So as a few of you guys will know, I had my first real off at the start of the year. Again, a big thank you to everyone who stopped, made sure I was in one piece and got me and my bike to the safety of the pub. Long story short I complacent, not paying enough attention and misjudged a corner, thinking that after the crest the road would have a slight kink to the left, then a T intersection where it joined the highway. It didn't do that, instead it had a near 90 degree bend to the left, which I have been told was pot-holed and gravelly. I don't remember that perfectly as the adrenalin was running pretty high. Anyway, I wasn't expecting that turn to do what it did, I wasn't paying enough attention and panicked, instead of trying to turn the bike in and lean over I went hard on the brakes. So I'm sure you can all guess what happened. Bike stayed nice and upright and continued on the way it was going. I'm not sure if I locked the brakes but I did seem to be going pretty fast once I left the road. After riding (I use that term pretty liberally here) through the dirt for however long, I hit a ditch. The bike stayed in the ditch and I did not. I've been told I did an impressive superman impression at this point. All I know is that I ended up on my back in the long grass. I managed to break my ankle at some point during all of this, I'm not sure if it caught on the bike when I came off or if it took the brunt of the landing. Either way, it was broken and I've been told by the doctors that it's strange to see that part of the ankle broken so cleanly. I've kind of pieced a lot of that together. All I remember is think that it was going to be a nice gentle corner. Then I remember panicking and grabbing the brakes with no recollection of my surroundings at that point. Then I was travelling through long grass, both brakes on, clutch in and engine revving. Then I was on my back looking up at the long grass with some vague recollection of flying in between. Anyway, back to the present. I got back on the bike again on Tuesday! And it feels f*cking good. Even just cruising down the Nepean in the mid afternoon. 80Kmh, sun shining and wind blowing through my jacket. Unfortunately I was back on my old Hyosung as the Yamaha did not survive the crash. I've since taken it to Bikes n Bits in Brighton and the prognosis is not good. Aside from comprehensive cosmetic damage, the frame has been cracked in a few places and the forks are bent. There is a hell of a lot more wrong, they had a 4 page write up of what needed to be fixed. I'm pretty disappointed about that. I really enjoyed riding that bike and I didn't have it for long. If the damage was purely cosmetic I probably would have done a ratty ass cafe racer conversion, but there is far more damage than is worth fixing. So insurance will be notified soon and will almost certainly write it off. If the weather isn't to bad today (or tomorrow, depending on perspective) I'll head up to A1 motorcycles and do a few test rides. I had a look on their site and found four bikes I'm really interested in and another four that look interesting but will probably be either too expensive or too uncomfortable for me. I might start a thread or send a few PMs later asking for specific advice. I'm not sure exactly what my budget will be as I haven't received the payout from insurance nor have I got the lost income payment from the TAC yet. In some what related news I've got a Shoei NXR in the Bradley 2 colour scheme on order. Apparently I have an expensive head shape. And the cheapass LS2 helmet I've been wearing for two year didn't actually fit right. I don't want to turn this into an advertisment, but a shout out to Brighton Bikes n Bits for taking the time to help me find a helmet that actually fits right. They've been great to deal with both in regards to my bike and getting a new helmet.