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post #1 of 64 Old Mar 25th, 2007, 8:01 pm Thread Starter
 
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Group riding or solo preferences

Here is a question for the group; do you prefer to ride in a group or solo?
I have been on many large group rides; with a few buddies, but mostly solo riding.
I find group riding gets boring due to the group having to keep pace with the slowest riders and then the excessive stops for gas, bathroom, or whatever.
Riding with a few friends is alright but not as relaxing due to having to keep track of the other riders and then the stops that end up being way too long thus keep us off the bikes instead of riding.
Then comes my favorite solo riding; turning up the tunes, riding at my own pace, not having to do timed meets with others, not having to do long stops at a rest stop, not having to ride others pace, not having to guess where the leader is taking the group. It is really what I have a bike for; my time away from the phones, e-mail, household chores etc.
It was a good day today 70 degrees and lots of open road.
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...turning up the tunes, riding at my own pace, not having to do timed meets with others, not having to do long stops at a rest stop, not having to ride others pace, not having to guess where the leader is taking the group.
My feelings exactly, however I prefer to ride with someone that has the same riding style that I do. That way, when you do stop for lunch/gas/break you have some company. Best of both worlds.

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There is nothing more fun than a good group ride with friends. Sharing stories at the stops and making new memories.

Version 2:
There is nothing more fun than a good solo ride. Enjoying the sights and the road and making new memories.

Hey, I'm flexible. What can I say.

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I like riding!

I remember the old comedy routine "anyone going slower than me is stupid and anyone going faster than me is an idiot"
I have ridden with some folks in a group of 3-4 and it was great
I have ridden in larger groups and it sucked
I always ride the right speed and stop just enough when I ride alone
so...

small group with the right people=good
large group=bad
alone=great
YMMV

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I like riding with a group ... but i really don't care for all the waiting around for everyone to show up; and then, the ride is reduced to ability of the least common denominator. My preference is a small group of 3, no more than 4, experienced riders.

Then again, if I have my druthers ... it's solo or two-up with the wife.
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It's all good, I just mentally prepare myself for the type of ride that day. For example one really needs to adjust for the large charity rides and understand it's not about "my ride" for that event yet we have fun at all of them.

My preference is for the small group with similiar riding preferences and common interests besides riding. I mostly ride with my wife two-up along with one or two other married couples. We "tour" together taking it all in at our agreed upon pace. It's great when you can find some true riding soulmates. It makes for a lot of shared memories and good times all riding season long.

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I avoid the "big rides" (i.e.: charity runs) at all cost. It's not that I'm cheap and don't want to donate or help raise money for a good cause, it's just that those rides tend to bring out too many riders that are just looking for an excuse to charge the battery, polish the chrome, chug down the six pack, and take the bike out for it's annual 50 miles on the odometer. These idiots have no right riding alone, let alone handlebar to handlebar in a tight pack.

We do have a group of friends that all ride, and we enjoy going out with them. We all know each others riding styles, and they are very similar, so there is no problem with pace, distance, when to stop, etc. It makes for some very memorable days on the road. The only down side is that I always seem to get elected as 'Road Captain' now that I have the BMW - and the GPS.

The best for me is going for a ride with my beautiful wife (Telle) on the back, just the two of us. To be honest, I bought the K1200 just so she would be more comfortable and would enjoy taking some of the longer rides with me. Of course, I've fallen in love with the bike myself now. I knew there was a reason I married that woman..... :-)

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It all depends on who the group is. If it's my CMA chapter, then not so much. Riding staggered parade style for hours on end is boooooooooooring!!! Get me with a bunch of BMW riders, then it is a different story. Favorite riding partners from this list as a pair or in a group of 8 to 10, jackd, DaveDragon, BamaLT, tnk12lt, ranger6, tmgs, LynnKeene, Bob Menton, dadler, messenger13 (when he stays inside himself ), johnrehder, opklnm, Bruce Yates, NOGILLS, pkpr1998, parishollow, joyfulsoul, and canyonrider just to drop some names. I'm sure there are more, I just haven't ridden with them yet (i.e. NorCal boys come to mind).

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The bigger the group, the more 'party' expectation it is.

The smaller the group, the more 'cover miles' expectation there is, all the way down to 1 rider.

