Got all hot and bothered and rather embarrased.

after about 3 hours (or so it felt) realised the kill switch was engaged.

Started first time after that.
 

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OK - so the thread title is just embarrassing moments, not necessarily our own.....

Being a vicar I was asked to cover a service at a city centre church. Obviously parking was limited so I went on the bike. When I got to the church right by the vestry door there was a marked parking bay for the clergy conducting services to use, very handy, so I parked the bike there.

I was just getting off when this rather angry and loud church official stormed out of the vestry door and told me to bugger off - you can't park your motorbike there.

So I duly buggered off, found somewhere else to park and was therefore late arriving at the church to start the service.

The look on the bloke's face when he realised that the biker he'd told to bugger off was the vicar coming to conduct their service for them.
Ha! There has to be more to this! Did he approach you and apologize or did he bugger off after the service with his tail between his legs?
 

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Way back - when I was a more of a show off then I am now >:) , I tried to do a burnout on my bright yellow K1200R without turning off any of the endless electro-trickery stuff.
I damaged so many components the bike almost exploded and I was left stranded for hours until the recovery truck finally arrived.

The funniest bit was the mechanic scratching his head wondering how a brand new bike smelled like a burned pizza and apologizing persistently for the fact that an unbreakable, pinnacle of German engineering....broke.

Many years later i did another burnout at the end of a track day in Greece. A Millions bits of boiling rubber and small stones hit the white rental car we were using and ruined the entire drivers side paint/bodywork.

Sh*t happens, but no more burnouts for me. They are just waaaay too expensive in my case...:grin2:

I’m sure I have loads of other embarrassing moments, but I’ve mentally blocked them out so I sleep better.
 

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OK - so the thread title is just embarrassing moments, not necessarily our own.....

Being a vicar I was asked to cover a service at a city centre church. Obviously parking was limited so I went on the bike. When I got to the church right by the vestry door there was a marked parking bay for the clergy conducting services to use, very handy, so I parked the bike there.

I was just getting off when this rather angry and loud church official stormed out of the vestry door and told me to bugger off - you can't park your motorbike there.

So I duly buggered off, found somewhere else to park and was therefore late arriving at the church to start the service.

The look on the bloke's face when he realised that the biker he'd told to bugger off was the vicar coming to conduct their service for them.
That's priceless! I don't guess you were in your vestments. 0:)

I'm a retired Army Chaplain. I can't tell you how many times people have done and said things around me and been embarrassed when they realized I was a Chaplain.
 

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I wheeled my Speedmaster backwards out of the garage to do a tyre pressure check, leaned over to check where the valves where, for the bike to tip away from me and lay itself on the ground... fortunately footboards are a very good bike protector...:crying:
 
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Only last week i dropped my street triple at the MOT station, i came to a stop and as the bike back wheel was have down a slope and front half up a slope my foot did not make contact with the floor until the bike was at an unmanageable angle, i have been riding bikes for 40+ years and that was the first time i dropped a bike which was stationary. nobody witnessed this happen, but the embarrassment was still there !! as the guy in the MOT station was aware of my indicator flying past him.

Bike failed MOT on broken indicator, :surprise:
 

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The only time I ever got a speeding fine!

I imagine that I was in my mid twenties, riding a CBX750, and I was speeding...
A bike copper had clocked me and put his hand up...I thought he was waving at a fellow biker so I waved back and carried on speeding!
He caught me very quickly...:grin2:
That is truly hysterical :grin2:
 

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Great reading and great topic, Roy.


Mine is a little bit bland but once, at the beginning of a run with the patch club I rode with, I had forgotten something at home. I took off to get it and a few members rode with me.



I pulled quick in my driveway, jumped off my bike, ran into the house to grab my stuff.


When I came out I found my bike laying in the driveway. Had to pick up a 700 pound Harley with no help as my brothers looked on with no expression. We rode on to the run start and no word was mentioned until I rolled up and no one would let me off my scoot until they made sure my stand was down. Made a big show of it.


Haven't lived it down to today. 20 years later. We laugh at it now but it's still a red moment.
 

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Embarrassing moments on the motorcycle...

Literally day 2 on the road after getting my first bike (Ninja 650) and probably a week after getting my motorcycle license, I asked one of my friends who road a HD to ride with me so I can feel more comfortable. Probably no more than 15 minutes into riding around the local streets of Mountain View, California, he asked me what I wanted to do, and I told him that I'm up for whatever. Next thing you know, I'm following him up to Skyline to Alice's Restaurant in Woodside, CA. If any of you are familiar with that area of Skyline, it's literally pinwheel turns all the way up to the restaurant - not exactly the ride for a beginner. Somehow, I had made it up the mountain without an incident. We linked up with the rest of my friends there whom all rode up together. On the way back down however, I guess I got too complacent. I was riding toward the back of the group. As we rounded a curve, there was some road workers that had put up a stop sign in the middle of the road. As I came around the curve, I was suddenly met with all my buddies braking instantly. I hesitated and instantly pulled the front brake lever. Next thing you know, I tipped over, laying my bike down, and did a combat roll into the ditch on the side of the curve. The damage: some scratched paint, broken mirror, and my ego.

Fast forward a couple of months, same area. This time, I was with 2 other friends from the group and we were making the trek up to Alice's Restaurant so I can pick up their zip-up hoodie as if it was a celebratory symbol of my motorcycling journey through that particular area. I made it up again with no issues. We stopped and grabbed some hot cocoa. Believe it or not, NorCal gets surprisingly cold, especially up in the mountains mid-December. After enjoying some warm beverages and pick-up the hoodie, we jumped back onto the bikes and started our way back down. No more than 300 feet from the restaurant, we hit our first 15mph pinwheel turn. Again, I got kind of cocky and pretty complacent and had no experience with tires on cold pavement. I hit the beginning of the curve at around 40mph. I immediately hesitated, pulled in the clutch while feathering the front brake just enough to slow me down to an acceptable speed right before entering the curve. So there I was leaning as if I was doing track days, and next thing you know, I low-side the bike. Everything happened in a flash - all I heard was bike scraping and all I can think of was that I was going to die or come out of this extremely crippled. The damage: bike was **** near totaled in possibly the slowest low-side in the history of the planet.

So we are now in 2020. I purchased my second motorcycle last month in July, a glorious 2019 Bobber Black. I had the opportunity to test ride it before making the purchase. So after the transaction was said and done, I was getting ready to take the bike off the lot. First, I put the key into the ignition, move the start switch through the various stages. I tried to start the bike and nothing was happening. I did this several times, wondering if something was wrong with the bike that I had literally just bought. I had forgot to pull in and hold the clutch to start the bike...

So now the bike has started, I put it into gear and ride toward the exit of the lot. I realize that my wife was still chatting it up with these other customers that were there, so I figured I'll just idle where I'm at. Without putting the bike into neutral, I let go of the clutch and have my first stall in years. This is literally happening all in front of the dealership.
 
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