Well, I want to vent. Writing helps me organise my thoughts. I was heading out to uni this morning. The road was a little damp from the night, and I didn't think much of it. In hindsight I must have been too quick around the round-about. The bike slipped out from under me, and I low sided at about 35 kmph. The first motion I felt was being flung to the ground, along with the bike, followed by gradual rearrangement of my body into the foetal position. This whilst sliding. I tried to push myself away from the bike but my left femur slammed into the curb. The curb was of the raised design, and probably caused most of my injuries. Somehow my leg caused me to pivot, subsequently delivering my face into its concrete goodness. The $80, Kylin-el cheapo-eBay, full faced helmet saved me. Albeit the visor is completely grazed out, it's still in good condition. Thankfully neighbours walked the 300m to my house, and informed my father, who then brought in the ambulance. The pain in my left leg was excruciating immediately after the crash. I feared the worst, thinking it was broken. Fortunately x-rays conducted at the Northern hospital, revealed no significant fractures. The pain was a result of arterial rupture in subcutaneous issue. Not major arteries, but enough to pool blood into non stretchable adjacent tissue (fascia). This leads to increased pressure between tissue layers combined with pain. Currently I am on anti inflammatory drugs, and some pain killers. I'm glad it's not too serious. At the time of the accident I was relatively well geared. Textile jacket, leather gloves, race boots, and obviously the helmet. Additionally a back pack crammed with Uni stuff, absorbed some shock. Unfortunately my legs were granted no significant protection. Just a pair of jeans. The jacket runs down to my lower buttocks, so about 25-30% of my body was unprotected. However when sliding most of my weight was distributed to the boots and jacket, rather than the jeans. Minimal knee scrape contributed the remainder of my injuries. These have been gauzed and dressed. The bike, a Spada, suffered moderate damage. The kerb bent the forks and the rim. Probably even the front rotor. Essentially this locked the front wheel. Minor damage included a broken headlight, left indicator, and snapped bar end mirrors. Given the lock up the bike was unmoveable. Hence it was left on its side upon soft ground for the 5 hours I was hospitalised. Once again I'm extremely grateful for my aforementioned neighbours. They kept an eye on the bike and turns out their watch saved it from being stolen. It sickens me to the core that just an hour after the ambulance picked me up some guys pulled up in a car and were tampering with the bike. Only after confrontation from my neighbour did they flee like the spineless rats they were. Anyway, when I'm back on feet, I will surely get him a slab, or the finest wine I can procure. Reconstructing the accident, a variety of issues played part in my demise. Firstly the road was damp. This was most likely the predominant factor in the low side. Additionally the round about is designed with significant negative camber. I have no idea why. This caused the exaggerated lean, and in combination with cold tyres and the above, resulted in a loss of traction. My throttle control was fine. I pay close attention to gradual roll on, and avoiding large changes. This through practice and referring Keith Code's cornering bible. It makes Black Spur rides extra enjoyable. Furthermore I was no where near "running wide". Looking deep into the turn, reasonable leaning, and counter steering are always involved in my riding. Well so what have I learnt? I'll never take a wet road for granted. Never again. Surprisingly, during this experience, not for a second did I consider selling my bike and getting out of motorcycling. Oddly enough, I've already sourced a new rim and forks from the wreckers. 8 hours after the accident. Go figure. Oh, and by the way Victorian paramedics and radiologists are getting hotter. One of the many reasons I'm in the health industry . If you're ever considering coming off your motorcycle do it in Vic!