After a great day of Dualsport riding some ATV trails between Hwy 185 and 8 and around Bixby. Nice rocky rutted hillclimbs and such to break in some new Kenda K270's on the DRZ400, we had a nice meal at the Bixby store. Met a guy who was riding a Triumph Sprint and got to talking. We got to talking about dualsport riding and friends rides, and went off on our separate ways. The wife and I (she was on her TW 200 and didn't take the tumble with me) hit a couple more fire roads that led back to 32, and started down DD toward Potosi. About 4 miles down DD, I spotted our new Buddy down a gravel road, stopped. As I looked back, wondering if he was OK,(Having a recent problem with MY triumph 955) I let my distraction get the best of me. I looked forward again, straight ahead, as the road took a sharp turn to the left, slightly off camber with a mild downhill grade. My immediate reaction was braking, not finding the proper line. As my eyes fixated on the ditch I would soon by laying in I thought, "This is going to suck" I was going about 60 when I started panic braking. My rear wheel slid off of the road first and as it hit the grass, I high sided tumbling down the weed covered drainage ditch and ending up in a feet first slide. All very lucky. Got on my feet almost immediately. The damage: Me: A few scrapes on my lower back where I forgot to zip my jacket and pants together. Sore lower back. Slightly sore neck. Bump on my forehead from impact. I was very lucky and the gear did it's job. The bike: Bent handlebar and broken front Turn signal. Rode it 100 miles home with no issues. The engine guards and the Thumpertalk case covers did their job as well. Very surprised it was rideable. Drz's are tough machines. The Gear: Fly Racing Dualsport helmet. It was cheap, but did it's job well. I'l be replacing it with another. Olympia Convertable pants. Held up perfectly. Olympia Mesh jacket: no tears, stained, but survived the crash unharmed. Triumph touring Boots: Could stand to be cleaned. I had forgotten to switch back to street gloves, so I was wearing six-six-one MX gloves. No armor. Shear luck that my hands were undamaged. Took some Aleve and taking the morning off of work. All and all not bad for a 60 mph high side.