Everyone knows that nothing can replace experience, and I just realized that there is a perception problem with regards to riding experience.
I met a guy at school who rides, and while talking I learned he has been riding for 6 years. I only have under 3 rididng seasons, so I assumed he was more experienced. But then I found out he only rides about 5000 km from April to September, and that he did not insure his bike for two years.
So in his six years of riding, he has LESS km's in the saddle than I have just this riding season.
I can fully understand taking time of riding, I did myself. And I can see only riding in the nice weather as most sportbikers do just that. But when you say you have been riding for 6 years, that implies a certain level of experience, yet he is basically a newbie IMHO.
I did not say all this, but what do you guys think? I got my class 6 in 1997, but I never say I have been riding for almost 6 years. I kind of figure 20,000km is equal to one riding season, or one year for the average motorcyclist. Am I wrong?