In keeping up with the Joneses, I managed to have my first put-down tonight (on this bike), riding home from uni, up the Mt. Dandy Tourist rd, through devil's elbow hairpin at about 40 clicks, just about to gun out of the corner, and the rear let go on me, too quick for me to correct. Lowsided it, and managed to smack my elbow into the back bumper of a commodore in the next lane. (fotunately, I hit it with the softest part of the bike (the rider), in a previously damaged spot (via a dickhead in a parking lot a few days previous.)) Long story short, Oggy/ozzy knobs are a well-worth investment, saved the handlebar aside from the mirror (mirror was only scratched), and the tank/frame, engine cover only has about 1/2 mil metal left, indicator scratched through, ducktail scraped, ventura rack bent somewhere, and most of the contact surfaces given an emery treatment. Draggins stood up, small rip in fabric, that's it, and went down on my arm, ripping open the dririder elbow, only bruised my pride (and damn elbow where I hit his car). I think there may have been some oil on the corner, wouldn't surprise me, and when I walked out onto the corner, it did feel pretty slippery. The bugger let go so quickly, combined with my corner speed (familiar road), inexperience and lack of trust in the current tyres. (And despite the good weather, I was taking it easy.) I'm just glad it was only in second gear, and not at 80ks around the other corners on that road. Speaking of which, anyone know any good dririder repair guys in the eastern suburbs, and ventura pack repairers? do saddlers still do that sort of thing? Pics tomorrow.