A male motorcyclist lost control of his 650cc BMW motorbike at the roundabout near All Saints Church on Church St just after 1pm today.
Eyewitnesses say the motorbike lost control coming out of the roundabout and hit a safety pole at the nearby crossing sending the $18,000 bike and rider skidding along the road.
The bike finally came to rest outside the Post Office.
Witness Steve Bragg said he heard the bike's engine rev and then the sound of skidding metal and plastic.
Police officers and St John ambulance attended the scene and police say they are still investigating and the motorcyclist was not badly injured.
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