I had the misfortune of wrecking my back this pat Labor Day. Someone Ran a stop sign and pulled into my lane of traffic. As bad as that is the guy never saw the car that was turning just ahead of me. When he realized his error he locked his brakes up. I had to do the same but quickly realized the bike was not going to stop in time to avoid a collision. The traffic was heavy and the oncoming lane was not an option. Neither was the steep ditch to my right. So I had to lay the bike down. My jacket and helmet saved me for sure. I just wish I had a pair of riding pants because my jeans were torn to shreds. My 2001 SV650 was damaged very little as the handlebar ends absorbed most of the beating. The tank was scuffed and left with 2 dents. My clutch and shifting levers were both broken along with some other minor parts. I have only been riding for a month prior to the accident. I did go though the 3 days safety course that indeed helped me. I just thought I would share my story. I am ordering parts and plan on getting right back on the road.