I wasriding up to the Toll Booth on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. My friend Ed who was in front of mestopped and paid his toll. I pulled my dollar out of my pocket so I could just pass it to the the toll collector.
NOT, I dropped the dollar pulling it out of my pocket and then tried to bend down to pick it up while still sitting on the bike withit in gear.
Trust me on this when I say this is not a good idea.
Just as I was within millimeters of gettinghold of the dollarI leaned just a little to far and over she went.
So there I am sitting on a sideways bike in the middle of the lane with a bizillion people watching. I hit the kill switch got off the bikeput the kickstand down, walked around the bike sat my butt on the seat and pushed the bike up and over on to the kickstand, got my dollar and got back on the bike. I noticed the people in the car behind were smiling in an amused way, the Toll collector kept asking if I was alright. The traffic in the next lane had stopped to watch along with the five deep cars waiting to pay the toll.
Then the bike would not startuntil I realised the kill switch was flipped. Mean while my friend Ed had parked his bike and was walking back to help me. FinallyI got my bike started, paidthe Toll and droveup to Ed.
Luckily Nothing was hurt except myego and I know Ed and Vern willnot let me forget as long as I live.