Now where do I begin? Planned a ride with a workmate today to test out the Scala Q2 Rider system. Headed off through Sassafrass, Olinda, Lillydale, along Warburton Hwy, turned off at Woori Yallock and headed towards Gembrook. Must say they worked brilliantly. Crystal clear hearing (if that makes sense) even with the visor up. I'm not very good at writing product reviews but I'm sure they're covered in the relevant forum. Now onto my next "first". An off. Around 1pm while heading through to Gembrook when I came unstuck on a right-hander. Hit the shoulder and went ass over tit for a slide with the bike (cb900) riding me for a change. Approached the corner a bit too quick for my liking (big mistake), looked directly at the rough and torn shoulder (bigger mistake), touched or grabbed (not sure on that one, but yes a mistake nonetheless) a handful of front brake, which put me upright but heading into the soft shoulder and embankment. All it took was a second and all my mate heard over the Scala was "F@CK, F@CK, F@CK" follwed by a crackling noise over the bike to bike intercom. He was leading. My memory in the off is my head hitting the ground (a big thanks to the manufacturers of Shark helmets, a thumbs up from me) and sliding for a number of metres with the bike on me. Within seconds a guy (as luck would have it he was a nurse) who lives on the corner came running to me to see if I was alright and to make sure I didn't move around. I told him I'm fine and all I wanted to do is see that the bike was alright. Not sure if my priorities were right but as it's my daughters birthday, I was peeved because I promised to pick her up from school today. Ok, now to my gear. Draggin cargoes are f'in fantastic. The material is ripped on the left knee and kevlar certainly saved a skin graft there as all I received was a few scratches. I turned to my mate and told him to make sure he gets a pair as he's been putting off buying a pair for a long time. I think he's convinced. Shark RSI helmet. Can't fault it as it's the reason I'm able to post this thread. AGV black leather jacket, again no complaints from me as all it appears to have is scuff marks on the left shoulder/elbow and back. Gloves were just your average, nothing special leather gloves with kevlar knuckles. Glad I have them. Boots were a pair of Rossi's and they get the thumbs up from me too. Pretty sure that covers everything, and yes I have full comprehensive insurance, so the bike is now at the local bike shop for a quote. PS. My daughter didn't miss out on a ride as I borrowed my mates XJR1300. So all good. I might head off and get a ticket for Powerball to see how lucky I get. PSS. Would love to post up some pics but I'm not the most computer savvy guy here. Will try. PSSS. Stay safe out there.