So there I am...tooling home in the peak hr traffic a few days ago, when I came to one of the interxections where I like to sneak in a mono now and then... Was pretty sleepy, pretty relaxed, pretty much off my guard, and just took off normally, but then thought..."stuff it - have'nt done one in a while" so I slipped it a bit and up she came. A really nice and easy, smooth and fairly high mono, as I accelerated away...WOW! I thought...timing is good today...wehoo!. The instant I acknowledged my self-proclaimed brilliance, a car decides to do a U-turn right in front of me!...at about 10+, I shut down the throttle, and hit the brakes hard, to suddenly descover myself heading straight at the side of this car with the back wheel 2feet off the bloody ground...AHHHHRG!...and getting higher!...let off the front brake a smidge, rear wheel comes down, and reapply to slow, very agressively, just in time to see the cars rear-end sneak past the front of the bike as I tried to aim myself wide to go around it...LUCKY! The cager did nothing wrong...I'll bet at the time he looked, we were 100yds away with the lights just changed, and anticipated he had heaps of time to get around and continue away, still ahead of the traffic... In the meantime I pulled my little stunt, and he got caught out - AS DID I. Anyway...I got away with it, which is NOT the way I ride if I can help it, and if I could have got my leg up high enough, would have given myself a major boot to the back of the head for not having my head properly in the game... On the other hand - I pulled a cooooool stoppie, (even if it WAS by necessity and poor body position on the bike)... John.