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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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Dewman said:
...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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Version 1:
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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dlbushey said:
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...

Gus
 

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S O L O ! ! !

Dewman said:
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! :D :D :D

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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. :mad:
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.
Always remember there are two types of bike rider ,those who polish and those who ride.
Stay between the ditchs.
PatJ(K1200 LT0
 

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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.

Love the Peace, Beauty, Smells and Sounds and doing at the pace we wish with stops whenever and wherever it moves us.
 
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