I dont post much on here but some things are worth posting.......... Ive been asked a hundred times what happened after totaling the Vstrom 3 weeks ago. An easy day; nice mellow weather, running errands, meet a client...... No hot, aggressive riding.... Best explanation I have is "you ride long enough, you wreck". Some folks didnt like that story. The majority of folks said "Well, if you ride a certain way, there is no reason why you would wreck. You should be able to ride safely on the street." And for accuracy sake, some of those folks ride, or used to ride in the dirt. (Which to ME should mean they would understand more..... ??? ) The MAJORITY of folks that ride on the road or race track said, " Glad youre alive. It happens." This especially came respectfully from a good friend of mine that lost the function of his left arm in a wreck West of Leavenworth, WA on a Ducati 748. He still races one handed at the former SIR on a Ducati 999... This wreck occured coming out of a backroad chicane going about 55MPH and I just lost everything. No explanation, the back brake had been squishy lately, and I hit an ecoblock wall going approx 45-55MPH, I cant be for sure at the time. All I know is that I made a decision to slow down as much as possible and hit the wall straight on - the bike be damned - and go over. I was not going to low side and slide into concrete at that speed. Behind the wall was a natural area with a stream, grass, trees and whatnot. I felt taking my chances with behind the wall was better than sliding into it and possibly becoming paralyzed or worse. We are at a point in our lives right now where this was the last thing that we needed but God never pushes you past your limits so this is obviously for good, for something. I incurred stitches and staples to repair a hole in my back which surprisingly enough did not bleed very much. My spine was within a half inch of the initial puncture and the Doctor informed us that the spine was definitely visible in the cavity. In driving back to the location of the accident and talking with the people that witnessed my accident, the culprit of the damage to my back was a cut log on the ground with a cut off limb. The cut limb is what pulled my jacket up, punctured my back and filled the hole with dirt and bark and debris. The woman that witnessed the wreck told me she thought I was dead lying there in the brush, until I "jumped up and ran up to the road." I WAS wearing a $400 Shoei hornet helmet. And I WAS wearing a full shift ballistic suit of jacket and pants. EVERY person in the ER asked me if I had been wearing a helmet (since in Idaho, helmets are not law). My wife told me later that day; at the outdoor seating in the Pub by our house; a group of "patrons" commented on how if they had been riding that day, they would have been in T-shirts and shorts.... :huh Im glad I gear up. :) Just be careful out there folks. Life is short. The below pic is two weeks after my accident. My 1 year old girl is happy that I get to throw her around in the tulip fields.