Thank you for allowing me in your illustrious club.
I recently became the proud owner of an 06 ZX6R, an upgrade from a Ninja 300. Still grinning every-time I ride it. Well, almost.
Had my first mechanical issue on my commute home this week. Went to shift into 5th, and my foot couldn't feel the gear shifter. Repositioned my foot, tried again, not there. WTH? Looked down and it was gone! On closer inspection, it was clinging by the rubber knob on the inside of the foot peg.
This posed a dilemma. If I pulled over now, would I be able to get it into first to start out again? I opted to ride the remaining 20 miles home and pull over on the offramp. It was a little nerve racking trying to keep the RPMs up in traffic - good thing CA allows lane splitting.
I ended up pulling over right before my offramp, because the shift lever slipped off the peg, and I was worried about it getting caught in my chain. Probably should have thought of that sooner. After pulling over, I was able to shift the gears down by hand, but could not get it to pop into neutral. Oh yeah, another small issue with the bike - clutch switch is removed, can only start it in neutral.
A tow truck driver stopped behind me, and he had some wire - I wired the shifter lever to the bike so it wouldn't be flapping around. Decided my best option was to bump start it. Except I was on the upside of a significant hill.
Ended up coasting down the shoulder in the opposite direction, third try and it came to life.
Anyone else with some interesting "oh sh%$!: mechanical issues while riding?
Oh, and last week a lady almost took me out with a lane change on the freeway. Side note, the turns signals on the Mitsubishi Outlander are a terrible design IMO, hard to distinguish from the running light in dusk. She did give it one blink when I was about 10 feet from her bumper.
TLDR - rambling, not so interesting story from a newbie rider.