OK, I'd heard that, for riders, it was not a case of "if" but "when" you'd come off. Today, "when" showed up. Was riding along the freeway when it happened. A mixture of me not anticipating the traffic ahead, lack of experience (only been on the roads since the end of last year) and just freezing up at the critical moment (slammed on brakes, could probably have swerved onto the shoulder) meant I rear ended a slow-moving falcon wagon at around 40km/h. I tumbled, hobbled off the freeway quicksmart, took stock of the situation and got my bike off the road and (along with the help of some old rider dude on a CBR1000F who stopped for me) managed to get it home. I had to tear off my fairings and ditch them on the side of the road because they were digging into the front rim, so my bike looks very sorry at the moment. I bent the forks, but besides that, I couldn't really seem to find anything that wrong with the bike (aside from the aestetics). It conked on me once at the lights on the way home, but I'm not sure if that was because I was out of fuel (I usually have to change over to reserve around 160kms and it was around there, once i switched the fuel over it started again). Oh yeah, my bike's a 1989 FZR250 that I paid $1900 for about six months back. Basically, I want to know if it's worth saving this bike that i've become very, very attached to. Can a frontal collision at such a speed do major damage to the chassis? Alignment issues etc? Should I be worried about the engine? In its favour, it did get me home, and didn't sound any different to usual. Are forks expensive? The old dude seemed to think so. Is making one of these things into a streetfighter hard to do? I've heard fairings are expensive. Also, I'm quite frustrated at the way I reacted, so if anyone knows of any ace advanced rider courses around melbourne, I'm all ears.