Hi all! Well, had my very first 'close encounter' this morning. Good old South Road, Adelaide, 8:15am (yay! peak hour!). Had my baby for exactly one week. (Yes, I'm expecting comments about not enough riding experience and being an idiot and riding during peak hour. Feel free to abuse me :grin So anyway, I decided to pay attention to another motorcyclist who rode past instead of the line of traffic in front of me. And all it took was that one second where I missed that someone had decided to turn right, thereby stopping the flow of traffic. I was a maximum of about 15meters away, doing 60k, when I realised the cars were stopped. I slammed on my rear brake (and maybe the front brake, but I can't remember too well) and locked it up. The back of the bike tried to overtake the front as it skidded to my left and I went sliding (still upright, but at an angle) into the left hand lane. Meanwhile i had released both brakes (maybe pumping the back brake? memory is a little sketchy) and after a couple of jolts she straightened up and I continued heading on my way, body shaking with the overdose of adrenaline I had received. My lesson learnt: Pay attention at ALL times. If there had been a car in the left hand lane, I doubt I would have been walking today. If anyone has a steep learning curve story like mine, I want to hear it Cheers!