A few weeks ago at PI in the rain, I lost the front-end going through hayshed, and ended up running wide and off the track, just managing to avoid the sandpit and the tyre-wall before rejoining at the start of lukey heights. THAT was quite an eye-opener, and I was glad for having saved it. Then yesterday I went for a play up through emerald etc... Through a right hander, the front-end felt a little unplanted, and I pushed it over a little harderas the bike wanted to drift a little wide, I allowed the bike to just run out to the outside edge of the road post exit. Still transitioning from the lean, I see a huge crater on the outside edge of the road, and I had to stand the bike up to run wide of it, which angled me straight off the road and onto the dirt edge. Unfortunately the dirt had been worn away from the road-edge, and there was a 6" lip of bitumen, followed by a series of deep ruts and bumps...I did my best impression of a motocross rider on a sportsbike as the tail end switched locks, with a bit of a handle-bar handstand thrown in for good measure, and then eased the bike back onto the bitumen further up the road, still doing about 100kph. EURGH...another pucker moment!! Might sound like I'm "lucky", but I've been pondering things a bit...and while I got caught out on both occasions - probably due to over-commitment to the corners, each time....and while there was indeed some luck involved, it was my general riding experience that saved me and the bike, on both occasions. Now for number three whence it comes.. :roll: John.