I was traveling with three friends down the west coast. They had cruisers, I was on my Multistrada. We were taking side roads and sometimes jumping off on parts of the old # 1 just to enjoy the twisties. Just north of Gold Beach Oregon on one of the old sections I was leading the group (they usually just pulled over and waved me by when it started getting "interesting", not due to me, but the Duc just goes around corners better). There was a right hand bend where the road surface had subsided and left a dip right in the middle. I remember the bounce while going through it and I hoped the guys following saw it in time. A few klicks down the road I pulled over at an intersection to wait for the rest to catch up. After waiting for a few minutes I got a bad feeling and turned back. Right at the dip I found things scattered around the road and two of the guys helping the third. Talking about it afterward it seems like the guy who lost it dragged his pipes on the right side due to the suspension compression when he hit the subsidence, over compensated trying to recover and the front wheel hit the gravel on the opposite side of the road before he could get it back. The guy following him saw sparks off the right side just before the bike went vertical. The bike went straight into the bank across the ditch and the rider went through his windshield. Three quarter helmet didn't protect very well, so lacerations to nose and jaw, as well as some embedded gravel. Gloves, armoured jacket and pants, and boots meant no serious damage anywhere else. Fortunately a helpful guy just up the road provided a phone and a trailer to haul the bike into town (forks bent, wheel twisted). An ambulance ride to the hospital and several stitches later and the best of an unfortunate situation. The bike shipped back to Canada with thanks to the helpful folks at Highway 101 Harley Davidson in Coos Bay and my buddy on a plane back to B.C. Looking back I credit the additional clearance of the Ducati (and the Ohlin suspension) for my just riding through the dip with scarcely a second thought. Fortunately the incident didn't dampen my buddy's enthusiasm for riding and once the insurance paid out he was back on another bike. Still didn't decide to go for a dual purpose, but that's his choice.