Newbie Squid learns a lesson
Tonight was a lesson learned night (I hope) for a young rider I met.
A buddy of mine and I had just finished watching a movie, and were just loitering out front of the theatre having a smoke (damn long movies), when a couple other friends pulled up.
A new rider in town (small town, so most the local riders had known he just got his bike) pulled up and started into soem ego boosting. Talking about how fast his bike is, how shiney it looked (yes, he actually said that), and other new rider famous quotes. We all just smiled and nodded, thinking to just humor him.
His ride was a new R6, and for some reason he figured that since the rest of us had older bikes (one 88 FZR, 86ish CBR, 84 FZ and a 84 GS), that it was his mission in life to belittle our rides as ancient and useless, and we should get real bikes.
I dont know about the rest of the guys, but that managed to piss me right off. Sure, my bike isnt the fanciest around, but it looks good, runs great, and does everything I need it to do. So I start into my tirade of defending my bike. Just seems to soar over his head as he continues the "classic" bashing.
Realizing its a lost cause, I just give up and we all try to ignore him. Finally he gets the point, and fires his bike up with a "See ya losers" parting remark then peels off down the road. A ways down the street, I guess he figures he had to show off his bike one more time. We hear the whine of his engine and take a look, and usre enough, hes powering up down the street for high speed approach.
Seems like he has seen MI2 a few too many times, and decided that a rolling stoppie was easy to do. As he gets near us, brake goes on, ass end rises... then reality sets in as he understands he doesnt know what the hell he is doing. Lets go of the brake and throws his body wieght backwards, trying to avoid going completely over and sucking ashphalt. Back end slams to the ground, and he looses control. Front end bucks back and forth and then down he goes, flipping over the side of his bike as it slams to the ground.
Once the grinding squeal stops, we run on over to see how he is. Nothing too serious, but he was wearing shirts and shorts.. lots of roadrash from skipping along. Get him on the side of the road, then move his bike out of the way. Left side just destroyed, Fairing ground down and scratched, turn signals powder, shift lever bent around, possibly the bars too. I checked the odometer and it was reading 320 =/ What a waste.
So this self proclaimed hotshot, with his "superior bike", managed to destroy his beauty with less KMs on it then I usually put on on a sunday afternoon ride. To add the insult to injury, he whiped right out front of the theatre where we were... right in front of about 40 other people waiting for the early show to let out. And the crowd was loud and appreciative of the show he put on, hehe.
On one hand, I was sad to see what he did to his bike and himself, but hopefully he takes it to heart and learned that a bike is more then a toy.
Not that he is gonna be able to learn from the lesson anytime soon though. When the cops showed up to see what was going on, they found he only had his learners ticket. I believe the fine for riding alone with only the learners up here is loss of license for 6 months. Hell of a way for him to start the summer, hehe.