Never countersteer a jet-ski

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5th March 2001

Glub Glub…

The bloke asked me - in a mixture of English and Spanish - whether I'd ever ridden a jet-ski before. "No", quoth I, "but..." (to quote a class nutter from these parts) "...how hard can it be?"

I added a reference to "Uno Moto, Si?" and the bloke seemed re-assured, and suggested (after looking me up and down) that the 750cc 4-stroke jet-ski might prove a little small for me and that if that was the case, for an extra thousand Pesetas he'd give me the bigger, 150-bhp nutter version to play with. So predictable we headed out in a rib to the moored jet skis and I hopped on the 750, el-bloke suggested in Spanglish that since it was a little on the small size I should keep it nailed to avoid it tipping over and so I hit full throttle, and headed off for the marked out playground...

...which was slightly to port on my current course. So I tapped the left hand bar to correct in classic bike fashion and instead the thing turned further to starboard... so I decided that I needed to turn hard to port, gave the left hand bar an almighty shove while hanging off to the left, and became intimate with the Atlantic ocean at a thankfully relatively modest speed... "Oh bugger!" I thought as the whole plot inverted... I kept hold of the bars for the full dynamic oceanic-ingestion effect, you understand and was thus able to give the thing back to it's owner without him having to go chasing it…

Once I was back aboard the rib, el-jetski-hombre decided that the unplanned capsize was proof that I was too big for the 750 (rather than too stupid) and gave me the big boy's toy to play with instead. Learning from my earlier mistake, I managed to keep this one the right way up despite getting quite lary with it, leaping over my own wake, etc... which is rather fortunate, since wiping out big-stylee at 75kph while wearing nothing more protective than swimming trunks can at best be considered... inadvisable...

 

Loadsa fun...

Ken Haylock - (Triumph Sprint ST)

 

 

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