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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2002 K1200LT (going, going, GONE)