i’m a pretty conservative rider by most standards and most people that know me would agree. That being said, I wondered how often guys get together with their riding buddies and get surprised by what might be considered a spirited pace? You know... hey let’s meet at 7am on Sunday and ride out to a remote breakfast location followed by another 100 miles and then home by lunch type of thing. Normal, middle aged guys with no ego’s who normally ride at 5-10 mph over the limit even though the bikes are way more capable of a faster pace.. Shortly into the ride, in a remote location, the leader starts setting a pace not consistent with previous rides. Not what would be considered dangerous or frightening or “completely” irresponsible (unless you’re LEO). You know...spirited... like pretty fast for long stretches where there is no traffic and no side roads. I had one of these rides recently and although it was nerve racking, worrying about tickets and the environment. I also found it quite energizing and fun. No, I don’t see myself doing it again any time soon, but there was a part of me that said... Holy $h1T, that was unexpected and frankly enjoyable. I told my pals, thanks for the flight lessons but let’s ride next time. Anybody else experienced this with their rather conservative riding buddies that are not x-racers? And yeah, I know, I could have backed off and rode my own ride. I obviously chose not to with the understanding of the consequences. Flame suit on!