Good news on the bike repair front. Claim has been approved and bike shop reports little damage: just need a new mudguard ($180) and the forks straightened (slightly twisted). Should be on the road in no time hopefully.
Guy that hit me get's off lightly (or his insurance company), cheap repairs although he'll probably loose his no claim bonus and see a hike in his premiums.
Southern Cross is still a goer - thank the god of motorcycling adventures!