So last 4th of July, I took a ride out to Ortega Highway. Real nice day. Got to talk to a few nice folks. I was feeling really great. So I decide to extend my ride and rode up the Coast. It got late in the morning and it started to get real hot. Probably in the 80's and humidity close to 90%. I was riding homeward and I was hitting every single signal red. I was getting hot. I was getting real impatient. I was approaching this intersection and the light went yellow. Shit! I'm thinking this is the 5th signal that I've had to get on my binders hard to stop. So I decide to gas it instead. I rolled on the throttle and just as I did, I look to the left of the intersection and there were TWO motorcycle cops sitting there waiting for the light to change. I'm fooked! I get off the gas and slammed on my binders....HARD. I was on the rear and squeezing the fronts hard. I was just going way too fast. I squeezed on the fronts harder and the bike just dove and I had visions of doing a stoppie right in front of Mission Viejo's finest. At that point, I decided NOT to do the stoppie or loose the front end, so I didn't squeeze the front any harder. That's when I felt the rear start going left, although the front was pointed straight. I locked up the rear! I went right by the crosswalk, right in the middle of the intersection when the bike finally stopped. Picture a red and grey Hayabusa with the front end plowing, the rear end smoking going right across the intersection on a red light with two moto cops sitting and watching the show.
When the bike finally settled, my reaction was to put the bike in first. Couldn't do it since the bike was stopped. So I'm sitting there for about 10 seconds trying to shift the tranny back up to 1st. Cops rode up to me. They yell out, "You locked up the rear!". No shit Sherlock. Then, to my surprise, they go around me and ride on!
So I back up the bike BEHIND the crosswalk. When the light went green, I rode up to the sidewalk, stopped, got off the bike, and shook off the jitters! I guess the cops were as surprised as me that they just rode on, so they do a U and rode up to me again. They asked me what happened. Aaahh....Errr...Well, I just cleaned the bike's brakes with Contact Cleaner(I did), and I took the bike out for a quick ride(I did), and I was surprised to get a yellow light so I hit the binders hard(I did). However, the front brakes didn't give me the stopping power I was expecting(I lied) so I locked up the rear in a desperate attempt to stop on time(I did). They believed me. They told me that's what happens when you first clean the brakes, and that I should take it easy the first few miles. Ahhh....okay officer. They smiled and said have a nice day, then rode away.
Am I lucky and stupid or what? Hope you guys had a happy 4th of July!