I applaud those of you who realize when a situation has become stupid and recognize when it's time to go your own way. I have a Hayabusa, and it's amazing how much attention this thing attracts.
Coming home from the dealership this past Saturday, a whopping 17 miles on the odo, I had three bikes pull up and try to run with me. I just looked at them and shook my head. No way. The dumbest thing about this was that the smallest bike that wanted to run was a Gixxer 750, and none of the other riders were wearing anything but a helmet. All were in shorts and t-shirts.
Hey, it can be hot in leather, but there are alternatives. Joe Rocket makes a cool fabric/steel mesh summer jacket with full armor for about $160 that is as light as a heavy t-shirt. No heat issues there, and good protection from the steel mesh weave (very cool IMO).
On another note, I was on a long ride this past Sunday, down North Territorial road here in Michigan (incredible, scenic, twisty two-lane). I was riding with my father and a friend, and we were staggered and giving adequate space for one another. Before long, some a-hole on an R6 comes up and joins our group, which is fine, but he had no idea how to ride in a group. He'd tailgate one of us, wheelie ahead of us @ stop signs then fall back, and rode abreast during the twistiest and tightest parts. He was annoying. To make matters worse, he was wearing a shorts, a tank-top, high-top Nikes and a helmet. That's it. Eventually, we asked him to leave our group or chill out. He told me his bike will take mine and laughed. We just went about our way while he wheelied away from us. What an ass.
It bums me out to see what some of the motorcycle community is like. No wonder insurance rates are so freaking high.