Riding in large groups

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by njd, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. pmelby

    pmelby Home Brew Adventurer

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    I inadvertently ended up in the middle of a cruiser 'parade' today. This happened on MN23 between Spicer and New London; I was in my cage headed north on the 4-lane, divided highway when I noticed a bunch of bikes entering the highway from the right. I moved over to the left lane to give them room at about which time I notice flashing lights ahead. Turns out that this is a 200+ bike parade that was running a stop sign and turning north onto the highway. The bikes ahead of me are moving into the left lane, so I slow down and filter back into the right lane. Needless to say that these bikers are giving me the stink-eye and worse since I'm right in the middle of their formation. I work my way to the front where there is a Sherriff's deputy and a fire engine, with the engine running right down the middle of the road. I pull in behind the deputy and follow them off the highway into New London, where I take the first available left in order to get out of the procession.

    My question is how these goobers can use the public roads in this manner? I realize that these parades are charity events, etc. and that the bikers love riding in them, but for fuck's sake, if you are going to illegally enter a divided highway with a posted 65mph limit, at least make an attempt to stop or signal the oncoming traffic.

    To be fair, when the whole parade made the left turn off of the highway, there was a MN patrol unit blocking the oncoming traffic lanes. I suppose that the whole thing was a mistake of some sort, the LEOs didn't make it to the point where the parade entered the divided highway, but why wouldn't a couple of the bikers stop to warn the oncoming traffic (me?).

    Parade season in MN.:ddog

    cheers,
    melby
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  2. Advntr

    Advntr Dilbert

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    I ride alone, with nobody else.

    Be careful when following the herd as you may step in what it leaves behind.
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  3. ULY-RPG

    ULY-RPG cool hands adv

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    This is not an insult to anyone's ability to handle a bike or how they choose to dress or what they choose to ride.

    I have ridden in large groups a handful of times and it's not what I enjoy. When I do ride in a group it's from the tail end and take a deep breath when it's over!

    The most fun I have is riding alone, riding my own ride, MAN AND MACHINE. No worries, No distractions.:deal
    If it's a planned event I'll meet you there :norton We can B.S. then.:freaky
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  4. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    I really enjoy riding with 2 or 3 good riders, that, in my case, have ridden with for 10 years. The synchronization of good riders cranking through the corners is a fantastic experience. I won't ride in big groups, or with people that I don't know...
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  5. PSYCHO II

    PSYCHO II Crusty Demon

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    When I ride alone, I ride alone. When I ride in a group, I ride alone.
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  6. motorider1979

    motorider1979 Adventurer

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    Did my first group ride last weekend. 17 bikes or so. My riding buddy whom has a similar riding style and attitude invited my on the weekend ''ride'' Nicely planned hotel etc... The ride was tiresome. Most of the riders were on cruisers some had loud pipes that were deafening even with ear plugs.

    Corning ability ranged from 10 MPH less than the suggested posted on yellow sign to barely the speed limit on the corner.

    The riding formation was suggested as staggered with 2 seconds between you and rider nearest ahead of you. This was attempted but due to how slow and fast riders were even on the 10 miles of superslab we did it was very easy to riding some to close quickly. Un-nerving to say the least.

    The over all pace made and sort of spirited cornering impossible.

    Great group of nice people to socialize with but next time I will ''meet them there'' next time.

    Ride alone or only with some close trusted riders whom are like minded.
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  7. mysz74

    mysz74 Adventurer

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    I like your mindset!
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  8. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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    What he said.
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  9. SuzukiScottie

    SuzukiScottie Adventurer

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    I've never been in a group of any more than 6 or so. Even that is too much for me. Much prefer riding on my own.


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  10. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Yep, I agree. Maybe one or two other riders I know and trust but that is the max.
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  11. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

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    I'm not anti social, but riding with a group just doesn't appeal to me. I've got a mate I ride with occasionally, other than that, I ride by myself. Few years back, 8 of us would regularly go for a spin, but after awhile, I found it too restrictive, all the riders need to be at a similar skill level .
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  12. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    I'm thinking the topic isn't talking about group rides on dirt roads.
    One toy ride was enough for me.
    I don't guess three riders compose a "large group", but fwiw I had zero issues spending 10 days riding with two complete strangers in the Alps. But it was understood we could go our separate way if things weren't working out. Fortunately they were both ADV guys; all was well.
    Jim
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