I was wrong. I was genuinely wrong. With my hand on my heart, I was wrong. Second time out, after a first ride that was no longer than 15 minutes on a flat track, I was 'solid'. Not fast, but relaxed and confident. I was doing little things, subtle things, I had not been able to do before on the Freeride (not the least of which was pressing a button and having the bike start first time). Rolling out of a berm at full lean and lofting the front over the next obstacle without needing to shift my weight to compensate for the suspension lag that was such a drag on the Freeride. Lifting the wheel over multiple whoop tops, absorbing the peaks through the rear: a function of awesome compression and rebound. Back wheel steering into corners, setting up my attitude and angle to attack the next straight. Not fast; not yet. But 'solid'.
To cap it off, I hopped a massive log three times consecutively. Before the first attempt, I really thought the only thing that would come of this obstacle challenge was a viral Youtube clip. Again, I was wrong. The first time, the second time and the third time.
I have found a Beta friend than I have ever had before. Thanks Ram and Motorcycle Studio (www.motorcyclestudio.com.au/