I had a pretty close call once:
My bike was parked at the Convention Center for the SoCal bike show. I thought
it was supposed to be a pretty secure parking area, since you had to pay to get in, and there were guys all over the place with badges on...
My friends and I were just leaving the show, and as we were walking out to where our bikes were parked, we see this guy coming straight toward us -- ON MY BIKE!
My friends were a little closer to him at that point, and they recognized the bike and went after him. He seemed to be having trouble getting going. The bike was lurching and stumbling, and my friends were able to grab the guy's arm enough to cause him to miss the gate he was heading toward. He was then trapped inside a fenced-in area, so he just bailed off the bike and hopped the fence. He jumped onto the back of a GSXR1100 that was waiting outside the gate, and they were gone...
My bike had minimal damage from falling over, and of course, a busted-out ignition switch.
Here's the clicker: The reason the guy couldn't seem to get the bike to accelerate? I had converted the shift linkage to the "GP" shift pattern, like my racebike, and the guy had been trying to launch it in 5th gear!
HA HA! If it had the regular shift pattern, we never would have caught the guy, and my new FZR1000 would have been history...
(A sidenote: A few minutes later, this guy comes walking out of the convention center, looking around for his bike. What kind of bike do you have, we asked? A brand new GSXR1100, he said...)
"If you want to keep working here, Son --- stay off the drugs..."