Well, the "inevitable" happened yesterday. I was the sole vehicle going through the intersection - everyone else was stopped for red lights - so I carried a bit of extra speed through a right-hand turn. I was in the inside lane of two lanes turning right, and was running a bit wide, so I leant the bike over more to stay in my lane. The peg touched down and next thing I know the bike's sliding away from me and I'm tumbling! Oddly (or perhaps not; I'm sure you all understand ) as I hit the ground the thing I remember most clearly is thinking "oh shit, please don't break the bike!" I got straight back up and waved to the traffic to show I was alright, then, helped by a friendly trucky, picked my bike up from the side of the road. Amazingly my prayers were answered, and my baby got off with mere cosmetic damage from its slide across the road (though it still hurts inside to look at the scars). I was (eventually, with the help of a mate) able to push-start it and continue on with the journey I originally began! I tried to figure out what I did wrong, but it happened so quickly and unexpectedly that for a while I was at a loss. I'm still not certain, but this is the best I can come up with. I don't think I was going too fast, per se, though this certainly wouldn't have happened if I'd been more cautious. I think I simply reacted inappropriately on one, maybe two counts. First, when I realised I was running wide and leant the bike over more, I possibly did so by pushing the bike down underneath me rather than leaning further over myself, forcing the bike to lean further than it should have had to. I don't remember doing so, but that's quite possible. Secondly, and equally speculatively, when I felt the peg scrape I may have reacted by instinctively leaning away from the ground, only worsening the situation and resulting in nowhere for the bike to go but sideways. Unfortunately those are just guesses, but it's the best I can come up with. I don't think there was a problem with the road surface. So, today I was back at the carpark practicing shifting my body to the inside of the bike instead of the outside! (something I thought I did properly before, but reflexes are a biatch.) I'm still a bit shaky around right-hand turns though Obligatory safety message : Thanks to draggin's I got off with only a sore knee (where I first hit the ground). The denim shredded, but the kevlar held. Just shows how little protection jeans would be in even a low-speed slide like this. Thanks also to CE armour; I distinctly remember the soft *thud* of my elbow smacking into the road as I rolled. And finally thanks to leather gloves; I don't remember it but the palm and little finger of one glove bears testament to rough treatment I wouldn't like to put my skin through. If you can imagine something like this happening to you, you owe it to yourself to gear up every time!