Of course, there are situations that contradict all generalizations.

They are what they are and variety is good. We don't get many 'big group' rides out here in BFE, so when they do come up, the novelty alone is attractive.

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My feelings exactly, however I prefer to ride with someone that has the same riding style that I do. That way, when you do stop for lunch/gas/break you have some company. Best of both worlds.
Me too! Every now & then I need a good solo ride.
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99% of my riding is solo with my lovely wife as a companion,
the further away from civilization and the better I (we) like it,
there is just something so special and intimate about "the ride"

I loathe the charity runs, too many idiots and any one of them can put you in a bad situation real quick.

Sometimes we do local "dinner" rides with the local Goldwing riders....Too slow
I avoid the Harley "runs" too loud and they don't go anywhere.

So I guess the bottom line is I'm just too damn ornery to ride with anybody else.


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Sometimes we do local "dinner" rides with the local Goldwing riders....Too slow
I avoid the Harley "runs" too loud and they don't go anywhere.
That's what our town is like. The HOG group wants me in the back and it takes about 2.5 hours to get the whole 60 mile ride in and the GW group it SOOOO concerned about a loose pebble on the side of the road that I'm supprised that the lead bike does not stop and set up flairs.

I ride with our CMA group but it's no more than 100 miles at a time and fuel HAS to be bought. Then potty break for 30 minutes.

Yeah, I do ride by myself a lot.

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Both are good!

One, two, ten or more - of one of the many things that makes motorcycling so enjoyable is that a person can ride with without company and every time time that decision can be changed.

My best vacation ever (and at 46 I have had some good ones) was the solo-trip I took. In May of 2005 I flew to Durango, Colorado, rented a brand-new Harley-Davidson Electra Glide (100% stock thus "peaceful"!) and I rode the open highways of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah for 6 days solid. The only planned event was making it back to Durango in time to catch my flight home.

Except for that, I went "with the flow". I hardly spoke 10 words per day. I did not turn on the TV (in the motel room), listen to a radio, buy a newspaper or shop. I called home everyday so my family would know that I am ok, where I am and what direction I am headed the next day. It was an awesome time. Early May means the highways and biways were empty.

Can't wait to do it again...

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Here is a question for the group; do you prefer to ride in a group or solo?
Nothing sucks the enjoyment out of motorcycling more than group riding. Especially BIG groups. If I wanted to ride in a herd, I'd buy a cruiser. Go see the movie "Wild Hogs" . . . a perfect example. If I were President, I'd outlaw groups containing more than 6 or 8 bikes. A public menace. Period!

Riding solo, or with my wife = Nirvana.
Riding with one other bike whose company and riding style fits yours can be very enjoyable.
Three bikes introduces the 'odd man out' syndrome.
Four bikes are better than three, but now it's just getting too complicated.
Five bikes or more . . . No thanks! I'll meet y'all later!

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We did 3 group rides last year:
1. a charity ride (Toys for Kids). Maybe 40 bikes. Probably nice people but 100% die-hard Harleys with crazy-loud pipes. Amazingly loud pipes.
2. another charity ride, this time with about 250 bikes. Previous posts have already given the reasons why this can be NO fun, so 'nuff said about that. The only cool part to this ride was the police escort.
3. a HD dealer-sponsored annual endurance ride (240 miles). Maybe 100 bikes on that ride. No thanks.

I've ridden several times with an experienced rider friend who has a new Gold Wing. The only complaint I have is that he and his fiancee don't like interstates, preferring back roads. That's fine, but when you need to make up time the first and last day of a trip...

I've also ridden a few times with a couple of guys on this site and that's always good because I'm still learning. Hopefully they don't mind me holding them up... just a little.

IMO, riding alone (with or without passenger) is probably the best, followed by a ride with a small # of like-minded experienced riders.

