So I've been riding for about 3 weeks now.. mostly just using my bike to get to work and back which is about a 12 minute ride. Everything has been fine on the road and everything but I have had a little trouble with my cornering. I watched a few videos on youtube about 'counter steering' and started to get a little better at cornering even though it's still not quite as tight or neat as I would like it to be. Anyway, this particular morning it was sprinkling and a tiny bit wet on the road.. I made it all the way to work and was super proud of myself for dealing with the wet weather conditions just fine. When I got to my work, it's a driveway (left hand turn) off of a main road. I hit it way faster than I should have, there is lots of loose rocks and gravel on the driveway.. I came around super wide and there is a drain with about a 4 ft drp off to the right.. I remember thinking "dont end up in that drain" which I think subconsciously made me turn a little sharper than I should have I didn't brake because I know you're not really supposed to brake during a corner.. next thing I know boom I'm on the ground.. slid for a couple of metres and rolled out of it.. got up and was devestated at the state of the bike... front left fairing cracked and scratched same as back left. Also broken indicator. Gear shifter lever bent into a 'C' shape. Not to mention scared the absolute shit out of me. Bike landed on my ankle and was sore for a few days after.. very sad for the rest of the day. Ended up replacing my indicator the next day and bent the gear lever almost back to a normal shape using a vice and a couple of shifters... Very shaken but mostly sad about hurting my ninja (green 2009 ninja 250). Now I'm very careful around every corner I attempt and approach it super slowly. I think its good that I'm more careful now but also think its bad that I'm nervous and not comfortable.. I'm sure it was mostly the gravel that made me slip.. anyway that's pretty much all I have to say at the moment.. I've had a few drinks and am finding it hard to gather my thoughts.. Stay away from gravel. It's the devil!!