I love reading the crash stories that readers post. I am such a Newbie to riding (first time on bike was just a few months ago) and have had license for a few weeks, I think it might help me avoid problems if I read about how others got into trouble plus it helps make me feel better about my own, then again no-one elses sounds quite as stupid. It's a bit disconcerting when posters assert that new riders will crash. I hope the following crash is mine out of the way. Husband bought me a motorbike for anniversary gift. I am riding it around school carpark practising turning slowly but I think I am going to hit the curb. So I try to stop bike with - yep- both feet. Now to do that you need to lean back. Leaning back while hanging onto handles makes the throttle go on full. I ride screaming out of control over the curb and smack into a tree. My thighs slam into the tank then I go over the handlebars to land a few metres away with shin smacking onto carpark curbing. The husband runs over looking worriedly - over the bike! He then looks at me, pauses---grins and congratulates me; as he put it "You're not a real rider until you crash". Bike goes back to shop the same day I bought it with two bent forks and smashed lights and controls. Now I'm sure there is a lesson in this - but I don't know anyone dumb enough to need it. Oh yeah - if I can learn to ride anyone can.