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Old 07-22-2007, 11:19 PM   #1
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question about group riding

So i have been riding for about 6 months or so, and i want to group ride but i see groups of people riding on the freeway all the time, doing things that i know for a fact i dont want to do and dont feel i need to do. Like weaving in and out of traffic at high rates of speed, call me ***** cuz i love to ride but i also like living...

so what do you do in a situation like that?

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Old 07-22-2007, 11:24 PM   #2
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Old 07-22-2007, 11:25 PM   #3
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Don't ride with em.

If ur uncomfortable with the situation just back off and either ride behind them or by urself. If u keep riding while uncomfortable, u'll be bound to make a costly mistake in the skills area!
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Don't ride with em.

If ur uncomfortable with the situation just back off and either ride behind them or by urself. If u keep riding while uncomfortable, u'll be bound to make a costly mistake in the skills area!
Exactly, just back off and ride your own ride.
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find a different group to ride with. like they said above, ride at your own pace. and also dont ride beyond your own limits. ride safe.
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Old 07-23-2007, 12:02 AM   #7
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Plus one on finding a group to ride with that shares your views.
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:28 AM   #8
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i always ride within my limits when riding, do others in the group get upset when you bring up the rear?
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It's probably different with everyone. On the one group ride I went with where the front guys were flyin. They waited and didn't seem to be upset about me arriving a minute or so after they had stopped. :confused1 Actually I saw some of them standing off to the side of their bikes also so maybe some like the short pause for a small stretch. I could be completely wrong though. :eh:

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heck no, hall , punch it, top out your bike................jk, just ride within your comfort zone...... thats what i do. I dont push myself to keep up with some riders, i ride within my limits
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no, ive been working everyday including weekends, havent had enough time.... wish i could have though......ive never been on a track. And the little time i had, i spend it training, i have a fight this weekend so im getting ready for that....... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, i really want to go ride on the track , guess ill have to wait alittle longer to do it
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Old 07-23-2007, 09:38 AM   #13
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Our small group follows these rules:

Everyone rides with gear.

I don't mean you have to suit up like a Power Ranger, but basic stuff: Helmet, jacket, gloves and preferably boots.



Everyones bike is in good mechanical condition.

No bald tires, chains falling off, bikes that need to be push started.

happens, and I'll be the first to help anyone who needs it.
BUT it's no fun for the group if we're sitting on the side of the road waiting on a truck to come pick you up because your bike left you, or worse because you crashed because of inferior equipment.



Everyone rides within their skill level.

If you're a novice, or are still working on your cornering abilities, ride within your limits. None of us are going to even rib you about it, and it's a whole lot less embarrassing to pull up late then to wad up your bike.



It's not a race, and leave your ego at home.

We're all a little competitive, but this is the street.
I've got nothing to prove to anyone. (got a box of plastic trophies and some cool looking x-rays up in the attic from back when I did) and you shouldn't either.

I'm not going to get all week kneed / impressed just because you took that corner at 5 times it's posted limit. I'm more likely going to start looking for spots for Life Flight to land for the next time when you don't make it.:eh:



Everyone knows the route beforehand, however, we stop at intersections or if the group gets too spaced out.

No one gets left behind. Period.



In my group at least, we also have 2 standing rules;

No wheelies. There's no need to draw unwanted attention.


100 mph or so speed limit.

We may run close to that speed for a good while based on the road we're on, and most of us ride the pace, so we don't brake for the corners. 100 mph works pretty well for us.


Group rides are supposed to be fun, about having fun riding with people who enjoy the same thing we do, motorcycling.

Some people sometimes forget that, or use them as an opportunity to stroke their ego; "look how fast I am!"

My advice, find a group that you fit in with, set ground rules for the ride and have fun!

My 2 cents YYMV.
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Mike... Safety first and ride your pace (which should be about my pace). I keep forgetting to call you when we ride, since you're way down south. I have a couple of guys that I ride with, but we do the same as Patrick mentioned above, except the 100mph... we stay more around 75 to 90mph, but that's our comfort zone (for now). If the weather is good this weekend, I told Solyjr we would ride Southside... so, you'll have to join us. I'll call you later this week.
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:50 PM   #17
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Mike... Safety first and ride your pace (which should be about my pace). I keep forgetting to call you when we ride, since you're way down south. I have a couple of guys that I ride with, but we do the same as Patrick mentioned above, except the 100mph... we stay more around 75 to 90mph, but that's our comfort zone (for now). If the weather is good this weekend, I told Solyjr we would ride Southside... so, you'll have to join us. I'll call you later this week.
give me a call, i dont get to ride much anymore so it might be fun
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Hey we might ride on wednesday afternoon around 5:20pm or so. If you would like to ride with us I'll post up our intentions and you can tag along. I usually ride sweeper (in the back) to make sure everyone is fine and we have multiple stops along the way.
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make your way up front, and do what it takes to stay there. otherwise, people will think youre a sissy.
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somteimes "riding your own ride" is more difficult than others.
If u are the new guy then u may feel like u need to keep up, or may feel pressure from behind to move faster and then u are over your head.
Best thing i think is to take note of people here that talk about safe riding, not 130mph thru the forrest, ect and then start with that. Keep and ear out for new rider type rides.
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