Originally posted by bigrog
".... I think it's hard enough to compare riders of different eras objectively without rolling in moto-x'ers or those Dakar heroes. But who am I to judge.
Yeah, I could get in that line too... You want to talk just road racing? OK. Should we include the real roads in the equation? If so, then once again are we not talking specialists?
IMO, those that ride the Island, (and other, similar events) are head and shoulders above all if not the top 5 of the circuit guys in terms of skill at the limit - 100% of the time - and the hair to go well beyond the 'point of reason' of risk. Having watched closely what's involved with racing the Isle of Man, I have the highest appreciation of the riders skill and daring.
I don't know enough MC history to say, but post-war, were the riders more prone to crossover from one discipline to another? (I'd think so) If so, then compare all those guys until there was the major division towards individual disciplines and evaluate those riders independently there on out.
Which is why I had mentioned a guy like Malcolm Smith. He could ride anything, anywhere and fast too. Joey - what else can one say but - awe inspiring. Rossi? Jeez, I've never seen anyone, two wheel drift a motorcycle in traffic with such precision and deftness. They all kick-ass.
So, those would be my "3" for the moment.