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Group riding style ?

Might not be the right place, so please move if not. I've been on rides and meet ups in the past that were not enjoyable at all. Rigid itinerary, certain order on the road, and my biggest gripe, eat, eat, eat. Seems like they were riding from Denny's to Denny's with an occasional stop at a tourist trap. To each his own so if that's what trips your trigger, fine no skin off my nose. But I prefer to cruise along about 5 below the speed limit, on a 2 lane, bathroom stop once in a while, grab a burger and tea somewhere and eat a sit down meal for supper if I feel like it. Probably just made myself a pariah here. Anyway, just wondering out loud for my first post.
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I think, with group riding, a certain rigidity makes things safer. Keeping the bikes a safe distance from one another and not spending half the day on bathroom breaks because someone's wife forgot to go, at the last stop.

I have stopped riding with what's left of my local club because their lack of order when in a larger group seems unsafe. In fact, we have had two accidents where one rider has rear ended another.

Two or three bikes? Wig, wag, whoosh, zoom is fine.

As for 5 below the limit. Around here that will get you run over.

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Denny's?? Don't you mean Dairy Queens?

My wife and I don't do group rides anymore, mainly because of our need in flexible bathroom stops.

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Around here we mostly ride hard and fast, fastest in front usually and when the leader comes to an intersection, stops and waits on the rest. We stop for gas and lunch, which is usually a predetermined place.
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I am usually tail end charlie, as I like to have more trailing space and the freedom to gawk...

on our RTEs as mentioned by Dave, we kind of select a place to go meet each other...

in between, 2 or 3 of us will get together and just look at the colors, yes, summer has a color, it is brown

Flylow and his wife Connie and I like to just take off and drift around at -5 or slower sometimes.

If I am going point 'a' to 'b', I usually hit the 4 lanes and +3 or +4

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when i do group rides, its on a different road, at a different pace, on a different mission. i have been in a few, and dont like em. reminds me of the military, which motorcycling.......aint.
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By the look of the membership maps I've participated in, I'm the only one for a couple hours in any direction, so group rides aren't even an option! LOL. Even though I see about a thousand motorcycles ride by my house every day in the summer time because the "loop" around my lake is a must-see route for the Adirondack Park.

50% are HD's with really loud pipes. 40% are sport bikes with really loud engines. 10% are Goldwings, 10% of whom are hi-viz, 10% of whom have the stereo blasting, and 80% of whom just sort of sneak by both visibly and audibly.

It all makes for good people-watching from the upper front porch.
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When you go on a large ride, expect to be riding at the lowest common denominator. Go with it or don't go. For our Oregon trip, Mike and I carefully planned and agreed on the itinerary. Terry wanted to join and he agreed to the itinerary. We got out on the road and found a great piece of road. Terry wanted to ride it again and asked us to change. Mike and I wanted to stay with the plan so we offered to Terry to go his separate way and meet up at the hotel that night. He did, we did and everything was fine. I ride the Seattle VME Pre-1975 ride on my '72 CB450. There are around 100 bikes. We plan to get split up, going slow and stopping for what seems like no reason. Great fun.

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Might not be the right place, so please move if not. I've been on rides and meet ups in the past that were not enjoyable at all. Rigid itinerary, certain order on the road, and my biggest gripe, eat, eat, eat. Seems like they were riding from Denny's to Denny's with an occasional stop at a tourist trap. To each his own so if that's what trips your trigger, fine no skin off my nose. But I prefer to cruise along about 5 below the speed limit, on a 2 lane, bathroom stop once in a while, grab a burger and tea somewhere and eat a sit down meal for supper if I feel like it. Probably just made myself a pariah here. Anyway, just wondering out loud for my first post.
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Formations are mainly for safety criss-crossed pattern, Experience is learned not taught really. You learn it by doing it. If its a curvy road we put experienced up front with a few bringing up the rear so no-one is left behind. Scheduled stops, planned route. You can choose to brake away if you so chose. For the smaller group I ride with were usually 10 over riders at least we pattern at times but only if we need too. Passing is up to the leader, the small group we pass, and catch up. However in large groups passing other traffic can be problematic. My advice is get you a good bluetooth system and com for riding in groups and pay attention to whats going on. Some groups(clubs) practice close quarters riding we do as it makes us more secure as a group. I ride with several local clubs but ride as an independent, because I hate rules. Those rules protect the organization in case of accidents though. Some orgs dont allow firearms but I do and they know it but Im not a member. 99% are told not to break any laws mainly traffic, this is fine with me when riding with groups it makes it safer. So to each there own, ride a Harley, Honda, or whatever large group small group or alone its the ride its what we do have fun doing it if its not fun dont do it.
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