The other kind of motorcycle riding is INTENSE. We attack challenging roads at high speed. It's more like racing than ordinary riding. The best riders separate themselves from the pack and plunge into twisty curves with heightened concentration. At this level, skill becomes critical in the real sense of that word.
What I like about this type of riding is you can't fake it. You confront an endless series of tough situations and you either have the talent to handle them or you crash. Your concentration instinctively focuses and you perform what's necessary... or you crash. You can't fake performance. You can't pretend to be a good rider. You either have what it takes... or you crash.
When I was learning how to ride, I always hung out with the most talented riders. My skills developed by reaching for the magic they possess. Today, I went out with one such rider and we had a blast. Four hours of high-speed riding (which felt like 12 hours) on incredibly difficult roads. So challenging. So exhausting. So much fun.
On the way home, I grabbed some pictures of my shadow (below).
Is there anything you are passionate about?