After 2 weeks of enjoying my S4 I went down today. Circumstances: Driving at 40 mph in very, very dense fog I came into a roundabout which I didn't see until I was in it. Locked up the brakes , went down and slid a few feet. Damage to the bike busted fairing, scraped the bar ends, front brake lever, exhaust , carbon fiber exhaust guards, bent the rear brake peg, and small dent in the tank . Although that really sucks, I'm grateful I found this forum which enlightened me about the importance of protective riding gear. Except for some bruising on my hip and shin I'm OK. My jacket w/body armor saved my back and shoulder. My helmet didn't touch the ground, but I'm still glad I had it on. Knuckles protected by carbon fiber. If I could have found boots my size in Kuwait My shin bruise would have probably been avoided. IF there are any other newbies around who haven't invested some money in good riding gear I'd put that at the top of my list before doing any mods. I'll get off my soapbox now. Before I go I'll vouch for Dianese gear thats what I was wearing. A little pricey but well worth it!