Not a vent as such, just a experience I hope to avoid happening again. On 24/12 last year I was riding with friends (I was leading) heading from Poweltown to Noojee. Came around a bend to find a Honda Civic on my side of the road. Only options were a direct head on or me going off the side of the road, I took the 2nd option. Went over the edge of the road, managed to stay on the bike for the first 20 feet or so until the front wheel hit a mound of dirt and then I was flying through the air. Bike ended upside down leaning against 2 trees, about 15 feet down the hill from the road, with me going a further 15 feet down the hill. I landed on the back right side of my head at about 70 k's, giving me a compressed spinal fracture at T8, cracked ribs and a mild concussion. I was able to climb back up the hill by myself but couldn't stand straight up. I did pass out for a short time as I was rolling down the hill but came to pretty much straight away once I stopped rolling. Car failed to stop and my riding buddies did not get the rego as they were more concerned about my welfare. As such insurance company has found me to be at fault and I have lost one rating. However insurance has been paid out with no other hassles. This was on my K8 gsxr1000, which is now at pickles awaiting a auction. I was back on a bike less than a week later, I pulled my old K1 gsxr1000 out from the garden, gave it a service and have it back on the road. Had to go back to doctors for a check up and rode, he wasn't impressed but said he'd let me ride if I got rid of the back pack, so I've gone back to a tank bag, which I hate. Doc has told me that if I want to heal quickly, then lie down for 6 weeks or continue to live life and wait 4-6 months for it to get better. It's been nearly 3 1/2 months now and the back is definitely improving but sitting down for anymore than 15-30 minutes is a chore. That includes being in a car or on a bike. It takes me approx 35 minutes to ride to work and that is hard. A car would be around an hour so that is not an option for me at present. My thanks go to SammyA and MattieP for their support at the crash scene and since. I was very happy you guys were there for me at the time. Best part was I was out of hospital on the same day so got to spend Xmas with my (now ex) partner.. I really did not want to be in hospital on Xmas day.