SO there you are...a few mates...off to have a rip through the twisties or wherever you're going. You reckon you're not too bad of a rider, it feels good on the bike, and you just blew one of your mates away through that last corner...ahhh...the joys of bike riding, and getting stuck into it a bit. But then...you just misjudge your braking distance entering another corner - your SR's kick in, your brain freezes, and from that point on, your destiny will NOT be decided by "you"... Unluckily, you spear off the side of the road and hit the embankment - the taste of blood being the last thing you remember. --------------- Amazing, how one minute you're on top of the world, enjoying life, and the next minute your mates are desperately hoping you're alive and not laying there, bones protruding through your skin from compound fractures!, or even worse if that can be imagined. So what brought you undone...you're good with the bike...skills have been picking up all year, as has your confidence and general bike control. What's brought you undone was judgement Often our bike craft and skills can improve quite a bit faster than ones sense of judgement, and that lulls riders into a false sense of security and confidence. It's true...you ARE a decent rider, with good bike control, and road sense, but the simple act of trying to judge where to brake for a corner, has failed you, because you have'nt yet developed your levels of judgment to match your bike craft. Good judgement just takes longer.... "Good" riders are'nt just good because they can ride with competence, faster, with more commitment and skill...they also have a more highly developed sense of judgement, at their respective levels, which keeps them out of trouble more often, in the first place. Assuming that you consider yourself to be a "good" rider, ask yourself what you base that on, but now, include your "levels of judgment" in the thoughts that first came to mind, and you may come up with a slightly different feeling. Said all that just to raise the issue of judgement into the minds of you newer/newish/noob riders, with summer coming on. (and it won't hurt us more seasoned riders to think about it either) :wink: Fee free to comment . ...throw in your 2 bobs worth, eh. :grin: It's meant to be an open discussion. John.