Okay so up until yesterday, I was a very proud owner of a brand spankin new 08 Ninja 250R. This little bad boy was my introduction to the world of riding and although I have alot to learn, I must say that I was instantly hooked!! I took the bike out for a few rides on weekends and short local trips and was very cautious about treating it gently and following the proper break-in procedure. This weekend the clock was reading 950km and I was keen to get it over the 1000km mark so I could get my first service out of the way. The sun was out and the weather was good so me and a mate jumped on our pocket rockets and went for a bit of a local cruise. I was actually really enjoying the ride and starting to gain a bit of (false?) confidence with my turning and actually leaning in and giving it a bit of throttle rather than the slow-mo grandma style I had been using previously. So we cruised around for a bit with no real destination in mind, then we thought we'd go visit a friend that lives nearby. I knew the streets like the back of my hand and was having a ball out there on the bike. That is, of course, until I managed to destroy my prized new possession. Imagine if you will, a street corner going at a 90 degree angle and on a downwards slope. I approached the corner doing maybe 30km/h and as I was about to lean in and turn I noticed an oncoming car approaching the corner in the opposite lane. I dont really know if I misjudged my speed or took the corner too wide, but I managed to clip the tail end of the oncoming car. As I hit the car, it pulled my steering hard to the right and forced me to scrape along the side of another car parked on the road. As all this was happening I reached out for the front brakes and in doing so, managed to open up the throttle even more and mount the gutter of the oncoming lane. As the bike went up the gutter it threw me off and turned hard, then it smashed down hard against the concrete on the right side. Luckily nobody was hurt and I managed to walk away with nothing more than a scratch on my knee, a bruised leg and a very sore ego. My new baby Ninja on the other hand is not so good. We managed to get the bike started again however it was blowing smoke like you wouldnt believe and sounded very sick and sorry for itself. The indicators have all been smashed off, fairings are scratched and smashed up, handle bars are completely bent and the bike no longer turns right. My fancy schmancy Yoshimura pipe is also dented and scratched up and a large part of the frame where the foot pegs are attached has completely broken away from the bike too. Haven't been able to contact my insurance company yet as the claims dept dont seem to operate during weekends but i'll be sure to get onto them tomorrow and find out what the deal is. A friend of mine tells me it will be written off as the damage is quite substantial but I guess we will find out when we have it inspected. To be honest I dont think I would want it back after smashing it. This whole experience has been a bit of a reality check for me and really opened my eyes as to how a situation can go horribly wrong on a bike in the blink of an eye. At the end of the day I have nobody to blame but myself and my inexperience, but i'll be thinking twice about getting back on the bike again.