Last fall I did something I almost never do. I left in a hurry and took my motorcycle. The previous night I had done some work on the bike which necessitated removal of the seat. I carry a spare helmet on the seat behind me secured with a bungee webbing. After I put the seat back on I apparently failed to bungee the spare helmet to the seat. I live on a mountain of sorts, so a mile down the road on a steep hill I felt something slide into my back, I reached around and sure enough, my spare helmet was rolling around back there. I pulled over, put the 4-ways on and got off to secure the helmet. The V-Strom has a notoriously short kickstand and the hill was sufficiently steep to cause the bike to immediately topple over.
The topple over knocked loose the kickstand sensor on the handlebar so I was unable to start the bike once I’d lifted it. As a result, I was forced to roll quietly down the hill to a flat spot where I could safely reattach the sensor. Of course, during the course of all this at least three cars passed by and offered assistance. An embarrassing episode but one that drove home the importance of not leaving in a hurry or without doing a walk around.