Not sure if this is a new rider discussion or not. I had a lowish speed slide today and just wondering what I should do next. How it happened There was no one on the road and I was day dreaming and I didn't pick up there was a red set of traffic lights until I was fairly close. Doing about 70 .. my first thought was relax, you've got time to brake hard but smooth. Which was good but I probably took too long on the set up and too long to start braking. So I'm braking but I'm not stopping quick enough so I go harder and bike starts to skid. So I thought maybe I just release and go through the red light because I could see it was a small street and there was one car turning out but I thought better not take the risk. So I slowed quite abit and hit the deck about 1 meters after the stop light in the intersection, everyone gets out of the car to help me. I'm sitting there with my leg under the bike feeling like an idiot. Managed to get up and wheel the bike onto the footpath, assess the damage and ride home. Negatives Pretty stupid for not seeing the red light I should had been able to stop or at least not laid the bike down Very disappointed in myself. Thinking maybe motorcycling is not for me. Positives No major injuries besides bruised elbow. Had kevlar jeans, leather jacket, full face helmet, backpack Bike damage looks to be purely cosmetic. Scraped muffler and two cracked fairings. Questions 1. Do I take the bike to a mechanic to get it checked over ? Looks OK maybe the steering is slightly off or I am making it up in my mind 2. Do I bother to repair the damaged fairings ? If i do is it worthwhile drilling Oggy knobs or something into the bike after ? 3. Helmet. So in the crash I would say the visor slightly scraped along the ground. i.e. impact mostly by elbow but i put my head down at the head and scratched the visor. Is this a replace job ? I know it's better safe than sorry but considering I didnt really make an impact and didn't really touch the shell ? 4. What do I need to do to build my confidence ? I would say I have 2500km on the bike and I'm still not feeling as comfortable I would like riding. I mean I'm not nervous to ride in the city, on a freeway or anything. It's just I'm second guessing my decisions on the road and I'm like 10x more confident in the car. This has obviously shaken my confidence in regards to braking so maybe some sort of advanced rider course / track day ? Thanks for your feedback.