Hi all. I posted my into in the welcome section on Friday and was hoping I wouldn't be making a post like this so soon, but here it is. thatdarnweasel and I went out riding on Saturday. It was a very nice and laid back day. He's only been riding for a couple weeks so I let him lead the way and set the pace. We went up Mt Keira, out to one of the nearby dams, rode around the carparks there a bit just practicing going slow and starting/stopping, then back home for a quick break. We decided it was too nice a day and there was still plenty of light left so we decided to take the coastal road, over the seacliff bridge, and up to Bald Hill. Made it out there with no issues, watched the hang gliders for a while and decided to head to the University to set up some cones and practice some more slow riding. On the way back, coming out of a roundabout which heads onto the northern distributor, thatdarnweasel didn't change direction quick enough, went too wide on the ramp, got into some gravel, and took a spill. I was relatively close behind him and, worried I would hit him, panicked and grabbed the front brake way too hard. It locked up, and I went down as well. I'm fine. Left knee is deeply bruised from being the first part of me to hit the road. Right knee and arms bruised up from rolling to a stop. My Rev'it gear held up well. A small hole on the knee where it wore through, and the front left pocket tore where I had the garage door opener stored. Jacket got a small scuff on the shoulder in the sportmesh. thatdarnweasel came out of it with a bit more to show for it. Fractured left ankle, fractured right thumb, and road rashed left knee where his dririder pants tore open at a surprisingly weak seam. He'll be getting around on crutches, a moon boot, and partial cast for the next month or so. As for the bikes, his VTR250 suffered only a broken left rider peg, gear shifter, and clutch lever. My (formerly as-new) XJ6S needs a new front fairing, left fairing, some fairing trim pieces, left mirror, windscreen, left front indicator, engine stator cover, gear shifter, and a dented/chipped fuel tank repaired/painted. We'll both need a bit of new/repaired gear. As you can imagine, I'm quite disappointed about my bike. Wish I'd have gotten more than a day into ownership before scratching it, let alone dropping it. Both bikes will get repaired, and we'll both be on them again (me sooner than him), but it was a pretty big hit to our bodies and confidence. I think I understand the value of ABS now ;-) Anybody got any leads on Yamaha XJ6S fairings in red?