I was just reminded of this incident today actually, and figured I'd give you guys a little story to read. This is a little different to the standard 'Dickhead [A] in Car performed Retarded Action [C]' although I had one of those and tried to turn and chase but Mr Twitchy in the Honda was well and truly gone. Anyways, this one's actually a pedestrian incident: --------------------------------------------------------- Once Upon A Time... While still on my L's I was riding up Merinda Rd in Baulkham Hills, Sydney, nearing the intersection to turn onto Seven Hills Rd. As I came around the corner, there is a bus-stop there. I was on the lean, but not going too fast and had plenty of time to straighten and brake for whatever is stopped at the lights. Anyway, as I'm coming around this corner, this kid - probably 14 or 15 years old, jumps out from the bus-stop ALMOST onto the road, throwing his hands in the air and screams "RAHH!" to scare me. Now, I'll confess - I was surprised. I didn't crash or anything, but it was very off-putting and I wasn't happy about it at all: so I decided to go and talk to the kid. I needed petrol anyway and there's a servo on the corner, so I pulled in, dismounted and walked back up to the bus-stop. Kid is still there with a few friends sitting and watching his antics - I witness him do the same jump out scare to a car coming up the same road. I watched him long enough to make sure he was right in the head and I wasn't going to have some parent defending their autistic child for trying to make friends with road vehicles - then approached and spoke to him. I'm over 6ft and had all my bike gear on, so the first look this kid had on his face was an obvious mixture of: -appearing confident while showing off in front of his mates -ready to beg me to stop hitting him. Here's what I told him: "G'day mate. Look, I was just riding up here and you did what you just did to that car. I know it's probably loads of fun, but I'm only just learning to ride my motorcycle, and where a car driver might get startled and swerve - I could actually fall off and get hurt. Now you don't have to listen to me, I'm only telling you this because I know other people who ride bikes and they feel very strongly about people causing accidents to motorcycle riders. Where I am just letting you know it's not appreciated, these guys would stop and hit you. They wouldn't care that you're a young guy at school or anything. So please settle down, that's all I wanted to say. Have a good afternoon lads." To be fair, he apologised. I'm not sure if it was entirely genuine but I was satisfied and left. I think I handled it well - hope he (& friends) learnt something.