Difference in my days as they started in '46 so by '47 I was into flat tracking, which tells you Indian & HD bikes & later on into Brit irons.
Still by '47 I was also into dirt hill climbing & believe me competiting as often as they were avaliable did humble you as to pre-war riders outdid you.
My street & hwy bikes were riden sensibly & by latter part of '47 I had latched onto my first two Brit irons.
Again sensible riding, for in '48 we were into starting up Scrambling, now called Moto Crossing, Enduros, Observed Trials, Cross Country Racing & Road Racing.
True in '49 I had a 1000cc Vincent HRD Rapide C that I used for hwy use & we are looking at a powerful bike of 45hp & the fastest one could buy bar a Black Shadow with 52hp & we could, & I did, convert a Rapid C into Black Shadow & even some Lightening power & so have a powerful bike of 60+hp which was outstanding in our time.
Still I continued to ride both dirt, some road racing & the streets to hwys. Like 42 yrs of the comp & here I am into my 59th year of riding the pavement.
So you can see the difference of one that learned what with powerful bikes then only now they would be a joke YET the growing up was a long & very learning curve which is something the riders of these days does not gain that.
When it came to stunting or wild riding that was done in competition. Still with a Yamaha YZF600r, Honda 929 & Honda 954 if my garage I do not go potato-potato-potato when riding & if the max speed limit I will be scooting along well above it (bar cities or towns where I ride at the flow of the traffic) & on suggested speeds, on the hwys, I will be taking the bends at twice+ the speed.
You see I am not a flat-lander with drolling long straights, but one that has done most of his riding here in the Cdn Rockie Mtns which means a lot of twisty up & down roads with most being two lane to some 4-lane.
With all those yrs of riding experience I am a somewhat different rider to those that are starting up or have riding a few yrs. Never created an automotive accident & my prangs (what you call crashes) have been many in practicing & in actual competition but pretty darn rare when it comes to pavement.
Last edited by Smitty; 10-17-2005 at 08:43 AM.