Well, some of you may know I passed my P's test on the weekend. Was a good day, I learnt plenty of stuff about slow speed bike control. Unfortunately the rain came down just as we were finishing, so I didn't really get to go out on a celebratory ride. Sunday wasn't any better, constantly threatening to rain so I didn't take the chance. I finished work this afternoon, it was looking good, so I headed out to my local road (Grasstree hill), for some nice corners to ride. Which I got, until I came across this: I was at about 60-70, which wasn't excessive for the corner (unposted in an 80 zone). I backed off a little, tried to go out a bit wider to avoid it, unfortunately today wasn't my day. Next thing I've felt the bike go, and down I've gone. In honesty the whole sliding along the road thing wasn't as bad as I expected having read some others' accounts, although I was going relatively slow in comparison. One thing that went through my head though was "relax." I didn't slide that far, ended up on the road shoulder, with the bike a couple of metres further nicely placed in a ditch. I was unhurt, albeit a bit shaken up, but I was able to bounce up onto my feet and go over to the bike, turn the fuel/ignition off etc. Couldn't get the bike up by myself, half the handlebar was buried in the dirt too. Took the fifth car I flagged down before someone stopped (inconsiderate ba$tards...but many thanks to the guy in the white datto), He let me use his phone to call the old man to come with the ute, and helped me get it up and moved. Then came the damage assessment: - RH mirror snapped off and glass broken - Both brake levers bent - Scratches on instrument cluster, headlight, oil filler cap - Exhaust dented/beaten up and bent into the rear tyre - Rear wheel broken. The actual rim has snapped. Damaged exhaust can The road Friendly copper showed up on the scene while I was waiting for the ute to arrive, radioed in to get someone to clean up the shit cause it went for a couple more corners, helped us load the bike on the old man's ute, and took some details for an incident report for the insurance. No ticket though, which is good. I guess it was pretty obvious. Either way, this wasn't the way I'd planned on celebrating my next step in biking. It rules out my mainland tour in January too, as I can't afford my insurance excess and my trip. Y'all will have to wait till another date to meet me The important thing, I'm fine. All my gear seems alright too, there's a couple of battle scars on the draggins and jacket, although my helmet is completely unscathed. I'm guessing it didn't hit the ground at all, there's not a dent or scratch on it. Lucky. Bit of a long post, but there's my story for the day.