Basically you want the front end of anything with wheels on it to be responsive to your input, but slow to external input. When you want to nail just the edge of a bottle-cap sized piece of pavement as you lean towards an apex, you want the bike to immediately respond to input. But when you actually hit a bottle cap while leaned over, you don't want the front end to do anything. In the dirt it's this principle x10. You want a quick steering bike, but you only want it to steer quickly when YOU steer it quickly. You don't want that berm of sand stretched in the middle of the road to steer the bike anywhere. In my case, I was literally blinded by the sun and had realistically 10' of visibility. I couldn't brake within my distance of sight, nor could I steer my way out of trouble before hitting it. Fortunately, I could hit stuff I should have been avoiding without tweaking the front or sending me down in a pile of defeat. Going to try to get a post in before I leave. Another 2 days of riding, this time up north. 1 day of riding = 3 days of photos/commentary. I'd say I wish I could do both at the same time, but that would kill the glorious solitude we get while riding. No music, no news, no phone calls, no Facebook notifications, no disruption.