09-18-2010, 12:11 PM
Ok, this was many years ago, and far from my current ride, but it's kinda funny. I thought about it after reading the thread about riding a bike home from the dealer. I got my first streetbike at 16 after growing up on mini-bikes and dirt bikes. (anyone remember Hodaka?) It was a Yamaha RD250, a twin cylinder, screaming little two stroke. A buddy had it and never rode it anymore so I talked him out of it for something like $180.00. It didn't run at the time so I decided I'd have another buddy pull me behind his car. Came the day to get it, we both went over there and neither of us thought to bring a rope or tow strap. The seller came to the rescue with about 20' of garden hose! Elated, I tied one end the the car bumper, and the other to the handlebars. AT first everything went well. We got it out of the backyard and out to the road. We eased up the side street and came to a stop sign. This is where everything went a bit out of control. As my buddy stopped at the stop-sign, the stiff brakes didn't work as they should and I ran over part of the hose with the front tire. When he took off to get out on the main road the hose pulled tight, lifted the front wheel off the ground, and dumped me in the street! Trust me it's a bad feeling laying in the road warching your newly bought motorcycle being dragged down the road by a garden hose!!:thumbsup: We finally got it together and got the bike home. I ended up riding it for years before finally selling it, and to this day it's one of my favorite bikes.