This is why you set your speed and choose the correct gear BEFORE you go into a corner. I didn't last night but didn't panic when I knew I was going too quickly and had done almost everything wrong. I went in a bit quicker than was a comfortable speed for me and part way into the corner I got the bright idea that I should have selected second gear instead of third. The result was that the tail locked up and slid and I still had some front and back brakes applied through the corner (silly me). I knew the back would start spinning sooner or later so stood it up a little until it did then continued onwards. I backed off the front brake marginally and totally off the back brake just to make sure I didn't get in trouble. I had an escape route (up onto a driveway or the footpath) planned as well in case a lot went wrong and I needed it. Even though I and everyone else knows that the correct speed/gear should be set up before the corner, I lapsed a little in my concentration and the above resulted. Please let this message be a lesson to the rest of you who are beginning your time of many years of riding .