Well Friday was to be a great day, The start of 3 weeks of no work and plenty of riding. Bike was in good order - recently serviced, new tyres and lookin sexy as ever. My best mate just got his gixxer back on the road that day also, so I thought I would pay him a visit to plan the next ride. I pull up to his place and park in the drive way as usual, go in say hi blah blah blah.... not 5 mins later we hear a strange noise, sounds like the kids banging on something, then he says it "that wasn't your bike was it". My heart sank. I jump up and walk around the side and open the roller door, to see the green machine on its side, about 5 meters away from where I had parked it. Mate's wifey sitting in the drivers seat of her wagon with her head burried in her hands and bits of broken taillight scattered all over the place. She had walked past the bike, got in the car and proceeded to mow it down, (i bet they won't put this in the next AAMI ad!) Damage: At first glance damage looks minor - bike starts and rides fine, everything is straight, just looks like its a couple if fairings, footpeg, brake lever etc, my first thought was holy fcuking arse **** slut! but after that I thought at least no one was hurt etc, both parties have insurance so should be no prob fixing her up. So I got on the bike and rode down to SA Motorycles (Kawa Dealer). The fulla has a quick look and says, "they'll write that off", turns out that anything with so much as a small scratch, they will replace with brand new parts, so that means swingarm, yoshi pipes, front fairing, headlight unit, left top and bottom fairings, pegs, tail fairings etc. Around 8 - 10K damage, not including labour. I'll find out for sure though when it has its proper inspection/assessment next week. So it looks like I will be getting a new fireblade, had my eye on one for a while but I didn't wanna take the loss of selling my 12 month old bike and upgrading. Moral of this story is, some people can't drive for shit and if you want a new bike, find them and park behind them!