I wrote this shortly after my off, but wanted to wait until the insurance claim was approved before I posted. First things first: A million thanks to everyone who helped me out. Gotta love motorcyclists! You guys are the best. Secondly: Lesson learnt. Cheap price to pay. . . . On the cup day ride, I was rounding a gentle left hand bend, 100 km/h zone. It wasn't a difficult corner. And I really don't think I was going too fast around that particular corner. It was as windy as hell. As best as I can work out (but I could be wrong, it happened pretty quickly), half way through the corner, a gust of wind has knocked me off my line and partially stood the bike up. I'm instantly looking at the point opposite the apex of the corner on the wrong side of the road. You can probably guess what happens next. Target fixation kicks in and I'm off the corner, heading for the grass and gravel on the opposite side of the road. I stand the bike up straight and grab the front brake. I start to slow but quickly hit the gravel on the side of the road, front wheel skids and the bike goes down on it's left side. I slide and tumble a few times and eventually come to a stop. It's amazing how much thinking time there is when you are sliding and tumbling. ------------------------------------------- Damage There's some images here - it's hard to see some of the damage to the bike - but the pics of the jeans and jacket are telling: All pics here: http://www.lukewilby.com/Jing/Bike Crash 2009-10-04/ Here's a couple of samples: Me: A sprained left ankle. A 2x4 inch graze on my right hip (Kevlar burn?). A small graze on my stomach (Kevlar burn?). I'm sore all over from the impact and tumble My (very new) Gear: The denim on my Sartso Killer Kevlar torn completely through on my left knee and back right pocket . No damage to the Kevlar. Scuffed and scratched and torn gloves. Scuffed and scratched boots. Scuffed and scratched leather jacket. Mostly across the back and right elbow. The bike: Left front indicator gone. Left floorboard and gear shift trashed Bent handlebars. Dent and boot mark on tank. Major damage to front fender. Scratch on back fender. Left mirror trashed. Left pannier trashed. Scratched pipes. ------------------------------------------- My gear (and more than quite a bit of luck) meant I got off lightly. My knee armour worn under my Sartso jeans saved my knee. My elbow armour saved my elbow. Boots and gloves and leather jacket did their job. I didn't hit anything. Lesson learnt. One and a half weeks later: The bike has been assessed and is being repaired. I should have it back in less than 2 weeks. My gear was all insured so I'll get a new jacket, jeans, gloves and boots. My ankle is healing up - it's still a little bit sore and swells up if I spend too much time walking on it. Thanks for all the PMs everyone. Oh - and I miss my !@$# bike. Reading about all the rides people are going on is killing me.