Monday 29th December. Boy, had I been looking forward to this day! I had been increasingly frustrated with the lack of riding I had been able to do. Short, lunchtime rides are nice, but I craved a nice, long ride. I had visions of the Fleurieu, the back road to Carrickalinga, Delamere, Bull Creek, and who knows where else. (Iâ€™m from Adelaide). Finally I found a day that worked. After the mad rush that was the lead up to Christmas, especially with staff off on holidays, and working consistent 12 hour days, I saw the promise of the week between Christmas and New Year. It would be quiet, and there would a day in there, somewhere, that I could take and make mine. After four days off over Christmas, the family wouldnâ€™t mind me taking time without them. Looking at the weather, it was clear that Monday the 29th would be the pick â€“ a delightful day of 24 degrees. I couldnâ€™t wait! On the morning of departure it was fine and overcast â€“ perfect. I left home at 7:45am, and headed out, taking the time to fuel up, check tyres and insert ear plugs. Belair Road was traffic-free, and then I enjoyed the high road through Coro Valley â€“ the one which involves continual dodging of manhole covers. Finally I joined the winding back road to Clarendon. Despite a couple of times revving the gpx out in the straight bits, I settled into a comfortable cruise. I had a long ride ahead of me, and speed isnâ€™t really what I ride for. I had a nice, easy, almost lazy rhythm going. Tighter corners which really called for second gear, I took in third, easing the bike around and just riding the torque (yes, a gpx does have some). A few corners before Clarendon I eased into one of the tighter left-handers; almost a hairpin, but not quite. Again, although a serious rider would have been in second to power out, I was happy to ride it through in third â€“ no rush. Then, suddenly, it started happening. The bike turned in harder, the peg scraped (I never scrape pegs, so this was a first!), and then the bike threw me from what started as a low-side, straight into a highside. Up, over, finishing on my bum then back, then stopped. At such a low speed (about 25k/h) I didnâ€™t even tumble far enough to hit my helmet! And here I lay, thinking about how my beautiful wife may not be happy to hear this! Then I look at the bike. The fairing is smashed on the right side and hanging off at the front. It looks awful! I get up â€“ Iâ€™m a little sore, but fine. My gear is virtually unmarked. This really was a low speed off. My right wrist is a little sore, but thatâ€™s about it. (I test out my full expletive vocabulary in angst at the situation. Very mild, really; I need to get out more). I get under the bike and lift it how Iâ€™ve seen on the net. It comes up ok, but the right clip-on is hanging off â€“ I know immediately that I wonâ€™t be riding on; my day is over in the first 30 minutes. Then I try to push the bike off the road. Bugger â€“ still in gear. Thatâ€™s quickly fixed, but that rear wheel still wonâ€™t turn. What damage have I done? A quick inspection shows that the chain is off the rear sprocket and jammed solidly between sprocket and swingarm. Now I know why I lost control on good bitumen at slow speed. A rear wheel lock-up from a wayward chain. That is scary! What if that had happened in a fast sweeper out from Delamere? I managed to pull the bike with locked wheel off the road, and called for assistance. It looks like we can sort out the bike with the help of some friendly wreckers. I then spent the rest of the day at the doctors, then radiology, then the doctors. Verdict â€“ fractured scaphoid, plaster for six to eight weeks. By the time I can ride again Iâ€™ll be off restrictions! But Iâ€™ll be on the gpx for a while yet. The cause for the off? It appears the front sprocket had loosened, letting the chain jam, then release and then jump off the rear sprocket. Thatâ€™s the guess, anyway. Iâ€™ve had the bike for three months, and shortly after I got it I had it serviced and asked the mechanic to look over it. I know need to find out how the front sprocket loosened, and it looks like I may need to become more involved in my bikeâ€™s maintenance. The chain was fine before the incident, and the tension was fine. So much for a day ridingâ€¦ Maybe I need to get a shaft drive!?