Originally Posted by Motorcycle.com
The best way to solve all these problems is to just ride by yourself
I would disagree for the most part. It does depend on where you are going. I'f I'm going out in the country and it can be a couple of hours before you see another vehicle on an early morning, then going alone is a very bad idea. You could hit gravel, sand, etc. and slide off the road and no one would ever know where you went down.
To me the biggest problem with group rides:
1) Too big of a group
2) Not everyone being legal
3) People looking for different things
1) My issue with large groups, they annoy others and when one person starts to act stupid, you have others following.
2) With not everyone be legal as in insurance, registration, modification and the biggest, no motorcycle endorsement. I have seen cops sitting at gas stations and a small group they ignore if gear is being worn and no stupid behavior seen on the street. The large groups, well, the cop will start looking and making sure everything is in order for the entire group. Expect to be there for at least an hour as the cop runs everyone. Someone doesn't have insurance, not going anywhere, no motorcycle license, not going anywhere. Now you have someone riding pillion. So large groups just bring unwanted attention. A group of two to four people, not really.
3) Some people are looking to go as fast as they can on the straights, others look for corner speed, others just enjoy the ride. Having the mix of all three just means the group is always broken up, passing going on, etc. If everyone is looking for the same thing, the group stays together. The last thing you want is the guy in the rear four miles back and when it comes to a stop, you need to sit there and wait. Then what happens if they don't arrive, so now you need to circle back and see if you can find them, either still coming along, broke down or has crashed as no one has seen Pete except for about 20 miles ago when we started.
I prefer a group of two and then a group of three, more than that, no thanks.