I was out yesterday, like many, many others, enjoying the first beautiful weekend of spring in the mid-Atlantic region. Bikes and cars were out all over the place. My gas warning light came on and I decided I'd better get some gas.
So, I pulled into a busy gas station (they were all busy!!) and pull up to an empty pump. I proceed to dismount, put down the sidestand (just in case) and then set it up on the center stand. Then I pulled off my helmet (glasses, too), gloves, jacket and dug into my pocket for the credit card.
Just as soon as I had stepped off my bike, a car had pulls up behind me (all the pumps had at least 1 car waiting). "D*%n", I thought. Being a gentlemanly type (otherwise I'd have bought a HD ), I didn't want to make this guy wait unnecessarily..... but here I was....both hands busy trying to fill up the tank w/o running gas over; helmet, jacket and gloves just barely balanced on the seat, and my eyeglasses dangling from my teeth! The young guy in the car behind me is giving me the look and revving his engine, with his sonic- boom-stereo going full bore.
While I wanted to throw a concussion grenade in his open window, I quickly filled up the tank, threw on what I could as quickly as possible and pulled out of the lane and over to the side of the lot, where I put on my glasses, zipped up the jacket, put on the gloves and buckled the helmet.
This got me to thinking.....what's the proper protocol for a biker at a gas station? I suppose I should have kept on all my gear while filling up, so I could pull away from the pump as quickly as possible.
What do you do when you're at a busy gas station?