...or should I say, aging? QuarterWit, Devery and myself went for a ride through Reefton Spur yesterday. Devery's first time, and QW and myself don't bother with the place too much for the same reasons, mainly involving a dislike for tight blind corners and 'death by fellow rider'. We kept up a decent pace that I wouldn't usually ride at these days, and rode as a close group. I was at the rear, and commented afterwards on how good Devery's riding is and on how uneasy I was at times. QW replied that he, who was setting his own fast pace which we took up, felt the same: waiting for a tree, gravel or a truck around every tight corner. Devery commented that he felt none of this. I suspect he could have ridden through there faster than me had we 'raced', despite my much greater time in the saddle. QW and I both reflected on how we used to be faster - I think I took corners quicker at times on the old SR185 than I do on the Hornet! In the days when my riding mates were gun ho sports speedsters and drew me in to that mad attitude, despite my modest means. I certainly felt yesterday that I could have, technically, ridden much faster; but that there was a clear psychological block owing to a greater concern, than when I was younger, for the risks. I'm sure I used to be a faster rider. QW too thought the same. It might be just practice - I certainly don't do lively paces much anymore, that style doesn't give me what I want from motorcycling. But I suspect it is something more - a kind of aging of the psyche which weighs things differently. Not that it sees more risks than my younger self did, but they just weigh differently for me - they feel different than they did and so that pace of ride feels different. Anyway, I'm blabbering on.... But, to be young and unhindered in the mind. While I like the safer phenomenology of age (even my modest age), it's a beautiful thing to watch that less hindered way of being that comes with being in your late teens / early twenties. And a motorcycle seems the perfect tool or extension of it. .