After last week’s minor stack I decided it was time to up the antics a little bit and have a full-on slide in the middle of traffic in a large busy round-about. For those of you from the northern suburbs, I’m talking about the round about the round-about where Greensborough Highway, Diamond Creek Road and Civic Drive meet, right near the Greensborough Sports Centre and Diamond Valley Library. Yesterday it rained heavily for a short period of time around 1:00 pm, after having not rained for a few days. So when I set out (the rain had stopped) I knew the roads would be slippery. Unfortunately, knowing that and careful riding didn’t help much. As I was passing through the round-about at a regular speed, executing a regular lean, the tires simply lost traction and the bike slid right over. The picture shows the path I took (red) and the crash, and the path I intended to take (green). I slid a short distance on my jeans and escaped with no injury. Thank God there was no car close behind or immediately left of me - otherwise it might have been messy. I lifted the bike up straight away and unfortunately, in my adrenaline-fueled panic to get it off the road before a car took me or it out, I went to push it without holding the clutch in, and guess what? Yep, it went straight down on the other side. At that point I was quickly surrounded by a bunch of friendly car drivers who wheeled the bike off the road while I took a moment to calm down. The damage to the bike was mainly cosmetic. Bent indicators and mirrors were easily bent back. The end ball-point of my front brake lever is now only half a ball, so it must have taken the main force of the scrape. The big parts don’t appear bent or out of alignment. Amazingly, the second drop doesn’t appear to have caused any damage whatsoever. My brake pedal now looks more like an old piece of scrap metal, which is the biggest problem (my foot may slide off it’s now convex-surface). Some scratches. The scariest part about this accident is that, to the best of my knowledge, I hadn’t done anything wrong. I was riding safely, and was in the right wheel track where oil is presumably minimal. It wasn’t even an aggressive lean. As the picture shows, it’s a gentle curve. There was no use of brakes. The bike just went from a regular lean to horizontal with no warning or chance for correction. So lessons learned? Apart from make sure I hold the clutch in next time I have to get the bike off the road, I’m not sure. If it’s going to be slippery keep the bike mostly upright? That won’t work if I want to make turns faster than 15 kph. I ride a Honda CB250RS 1982, which is a model with very narrow tires compared to most other bikes. I’ve been riding daily for some time over one month. Well, that’s the latest crash report.