Honestly, I didn't know where to post this, so hey, why not way, way down here. Yep right at the bottom! Cause after today, that is where some people that think they know how to ride are actually at! Now, I'm not talking about racers at the track, I'm talking about the local snot nose, just got his license, bought the bike of his childhood dreams, and has no clue how to ride it! He thinks he does, he got his license, but in all reality, we all know, he is doomed! Another one bites the dust as per say. These kids are what will change laws, the freedom we used to have on a sunday morning tearing up a twisty road will soon be gone if we as racers don't get people to the track and help them learn the skills they will need to survive on those nice twisty roads. Now, I by no means am an expert rider, well I would be, if being slow didn't count...lol My experience is mostly from hard knocks, enduro racing in my early teens, rode dirt bikes and standard cruisers in my years after that. Till one day, I bought an old ZX6 and I was hooked! Did I know how to ride at that point? Well yes and no, I didn't feel comfortable like when I was on the cruisers, and tilting my body off the bike and not the other way around, took a bit to get used to. I have read just about every book, seen every video, watched closeup video of racing action, but none of it really came together till I got on a track. That is when it started making sense, and then I was hooked on track riding, well it didn't take long, and track bike turned into race bike, and then another (faster) race bike. Anyhow, when you go for a street group ride, and you see someone biff it on a straight stretch for no reason cause he thought for some reason he should grab a mit full of front brake, and then you see another rider run way too wide in a corner just about hitting the ditch. Your realize that there is a problem here, speed wasn't a factor, lack of skill was! For that matter, what skill? Now I did the best I could do, I took the rider (that ran wide in the corner) a side and had a talk with him, and we rode at the back of the pack and he followed my riding instructions, it took a couple times pulling over before he caught on with what to do. Needless to say, we actually rode below the speed limit, he learned something that day. And he was very thankful that I took the time to teach him something that he obviously had never been instructed on. One of my biggest beefs with Class 6 riding schools, it is a course so you can get a license. That is it! What should be next, is if you buy a sportbike, you should have to take an advanced rider course on a race track, before you are allowed out of the driveway! And you should also have complete at least 5 track days with no crashes! Hopefully then, that little snot nose racer boy that wants to have a group ride up the canyon, might not want to drag knee on every corner. Maybe then we can say good by to little racer boy, and save some lives in the process. Rant? I don't know, but there is a perfectly good track in Mission, with absolutely Awesome people that put the time in for the club. How do we get these other people to see the light?