While travelling home on the WesternPort Highway just last week I almost came to a very sudden stop - that was completely my fault and should have not been the incident it nearly was. Both lanes of traffic were travelling at about 65km/p/h (it is 100 speed limited) and so I decided that I would lane splt and jump the queue. I was travelling at practically 100 when a large moving truck decided that it wanted to swap from the left to the right lane. He did indicate (but it only flashed twice)and he basically pushed into the right lane in fromt of the cars that were already there - there was no gap for him. He was about 5 meteres in fromt of me when this happened and attempted an e-brake. Luckily / completely by fluke, I locked the rear wheel and the back of the bike kicked out to the right, pointing the frameof the bike towards the left. when I wass almost perpendicular to the lane, I slightly released the rear, it regripped and I drove around the back left corner of the truck, so close that I took out my right hand mirror. There are few lessons to be learned... * Don't lane split at a speed that doesn't allow you to brake in time for people that didn't see you. * Always pack spare underwear. Less than 1 kn further down the road, the heavens just opened up and I was completely soaked within a further few hundred meteres. All the way home I thought; How luicky was that I locked the rear wheel and that it altered the attitiude of the bike? How lucky my skid wasn't directly frontwards - I am certain I would have run straight intothe back of the truck at 80 km/p/h. How lucky was I that it wasn't raining two minutes earlier! 100% lucky. Gavin.