We have all been told about the perils of riding especially at err... greater than realistic speeds, avoiding hazards by looking well ahead, avoiding white lines in the wet etc. but this is a message for those folks who like to combine the wind in their face with an environmentally conscious life.
Not all rider incidents occur at speed or on the open road. I recently had a reminder of this as I pulled up gently prior to opening the gate to leave our farm on my '83 GPZ110.
Turning the wheel preparatory to engaging the side stand while maintaining a grip on the front brake I was astounded to instantaneously finding myself lying on the track with the bike perched on my left leg. Being rather concerned about this I wondered what could have happened at the tremendous velocity of around 2 km/hr to so rapidly realign my horizon. This concern grew as I felt a damp sensation creeping along my lower thigh. Reaching down to determine the cause I was greeted by an unexpected sight as I withdrew my hand.
Moral of the story: White lines aren't the only markings to watch for when braking. Cow pats also have malicious tendencies. At least this time the soiling was confined to the outer layers!!! Be careful out there.