Well, after 13 years of riding I’ve finally done it. Yep, on the way home yesterday evening I got in a prang. I was totally my fault. Riding west along Balaclava road (Syd), I come up to an intersection on my left, which was about 300m back from the lights, which are down the other side of the hill. At the Intersection there was a car coming towards me turning right and another in the right lane, going my way, also turning right into their driveway, right opposite the intersect. I was watching both of these closely to make sure they saw me and no-one decided to do a swift lane change, which is not uncommon on this road. It was then that the RAV-4, which I couldn’t see past, suddenly stopped. I got on the brakes and I’m not sure if I hit upright or I low sided. I hit the lower right side of the car and rolled into the right lane. Luckily not many people use the right lane here. Like I stated, totally my fault, but a number of events conspired against me. The traffic never banks up that far and I was riding into the sun and then the turning cars. Mostly I’m just shitty with myself. I should have slowed a bit more, when I saw all that other stuff going on and I shouldn’t have had a bit more space and I shouldn’t have been complacent about where the traffic banks up and what the traffic was doing up ahead. Injury count; I come down pretty hard on my right hip and banged it and the Kevlar from the Draggins grazed it. It would have been worse if I was wearing ordinary jeans. My left index finger tip is sore as is my right shoulder. Other then that, I’m fine. Bike damage: When I pulled the bike upright I couldn’t turn the bars. I immediately thought the folks were bent. Closer investigation revealed that the instrument pod was hitting on the headlight mount, because the fairing had been pushed in. So I proceed to remove all the now busted fairing on the side of the road. Top fairing and lower right were pretty busted up. The mid-right has some repairable scuffs and the hard to get mirrors were a lost cause. Also the fuel tap busted off, which I suspect is due to the fairing pushing back on it. I’m still not sure if the folks are bent. Sometimes I look at them and swear they are, other times I’m not sure. I’ll know more when I removed what’s left of the front and get a bit of a straight edge on them. Gear: the draggins; did well. I slid for a bit on my right hip and the pocket has a slight wear through. This is wear the scary bit starts, for those that don’t have full protective stuff. When I got home I noticed the back of my Force jacket had wear marks on it that basically outlined the shape of the back protector. The seams mid back had split open a little. More alarming was the chunk missing out of my AGV fibreglass helmet. The scary bit is I didn’t notice that I had slide on my back or hit my head and I was only doing about 55-60. Mostly I’m just pissed with myself.