Road or dirt riding with a group, whats the limit for you?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by feldjäger, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. tlm

    tlm Adventurer

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    Always solo, I'm a nice guy, just not real social.
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  2. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I gotta say I'm the same way. Always nice, I'll always talk to you if we meet at a gas station, I'll always wave if we meet on the road... but I've found that I just don't need constant human contact to live a happy life.
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  3. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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    I don't really get the black or white answers to this. I prefer traveling alone and I enjoy riding alone. But I have also had a tremendous amount of fun on organized dual sport rides. Plus some of the absolute best times of my life came from riding with friends. In other words I like riding solo, I like riding with friends and I like organized rides. Maybe I just like riding.
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  4. tokyoklahoma

    tokyoklahoma 75%has been 25%wanabe

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    I like riding solo, I like riding with a group of 5-10 friends on road or off.
    But I absolutely positively HATE group test rides.:baldy
    The thought of riding a unfamiliar bike, in a group of strangers of mixed skill all on unfamiliar bikes, gives me the willies.:yikes
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  5. GeckoRider

    GeckoRider Been here awhile

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    +1. I at first thought 2 was the perfect number, one to go in to the store, the other to watch the bikes. But my wise travel companion pointed out that if one crashes it would be best to have someone stay to aid while the other goes for help. I guess one of those fancy GPS/Satellite could replace the third person in a pinch. After reading up I'd steer away from the Spot and go with the more costly up front devices as the subscription and quality of service Spot offers just doesn't stack up.

    The joke we had on our trip was that me being the "medical expert" would be the one to crash and get hurt. So I agree for the remote backwoods rides three would be best. Nothing wrong with more people on short rides but on longer the day to day herding of cats get old and will lead to fights as someone's expectations will rub up against the others.
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  6. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    It's always nice to have a couple other fellow riders there to help you pick up your bike when you go down. Well, it's never personally happened to me, but I've heard of this happening. I've never dropped my bike. Not once. Ever. :evil
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  7. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    I almost exclusively ride solo, whether its a day ride or trip, offroad or onroad. Partly because I prefer to be able to my own thing without having to deal with a group, partly because Im just so shy and awkward in social situations that its just easier to ride alone.

    Gotta admit though that it does get a little boring at times.
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  8. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Done both. I don't like the big groups, too many logistics, hand signals, waiting forever for lunch tables. A group of 3 or 4 is nice. Had a group for awhile where we had 2 hand signals, 1 finger was I need gas or a bathroom, 2 fingers was lets stop and check that out. Otherwise, if you can't handle knowing what to do by watching other riders turn and brake signals and are expecting others to watch the road for you go ride with another group.

    Did a solo month long trip this summer, I think you meet far more people.
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  9. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    Most of mah ride'in has been solo or with small, tight groups, butt in the last few years I've been on large groups on the street 'n in the dirt and it can be scary.
    The size of the group don't bother me none, it's the peeps in the group. If ya see peeps ride'in over their head, with an ego then keep clear of 'em. Generally; the larger the group, the less miles yer gonna put on in a day.
    The dirt groups rides I've done usually get spread out, so I don't worry much 'bout the squids crash'in into me. :wink:
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  10. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    I belong to one group that if there are more than 8 we split into 2 groups.

    I ride alone mostly or with my girlfriend. I do meet a lot of unusual people. Some by where I stop. Some because I camp and my gear shows on the bike.

    Congo line of loud annoying bikes going from Tavern to Tavern, NOT ME!

    David
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  11. duck

    duck Banned

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    I get claustrophobic on group rides.

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  12. Mtn Man

    Mtn Man Been here awhile

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    Two is just right ... But one works fine.
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