Might as well confess my only other crash, which predates the previous one which received a lot of response. I think we post this stuff so ALL OF US can either learn something new or be reminded of something we already knew. Time to head home (a 4 hour ride) after a BMW club campout, and it is pissing rain after a long dry spell. So a friend and I utilize a large tent with no sides to pack our tents, don our gear including rain gear, and head out on this backroad. Not sure if the friend would care to be named, so call him Mike. Mike is a very experienced rider and always much faster than myself. I'm shocked when he says "you lead." So I lead, riding probably 50 mph in the straight parts, slowing for any curve. Mike is so far back that I only see his headlight on long straight sections. Before the "accident curve" (probably posted at 50 kph/30 mph) I braked, geared down, then leaned the bike at a speed probably well below the posted speed. Hey, I'm a careful guy and, yes, I have read the David Hough books numerous times. I think it was a piece of advice, good 99% of the time, which did me in. "At least hold a steady throttle when leaned into a curve, but normally add a little gas." I held a steady throttle and remember wondering "why is this bike leaning more?" There is now a couple second memory gap which I can't explain. No memory of coming off the bike, and in fact it seems I levitated off it. I'm on my knees on the pavement watching the bike maybe 30 feet ahead of me low-side into the ditch. I didn't strike my helmeted head and the only damage to my clothing were two dime size holes in the knees of the rain pants. No damage AT ALL to my body, or even the leathers under the rain pants. Still boggles my mind. Mike helped me right the bike, bungee the wrecked saddle bag, made sure both the bike and I were capable of the rest of the trip home. $1000 later (mostly plastic) it was like the crash never happened. I am still so grateful Mike decided to shepherd me home. He had ABS on his bike (I didn't) and told me that even light braking brought the system into play. Morals of the story: (feel free to add) 1. Traction on wet pavement is EXTREMELY variable. Going ridiculously slow around curves in the rain (especially after a long dry spell) is a sound plan. Forgot to mention I had fairly new tires with lots of tread, so that was not the cause. 2. I almost certainly would have avoided this crash if, when I experienced the greater lean, slightly rolled off the throttle. Not something that is in the books. 3. If you are going to crash, good to have a guardian angel behind you to help you to complete the trip.