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Old 08-08-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
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Solo Scouting Runs

Being that I am so new to ( 60 days,3500 miles) riding and having seen the videos of the pace of a lot of the local riders I have decided it best not to impede the progress of much faster riders by staying out of group rides until I am more proficient and comfortable with my bike, skills and the roads. I could probably ride near the back would not want to get lost and or hold up the sweeper from enjoying a more spirited/experienced pace. That said I have done some solo scouting runs on:

FM 149 the Forrest: Nice sweepers with well kept road. Deer on the shoulders though really can make your pucker factor go sky high.

FM1458 & 359: Nothing too tight lots room to run and convetrate on proper form but at my slow pace I can see where much faster bikes coming up from behind may be trouble. Sound travels well to, must be a huge Five O magnet on the weekends. Reserve this one for mid week mid day play.

3090: Much respect to those of you willing to do triple digits on either stretch of this thing. Gravel from the driveways, wildlife crossings, just north of 149 I almost hit a low flying buzzard which took off across my path. I tucked and still saw feathers go across my face shield. The 15mph turn near the northern segment is no joke and there was a lot of gravel( to me anyway, I'm not comfortable yet with grip from my tires yet) in it, bad news if you get into that one too fast because you'll be trying to correct or stop on ball bearings.

FM1291- SO MUCH FUN! by far my favorite so far. I was very nervous about the loose gavel signs but the road seems to have plenty of grip. totally worth the time it takes to get there.

Anyone else do solo scouting runs of "twisty" roads close to Houston before riding with the groups or am I just being paranoid? Any suggestions on which roads I should scout next?
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:00 AM   #2
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You're not being paranoid at all. Recon rides can keep you upright.

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Old 08-08-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:18 AM   #4
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You're not being paranoid at all. Recon rides can keep you upright.

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Wow that is an awesom article, and link. I didn't even know there was a term for it.... "Recon Ride". I've already been buzzed once by a kid on a GSXR in shorts and a t shirt who passed me on the inside of a turn an off ramp going at least a 100mph faster than me( felt like it anyway). It unsettled me to the point that I felt like I need to be comfortable with the fun roads before getting on them at peak times with other spiritted sportbikers, but this puts it on a whole different level of thinking. Thanks Pinball!
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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You're welcome. Keep your eye on the events and rides section and go on a noob ride. Beware the noob-to-moderate rides, though, because those have a tendency to turn moderate+ by the end of the ride. You can get a lot of good experience on group rides. Just don't ride above your skill/comfort level even if the group goes faster.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:21 PM   #6
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I love doing recon/scout rides... Not for the practice but just for finding new roads and scenery... I often do these recon trips alone as well..

This is the fun of motorcycling..
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Wow that is an awesom article, and link. I didn't even know there was a term for it.... "Recon Ride". I've already been buzzed once by a kid on a GSXR in shorts and a t shirt who passed me on the inside of a turn an off ramp going at least a 100mph faster than me( felt like it anyway). It unsettled me to the point that I felt like I need to be comfortable with the fun roads before getting on them at peak times with other spiritted sportbikers, but this puts it on a whole different level of thinking. Thanks Pinball!
I HIGHLY doubt that would happen on any of the group rides. Because they are riding "with" you, they won't ride like a jackass.
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Just to back up what pinball said, never ride above your comfort level. There will be times when you'll be tempted. Resist.
The penalties, especially when riding on the street, are too high.
Save the heroics for a track day. Track riding is safer and there is emergency help 30 secs away. No trees, no buzzards, no cross roads and nobody playing with their cell phone.

ZXAlan is right too, what you're doing is the fun of motorcycling.
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Don't be afraid of group rides unless, like pinball stated, it's noob to moderate. But, even some of those are good learning experience because, depending of who's in the ride, you usually won't ever get left behind. There are guys on here who want to teach newer riders what their doing wrong/right so they an enjoy a faster pace. There are also some group rides that seem to end up "every man for himself" rides.
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I ride a lot more myself Vs group riding. Not a lot of people are cool with starting a ride at 7 and then being home by 10-11. I like your style sir.
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