Well, I think no longer being a beginner is different for everyone. I've been riding for 4 years and I still feel like a beginner - but I get lots of compliments on how much I've improved so maybe now I'm an intermediate...
So I'd say you're no longer a beginner when you don't feel like one anymore!
Depends. For general riding, I'd say when you know how to react to most situations you'll encounter on the trail/track and can ride on most terrain. Riding technique is now considered (ie. clutch control, modulating brakes, gear selection for power characteristics, weight distribution, etc).
For racing, it's a whole different scale. An 'intermediate' racer is usually not that much slower than a pro and can ride pretty much anything terrain wise.
When you find those pics/videos from a while back and you instantly deny the fact that the person in those is infact yourself. How could someone ride a motorcycle THAT bad and think they were actually cool and stylish??? To add insult to injury you realize that you were once the subject of intense laughter by the rest of the "fast" riders at the track :rotfl:
This is true of anything of me more then 2 or 3 years old. Have been racing for 8 years and it took 5-6 years to stop gooning everywhere I went.
It is me,BUT,when it was just A,and B there were no issues! No 30 age classes,and no utility and pit bikes! Now it seems every different opinion has a class! Has anyone looked at videos of amateur events back in the 70's? Full gates and then some!
but here we have full gates of 20 classes
me i would rather race my 125 in the +35 c class against 450's
than the 125 beg class against a bunch kids who can barley ride and dont care who they crash into
I got frustrated running the 250f in +45,district 14 and 15 seemingly do not run b classes for this age! Well the old pros and the 450's are a handful. So I get a 450 again. In district 14,15 and 17 there are a lot of classes that have 10 or under,they combine them,you do not have a clue who is winning what! Back in the day you did not have 2 tracks running at the same time with'in a hundred miles,not anymore! The 125 and 250 c classes are the only ones with full gates. There is no way I would go to the line with a bunch of them!