Yesterday I had the test for my full licence and passed - yippee!!!! I had been so nervous leading up to the test, but found the 2 lessons a lot of fun, and learnt a whole heap of new things! I was riding home from the course. It had been raining off and on all day, and the roads were quite slippery. Anyway, I was riding down Cochranes Rd in Moorabbin. There was quite a bit of traffic, about 5pm, so lots of tradies heading home. And then all of a sudden this young guy in a Soarer pulls out from a side street. Apparently STOP signs are not really meaning to stop, instead put your foot down!!!. I sat up on the bike, applied the back brake slightly and then did the set up and squeeze........and the bike slid out from under me, the car hit the bike and both of us went sliding down the road!. Thank goodness I got up. The guy in the car stopped straight away and couldnt apologise enough. He asked if I was ok and helped me get the bike off the road. My poor Cibby is a bit of a wreck. I had my DriRider Summit on, so my upper body is perfectly fine (bar one black bruise and lots of aches). I had a pair of jeans on, and they get ripped up...but held suprisingly well considering the distance I slid. I have a cut on my knee (a bit oozie) and bruises all around, but all in all, I am really really thankful that it wasnt worse. A few weeks ago I posed the question on this forum "Is armour REALLY a must?"....well it certainly is! My DriRider has full armour and my arms and shoulders dont bare any marks or bruises. I cannot convey the relief I feel that I had a jacket on with armour!!! So the day I got rid of the big yellow L, I lost my bike!! I have no idea how long for, I need to get a quote for repairs and then get it all done. It is not ridable at all at the moment...I can only look at it through the window. I would like to say next time I will be more careful, but I cant think of anything that I could have done differently. This weekend I am going out to buy a pair of Draggins!!!!!