I got off early on Friday after a long week and go home to get on the Burgy for a late afternoon ride. Stone cold sober and in a good frame of mind I leave the house and head out. Approaching a residential intersection only a couple of blocks from my house I see a man and his son in the front yard with a fishing pole. I see them look at me so I know they know I coming. As I get in front of their house, for a second I see the fishing line going across the street in front of me, but I loose site of it. Three houses past the man and his son I see the fishing line coming up the windshiled. I know if it comes over the top of the windshield the line is going to wrap around my neck and the consequences would not be pleasant. I grabbed both brakes and squeesed as hard as I could. The Burgman came skidding to a quick stop. As it came to a stop the front wheel twisted left and me and the Burgy went over. Fortunately neither me nor the Burgy suffered any great damage. The upper left front bodywork was scraped on the side edge, lower left panel was scraped, left turn signal lense and housing were scraped. My left foot got caught under the bike as it was going down and I hyper exntened my toes which turned black and blue. Got a small scrape on my left elbow. The man was concerned and apologetic and I called the police. Because there was no other vehicle involved there was nothing the police could or would do to the man. The officer wrote a no fault accident report. Bear in mind that hazards can take many forms as we ride and just because people acknowledge your presence doesn't mean they will act rationally and/or intelligenty. One more thing. The hook and sinker were laying underneath me when I got up off the road.