Hey guys and girls. (sorry for the long post... just looked over it and is quite long ) Thought I would give a run down of my experience so far after having my off last Friday. Was going for a nice leisurely ride on my day off before starting a new job on Monday and had been riding for about 45mins or so when entering a right hand corner the front went out from under me from loose gravel on the road (there was a driveway just before the corner with loose gravel and this had been dragged onto the road ) and from what I remember I made it worse by grabbing the front brake. Bike went sliding one way and me the other. I was probably doing 20-30 km/h on my Ninja 250. Was just thinking oh shit as the front went and bailed as the bike slid. Luckily there was no one on the road behind or in front of me. As I got up and dusted myself off and checked for any damage to myself, which at first glance nothing besides ripping a hole in my jeans and giving my knee a nice war wound. Had oggy knobs on the bike which saved a bit of damage on the fairings. Right blinker off, side mirror scratched and right hand bar and lever sc****d. Figured it was only the fairings and thought that's ok. As I was getting up a ute drove past and asked if I needed help and if I was ok. I said I was fine and thanked him. Then after trying to pick my bike up from where it stopped from the side of the road I thought hmm, should have asked him to help me pick the bike up. Heavy sucker on it's side. Managed to pick the bike up. Had a rest and looked over the bike for anything leaking. Tried to start the bike, no go... Thinking hmm... Waited a few more minutes and got it started. Rode off slowly and then when I stopped it wouldn't go into 2nd gear. Pulled to the side of the road again trying to get it into 2nd gear as it would have been a slow ride back home in 1st gear. Was stopped near a retirement home and an old lady came out and asked if I was ok and if there was anything she could do. Had a chat and thanked her for coming out. Thought bugger it 1st gear it is. Took off tried to get 2nd and voila. Rode to Kelen Kawasaki and the guy came and had a look over it. Asked if I was going to go through insurance. After he said that it would probably be a few grand to fix the fairings and everything else I said looks like I will go through insurance. Especially when we noticed the plate near the right foot peg was cracked through as well. Rode home checked out my gear. Helmet all scratched and chipped on the front chin - don't even remember hitting my face into the ground. Jacket arms on both forearms all scuffed, chest was fine besides a few little scuffs (Alpinestars Tech 1-R jacket). Right boot had a big gouge out of the big toe region (Alpinestars GPS3 boots). Gloves were a bit scuffed from sliding (Alpinestars - SP2). All I can say is glad I had the gear on. Pity my pants I ordered from OS had not arrived yet to save my knee. Thought the jeans faired ok though, lucky it wasn't any quicker. Rang insurance (QBE) told them what happened and then rode the bike back to Kelen Kawasaki. Dropped it off for them to assess more closely and then wait for the insurance assessor to check it out too. Had a form emailed to me to send all the gear down to Melbourne to get money back for it and replace it all. Jacket and gloves are not that bad but sending them down anyway to get replaced. The next day my wrists, right shoulder and back was a little sore. Also have a bruised nail on my big toe (glad I was wearing riding boots!) But all good now a week later. Knee is healing fine. The knee was no worse than having an off on the bmx when I was a kid. Packaged all the gear up today to send down on Monday. Spoke to Kelen Kawasaki during the week and still had not assessed the bike. Dropped in today to see how the quote was going and he showed me the damage. Where the foot peg is and the plate that is cracked behind that where it is bolted into the frame has bent the frame on impact and also has a slight crack in it too. So he said it will probably be a write off. Pretty crazy for such a slow speed off. Bike doesn't even look that bad after looking at it again. On the day all the scratches to the fairings looked pretty bad. It all happened so fast and when you see a railing on the side of the road coming up you don't have much time to think besides I hope I don't end up in/on/over that! Also glad I was wearing all the gear, pity I didn't have proper riding pants on! Hopefully hear back from insurance/Kelen Kawasaki next week in regards to the bike so I can get it sorted out and find another one. Hopefully doesn't take too long to get the money for the gear so I can get that all sorted too. Thinking of buying most of the stuff besides the helmet from OS with the $ at a good price and the gear being cheaper. Anyway that was my first off, definitely sucks being without a bike and getting everything sorted out! Was thankful I was ok, compared to some of the guys that have had offs lately.