I only get to ride 3-4 weeks a year, so I like to make the most of it. On the other hand, every time I start riding after a few months in school, I start out in what my dad smugly calls "noob mode". I make silly mistakes and I drop in the dirt (where I ride most of the time). He has a point - it pays to start slow. Having just got in town on Thursday, I spent Friday getting my WR250R all tuned up so Saturday I could have a good ride - just a couple miles down the street getting to the off-road playground. Well, that was the plan. I pulled out of my driveway on my WR behind my dad on his CRF250L and took the first few corners. It felt good. Last I rode was December (it's Texas - December is our riding season) and today I was enjoying the freedom of a nice day on the bike. Less than a mile in, we came upon a roundabout. No one coming, no problem, right? I approached it at some speed. I can't say I know for sure (my speedo is confused by my low-speed sprockets) but I'd say 35mph. Quite quick for a relatively tight corner - and I felt the speed. I countersteered right by pushing on the right handlebar to enter the roundabout. The motorcycle leaned nicely. Once inside the roundabout, I countersteered left to follow it. So far so good. The bike was lighter than I remember and it darted left. The excessive countersteer plopped the motorcycle on its left side in the roundabout. I think the left footpeg hit the ground and took weight off the rear wheel - that or the knobby (Maxxis IT Desert - not a good tire for supermoto-ing around roundabouts) rear was overloaded and slid off on its own. There was also a bolt on the ground that may have gotten under my tire and pushed me over the edge of traction. I did not snap off the throttle or touch either brake - there was no "panic moment" that I remember. I'm pretty sure I just came in a bit fast, leaned too far and actually leaned the bike into the ground (it had been a while since my last ride and I had forgotten just how light this bike is). However it happened, that back wheel immediately slid out from underneath me and I fell over. You can see a couple of spots where my footpeg (white), handlebar (black/white) and my the plastic scraped and then a spot on the curb where the tire MAY have hit it? I'm not so sure. After I separated from the bike, I think the rear wheel rebounded off the curb. I think I tumbled once or twice and slid 50-60 or so feet to the exit of the roundabout - that's where I wanted to go, but I would have preferred to keep the rubber side down. As my helmeted cheek smooshed into the pavement and slid, I had time to congratulate myself for wearing a full-face that day! From now on, I'm wearing a full-face all day errday. My FirstGear jacket absorbed the tumble and slide nicely, with just a small cosmetic tear on the front of the left shoulder. However, there's a bigger tear on the inside of the right elbow. My Slider kevlar pants tore a little on the right knee during the tumble. My gloves (there's no brand name, but they're mesh and leather) protected my hands from any abrasion and my O'Neal MX boots kept my calves from getting crushed or burned by any part of the bike that fell on them. After the wreck I got up, checked myself, checked the bike - everything was OK. The shift lever was a little bent but it bent back easy enough. The cool thing about buying a used bike: the previous owner has already bestowed it with some scratches on the plastic so you don't feel too bad about the little scuffs. I'm actually not sure the plastics even touched the road - the bike seems to have slid on the footpeg and bar. My (full-length) Renthal Contour isn't bent and the footpegs aren't any more scuffed than they always have been. My GripPuppy on my left handgrip is a little torn but it's hard to tell how much of it is from this particular faceplant. My OEM clutch lever is a little bent but perfectly useable. I may switch to one of them fancy pivoting ones in the future if I can find a nice blue one for less than $100 with a matching brake lever. Damage to me - I jammed/hit/overextended my right forefinger somehow and thought I might've broken it (it's stiff and sore and felt a little slide-y at the knuckle, if that makes any sense) but I got an X-ray at an urgent care and the doc says there's no fracture - just soft tissue damage. Since I wasn't wearing knee pads, I skinned my knees a bit, especially the left one - it looks like any other bicycle crash. In the future, I'll be wearing pads in the knee pockets of the Slider pants! In the space between my motocross helmet and the goggles, it looks like the pavement may have JUST grazed my face. It gave me a shallow scar. My girlfriend likes it but it shouldn't be permanent. Lessons learned: 1) 250's don't need much countersteering to get leaned over 2) Don't push it when you first start out after a long time because your brain is still getting reacquainted with the bike - fall over in the dirt that you're riding to, not the street that leads to it 3) Those "extra bits" of gear (Slider pants, tough jacket, full face helmet, gloves) may not save your life but they'll save you a trip to the hospital and a LOT of pain. 4) If you fall over and decide to go to an urgent care to get an X-ray, think twice before telling them you got hurt in an automobile/motorcycle accident. The first one I went to said they can't even look at auto/moto accidents (probably a liability thing). This story has a happy ending. I sure am grateful I was wearing ATGATT and this wake-up call wasn't any worse! I took it easy Saturday and Sunday but today (Monday) I gave the bike a good look-over and went for another ride - I had a blast, everything works and my ego is the only lasting bruise.