After 14 months of riding and 21000 Kms, my wilder side got the better of me and went too fast into a roundabout. Hit a pothole in the left hand wheel track, got into a bit of a tank slapper, and clipped the left hand kerb on the exit. Got into an even bigger tank slapper. And sent the bike down the road on the left hand side. No damage to me. Not even a scratch. A bit sore, where my elbow and arm got pushed into the left side of my chest. Bike is still rideable, but looks a bit tatty. THE BIKE: ------------- Broken LH mirror Lower LH fairing all scratched up. Clutch lever knob worn down but not broken. LH foot peg bent. LH engine cover scratched up, but not worn through. The good news: it wasn't my bike. . . . . . . . It's the one my wife rides. THE GEAR: ------------- LH knee of Dririder pants worn through fabric, but not the waterproof lining. LH shoulder of Dririder jacket cut up, but not too badly. RH knuckles of thick winter gloves scratched up - go figure. Helmet scratched and visor scratched. I hit the road pretty hard, and then rolled a few times. Probably explains why none of the gear got worn through. I remember my helmet wacking the ground as I rolled, and thinking to myself- 'that I was glad I was wearing one' Lots of nice coloured sparks coming off the bike as it slid down the road And because the 500 is air cooled, the fairings are set out a bit further on the bike. This probably explains why the engine caseing faired so well. So that's about it.................flame away.