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|04-18-2002 12:39 AM|
I prefer to ride alone,at least you don`t have to keep looking over your shoulder to see if your buddies made it past the cars you just passed............ken.
|04-16-2002 05:23 AM|
A MN Recommendation
Try riding with the HSTA (Honda Sport Touring Association). HSTA Web Site
You can ride any brand or type of bike, as long as you ride the Pace. I ride a Duc 916 or a Kaw ZX-11.
Over 2000 members nationwide, average age 38, average riding experience 18+ years, average number of bikes currently owned 5+.
For event rides route sheets with lunch, and afternoon break stops planned are provided and you can ride alone or with a group. There is no start time for the ride, and routes are generally pre-ridden to assure good road conditions and avoidance of construction. Typical routes are 300+ miles long, and at the end of the day a dinner banquet is held. There are over a dozen of these rides scheduled each year around the country.
I'm a Minnesota member, and for our adhoc rides, we have developed a library of routes. On any given day (for example there has been a group ride every day for the past 4 days) a member will pick a route sheet, let others know of a start location, and who ever shows up rides the route, alone or with the group.
We've created an e-mail list at MN-Sportbike to enable people to set up rides. With a shade over 300 folks on the list, it is fairly easy to find someone to enjoy riding with.
|04-14-2002 11:42 PM|
|Doogie||There's times I like riding by myself and there's times I like riding with a group. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I much prefer riding with a group of guys though. Trick is to find a group that rides like you do. I don't mind the frequent stops and the indecisiveness because the guys I ride with are also my friends so we don't necessarily sit and talk bikes the whole time (only about 90% of the time. lol). I agree that large groups do become more of a social event though. But that's ok too, I like meeting new people that ride, as long as some riding goes on that's all that matters to me. Long rides, short rides fast, slow, etc., doesn't really matter to me. About the only time I ride by myself is if somethings on my mind and I need something to get my mind off it. Or if I'm going to school or work or something like that. Or if i'm really bored and can't get ahold of anyone.|
|04-14-2002 09:30 PM|
|gsx-in the city||
I like the idea of riding in a group. But I never break triple digits on the speedo and I find myself having to always catch up on the straightaways. I have my fun through the corners and twisties and through the tighter stuff...
|04-14-2002 07:23 PM|
I ride mostly alone, since all my friends have been killed by 18 wheelers.
Seriously, i like riding alone to a certain point. If i was to do a long ride, then i would want at least 2 riders with me. Its better for safety, in case a rider falls, one can stay with him, and the other can go for help. Plus cars usually get out of the way when there are more bikes.
If one of your riders is a yuppie or smokes allot. Be prepared to stop at starbucks for coffee all the time, along with the usual 30 minute smoking break. I really try to get riders that are similar like me, but thats hard, since im such a individual character
|10-22-2001 12:48 PM|
My schedule sucks so it might be hard to get together but e-mail me and maybe we can ride sometime.
I must say that I like to ride solo maybe 70% of the time. Mostly because it's impossible to find a group that rides the same pace that you want to. Sometimes I'm WOT some times I want to ride at 5/10ths. Frequently I go back and forth within the same ride, not like I'm gonna ride the same pace on a 250 mile fun ride. So it's difficult to coordinate. I don't want to push hard if I'm not in the mood just like I don't want to wait every 5 minutes to make sure my buddies haven't eatin' it or turned off.
The other 30% of the time I love group rides but it requires a group that is patient and level headed to deal with the issues above.
|10-22-2001 12:24 PM|
[QUOTE]Originally posted by GixxerSixxer
[B]No, I don't!!
Hmmm, I knew you were kinda strange
|10-22-2001 06:48 AM|
Don't get me wrong, I like riding with people but I prefer small groups (3-4) of people I know very well. I think when you get into huge group rides it ceases to be a "ride" and becomes more of a social event. Mucho time wasted at stops trying to figure out what's going on.
You also don't have to deal with crazies. I went on a group ride a few years ago (maybe 8 of us)...and my friend knew some of them, and I didn't know any of them. I swear they rode a WOT the entire time, double line passing, passing on hills, curves, nearly slamming into one another trying to be the first to pass cars. I mean...when are you supposed to actually enjoy the ride if you're at WOT with your eyes the size of golfballs popping out of your head? My friend and I peeled off and took some backroads at a fast, but leisurely clip...and as always, this was way more enjoyable than almost dieing riding with some psychos.
Wonder if any of them are still alive?
|10-22-2001 06:21 AM|
Like UFO & Smeg, I do enjoy riding by myself too.
In fact, on both my long trips on my Busa, there were many times I wanted to just break away from the group and ride on my own for the same reasons UFO pointed out.
It's true that when you're alone, you ride more. When you're in a group, you spend way too much time bullshitting at the rest stops so you loose time. During my trip, I missed taking certain roads I wanted to take because we ran out of time hanging around talking and sightseeing and NOT riding.
I also hated having to wait much longer when it came time to pass. Granted, having a Busa opened up more opportunities for me to pass than someone on an R1 for example. Being in a group meant that I had to wait much longer for the "right" moment so that everyone in the group got to pass too.
Oh and yes. The whining of some members of the group. I didn't get this too much but it was there occassionally. I remember having to struggle to find a place to eat lunch because the group couldn't make a definite decision.
Finally, being forced to stop 'cause someone was too tried to keep going. On the way home, I was "coerced" into laying around by the beach for 2 hours 'cause one of the members in my group was too tired. Granted, it was a beautiful beach and there were plenty of babes to gawk at. It also meant I could have been home earlier and perhaps avoided the nasty-ass traffic in L.A. if I had kept on riding.
Riding in a group though was fun. Lunches and dinners are fun 'cause you have someone to talk to. The safety factor increases dramatically. Being in a group means nobody messes with you. And if one were to crash, there's always someone to help. I guess there's plenty of advantages and disadvantages. But if I were to take a very long trip, I think I'd rather be alone.
|10-21-2001 05:31 AM|
I had a sabaticle in '97 untill last year as I had got bored riding by myself (my mates had got "mature" and packed in riding).
But I couldn't resist the desire to own a bike and relised that I'm better off with a bike and alone than not having one at all.
I do have my best mate who lives in England to go on touring holidays with so it's not so bad.
At home as UFO says, I can do as I want.
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