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Old 01-31-2013, 11:12 AM   #41
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See if that works, Ivan
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:33 AM   #42
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See if that works, Ivan
She said yes to the after that?
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After evaluating my riding abilities and future goals as a rider, I fall under the "B" category and have no wishes or desires to be in the "A" category. My goal is to be the best average old B rider I can be. I enjoy sweeping on these bigger group rides; because it allows me to be part of the group; but at the same time ride my own ride. I have no qualms about my riding skills and openely admit and accept my short-comings as a rider. Like others have stated before; it's getting these riders to admit that they need to be in the "C" group first. Most of the organized group leaders try to screen out these riders before the ride; but you still get the occassional riders that won't openly admit it. I'm not sure if it is a pride thing or what; but your riding will do all the talking for you, so no sense lying about it. It's better to find out before; rather than later when I am digging you and your bike out of a ditch.

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Awwww... that proposal was cute.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:45 AM   #45
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Ahhh,,,hence why I have never participated....as they say in North Africa: bon chance
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If you want to keep noob crashes to a minimum then the recommended posted speeds (yellow signs with numbers and arrows) in turns must be observed by the entire group. You can instruct some until you're blue in the face, but it's practice that makes perfect.
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If you want to keep noob crashes to a minimum then the recommended posted speeds (yellow signs with numbers and arrows) in turns must be observed by the entire group. You can instruct some until you're blue in the face, but it's practice that makes perfect.
Very, very true! I honestly believe that NinjaChick felt like she falling too far behind the rest of the group and tried to play catch-up; which is not what you want to do. For her to go down on such a benign road is the only conclusion I could come up with.
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Very, very true! I honestly believe that NinjaChick felt like she falling too far behind the rest of the group and tried to play catch-up; which is not what you want to do. For her to go down on such a benign road is the only conclusion I could come up with.
Plus she was unfamiliar with that road and for some, elevation changes can mess with their head too
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Plus she was unfamiliar with that road and for some, elevation changes can mess with their head too
Alot can be said about knowing the roads inside and out. You collect a sort of mental database of all the roads and the problem areas to watch out for. Like you said, this comes with time, experience, and practice.
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True! I used to, and probably still do, have RR south and north memorized!
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True! I used to, and probably still do, have RR south and north memorized!
After riding my loan wolf route of 362 to 105 to 149 through the forest and back about 20 times I have become very familiar with all the problem areas. That doesn't mean I still can't up; but at least if I do I can't blame it on not knowing the roads.
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Very, very true! I honestly believe that NinjaChick felt like she falling too far behind the rest of the group and tried to play catch-up; which is not what you want to do. For her to go down on such a benign road is the only conclusion I could come up with.
It didn't help that the rest of the pack prolly went flying down the straights, forcing her to feel the need to catch up.

The concept of a "sweeper" is a new one to me. We never needed sweepers in my days. Everybody watched their lead/lag and rode like they are all tied together by invisible bungee cords. Cords may stretch in the curves, and spring back on the straights, but NEVER broken.

Anybody that felt the given right to ride out-of-line were given the given right to be ignored by the group. They then either quit on their own accord, or they learn real quick to fall in line and NOT pull stunts again. Very few riders chose the former. When the machine operated well, the "pull" was stronger than individual will.
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It's about riding IN A GROUP. Being part of a tight assembly of machines all executing the same moves can be a very rewarding experience.
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Oh wow, i like that.
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[QUOTE=Volfy;3477 Everybody watched their lead/lag and rode like they are all tied together by invisible bungee cords. Cords may stretch in the curves, and spring back on the straights, but NEVER broken.

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I like this too. Ok. Im done praising u.=P
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Thanks. It prolly helped that most of us rode power cruisers back then - Maxims, Magnas, Eliminators, etc. They handled well enough but you'd have to really work at it to pop a wheelie. The sportiest was a Katana, which in those days wasn't much of a sportbike. Heck, even "real" sportbikes in those days weren't much of a sportbike by today's standards.

Still remember us thundering down Park Ave. in NYC 2am in the morning at the posted speed limit - there was little incentive to go faster cus the avenue lights were all syncrhonized to the PSL. I hear the reverberation off the skyscrapers on either side like it was yesterday. Then we hit the few twisty turns downtown around Battery Park, before cruising up either FDR Drive or Hudson River Drive and soak in the moonlight reflecting off the riverfront.

That... was a group ride.

Tonight... Ima dim the lights and play that "New York State of Mind".
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