I felt like screaming, crying, crapping my pants and checking my pulse! I was tooling around the neighbor hood on my KLR 650. It was very nice weather, just ideal riding. I riding in areas where every 3 or 4 streets was a stop sign because this is where I need the practice... clutch control Now keep in mind I've never ridden anything before yesterday and here I am on this monster. I was getting pretty damn good at up and down shifting. The intuitive clutch/brake/downshift was comming to me pretty naturally. I wasn't letting cars pull up behind me (I don't trust anyone while I'm riding). So I come up to a 4 way stop and it's in a school zone. The intersection loads up and each driver is taking their turn proceeding through the 4 way stop. My turn comes up so I ease through, just then this stupid woman to my right in an accord decides to trump me and pull into my path. I stopped on a dime and just thought... FREAKIN STUPID DUMB ASS NO DRIVING PIECE OF %#@& !!! She saw me and stoped her car then waved me through. I was pretty disgusted that she was so careless and how that could have cost me. Here's where I screwed up! I checked the gear, yup in first, all set, then I let the clutch off some and gave it a little gas (you just about have to gas it a tad on a single cylinder bike). However I did this with 5 gallons of DISGUST! My front wheel goes up 3 feet in the air, I feel gravity pulling at my back, I see sky and I freakin panic. My only thought is I've got to either let go and roll off (I'm only going about 5 mph and be on the road in the middle of the intersection or hold on and MAYBE when I crash the bike won't land on top of me. Making it through this without injury seems fruitlessly optimistic. I just hold on and CLUTCH, BRAKE! The bike SLAMS down hard! My mind is reeling from the moment, then I realize I'm still in the middle of an active intersection. I can't hear anything from the helmet on my head, I only know I've GOT to get out of the intersection fast! I keep the gas where it is and let off the clutch and VROOM! Wheel goes up again CLUTCH BRAKE!! I slam down hard again. I'm just a few feet out of the intersection. I'm not breathing, or am not aware of anything but the overwhelming need to STOP EVERYTHING. I turn the bike to the curb and put it in neutral and just stand there... Nothing matters but regaining my bearing After what seems like 20 minutes I drive the bike to a parking lot and park the bike. I just lay on the asphalt and contemplate why God let me live through that, Was I in any REAL danger? Does this crap happen to every rider at some point? I'm a responsible driver, how had this happened to me? Road rage. That idiot driver had pissed me off and I engaged 1st gear with anger. I learned I cannot get mad when I ride or I'll suffer. Yesterday I took to heart that fire hydrants, trees, sand in turns etc. can kill me Today I took to heart that I can easily kill myself. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!