Hey everyone, Despite my diminutive post count I've been a lurker here for some time now. I've had my learners license for about 2 1/2 months , and I bought my first bike (used VTR 250) about 8 weeks ago. I acknowledge that I'm still very new to everything and I have very little by way of actual riding experience but I consider myself to be a pretty good rider in the circumstances. I've ridden push bikes since I was a kid and more recently i've belted around South East Asia on motorbikes and scooters so I'm not a complete novice, not that any of this matters anyway. I had always wondered why people recommended naked bikes for their first, because i'd been riding for these last 6-8 weeks without any drama, and perhaps foolishly, I was not able to foresee a scenario where I might possibly damage my bike, fairings or not. Fast forward and I was coming home from Uni today (UTS Ultimo Campus) in heavy rain. No biggie I thought, i've done this before; just be careful and everything will be fine. After all i've had to endure the rain for the past month and half without any problems. So I was riding along the Western Distributor (links Anzac Bridge to Harbour Bridge) and I felt the back wheel start to skid so I slowed gradually and corrected, no problem. So I'm riding along, obeying the speed limit (70km/h) as I come into the final bend before the freeway narrows to the Harbour Bridge. If anyone drives/rides through this area they may have noticed that there are some metal/steel rails/girders implanted into the bitumen, intersecting a number of the lanes. I've never known what they were for, but alas, today they were my undoing. My wheel hit the metal and the bike lost traction and went into a skid. Basically I controlled it, as much as one can when skidding along the wet tarmac at 70km/h until I stopped, bruised and battered. Fortunately the car behind was quick to react and stopped, blocking the lane from any cars that might potentially clean me up. I pick the bike up with the help of the good Samaritan, who made sure I was ok, and I rode home minus a front brake leaver, with two bent mirrors, an indicator hanging from a wire and a slightly dented exhaust. At the time I was very calm and in control, since then i've felt the effects of delayed shock. The only injuries I sustained were to my legs, one of them is torn up pretty badly (road rash) whilst the other one has this massive mound/bruise and i've got a sore ass. Upper torso/head fine. I apologise for the length of this thread, I don't know what responses I expect but I just needed to get it off my chest. To be honest, I don't really feel like there was much I could've done. I don't know if that's being naive or not, but I don't honestly believe that going 10km/h slower would've changed things, and I was not exceeding the limit anyway. Fortunately insurance will cover everything but needless to say riding home after an accident without a front brake in the pouring rain with a massive rip in your jeans was a bit nerve racking.