Originally Posted by Finndog
Well said! It's about skiing fast or slow in good form and in control. Try skiing as slow as you possibly can, just moving forward while making turns and you will see how hard it is, but also try skiing very fast in complete control (able to change speed, turn radius and direction at your will), it's just as difficult.
I've been a motorcycle enthusiast since I was 4. You wouldn't believe how many people came into the shop i worked at in Tucson, who would say (after i told them so), "THIS is the FASTEST street legal bike in the world (referring to the desmosedici)?!?! How many horsepower does it have? it's "faster" than the hayabusa?!?" Then I would explain fast (quarte mile) and FAST (Valentino Rossi, Motegi, Imola, etc.) and they look at ME like I'm ill informed. DERRRR, the Hayabusa has more horsepower, derrr. derr, why would i spend 75k on a desmosedici when i can spend 15k on a hayabusa? FML sometimes. Ignorance is bliss.
It's like HARLEY riders thinking their bike is "fast." My bike is soo fast with this S&S engine! Shut up. No it isn't.
Harley riders IN GENERAL have the least amount of riding skill, period.
this whole conversation reminds me of my favorite test of skill on a bike, although i think it makes less sense on skis. If you want to know if you are a good motorcycle rider, grab a supersport bike, preferably a ducati 848, and ride down Lombard Street at unregisterable speed. If you can do this, you are a good rider.