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Riding alone is very enjoyable. I prefer riding with my wife. She on her ride, myself on mine. I`ve been riding the Harley lately because that`s the way she likes it. I`ll be switching back to the LT this weekend though. I was feeling pretty beat up by the wind at the end of the day at the end of the last ride. But there is no better feeling than riding with your significant other each with their own bike.
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Hi All. this is my first post. On the subject of group v solo all i would say is
if the group are like minded, and can ride the bike as it should be riden then ok.For me the great pleasure is solo me and the road ,as an ex goldwing owner I have suffered on group runs with these weekend warriors and as for Harley owners well lets just say that here in Ireland Harleys are the preserve of men in the midst of a serious mid life hell. In truth most people I know wont do the miles that I want to do so solo for me.
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My favorite is just me and my wife, headsets on, nice tunes, sunny day,backroads. A small group (no more than 4) can be great, any bigger, no thanks.

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Solo-just me or with karen on back.
I (WE) like to stop and smell the roses once in a while and often groups involve someone who wants to travel faster than we (I), which makes it more like I use to travel when I was younger. Now I even stop at things like the Drive Thru Olive, or The Official Center of the Earth, because I've developed an affinity to crazy people.

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Majority of our riding on this and the last bike has been solo bike with wife and dog. I have a friend who I will on occasion ride with for an afternoon just to get him out on his bike. These rides are not as enjoyable for me as I end up losing some of the scenery watching time as I feel obliged to monitor him (I lead except when he knows an area better than I do).

In short I would guess that no more than 1,000 miles have been ridden with another bike and never, on the last 2 bikes, in a large herd. In the last 5 years have put 107,700+ on 05 LT and 61,000+ on 02 Kaw Voyageur.

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I didn't get the tag "Lone-Wuff" for being in the middle of a pack.

The only good part about a group ride is the "After Ride" party. I don't mind doing a scenic trip with a half dozen bikes for a couple of hours here or there, but no way would I go cross country with more than one other bike and prefer just to be alone so I don't have to mark the road debris or warn others about impending doom.

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My favorite is just me and my wife, headsets on, nice tunes, sunny day,backroads. A small group (no more than 4) can be great, any bigger, no thanks.

Ray
What you said... ABSO friggin lutely... As we coast back to the home twenty, we pick our best coffee house stop... AND STOP! When we want... We talk about the ride, we reflect on what we saw... we sit (sometimes for hours) and talk... Who knew that a 1200LT would bring a relationship closer???

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Group Riding or Solo

This is a good question. I am new to the BMW community, having ridden Brand X for 15+ years. I am also a rider who got into the game later in life, rather than from the cradle. Except for the two year of that time, I have ridden over 17000 a year. And the riders I hung with, did about the same or more. This being a combination of group, solo, bar hopping and long distance - cross country stuff.

I really enjoy the social part of riding. I no longer like big group rides, but I do with a select group of friends who share a similar riding style. I will ride in big groups on special occassions, like Rolling Thunder or local charity rides.
In small groups, I think there is more safety by having a buddy nearby if something unplanned happens. And when you stop, you have instant socializing.

Solo riding is a great thing at times. Everyone needs some time alone with their bike and some good roads, but I like small groups mostly. Having said all this, it is time to open Pandora's Box.

Why is it that European bike riders seem to be the opposite, at least from my perspective and short experience. What do you think?
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I like riding!
small group with the right people=good
large group=bad
alone=great
YMMV
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Too often riding with pals they want "a beer" that becomes more than one. I drink, after my rides.

Groups spend too much time looking at each other instead of the cage traffic.

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I'm surprised other members of the Posse haven't chimed in yet.

Nancy and I ride of a lot of solo stuff and it's great. Although, it does add just a tinge of apprehension about being on a lonely backroad without another rider. I ride a lot of solo, but it's not vacation touring rides. I'd rather have my best friend along, or have another bike for those jaunts.

We, solo or two-up, love having a small group along, say 2-6 bikes. Though others two-up are rare, the "shuffling" of the group always adds an element of fun. Everyone can find someone to learn, practice and, or, play with.

The HDDC rides can have 4-10 bikes or more. Always a blast. The rules are simple. Ride your own ride. Second to last bike waits for the last out-of-sight bike at each turn on the route. Ask Grif about what a hoot these rides are! I need a faster bike

We did a relatively high speed group ride out the '04 CCR (thanks again, John) and that was great. Speed up, slow down, the group just made it's way and kept an eye out for each other. Great fun.

