well, not really an escape, but at least both the bike and me are relatively unharmed... I was riding down Marshall st in Ivanhoe about 8:20 this morning, a lot of traffic, about 50 km/h... Cars parked on both sides of the road, so only a single lane of traffic in each direction. Raining, wet and slippery. All of a sudden one of the cars (looked like a Merc A-180) parked on the opposite side of the road noticed a small opening in his side of traffic, probably didn't look at our side, and initiated a U-turn. Basically he just stopped across the road about 15 metres in front of me. I couldn't swerve left - not enough opening between the Merc and the parked cars. Couldn't swerve right - a wall of traffic coming towards us. All I could think of was hitting the brakes. I should mention that I am not too experienced in emergency braking in the wet. I bet a better / more experienced rider would handle the situation better than me. The braking went well at first, but then the rear wheel locked. I released BOTH brakes (in the hindsight should've released only the rear), and applied them again. The rear wheel locked again, and I went down (lowside), stopping about half a metre from the Merc. I looked at the driver, he looked at me, and very quickly reversed / sped away. Thanks to several drivers behind me that stopped, offered help, offered calling the ambulance etc. I got away with just a few bruises, the bike got away with just a bent pedal. I just got up and rode to work, the Yamaha workshop in the city is checking out the bike right now. I am just very disappointed with the Merc driver that could only think about getting away from the scene of an accident initiated by him!