Last night, I pulled out of a side street, turned right and moderately accelerated towards a roundabout... bad idea... could have just rolled towards it, it was only 50m away. :roll: Suddenly car lights appeared to the right of the roundabout and figuring I was about to be a tee-bone sandwich, I braked heavily. The front locked and before I could register, the bike and I fell over to the left hand side and we slid into the intersection. Stoopid stoopid stoopid. I could have just gone through - the lights were attached to a large delivery van and the van driver saw the bike slide into the intersection and pulled up easily... he bloody pulled up easily. Sigh. Altenator case holed. RG crash knob did it's thing. Minor belly and mid fairing scratches. Busted left peg. That's all I could see at night. Some how I caused a serious laceration to my right thumb knuckle. There's no scratch on the glove - but there's an impact mark on the palm at the base of the thumb. It hurts like a biatch today - plus other aches. Stowed the bike and with Whippet's brilliant help, we went to Alfred casualty to get the thumb checked out. 2.5hrs later, checked from head to toe and xrayed, I was sent on my way with a thumb cleared of fractures, a tetnus shot and a dressed wound. Anyway, the moral of this story is don't put yourself in a situation where you need to ebrake on cold tyres. I'd always practiced by ebraking at the end of a ride, in the final few streets before home... confidence in your skill doesn't mean it can't go wrong. After such a fanbloodypoptastic weekend, this is a bummer. Thanks again to Whippet for her brilliant support. Sorry for the scare.