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There are reasons for crashing, and then there are excuses. If you’ve ever dumped a motorcycle due to something silly or careless, then you probably know the difference. You feel stupid and embarrassed, and there’s no way you want to admit to your buddies, your significant other, or your insurance company just what it was you did, exactly. So, you make something up.

For this week’s Top 10, we explore our favorite excuses for crashing. Some of these are choice words we’ve used ourselves, while others are words we’ve overheard along the years and are too good not to share. Got a great excuse of your own? Share it with us in the comments section.