And I think it's going to stay that way . Won't go into detail about the incident since I still haven't given a statement to the cops but long story short a Ford Falcon that I was overtaking on the Daylesford-Trentham road (just out of Musk) decided to make a right hand turn into a driveway leaving me very few places to go. Tried to swerve around behind them but tagged the back of the car just behind the rear wheel at around 80kph. From what I vaguely remember, and from what witnesses saw, the bike has come to a dead stop and I've stayed on it for the ride, absorbing most of the impact . Surprisingly I wasn't knocked out and was up and walking straight away at least untill someone sensibly pointed out I should probably sit down and wait for an ambulance. Injuries surprisingly aren't that bad - a few of the medicos were amazed I was even alive (not really the most reassuring thing to hear). It's definately another good advertisement for wearing the right gear. For those that might be interested here's a rundown on what I was wearing and how it faired: Helmet Nex fibreglass model - about 250 bucks: Took a couple of big hits yet the outer shell remained intact and the inner lining did it's job in protecting my brain (came close to blacking out but managed to keep alert). Gloves Carbon fibre/Kevlar stitched from Black Rose - 75 bucks (I think): Worked perfectly, absolutely no injuries to my hands/fingers whatsoever. Boots 60 buck ones from Aldi: Again must have worked okay as my feet and ankles are fine Jacket Black Rose Leather "Brando" style with arm, shoulder and back protection - 200 bucks: Also worked well - I've got a bit of muscle pain in my back and shoulders and a huge bruise on my arm (upper part which wasn't protected by armour) but otherwise fine. Pants Black Rose Leather Jeans with Knee Armour - 200 bucks: Lower body took the brunt of the impact but left leg came out fine apart from some muscle soreness. Right leg was less lucky - I've got a couple of non-displaced fractures - one below the knee, one above - which means I won't be walking anywhere for a couple of months . Didn't require surgery though or a cast, just a strap-on brace which I guess is a plus - just have to make sure not to put any weight on that leg (which means hobbling around on crutches for a while). Also got a fair amount of muscle damage which I still need to get an MRI on - taking painkillers at the moment though they're not helping that much. Shudder to think what the injuries would have been like had I not had any knee armour (something for those who wear Draggins to think about). Hopefully this will serve as a lesson to others that even cheap riding gear can protect you in a crash and that there's really therefore no excuse not to buy something. As for the bike, well I think it's seen it's last days. Haven't had a good look at it yet but my parents went and picked it up on Sunday and took a few photos. Actually interesting that they were struggling to get the bike on the trailer so tried to wave people down for help. A large group of Cruiser riders (they think Ulysses club) went past without a single one stopping or slowing down. Thankfully a couple of sportsbike riders came by not long after and made the effort of chucking a u-turn and coming back to help (if that was anyone here then thank you). Err were was I - ahh yes the bike. From what I can tell the front wheel has been pushed back through the radiator and into the exhaust manifold - this has bent the front rim and bent/broken all the exahaust mounts. The frame is also very noticeably bent - the front end now curving around to the right . The real irony is that I'd spent the morning looking at bikes - guess now I don't have to worry about a trade-in. The whole event certainly hasn't deterred me from riding - but has certainly confirmed just how important wearing the right gear really is (even on a warm day and on a road you know extremely well).