*This is in no way connected or a judgement of any other posts on Netrider recently. I'm not saying every accident can be avoided* Please use a bit of extra caution on the bikes coming into summer. Just assume the worst of the road, other road users etc. Assume everyone is out to damage you. Assume the wildlife is trying. Assume other motorcycle riders are too. If you haven't been riding much during winter, work back up to your peak slowly, don't just jump in. If you have been thinking of doing a course, find the money and do it. The fact you are thinking about it means you know you are deficient or lack confidence in some aspect of riding you do frequently. At the very least you will know your bike a whole lot better. If any part of your bike is dodgey, fix it. Do what it takes. Just be as safe as you can whilst still having fun. Remember it takes a whole chain of events to lead up to a major accident (low tyre pressure, bad road surface, dirty visor, riding outside skills or whatever), so break the chain and you greatly reduce the chances of a bad incident. I dunno if I could take hearing of another serious accident any time soon. Regards, Andrew.