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Old 12-16-2009, 08:39 PM   #1
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The right question is not "how long" but "how far?"

Usually people use "years of experience" to judge someone's riding. But as a matter of fact, riding motorcycle isn't like a job. If someone has been welding for 3 years, you know he can weld and can hire him.

But if someone say they've been riding for 6 years, it could very well that they rode about 6000 mi in the 6 years they've had their license and owned the bike... But there VERY WELL could be someone else who got a bike less than a year ago but have been racking up 2-3000mi a month on the bike, half of those on backroads and the track.

No need to argue who's a better rider, the 6-yr vet or the 1-yr noob.

So should we ask "How far have you ridden?" other than "how long you been riding?"
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I've been ridin about two years, and I have put about 20k on two bikes (mostly on my SV, tho).
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The longer you ride the more your 'limit' becomes the norm, and you can advance further. Granted you have to poses the natural ability to accel, but I would take the years over the straight out mileage. Riding in a straight line on a highway does nothing for you so that could be thrown out.
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^^^true.

Some commuters run up 40/80 a day on their bikes but that's not the same as track or backroads.

Good points though. I like to ride everywhere but I dont commute. I work 7 miles from home and its hard to bring everything I need including laptop etc so I only ride at night and weekends. So usually around 20k/yr for me.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:03 PM   #6
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I have just broken 10k miles on my bike that I bought at the end of July 2010...I just put 500mi today alone riding to NW Honda and Beaumont Honda to look @ some bikes. Depends what kind of riding you do but imo miles matter more because I know I forget when I come back from a 1-2 week work trip.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:05 PM   #7
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In some cases just racking up miles isn't enough either. Some people just develop bad habits and reinforce them the longer/farther they ride.
Bottom line is there is no real test for riding proficiency but time and distance are measuring sticks. I guess the only way to really know is to ride with someone...
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About 20+ years about 100K+ mile
I would guess I have some deep routed bad riding habits too.
Not to mention slowing of reaction times.
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18000 miles in 1.5 yrs many backroads n did the 3 sisters 4 times..not bad i think n no track days
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Usually people use "years of experience" to judge someone's riding. But as a matter of fact, riding motorcycle isn't like a job. If someone has been welding for 3 years, you know he can weld and can hire him.

But if someone say they've been riding for 6 years, it could very well that they rode about 6000 mi in the 6 years they've had their license and owned the bike... But there VERY WELL could be someone else who got a bike less than a year ago but have been racking up 2-3000mi a month on the bike, half of those on backroads and the track.

No need to argue who's a better rider, the 6-yr vet or the 1-yr noob.

So should we ask "How far have you ridden?" other than "how long you been riding?"
Well... kinda depends. I've owned multiple cars & bikes, I can't tell you at this point how many miles I've piled on with either. My present car has 80k, I know I put over 100k on my monte carlo...
I got my M/C, a year before I could drive a car... all I can say is I've got a lot of friggin miles.
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must have hit 88 mph with the time circuits on
zomg flash back! you mean those unstable capacitors or something )
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I laughed, but then things like this make me feel old.. ya know
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:03 AM   #18
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I meant 2009, not 2010. My mind is numb from all the riding in this blistering cold. There was pea-sized hail on my way back home from Katzs :o
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Good question by the OP. Another question is does the size of one's bike define the rider?

Let me use my experience as an example:
On Helios' fayetevelle ride when multiple people went offroading the first question the fast riders (who was on the scene later) asked was "who went down, was it the 250 who went down?"

Although I know I am a noob, with roughly 2k miles within 3 months and no trackdays, I think I am a better rider because of the experience I gained esp on the group rides. Unfortunately for the sweepers in the rides I've gone on, I am always slowing them down but I always ask them: "How does my riding look? What do you think could I improve on? etc."
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When I got my bike I wanted to get as many miles under my belt as soon as possible ans gain as much experience as possible.

Started to really stack them on so I got another bike to split up the miles. Ended up putting about 18 one one and over 20 grand on the other in a little bit over a year my 1st year.
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