I guess those 'we don't have rough terrain where we ride' finally shut up.
They never did even attempt to come down here and ride real terrain, not foo-foo little woodsey crap where you don't stand up or open the throttle all day. "oooh, Melvin, look out! Roots! "
Mocking that which you do not know only makes you look foolish and ignorant. I double dog dare you to come up to WA sometime and try some of our 'foo-foo little woodesy crap' trails and if you could even hang, you'd surely be singing a different tune. Real skills are required here, displacement and HP are largely irrelevant.
And yeah, I for one never 'attempted' taking a several days of vacation to drive 20+ hours (each way) to find out what I already know: SoCal is not nor ever will be the mecca for super gnarly technical terrain. You have rocks... rocks, and more rocks. Bone dry rocks at that. We have rocks too, and also trees, downed trees, branches and roots, that are often wet, covered with moss, leaves, pine needels and or mud etc. Gee, I wonder which of those is harder to ride on? Dry rocks or wet slippery rocks, roots & branches? Derp.
And perhaps Melvin should try some nice spider-web roots that are all wet & mossy on a steep side hill single track trail some time. After eating shit a few times he may find a new respect for them.