I've tried the "parade" style rides and if they're more than a few miles then I feel like I'm going to go stark raving crazy. I practice my skills for awhile, spacing, keeping a line EXACTLY parallel to the lines on the road, etc. But a few minutes of that and it's "let me out of here!".... and I go ahead, taking off. Maybe stop and take pictures of the group. Kind of float around the group, taking pictures, but not locked into the pace.

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My favorite is riding just my wife (in the backseat) and I.

I've done rides with other riders and with a few notable exceptions, they were less desireable.


My idea of group riding is to meet other riders at a destination (like Death Valley Daze here in California), hang out, but ride by ourselves. It's fun meeting other riders and BS'ing after the ride is over.

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I'm surprised other members of the Posse haven't chimed in yet.

Nancy and I ride of a lot of solo stuff and it's great. Though, it does add just a tinge of apprehension about being on a lonely backroad without another rider. I ride a lot of solo, but it's not vacation touring rides. I'd rather have my best friend along, or have another bike for those jaunts.

We, solo or two-up, love having a small group along, say 2-6 bikes. Though others two-up are rare, the "shuffling" of the group always adds an element of fun. Everyone can find someone to learn, practice and, or, play with.

The HDDC rides can have 4-10 bikes or more. Always a blast. The rules are simple. Ride your own ride. Second to last bike waits for the last bike at each turn on the route. Ask Grif about what a hoot these rides are! I need a faster bike

We did a relatively high speed group ride out the '04 CCR (thanks again, John) and that was great. Speed up, slow down, the group just made it's way and kept an eye out for each other. Great fun.

I've tried the "parade" style rides and if they're more than a few miles then I feel like I'm going to go stark raving crazy. I practice my skills for awhile, spacing, keeping a line EXACTLY parallel to the lines on the road, etc. But a few minutes of that and it's "let me out of here!".... and I go ahead, taking off. Maybe stop and take pictures of the group. Kind of float around the group, taking pictures, but not locked into the pace.

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Thanks Billy, you said it good. Couldn't agree more. We all ride our own ride. With special thanks to the long time posse imposed ride leader John Flowers, who always sets a great pace to start our rides. And a "group riding philosophy" that we all share.

But in all fairness to others, many of us ride almost every Wednesday night with our mid-week dinner club. Not to mention the many weekend and group rides we do each year locally and of course CCR. For me, I've been averaging 20k a year since '01 and I'd say about half of that is with one or more riders. That certainly leaves me a lot of time riding alone.

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This is a good question. I am new to the BMW community, having ridden Brand X for 15+ years. I am also a rider who got into the game later in life, rather than from the cradle. Except for the two year of that time, I have ridden over 17000 a year. And the riders I hung with, did about the same or more. This being a combination of group, solo, bar hopping and long distance - cross country stuff.

I really enjoy the social part of riding. I no longer like big group rides, but I do with a select group of friends who share a similar riding style. I will ride in big groups on special occassions, like Rolling Thunder or local charity rides.
In small groups, I think there is more safety by having a buddy nearby if something unplanned happens. And when you stop, you have instant socializing.

Solo riding is a great thing at times. Everyone needs some time alone with their bike and some good roads, but I like small groups mostly. Having said all this, it is time to open Pandora's Box.

Why is it that European bike riders seem to be the opposite, at least from my perspective and short experience. What do you think?
Dont you mean that european riders have it right"
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A euro perspective?
We do not have the wide open spaces like the US so you often end up riding with others through choice or falling into a group. I have ridden in a large group (about 20 I think) but I hung back and rode as tail end charlie. E.ven in small groups I prefer being at the back. It requires some discipline but if you know where you are going, which is not difficult in this small isle, you will get there eventually and the petrol pump might be free ;-) If you are at the back and have to keep up with the leader you have to ride quicker than anyone in the group which can be interesting and again needs discipline.

A few years ago 4 of us were out for the day and I highside my K75 and dislocated my shoulder. Being at the back it took a while for them to notice I was missing but once they knew I was on my way to hospickle they ralled around and rode my bike back to Edinburgh then came back to collect the bike they had left and would have taken me home as well if required. I like being on my own but when you ride with people like that I will put up with slightly longer fuel, cigarette, comfort breaks - whatever.

