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post #1 of 7 Old Jul 4th, 2009, 2:31 pm Thread Starter
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Sure hope these guys are OK. Hate to see things like this, but let it serve as a reminder to us all when riding in groups.
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That's why I prefer not to ride in groups; or, if I have to, I prefer a widely spaced, staggered configuration. That side by side stuff is just an accident waiting to happen.
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I saw the story also, and thought about what I often have said, the problem with group rides, is that too many people are not watching the road ahead, only the bike in front of them. Seems like these guys did the same thing as airplanes flying in formation, leader fly's into the ground and the rest follow.

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I concur with both of you. Still sad. I have had two friends crash in the last two months while we rode together. Both are ok but require time off the bikes and work for one. I always felt interstate riding, while not my favorite was the safest.


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I wonder if they did any planning for how the group would be arranged. I learned something interesting a few years back about putting together a column of riders. You'd normally think the rookies should be at the back where they can hang back and watch. The writer in the article I read said that putting the less experienced riders at the front was the better arrangement. The more experienced riders are more aware of threats, better at handling their bikes and better at managing the spaces ahead and behind themselves. Having the more experienced riders at the back theoretically keeps chain reactions from happening.

Anyone else hear something similar?
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Unfortunate indeed. I do have a question though. I read the short story, and watched the video...neither of which mentioned the group's riding formation. Perhaps reading too much into the above replies, but a couple of those replies make it sound as though this accident was caused by side-by-side formation, versus staggering.

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I'm not convinced that your average biker is any better suited to be at the controls than your average driver.... therefore the only thing that surprises me is that there aren't more like this...

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