Hey, every morning when we wake up we don’t know if life’s gonna give us a lekker thing that day or a crappy thing but we bikers all know that when a lekker thing comes along then we mustn’t go and stuff it up by pulling the wrong move.
I mean like there I am just last Saturday morning busy sitting at the lights on Rosettenville Corner on my way to the old Triumph Shop in Edenvale and even though my eyes haven’t got their focus working all that lekker yet after all the night before’s dopping I can clearly check across the road that there’s this oke on his boney and I can hear by the way he’s revving his motor that instead of waiting for me to cross he’s sommer gonna skiet in front of me as soon as the lights change.
So now of course I’m pretending that I’m all stupid and that I don’t know what he’s planning to do and so while I’m waiting for him to make his move I’m busy peeping from out of the corner of my eye at the robot on my left so that the split second it goes orange I can drop the clutch and unleash the more power of the Guzzi pistons inside my Bonneville’s engine and skiet forward and cut him off and make him look stupid.
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