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group or solo

Hey, I never said European bike riders doing the solo thing mostly was right or wrong. To me, my preference is to hve a good balance and so far, I don't see it with the European crowd. They are very nice people, just not too sociable and I wondered if other US European bike groups are the same way. Like the man said above. Everyone has to ride their own ride.
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Iwas been ironic ,Better to ride anyway, any how any day.
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I like riding with a couple of friends that ride the same way you do. Of course, I'd have to find a couple of friends first. In larger groups and dinner rides, I always seem to get behind someone who can't maintain any kind of speed. That gets frustrating. I love riding with my wife. We travel a lot and you can relax and see the sights..............

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It's not surprising that most of us like rides when "less is more"...

I've done charity rides, PGR rides, Harley poker runs, etc., and the thing that frustrates me the most is the absolute disregard some riders have for other motorists' rights. How about the self-appointed "safety rider" who takes it upon himself to ride right up to the middle of the intersection and block traffic against the green so that his posse of riders can ride on through? I've done a number of large group rides (200+ riders) and am literally sickened when I see this type of behavior. It's only a matter of time before some driver gets the ass and floors it through the intersection and takes a few riders with him because bubba the safety guy was blocking his green light.

It's rare that I'll do a group ride these days - I believe them to be fundamentally unsafe. How would you ever know the skill level of the riders around you?

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Here is a question for the group; do you prefer to ride in a group or solo?
I have been on many large group rides; with a few buddies, but mostly solo riding.
I find group riding gets boring due to the group having to keep pace with the slowest riders and then the excessive stops for gas, bathroom, or whatever.
Riding with a few friends is alright but not as relaxing due to having to keep track of the other riders and then the stops that end up being way too long thus keep us off the bikes instead of riding.
Then comes my favorite solo riding; turning up the tunes, riding at my own pace, not having to do timed meets with others, not having to do long stops at a rest stop, not having to ride others pace, not having to guess where the leader is taking the group. It is really what I have a bike for; my time away from the phones, e-mail, household chores etc.
It was a good day today 70 degrees and lots of open road.
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Solo Riding for me

My friends all ride that American cruiser, so solo is the only way for me. I enjoy long rides with no particular destination in mind.
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I prefer two bikes and no more than four. I like two bikes for visibility, better night road illumination, and a backup in case of a breakdown. Groups larger then four struggle with compatable speeds, distances, road choices, time to refill, etc. Big groups are just too slow and waste too much riding time with logistics. Nothing better than two similar bikes with experienced riders.

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I am leaving for Torrey Utah on the 16th with a group of eight but we have been on a lot of trips togather and everyone gets along and are good riders. We have a group meeting before the ride where we make sure everyone has everyones cell # and we know how far we are going and that when we stop for gas everyojne gets it. This makes the ride better but I too perfer two to four riders, going through a town with lots of traffic can be crazy with a large group.

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I ride alone (unless I am on a European tour). I ride alone because I can go where I want to when I want to. I can stop. I can keep riding. I can ride fast. I can ride slow. I can stop and take pictures. If I get tired I can turn around and go home.

Yesterday my wife and I were driving home from the mountains (in the car). A group of 15 or 20 bikes (cruisers) passed us going in the other direction headed to the mountains. Most of the bikes had a passenger. I asked my wife how in the world do you get together with twenty or thirty of your "closest friends" for a ride? I don't have twenty friends who ride motorcycles. If I had 20 friends who ride we could never agree on a time to get together. But I see that with cruisers every weekend. I guess it's a different mentality.
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Our local club does rides every weekend. Usually ends up to be about 10 or so riders. The rule is.. Go at your own pace. Someone rides clean up.... Just that simple. Works out well I think.

Haven't gone much above 50 bikes. But, the rides are usually in small packs of similar riding style that meet up at several destinations along the route.

Groups are fine under these circumstances. Big group? No thanks. Lone rider, great !!!
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Re: Group riding or solo preferences

I ride with two groups, on Sat. I drop the bags on my RT and run with a sport bike group and then on Sundays I put my bags back on, top case if my wife's going, and ride with a great cruiser group. Sometimes I wake up around 5am and fire off one of my two RT's and put about 300 miles on alone just for a breakfast run. Having the two groups to play with is fun and then I find that sometimes running alone is what I need. Around here in Phoenix,AZ there is so much to see you can never get tired of turning the wheels either alone or with a fun group.
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Re: Group riding or solo preferences

You confuse the hell out of me when you revive a thread that's been dead for over a year. But I never commented on it, so why not.

