I thought about starting this thread with a.... "I got my knee down on the Spur!..... just a pity the rest of the bike soon followed." So much for a nice days riding. Had finally managed to get four of us together that have been trying to organise a ride for ages, my first long ride with three experienced riders and my wife following us in the GTI. So we met up, went up through the Reefton Spur to Marysville for some brunch... only two sphincter tightening moments on the way there but otherwise really good, had a good rhythm going... one just misjudged the braking with the sun flashing in my eyes between the trees and the other was the bike getting a little unsettled, or so i felt, just i was going into a right hander that i had to stand it up and try again. That slowed me a bit and made me think a bit more about what i was doing and i was soon back into the flow again. I should note that i wasn't trying to keep up with the other three through the twisties as they left me behind on their 1200, 800 and 750! Had a coffee and a bite to eat... stacks of bikes in Marysville this morning! Set off again, stopped at some trout farm and had my first dirt/gravel riding experience... that was interesting and can't say i would be venturing onto the dirt again anytime soon! Set off again down through the Black Spur... was going great and i was enjoying it much more than the Reefton as the road surface is much better and a bit wider. About halfway down, around a slight right hander i had one of those n00b moments where you just think "Sh!t i'm going too fast!" even though i wasn't going very quick really.... rather than doing the proper thing and tipping it in a bit more and holding on i made the stupid mistake (should know better) of grabbing a handful of front brake, standing the bike up but heading for the armco then as i had almost washed off enough speed the front wheel hit the leaves on the edge of the road and that was it... slowish speed low side *sigh*. Not a huge amount of damage, just pulled the indicator off, bent the rear brake lever a bit and the bugger was i scratched every piece of fairing on the side. No damage to me other than a grazed knee, and not a mark on my Draggins or jacket. Had one cager stop right away and ask if i was ok before my wife pulled up and gave me a hand to lift the bike up. HUGE thanks to whoever the rider was that was going the other way and actually turned around and was coming to see if i was ok until we gave him the thumbs up. Thanks anyway mate! In hindsight i realised that for some reason around right hand corners i was freaking out a bit (maybe the earlier unsettling moment?) and i was watching the corner right in front of me instead of looking around the corner... and also looked where i ended up crashing. Once i was consciously looked far ahead again i didn't have any real troubles the rest of the way down and back through Kinglake. Still nervous on the corners but I know what i did wrong so i guess i just have to get that little bit of confidence back. Bike didn't clean up too bad considering, indicator reattached, will bend the brake lever back and while lots of the fine scratches polished out the deeper ones were covered reasonably with a permanent black marker :grin: Expensive weekend but at least te ride was good apart from that little incident!