Who is a better rider? I've been riding motorcycles for only a few years. I am finding that I a riding faster and faster each year. I've raced a few enduros and I do OK in the B class. I think only experience will make me faster. I've come to the conclusion that how fast you are on a motorcycle is a little misleading. Motorcycle riding and especially racing require more than just good bike handling skills. Some of my friends ride faster than me when we are riding for fun. One guy in particular, Alan, is quite a bit faster than me but he crashes a lot more than me. I'm the type of rider that is fast, but I never feel like I'm out of control. I always know, with 98 percent confidence, that I'm going to come out of a section ok. I can't ride any faster than that. Alan rides faster than me but crashes a lot. Is he riding over his head? He gets injured or brakes a major bike part about once a month. If you ask Alan who the better rider is, he would say he is the better rider. He can kick my butt between point A and point B and ride technical sections faster than me. But, I can ride from point A to point B without crashing and not that much slower than Alan. Plus, I too can ride the technical sections. But I might not jump over them. I might ride them slow so I don't crash. In a race, I could beat Alan (he doesn't race) because I'm fitter and I don't crash. One might say that I should ride faster and a little more over the edge. Well sorry but my mind isn't programmed that way. When I am in a zone, I'm on the edge in my mind. To ride faster doesn't compute. So who is a better rider? Alan says he's a better rider because if you pick two points a few miles apart, he can get to the end faster (if he doesn't crash). Alan has broken a lot of bones riding motorcycles. I say I'm a better rider because I can get there only a few minutes behind Alan without crashing. And, I can finish an enduro in a faster time due to my consistancy and fitness. I've never broken a bone riding a motorcycle. While we are talking about riding habits. Do you know someone like this? A riding friend of mine, Brett, is the kind of guy that always jumps in front of the pack on the trail. Then he tells everyone how he is faster because he is always in the lead on rides. He doesn't bother to notice that others are either always banging on his back door trying to get by, or just plain stop so they have a gap to ride before catching up. Doesn't this drive you crazy? How do you deal with these type of riders? Put moves on them for a pass to teach them a lesson? It's funny that people that ride like this are the guys who don't race. I'm competitive while riding with friends. But, not to the point that I'll put myself or others in danger. But in a race, anything goes. Brett is a weekend racer want-to-be.