Crashed today. I just purchased a brand new 2004 Trek 5200 and was forced off the road on my daily commute today. Going down the hill, slower than usual, thank God, car approaching up the hill, and decides to make a left. NO blinker, no warning. I had to make that eternal decision, over the hood or lay it down on an angle and hope to slide by. Laid it down, and skidded about 50 feet narrowly missing the car. Road rash, trip to the clinic, antibiotics, and a tetanus shot. The guy driving the car was dropping off his son at daycare and was in a hurry. Didn't see me......bright reflective jacket and all. He looked like he had been hit. Anyway I decided he was an honest bloke (probably stupid) and told him I would call him with the needed repairs. He came by this evening and dropped off the cash and apologized again. It gave me a bit of belief in the human race. The 5200 is now broken in, but I'll be off the bike for 5 days while I heal. I thought I was a safe driver, you know, better not to be "dead" right and all. I guess at 52 I still have a few things to learn. Stay vigilent and keep your wheels rolling.