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The best way to solve all these problems is to just ride by yourself, old numero uno. But no man is an island, and group rides are their own special kind of fun. At MO, we definitely do our fair share of group rides. Here’s what we’ve learned about the things most likely to go wrong, and what you can do to ward them off ahead of time.
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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.
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Four total is enough for me and you all need to be in the same mindset, then it's great fun
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For me, two are too many. And two on my bike are too many as well. I ride SOLO, at least most of the time.

After the ride I can stop at any bar or gas station for nice chat with a perfect stranger. But I already learned that riding with others leads to speeding to catch up, or having to wait.
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For me, two are too many. And two on my bike are too many as well. I ride SOLO, at least most of the time.

After the ride I can stop at any bar or gas station for nice chat with a perfect stranger. But I already learned that riding with others leads to speeding to catch up, or having to wait.
I personally like the social side of being a motorcyclist, although I'm completely anti Bluetooth headsets as I like the solitude of riding without interruptions. I have about a dozen biker friends scattered across a 100 mile radius and we regularly get together early on a Sunday for breakfast at all sorts of different destinations. It's just not something we would do if we didn't own bikes.

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For me, two are too many. And two on my bike are too many as well. I ride SOLO, at least most of the time.

After the ride I can stop at any bar or gas station for nice chat with a perfect stranger. But I already learned that riding with others leads to speeding to catch up, or having to wait.
I'm with you. However, after 50 years of almost exclusively riding alone, have met a guy also blade owner, who rides the same style as me. So that's an advantage, if only to get a ride home if the bike spits its dummy. Can't be doing with the faff of group riding. Two's company, three's a crowd.
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^^^ Lucky you @oldbastard . Good riding buddies are like true love.
I guess I always ended up with the wrong people, and every time I go on a social ride I come back home thinking 'what a waste of a ride', or 'why did I do it again' LOL!
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ahah me too
and it's dangerous.
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I personally like the social side of being a motorcyclist, although I'm completely anti Bluetooth headsets as I like the solitude of riding without interruptions. I have about a dozen biker friends scattered across a 100 mile radius and we regularly get together early on a Sunday for breakfast at all sorts of different destinations. It's just not something we would do if we didn't own bikes.
I have a Sena10C. Allegedly, with their compatible phone app it allows you to connect with anyone with a compatible comm unit handfree across diverse geographic regions and chat (if you wanted). I'll give it a try one day as I have a buddy that lives on the other side of town and he mentioned it. We haven't ridden together in years but we talk on the phone every once in a blue.

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I have a Sena10C. Allegedly, with their compatible phone app it allows you to connect with anyone with a compatible comm unit handfree across diverse geographic regions and chat (if you wanted). I'll give it a try one day as I have a buddy that lives on the other side of town and he mentioned it. We haven't ridden together in years but we talk on the phone every once in a blue.
The technology is brilliant, but I have a job where I'm bombarded with emails and phone calls, so a bit of piece and quiet whilst riding helps me relax.
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No argument there!

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