I've been riding 10 months now and have gotten very relaxed on the bike...and a bit complacent and lazy with the defensive/aware driving practices that were all so important to feeling safe when I first started riding. Well...Thursday last week, I pulled out of a lane of near stopped rush hour traffic and into the start of a bus lane which appeared empty...but wasn't - a bus was coming along at 90 kmh (well over the limit for the road) from an exit lane and crossing over into the bus lane (across a solid white line for the exit) and hit me. It doesn't matter that technically he was in the wrong for both speeding and crossing over a divider from an exit lane because had I been 2 cm further to the right I would be dead right now instead of just having scraped along the side of the bus and losing my right brake handle, tip of the handlebar and side of the exhaust. Somehow I stayed up and had no injury to myself. But I learned a very powerful lesson that a full shoulder check and being fully aware of everything going on around me is and always will be pretty damn important if I want to ride and live. Hopefully my wife will let me back on the bike after it is fixed and I'll have the chance to be as aware as possible and stay safe while enjoying my ride. I felt the need to share this with this forum as I am sure that many new riders reash this stage of complacency and I hope a few as possible have to have a life-threatening wake up call like I have had.