Hi Guys, I've enjoyed reading this section for long time and now (unfortunately) I have my own contribution. Preface: I've been riding for 10 years and considered myself a 'safe' rider. I definitely don't consider myself an expert but certainly a few steps above a beginner. I don't push the speed on corners or anything. Just enjoy getting from A to B at a safe pace, and so I considered myself a safe and aware rider. I used to read the posts on this faceplant forum to try to learn from other peoples mistakes. I've done numerous trips, including big ones cross country, and felt very confident about it all. Early on I had a couple very minor accidents at low speed which definitely helped me from getting arrogant. But both of those I rode away from without a scratch on my skin. Cut to: May of this year....driving across town and I decided to save a bit of time and take the highway. Just before my exit, on an elevated portion of the highway, on a turn, something happens and I have a speed wobble. I have about 1/2 a second to think about it before it oscillates me into a highside. I'm going about 100km/h (60 mph). Luckily its a Sunday morning so traffic is very light. I quickly get up and my adrenaline is jacked. Nothing seems broken. Some nice folks stop to see if I'm ok. They follow me as I ride off the highway to make sure (later they will drive me to the hospital). After the adrenaline wears off I realize a trip to the hospital is in order. I was NOT ATTGATT.....just jacket, helmet, leather gloves but not motorcycle gloves. Nylon pants and gloves are shredded. My Olympia textile jacket is pretty shredded but mostly did its job. At the one shoulder it wore right thru unfortunately so there's a good bit of rash on my shoulder. Helmet did its job. At the hospital they do x-rays and verify nothing is broken, which I feel pretty good about...just some road rash. The worst is on my knee and right index finger. On the knee it looks like its almost down to the knee cap and about 2.5 inches in diameter....so its pretty big. But they do some tests and find my knee capsule is ok so my knee is just missing skin. Not too bad I think.....could be worse I think. They tell me I'm lucky, which i guess i agree with. On my finger it looks like its down to the bone too but i guess it wasn't quite that far. Up until this point I'm mostly embarrassed about it all. Now comes the BAD part. Some of my road rash needs to be cleaned out. They say they will do "conscious sedation". I've never heard of that but I agree. They give me ketamine for this. I'm not sure if its supposed to be like this but they basically put me into a k-hole while they work on me. It feels like a near death experience...it feels like I leave this plane of existence and travel somewhere else where I meet the creators. Its intense and awful. I feel like I lose my mind. It takes me a few weeks before my head and mood start to feel ok after this. There is a month of misery because I don't want to bend my knee or finger and then they get so stiff that bending them again becomes an issue. Although I only have a few spots of road rash, they are pretty deep so I'm going to the nurse daily to have the dressings changed. Showering is an issue. Anyway, I could go on about the recovery. It takes about 3~4 months of daily dressing changes before I am back to my regular activities like going to the gym. And now 6 months later, the scar tissue on those road rash spots is still sensitive as hell and thin as hell and not really back to normal. But I see that it will be. My bigger question is will I ride again and this is where I was hoping y'all could share some of your wisdom as the idea of getting on a bike again makes me nauseous at the moment. On the one hand, I think if I was ATTGATT, I would have walked away from this accident with only a few bruises and nothing serious. So on the one hand I think that I'll simply learn from this and wear the right gear and I can go back to riding. But having gone thru this (and still sort of going thru it), I find it hard to simply learn from my mistakes and move on. I'm not sure if I have PTSD from the accident or from the ketamine or both. But, like most of you here I imagine, motorcycling used to be a big part of my life so I'm not ready to simply leave it in the past. I always thought i was a very safe rider, very aware of the cars around me etc. But when the accident happens due to just a problem on my motorcycle (which btw I think was caused in large part by an aftermarket windscreen that I had added), then I think there are going to be instances of things I can't prevent and that is scary. In a way, I think you need to feel a bit invincible when you ride because the alternative, thinking that you may at any moment crash and seriously hurt yourself is kind of an awful feeling and (I think) no way to ride. So I don't feel invincible anymore. But maybe I'm thinking about this all wrong. What do you guys think?