Hi all, i have close ties with the BMW club in canberra and recieved an emil with these details the other day. Thought i would share to message in the hope of encouraging all concerned to protect themselves. Cheers, Camo I came across a motorcycle accident on the weekend between Bateman's Bay and Nelligen. The accident had happened only a few minutes before hand and the rider and bike were still on the ground with one of his riding buddies offering assistance to him and a few other people standing around. The rider who was in his early twenties was conscious but was disoriented and looking pretty pale (likely concussion and shock, possible internal injuries). He was complaining of pain to his upper left arm. His helmet had suffered major gravel rash. He had been wearing a good quality jacket, gloves, kevlar reinforced jeans and motorcycle boots. Some points of interest: Although a few other people were standing around / or helping. No one had thought to call the ambulance (it was obvious this guy needed one). Although we were only 5 kms from Bateman's Bay there was no mobile phone reception. His gear had most likely saved him from more injuries. He had been third rider in a group of four. The first two riders did not return in the period of time that I was at the site (approximately 25 minutes) so were obviously unaware that he was in off the road. My thoughts: The guy who had the accident was most likely riding outside his skill level trying to keep up with the first two riders in the group. A timely reminder that we should ride at our own pace at all times. His gear saved him from even more serious injuries. A timely reminder that you should buy the best gear you can afford and wear it all the time. Due to the location the ambulance turned up in a very short time. What would the situation have been like if it was in a more remote situation and the rider was more seriously injured??? A timely reminder that we should all do some first aid training and keep that training current. How many of us would be in a position to offer first aid assistance to one of our friends if a similar incident occurred on one of our rides??