Hi all, i had a close call yesterday, i was riding along in the bus lane, passing a car in the next lane, when all of a sudden, without indicating or anything he yanked on the wheel to get into my lane. it was as if he was trying to avoid something on the road, but the road was clear. I dived to the left, trying to avoid him, but as i got near the gutter, my front tire lost traction, dont know what it was, probably gravel etc. The bike hit the gutter, and landed on the footpath, and then went sliding towards a bus stop pole, i tried to push myself from the bike as i was sliding, cause i could see i would hit the pole, closely followed by the bike, somehow, the bike started spinning, pushing me out of the way. The bike hit the pole and was catapulted onto the road, which left me sliding along the footpath. I just tried to stay flat, hoping my draggins and dri rider would hold up. I stopped sliding and lay there for a few seconds, testing my limbs, i felt my knee was sore, but still working. I couldnt believe i was ok!! I got up, and 2 cars had stopped, but not the guy who had run me off the road. No one had actually seen the accident, and i didnt get a number plate. The bike is a little sick, it has extensive damage to the left hand side, the right hand side has a big crack in it, the dash was smashed out, screen is gone, left peg is the shape of a bannana, but it still goes. Called police, nothing i can do, i got full insurance, so will be ok, everything has gone pretty smoothly with them so far, im wondering if the bike will be written off, as both sides of the fairing needs replacing, as well as engine covers, bars, dash etc. I got it insured for $10,000. Today, i feel like shit, i went to the hospital, all i got was a dislocated knee, i think they said, jigament damage and lots of bruises. Anyway, i survived, thankfully, i always ride with full gear on, i dont think i would be so happy if i was a squid.