Alright this thread has been spurred on by the death of a rider i know only as "Jono", the thread regarding his sad passing can be found here: https://netrider.net.au/forums/showthread.php?p=2128803#post2128803 The poor bloke died somewhere on Launching Place-Gembrook Rd which i had read about the day after it happening. Everytime i read about a rider passing i always chuck a little RIP status on my facebook just to remind myself that the sport im engaged in does actually kill people. It was a beautiful day yesterday and i knew a really good 2-3 hour ride using the same road the bloke died on. It was in the back of my mind but i was focused on what i was doing and didn't think about it much. Not out of disrespect more so i could focus on my own riding than anything else. Now i was going through Upper Beaconsfield and started to realise i wasn't really "on the ball" as much as i would have liked to have been. I'd stuffed up a few tight corners and even overshot one which scared the bejeesus out of me. This is where the error was made. My mind was telling me today was not my day. I've read on many forums and heard from many people that when riding your subconscious will pick up on things that your conscious mind won't. LISTEN TO THEM. Mine were telling me to turn the F^!@ around and go home as it simply wasn't my day. I continued on, foolishly. I can't remember exactly where it happened by i'll illustrate below how much of a rookie mistake it was by indicating the line i took through a corner that caused me to come off: As i hope all the newbies have seen, robsalvv has put hours into cornering threads and how to enter a corner at the correct point, so that your line tightens at the apex rather than spreads wide. My mind was off with the fairies as i've described earlier. It was quite an open corner, i think the recommendation was 65km/h and i hit it at 95km/h which would have been fine had i been on the ball and concentrating. Long story short i unfortunately was on the line as illustrated above. SR's kicked in, i looked exactly where i didn't want to go, crossed over to the other side of the road. The minute i hit edge of the road the front wheel dug in (the ground was extremely soggy) and smashed to one side, catapulting my face into the bitumen. From here on in is a bit foggy. I had incredible sorness in my face and neck, and was pissing blood from my mouth DESPITE a full face helmet. I cautiously rode home (stupid i know but i was in shock and wanted to at least be closer to a hospital in case something were to happen). Ended up getting home and was violently ill (a sign of severe concussion to those who haven't experienced it). Got to the hospital and was immediately put in a neck brace. 3 shots of morphine and i was still in agony, so im tipping my face hit the deck at a considerable amount of G's. Suspected facial fractures and potential upper spinal fracture. Was immobilised in the hospital for a good 5 hours until i was given the all clear. As i was leaving a bloke got wheeled in, motorbike helmet on the end of the bed absolutely covered in blood screaming. Yet another reminder of my luck. This is the second time ive put the bike down in 6 months due to stupid mistakes. This one nearly cost me my life, or at least my mobility. I'm taking a break for a bit, or at least taking it very easy if i decide to spend a few bucks to fix up the bike which luckily isn't bad at all. I nearly ended up in a morgue with Jono, so it's hit home a bit, im still in a bit of shock about it all but another lesson learnt. If you don't feel with it, are tired, or don't feel right for christs sake turn around and GO HOME. Ignoring this nearly cost me my life. Be safe. Ben.