Being a cager for 28 years, while I was doing my course for my motorbike Licence, once we passed, the last thing the instructor told us was ‘ ‘To never ride unless you are totally relaxed. Do NOT ride your motorbike, if you are upset about something. I was wondering how much is it going to affect riding the MB? I have driven the car and been upset and not much difference….maybe a bit more acceleration? Anyway after 4 months of riding I can see first hand that the state of mind makes a huge difference. I have a 20 km stretch of very windy roads (live at Adelaide hills – windy point) that I ride to my chicks house and back. The longest straight stretch is 1-2kms max. the rest is tight corners and a few open corners. Most of the time this road is not high in traffic, when I am riding it, so that is not a factor. What I have found doing the SAME loop is that depending on my mood/vibe/unknown factors, sometimes I am riding this loop and everything about the ‘bike’ feels more lively, my cornering feels better and my speed is 10kms over the limit, other times, the ‘bike’ seems sluggish and every corner required more concentration, and of course I am below the limits. I am not competitive when I ride, meaning that I am not aiming to get from A to B quicker every time I ride it. but sometimes, it just happens. Now I can see how that instructor warning makes so much sense..about your mood affecting your riding.