Ok, you open with a statement that you’re not judging me, then in the same breath tell me that I binned my bike due to somesuch typical behaviour – if personal attacks were allowed, I’d probably have stooped to your level… Now, I appreciate that you and everyone else who viewed my thread, are simply looking at pictures and words and weren’t there, but seriously, I bet you that 98% of the drivers in this country wouldn’t bat an eyelid to being ~10mph over the posted limit in areas outside of residential; that’s exactly what I did! If riding above the limit by such a slight amount is typical sportsbike rider behaviour, what the hell would you say the muppets who do x2 the posted limit and overtake on solid lines etc are? Personally I would have said that THEY are more a risk than me. I’ve never considered myself as anything more than a new rider with a few years under my belt, sure I’ve enjoyed the speed of bikes and the limits of my tyres on the road, I have even worn out my far share of sliders in almost 3 years of riding, but have always done these things where it has been safe to do so; and in the spirit of this thread IN FULL KIT! My recent off was caused by one of the oddest experiences of my life – my brain refusing to process what I was seeing and reverting to some caveman-like fear and completely ignoring training and experience. I don’t accept speed as the cause; I would have ended up in the same manner if I was doing ~10mph under the posted limit. And as for your comment about insurance being pushed up, surely that has more to do with the cost of claims – let’s see shall we: a fully kitted out rider gets knocked off by a car and results in an injury claim for a broken leg, same accident but a ‘vilified’ and ‘safe’ rider who refuses to kit up (as he or she are such a safe rider) suffers the broken leg but also a complete loss of skin and some muscle mass; end result is a much higher claim due to the prolonged period of recovery and rehabilitation. As the campaign says – Think!