I wish I would have had my digital camera with me to prove this, but I didn't so you'll just have to take my word for it. While riding at my local area last night, I climbed a small hill to take in the sunset. When I got to the top, I parked the bike and cut the motor. I usually stop with my left boot on the ground and my right boot on the peg. I sat for a minute taking in the scenery and then decided to head back to the truck since it was getting dark. As you would expect, I dropped my right boot so I could check my gearing with my left, and just as I was about to fire up the blue beast, I heard this strang buzzing noise from under the bike. When I looked down, there was a 24" baby rattler attacking my SIDIs! He had blended in so perfectly with the ground that I never saw him. I quickly pulled my boot back up but the little bugger wouldn't leave. He just coiled right back up where he was under my bike. I finally had to kick rocks at him using my left boot. Even then I couldn't get him to move more than a couple of feet, but it was enough so I could at least move the bike without running over him. I ride out there all the time and I have never had this experience. I sure was glad I had my boots on. For you Utah riders this occurred at 5 Mile Pass. This was the first time I had seen one in the wild. It was pretty cool. Later.