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Re: Only Experianced bikers need reply.

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:58 pm
by Bubba
ArcticHarleyMan wrote:
Bubba wrote:
sapaul wrote:So, we are putting together a skills set for leaders and Tail end charlies. A list of do's and dont's. What do you like to see on the group rides, what do not like. What are absolute musts.

This is exactly why I don't do group rides. Just tell me where we're going and I'll meet you there when we're supposed to be there.

I agree. I try to avoid them too. Went on a poker run last weekend. Nice ride with exception of that streight pipe Harley in front of me. After the headacke started to get real bad, I pulled over and rode alone from there on out.

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:48 pm
by ArcticHarleyMan
I must clarify my previous statement. I don't like riding with much more than a half dozen friends. Any more than that gets a little hard to take. :santa:

Re: Only Experienced bikers need reply.

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:00 am
by ZooTech
Probably not a bad old thread to have bubble back to the surface, for anyone unfamiliar with group ride etiquette...

Re: Only Experienced bikers need reply.

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:44 am
by Gummiente
ZooTech wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:00 am
Probably not a bad old thread to have bubble back to the surface, for anyone unfamiliar with group ride etiquette...
And the "Oldest Thread Resurrection Award" goes to... :D

Re: Only Experienced bikers need reply.

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:36 am
by ZooTech
Coming from you, Gummi, I'll take it!!!

Re: Only Experienced bikers need reply.

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:42 am
by blues2cruise
I stopped riding with groups because they don't practice what they preach.

Re: Only Experienced bikers need reply.

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:43 am
by blues2cruise
Gummiente wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:44 am
ZooTech wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:00 am
Probably not a bad old thread to have bubble back to the surface, for anyone unfamiliar with group ride etiquette...
And the "Oldest Thread Resurrection Award" goes to... :D
LOL

Re: Only Experienced bikers need reply.

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:04 pm
by Gummiente
blues2cruise wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:42 am
I stopped riding with groups because they don't practice what they preach.
Seconded. I was heavy into the riding club scene for decades, but in the last 3yrs I've been doing solo rides and avoiding group runs. There are very few people I trust enough to ride with and I find the journeys are more enjoyable without the stress of keeping up or slowing down while wondering what the rider in front and/or behind is going to do next.

Re: Only Experienced bikers need reply.

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:30 pm
by ZooTech
I have led individuals and small groups down to the Windy 9 in Athens where I know the roads quite well and they've never been. We have very strict protocols about riding your own ride, fastest to slowest rider front to back, stop for yellows, stop and wait for the group to catch up, etc... Yes, I prefer solo rides as well, but I have a good (and small) group of riding buddies that I enjoy riding with a couple times a year. I also have a 19yo son and 20yo daughter who now ride so I oftentimes have one or both of them in tow. A little bit of discussion beforehand saves a lot of confusion later once communication is pretty well cut off.

Re: Only Experienced bikers need reply.

Posted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:57 pm
by JackoftheGreen
The largest group of riders I've ever ridden in was 4, and that was just for a local jaunt spanning less than 50 miles or so.

I could run down a list of all the reasons we don't ride with large groups, starting with trust in their skills and ending with trust in their sobriety, but what it really boils down to is, we're just not comfortable in large groups. We may end up riding in a group as large as six this year, if things work out, but we'll see.

Re: Only Experienced bikers need reply.

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:46 pm
by blues2cruise
JackoftheGreen wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:57 pm


I could run down a list of all the reasons we don't ride with large groups, starting with trust in their skills and ending with trust in their sobriety.
I can add another reason.....disregard for traffic laws. Holey moley...some of the crap that was pulled. Didn't want to be any part of it.


As for the skills...the groups I tried had terrific skills, but they flaunted them and had no respect for riders who were new.

Re: Only Experienced bikers need reply.

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:12 pm
by jstark47
Gummiente wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:04 pm
There are very few people I trust enough to ride with and I find the journeys are more enjoyable without the stress of keeping up or slowing down while wondering what the rider in front and/or behind is going to do next.
What Gummi said. Aside from Mrs. Stark, the list of people I'll ride with doesn't use up the fingers on one hand. The rest of them ride too fast, or take stupid chances, or have no regard for the riders behind them. I'm starting to deal with the realities of an aging body... reactions slower than they used to be, eyesight not as good, etc, etc. I don't need to please anybody else when I'm riding (Mrs. Stark excepted!) I'll take it slower and easier, stop when I want to, and enjoy my ride. If that doesn't fit in with other riders (i.e. most of them), I'm just as happy without their "company".

Re: Only Experienced bikers need reply.

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:13 am
by ZooTech
Well, in my case, I'm the one riding fast and taking chances and, as the group ride leader, waiting periodically for everyone to catch up. I'm not talking about a group of drunk Harley riders or a gang of stunting sportbike squids, these are lifelong friends on japanese cruisers and UJM's.

YRMV...