What's all the fuss about! - Better riding I suspect, that there are alot of new riders out there, that look in on the so called noob threads and tips sections, and think that the serious delivery attitude, is a bit over the top. Maybe you think you know enough after a few years of riding. Afterall...you can go, stop, and corner with success. That's fair enough, for what is just really mediocre skill levels. Yes...sorry... A few years on a bike has minimum value, unless in that time, you've realized the lovely views and country side cruising past, while nice, cannot be appreciated in the longer term until you take the time to dedicate yourself to the perfecting of your riding skills. Experienced riders know the truth of this fact. It's a cool thing, riding a bike. But what is REALLY cool, is being good at it, not just able. All the experienced guys are constantly promoting the wide variety of skills and tools you need, that are not just required but need to be perfected, and the path you need to take, to get there. If you spend a few years meticulously applying these tools, you will have consolidated a strong foundation upon which to build your riding career. If you're thinking, that it's all just a little too serious...you have your way of doing things and it works, then you have already FAILED. And there is a crash coming that will confirm it. All these tips, the seriousness with which they are delivered...all these techniques, methods, and how to apply them, is NOT for your benefit, just while your trying to rip around on the gutless L or LAMS bikes you are riding, munching gear changes, mis-timing throttle blips, fumbling around corners with no clue why you can, locking up the rears, bad lane positioning, poor line selection, average throttle control, having regular close calls, and far too much of your brain being used just to manage the fundimentals. They are being pushed at you now, so you will be adequately prepared, because higher performance bikes have little tolerance for mediocre skills. They demand precision if they are to be ridden well. Screw up on a Thou, and you are in serious trouble - often life verses death trouble! The variety of the experience in these riders covers the gambit of things that can happen, can go wrong, and what it was that led to their survival... So far. Guys on cruisers are especially vulnerable, because they do actual just cruise. That's ok, but it means, that you are even less likely to have been put to test. The idea that these skills don't apply, because I am only cruising around, is ludicrous. If anything, they are even more critical, because your bikes, don't handle, or brake as well. Add substandard skills, and you are very vulnerable. Anyway...a little wake up call against lethargy, simple ignorance, or even straight out laziness. Go practice.