<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RUG BURN:
Expert riders huh? I guess they should be outlawed for all but professional racers then...
No, I believe I said "expert riders". There are many, many riders out there who are perfectly qualified to ride the open bikes. But I would have NO PROBLEM if they didn't allow these bikes to purchased by, say, guys who have been riding for a couple of months!
Jesus, what's the rush, people??? I realize we live in the age of INSTANT GRATIFICATION, and that the attention span of your average 20-year-old is about 3 minutes, but damn! What ever happened to walking before you run? Why does someone need to buy an R1 before they know even 20% of what they need to know to ride a 600 well?
Man, I started riding on a CB125, when I was 18. It was two years before I owned a sportbike, and I didn't own my first open bike until I was 24. But in the mean time, I honed my skills in the canyons, and on the race track, paying attention to what I was doing, and more importantly, listening to what my elders taught me. When I was 26, I competed in my first Daytona 200, and I'm still racing today, at 37.
Do I feel like I missed out on anything, because I didn't buy a GS1100 during my first year of riding? Hell, no!
Now, I realize that about .0001% of the time, a guy will turn out to be a Nicky Hayden, and everything will come naturally to him right away. But if you're that guy you wouldn't be on this forum asking questions anyway!
Maybe they should move this thread into the Daily Rider forum, so we could get everyone involved...
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