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Old 05-24-2010, 11:36 PM   #1
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group riding Question

so only been riding for a week or so taking the MSF course this weekend a few friends of mine want to go to g-town where would be the best place for me to ride front mid rear??? just like to know for mine and the safety of the other riders.

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Old 05-24-2010, 11:42 PM   #2
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I would hold off on a group ride. It is sometimes difficult for even those that have been riding a while. Not that you lack the required skill but many of those around you lack skill and can make it dangerous.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:51 PM   #3
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You've only been riding a week and you wanna go on a Galveston ride?

You really really should hold off.

No hurry, summer is barely here, there'll be plenty of time to ride to the beach.
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so only been riding for a week or so taking the MSF course this weekend a few friends of mine want to go to g-town where would be the best place for me to ride front mid rear??? just like to know for mine and the safety of the other riders.

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Old 05-24-2010, 11:56 PM   #5
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good point but i would still like to know where i should ride for future reference
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:08 AM   #6
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listen to these people man, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to ride to Galveston in the future..... but if you really have to make this ride, i would definitively recommend you to ride in the back of the group.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:14 AM   #7
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oh i understand probably wont end up going...i don't think I'm ready for a ride of this length...I'm taking my MSF fri-Sunday so maybe after I've taken the course I'll Feel more comfortable going to Galveston
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:13 AM   #9
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oh yea deff will be riding with a few close friends be for going to a big meet or anything so they know and i remind em
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Old 05-25-2010, 02:40 AM   #10
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Riding in groups is nerve wracking for a while, when you arent accustomed to it.

Ride with one , maybe 2 friends at first, then over time add more. make sure your friends ride in a staggered formation with you..(not side by side) you will be excited, and nervous as . A simple mistake from traffic, you, or your friends can easily compound things quickly. Leaving a big ball of unobtainium that was once called a motorcycle/s.
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:24 AM   #11
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these guys above me answered why you shouldn't but here..

the dps manual states that you should ride behind the leader, who is obviously experienced. Behind you, should be experienced riders as well. so basically experienced then newbies then experienced.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, i don't think you should do that. Newbies might think about what the experienced riders behind them "think" of them, therefore making it dangerous for them to ride. My MSF coach said the same thing.
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:48 AM   #12
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Riding in a group is always a hairy situation unless you have ridin' with the same peeps again and again. There are always different riding styles mixed all together. Just ride in the back, keep you distance and be careful and don't do anything stupid. Just ride your own comfortable pace. You have to do it to become comfortable with it!
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:48 PM   #13
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I wouldnt want you in front of me. IMO you ride in the rear. You can see others lines and suck. Plus, you wont take anyone down in the event you eat it.
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I don't ride as aggressive as others, nor do I have as much experience. I stay in the back and ride my own ride. Just make sure someone in the group knows you are back there and to wait up. You won't be all that far behind anyways. Just don't try to keep up. And I like what was said before, if you aren't comfortable running the freeways, hold off for a while.
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and get a liscense first. c o p s
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TO the back and ride far off of the last guy.

The worst part of a g-town ride is 45, very dangerous with all the walls and cars, no place to go if the traffic stops, accident or something in the road.

you guys should take the back way and enjoy the cruise.
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I was riding with 4 people. a car had a blow out right in front of us. We were experienced enough to break ranks. Come back when safe. If I didnt know what I was doing, I could have easily died that day. Taken some close friends with me if I really messed up. Hold off on the rides bro. Get used to riding alone or with one other person. I just got out of the hospital on a hit and run case. Riding alone. 2 lights away from my house. Motorcycles are scary man. You are never safe. Even when you can see your own front door.
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Old 05-26-2010, 01:35 AM   #18
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If you can ride your bike forward you can ride to Galveston.

Have fun and take some pictures.
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I have to agree with Tia. Keep enough distance and as long as you have a brain I think you'll be just fine. If you're from Hunstville or something though, then nevermind.
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if i were you, i'd want to be 2nd in the formation. an experienced leader, then you, then everyone else. it can be tough for a new rider to be at the very back of a big group because of the accordian effect of some larger group rides... a newbie like yourself may not be as proficient with the braking abilities of the bike as a more seasoned rider. being 2nd in the line will allow you to make less abrupt control inputs
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