My preference is solo or two-up. I like going at my own pace, going where I feel like going.

But I like meeting up with other riders too. Rather than a group ride, I prefer to just meet people somewhere at a set time. A solo ride there and back, but good camaraderie in between.

An option I haven't tried is riding with a partner. If it's someone you know and have similar riding styles, that' could be fun and you have some help if needed. But, get beyond 2 and it's just not as simple as I'd like. I like simple.

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If I gots to choose......it would be solo.
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Re: Group riding or solo preferences

First of all, good question.
Big groups, no thanks!!!
Everybody has his own preferences, my is for a small group maximum four GUYS!!!
No women!!!!
Two, three or four guys have no problem. They stop, relax, drink and everything goes with no problems.
With women, it's a pain in the ass...
-Toilet, lots of kms without relaxing, the food of this restaurant is a sheet (the other one 50 kms before was fantastic), that women only looks all the man, and so on.
So, my friends that's my opinion.
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Re: Group riding or solo preferences

I'm in the solo ride mode for fun, but group rides for activities.

Not only do I prefer to ride solo, but I prefer my tunes (not in a headset either) and to ride at my own pace. I like to stop where I want to stop and when I choose to stop. The only real group ride I like is with a passenger. And when I ride with a passenger, I ride more sedately (read cruise) for a more comfortable ride for the passenger.

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I'm in the solo ride mode for fun, but group rides for activities.

Not only do I prefer to ride solo, but I prefer my tunes (not in a headset either) and to ride at my own pace. I like to stop where I want to stop and when I choose to stop. The only real group ride I like is with a passenger. And when I ride with a passenger, I ride more sedately (read cruise) for a more comfortable ride for the passenger.

I'm with Art...mostly the "lone wolf" riding but weekends I get the better half involved...like the music through the speakers too. Don't enjoy group riding but do enjoy riding with one other bike...usually a good friend and I know what he's going to do on the road...no surprises.
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Re: Group riding or solo preferences

I've ridden at the most, only a couple of times with groups, and by groups I mean 2 to four bikes. Any more than that is a herd, in my opinion!

As you might imagine, I'm usually on my own.

When riding long distances on my own, I've never lacked for company. If I remember to put a smile on my face, and "invite" questions or comments, I usually can find some friendly folks to talk with, too.

Best for me, is riding solo to and from rallies. The ride to be at my own pace and path, but lots of similar folks, new friends, even some old friends now and then at the rally. Best of both worlds. BMW rallys are the best

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Re: Group riding or solo preferences

SOLO, or maybe, just maybe, one other bike. The reason? Group think. I do not care for doing what OTHERS want to do. I ride for the freedom to do what I want to do. If my SO wants to stop, I stop and do not worry that the group leader will send someone out on a search mission, I have, in my last career, observed group think in action, and do not like it at all.
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Re: Group riding or solo preferences

Hans said: "99% of my riding is solo with my lovely wife as a companion, the further away from civilization and the better I (we) like it, "
And right you are; about you're wife being lovely. What the hell was she thinking when she married YOU? And I only ask that because that's what everybody asks MY wife.

I really enjoy riding solo, and with my wife. The "group" I will ride with is about 3-4 other guys I know, and we're all pretty equal when it comes to riding ability and style. Even being a Harley owner, I just cringe when someone calls and says his buddy, on a Harley, would like to come along. Last time that happened, the two Harleys broke off at about the 100 mile mark, at a tavern, and called it quits.
One stipulation we make when riding with a larger group: this is where we're starting from, this is where we'll end up, ride your own ride at your own speed. See ya there. Never done any event type riding, just won't do it.
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Re: Group riding or solo preferences

I have always preferred to ride alone, when my wife first got her own bike it was a lot of fun just the two of us out riding while she learned or going out with one of my kids on the back. When I got my LT things seemed to change, I would prefer to just go out all by my lonesome. Right down the middle of the lane with music on (sometimes) going where I want stopping when I need gas or fuel for me, and not having worry about anyone else but me. I really hate the point a to point b rides anymore.
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