Rode the Sporty to Subway today for lunch (because that’s basically the only option there is where I work) and as I was leaving I noticed there were a few people standing around outside talking, and a couple little kids walking around. My bike is the typical “Harley loud” because the previous owner bashed out the muffler baffles (and quite frankly did a hack job on the rest of the exhaust), and I haven’t had the money to put on a better exhaust. Most days I don’t mind it, and in fact like it, because I don’t ride in populated areas very often, and if I do it’s usually the middle of the day when I don’t have to worry so much about waking someone up etc. Anyway, as I’m leaving Subway, I don’t want to be the jerk who interrupts everyone’s conversation, and deafens their kids with my loud bike, so I try to take off as calmly and quietly as possible and I kill the bike. I don’t care who you are, it’s always embarrassing to kill your bike in front of people, even if no one is looking. Normally though, you just pull the clutch, bump the starter and you’re off and running again. Not this time. Crank crank crank crank crank, pop pop pop pop, let go of the starter for a second, crank crank crank crank, pop pop pop, off the starter again to let the fuel pump catch up, crank crank crank, pop pop pop popop popopopop running, finally!
Gotta love it when you make a fool of yourself, then your bike makes an even bigger fool of you.