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Group Rides

Post by Uptwobucks » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:27 pm



How do you feel about group rides? Personally I’m not one to lead, follow or wait one anyone. I just can’t do it. I rather you just tell me to meet you at a certain destination so I can ride the way I can enjoy it.



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Re: Group Rides

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:20 pm

my limit is 5 or 6 bikes.

I don't trust folks whom I have not ridden with.

with 10 bikes, you can't get thru intersections w/o the front losing the back half.
takes an experienced leader who will hold a Safety Session before the ride,
watch for problems, and use a radio to stay in contact with the Tail End Charlie rider.

When the group gets broken up, the leader should find a safe zone to stop and let everyone get back together again.

The route needs to be known in advance, and stopping points need to be specified in advance. it is helpful for copies of the route to be mapped out, so all know where they are going....
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Re: Group Rides

Post by Viking » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:50 am

AZgl1800 wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:20 pm
my limit is 5 or 6 bikes.

I don't trust folks whom I have not ridden with.

with 10 bikes, you can't get thru intersections w/o the front losing the back half.
takes an experienced leader who will hold a Safety Session before the ride,
watch for problems, and use a radio to stay in contact with the Tail End Charlie rider.

When the group gets broken up, the leader should find a safe zone to stop and let everyone get back together again.

The route needs to be known in advance, and stopping points need to be specified in advance. it is helpful for copies of the route to be mapped out, so all know where they are going....
Absolutely agree, but like the OP, I am not one to like it if I have to wait for the slow arrivals. Standing around in a parking lot waiting to start a ride is not riding..... I tried it a couple of times with a GWRRA Chapter here in my home town, but left them for the convenience of not having to keep track of a bunch of people I did not know, nor did I know how they rode. One of them wiped out my buddies bike in a parking lot. Nobody hurt, but he did not offer to make good for the parts. He had to be reminded. He has since gone to a Spyder. Riding alone, I am always happy with my companions, :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Group Rides

Post by C-dub » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:11 am

The only group I’ve ridden in so far has been the PGR. Safety brief before every mission and procession with debrief afterwards. After a procession, if there was an unsafe rider, depending on how unsafe, that rider may be advised if their mistakes so that they can be corrected or if it was too bad will just be told they are not allowed to ride in processions any longer and should just meet at the destination ahead to help set up there.

AFAIK, there is no communication between the lead rider, mission/ride captains and the “tail gunner” safety rider bringing up the rear in case anyone falls out for mechanical or other reason.

It might be nice to have comm with a few of these riders. If nothing else, just to see how it goes a few times.
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Re: Group Rides

Post by CrystalPistol » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:06 pm

I like group rides when they are with people I like being around. I know that in my early years of riding, some others bent over backwards to help me better enjoy the ride experience. Those who tend to arrive late often miss coffee. We have a AIS time set and at 5 minutes, the alarm is sounded. At AIS time, we are off like a heard. Stragglers straggle.

Once on the road, we chat. We tell jokes, we talk about things we see, and I have never yet had a problem getting important info broadcast or get in touch with drag. If a problem occurs, a flat, etc. …. it's a help to have company. No one likes breakdowns or accidents holding all up … until it's them. I have seen members leave the ride and go home to get a car or pickup & trailer to help.

If I want to ride alone, then wife and I just get up and go. If I want to go on … or lead … a group ride we have a schedule from which I can choose it. If I lead, I have a plan for the route, gas, food, times, miles, potty stops, ice cream stop at the end often as not.

It's just how I roll.


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Re: Group Rides

Post by Solina Dave » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:00 pm

I don't like riding in groups, and I never have liked it, in over 40 years of riding. I ride alone, but I'm always meeting interesting people while on the road. I meet people who most often have a common interest with me, and that's usually motorcycles and motorcycling. And conversations about other things in our lives branch out from there. The encounters are generally short lived, and then we're gone. That's how I like it.
I don't have a navigation system, or a stereo, or an inter-com. Strictly old school with a clumsy road map. I love the solitude, but I will admit that there are times when I wish someone was there to bounce comments off. My ex and I rode many miles together, and that was good. But that was also many years ago.
I made a few group rides back in the day but I invariably found them far to confining. "Anyone hungry?"...."Yeh!"....."No"....."Want to grab a burger?"...."Nah! I'd rather have pizza"....."What to stop?"...."No, let's keep going."........"Well maybe." and on and on and on......But that's just grumpy old Dave. :lol:

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Re: Group Rides

Post by C-dub » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:57 am

Dave,

My group consists mostly of two people, my wife and me and she’s on the seat right behind me. We do have an intercom from helmet to helmet. However arguments like what you describe are nonexistent. If I want to stop we stop. If she wants to stop we stop. Fortunately, neither of us need to stop very often when the other doesn’t also.
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Re: Group Rides

Post by Solina Dave » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:11 am

C-dub wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:57 am
Dave,

My group consists mostly of two people, my wife and me and she’s on the seat right behind me. We do have an intercom from helmet to helmet. However arguments like what you describe are nonexistent. If I want to stop we stop. If she wants to stop we stop. Fortunately, neither of us need to stop very often when the other doesn’t also.
I too rarely had arguments when simply riding two up. I thought that the OP was mainly interested in group rides, with multiple bikes. That's mainly what doesn't appeal to me in any way.


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