Never thought of it before, but a mtn meet for subies is a good idea, and if no one shows, I can still have fun while up there. I can't make it in the snow on stock 2011 rims and tires though. Id love to find some 02-03 wrx rims for cheap. One way or the other we'll get something goin soon. Far as riding goes, I know many riders who just don't like the rain for reasons and experiances u mentioned. I gotta say though, this new subie is so much fun in the rain. I may not be ridding in the wet much this season. I have a buddy who is a dirtbiker, who just got his first street bike. His balences is excellent, but his skill at speed is not. He bought a fast bike (R1) that I tried to inform him against. Slow speed manuvers, and wheelies, or general riding is no prob for him due to dirt experiance. Once at speed he apexes to early, goes into turns to fast, brakes late, and I can c moments of panic. He is ok most of the time, but c these probs only when he picks up the pace. I'm not his daddy and just do the best I can to help him. Anyway I would recomend a 650 twin like the suzuki sv or kawi ninja for u. It has good linear power that is easy to learn to manage. It is much like the WRX. A car that is too sporty maybe for a brand new driver, but not so sharp as to get a driver into trouble and maybe cover some mistakes when trying to learn to drive fast. These bikes also make way more low end trq at the expense of upper hp much like the wrx. This makes the bike managable and fun. The R1 my buddy bought is too fast, breaks to hard, and steers to sharp. Its like learning to drive fast on a dodge viper or something. Not recomended.