Reading some of the other forum threads, I'm hoping this hasn't happened to too many folks...but... you can imagine, many moons ago, when the new GSX-R1100 came out - 197kg and too many HP...I'd been riding a GSX1100 Katana up until then, when I'd gone for a ride with a few mates, one of whom had the new gixxer (at that time) we'd swapped bikes amongst us, and I was hooked on the gixxer, so I duly sold the Katana (why oh why? They're fetching heaps now...and as an aside, I passed up the chance back then to by a McIntosh frame, bodywork included, which the old 1100 motor and wiring loom etc, would have slotted right into...but I digress...) - getting back to my gixxer, I paid the readies, pulled out of the shop, and decided to take a "back way" home....5mins later I entered a downhill intersection, locked the front and down the road we went! (Very new and very slippery tyres, plus damp road) Very low speed, so no injury, but.. the bike went down on the LHS and even though the speed was low, gravity kept it going down the hill towards the intersection, and managed to grind through the fairing and engine cover, so the b*stard came to rest in a puddle of oil, right in the middle of the intersection proper! F*ck me if some twat didn't almost collect my new pride and joy right there and then, but somehow managed to stay alert enough to -just- miss my bike as I was running down the hill after it! Luckily, someone had an early incarnation of a mobile phone, so the shop was called and duly the bike was collected...the quote was about $1200 to get new engine cover and repair the fairing, but that hurt a lot back then! Anyone have a similar tale of woe? PS - I didn't have that bike for very long afterwards - it was jinxed so I got rid of it!