I think this can be a downfall in m/c riding. I did a lot of practicing in terrain like what I raced in, but no one was willing to come out with me even from the start of '47 till I had to give up dirt comp what with a home accident of a broken hip in winer of '69. Still it never stopped me from riding ALONE as I have been doing since '46.
I know of two to three chaps will buy m/cs & then several of them will drop out of the sport for some reason or another which is hard on the one that is left for he/she is NOT at home in riding alone.
Like when I moved from Edmonton Alberta to Winnipeg Manitoba it was puttering around the streets with none hitting the hwys & it took a while to get them interested in Scrambling, to flat tracking to Observed Trials--Mind you for for the hwys alone I had my 1000cc Vincent HRD.
Then in moving to Banff National Park to set up a Sport Shop with a partner, bascially for climbers to skiers, all I saw around there was mopeds & scooters by Jawa, NSU Prima & Lambretta . Slowly these scooter riders shifted to 200cc two-strokes & though not competitors they were willing to be at an event to see me in action.
Moving to this small town in the Okanagan Valley it was basically, though I had a flat tracker, to Observed Trials along with a Scrambler though a street iron being what most would look upon as a Cafe Racer. Then the bikes came from the big four in JPN, but really most of them just puttered around the streets.
I was with three sportbikes in my garage & sold one to a neighbor that understand m/cs, but that was 13 yrs ago. I rarely see a sportbike but see a maze of HD to Cruisers as that seems to be the fad. No loss to me for I have always ridden by myself being 95% of the time I am up in the mountains of the very terrain that I live in.
Drop down to a few of the m/c shops to see the bikes, to all the m/c riding gear, get to chatting with a few of the other customers, to salesmen & that is a way to run into a few that your might ride with.
Remember all the others on the road are crazy & out to kill you.
Post Edited (Smitty) : 10/13/2010 1:02:52 AM GMT