I have been very reluctant to admit this to anyone (family, friends, motorcyclists) but I had a fall on my 2003 model honda blackbird the day after I bought it. I bought it Friday 15/2/8. The accident (16/2 at noon) was about 2km from the top of Mt Baw Baw in Victoria at Chairlift Gully - which is an unsigned hairpin bend - BEWARE. I had not been there before and didn't know the corner. I was taking it easy - last in a group of 3 netriders. The bike rider about 200m in front of me also missed the bend, but he kept it up and went into a carpark straight across - he was riding a 250 which may have helped. I had just come around a fairly tight right hander and passed two large snow season signs, I started into the uphill left hander and it became a hairpin. I wasn't going fast but I locked up the front brake! Not good. The bike only slid about 4m. I got up and thought "Ohh my bike!", then as I picked it up my shoulder felt weird and thought "Ohh my shoulder!". I immediately changed back to "Ohh my bike!!" and nearly cried after I saw the damage. The next day when my wife drove, my brother and I to pick up the bike from the fire shed at the top - she nearly went over the road at the same point in a Toyota minivan - I had to warn her as she began to go across the road. She was driving very sedately and I felt rather vindicated. This is the worst bike accident I've had in 20 years of riding. My collar bone came away from my shoulder blade (AC joint separation level 3). The staff at the Baw Baw village medical centre were very supportive and after calling for an ambulance waited with me for it. It took about 3.5 hours to get to a hospital for "treatment" and Warragul hospital didn't have xray manned so I had to head to Casey (Berwick, Melbourne) hospital for xrays - I waited there another 4-5 hours (I guess I was low prioirity since I had already been seen to at another hospital). It was a very long day. I also had to report my accident in person to the closest police station - Warragul (between hospitals). I received an infringement in the mail from the Warragul police because I had just bought the bike and the transfer hadn't been processed - it was not registered on the police database. I hadn't had time to get it insured since the insurance companies were not open when I got home on Friday. I ordered new bits and pieces as soon as I could (only cosmetic damage luckily). Honda supplies them already painted and stickered - which I thought was great. My shoulder has been operated on and I am just waiting now to fully recover. Basically - what a week! This is therapy for me to finally admit it to all the world. I think I'm prepared for the worst comments you could possibly give me because I have already totally beaten myself up about it.