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Is it better to ride with others or alone? I ask because a couple of days ago I went on a ride with a husband and wife. When the ride was over he said I can tell you ride alone a lot. Unfortunately he had to split before I got the chance to ask him what he meant. What do you all think he meant?
 

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Don't know what was on his mind when he made the comment. One possibility? When you ride with others the safest way to ride is with each rider maintaining his/her lane in a staggered formation. You don't want the guy leading to be weaving back and forth in front of you, or the guy following to be directly behind you in the same lane. If you were doing either of those two things it could be what he was referencing.

As for which is better solo or with others? Neither. They're both great!
 

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Depends on where. In cities I find it much better to ride alone: less distraction. Seems most times I ride with someone else we act stupider trying to run yellow lights, multiple lane changes, trying to figure out what route the other person is taking etc. When I rode with a slower rider I was always looking back to see where they were and that's not safe. I ride periodically with a guy who runs yellows and is way more erratic than me and its not enjoyable. Several times I have given up and just gone on my own. We usually decide on a destination and then meet there. However, on the highway for a few hundred kms its nice to see what gets pointed at and more comradery.

So optimally we plan to start somewhere, end somewhere don't worry about the between.

As far as riding with a group its not for me: loses the freedom. If I wanted to be in a parade there is one featuring Santa Claus near Christmas.

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PS "ride alone a lot" can also mean without a passenger so be sure you periodically shower. Just sayin !
 

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I prefer riding alone or in a small staggered group with no more than three other close and competent riding friends. Use to do group rides on the weekend and found too many were not attentive, basically just following the bike in front of them. Although I do like to drink I never do poker runs either, would rather ride rather than hitting a bar every ten miles.
 

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I have one friend I ride with on a fairly regular basis. He takes the lead, I hang back. I do one group ride every Father's Day, 30 - 40 bikes. I stay dead last and ride my own ride to our destination. That is enough for me.

In my interactions with other riders, quite a few are just as bad on two wheels as the 4 wheel folks we / they complain about.
 

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Is it better to ride with others or alone? I ask because a couple of days ago I went on a ride with a husband and wife. When the ride was over he said I can tell you ride alone a lot. Unfortunately he had to split before I got the chance to ask him what he meant. What do you all think he meant?
There are untold 'rules of the road' that apply in a group. Some founded actual safety concerns, some passed down like folklore and held onto for no reason.

I never bothered because I hang at the back of the one group ride I do each year. I prefer alone, but some folks love the comradery of a group rolling down the road, and there is something to be said for that.
 

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Learn the normal hand signals if you do it again to make it easy to communicate.

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Thanks all for the insight as to what he might have meant. The way I was riding that day was I stayed back of them and rode either to the right or left of who was ahead of me. It depended on if they riding on the right or left.
 

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I never bothered because I hang at the back of the one group ride I do each year. I prefer alone, but some folks love the comradery of a group rolling down the road, and there is something to be said for that.
The last group ride I did was well organized with police escorts but still, not too far in front of me one inexperienced biker lost control and took out three other bikes. That's why I called it my "last group ride."

I'll ride with a buddy or two who I know are experienced riders, but those big group rides are an accident waiting to happen.
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Only group rides I go on is with friends who I know can ride. Mostly experience but we took the kid down the street with us one day because there is no doubt he can ride.
 

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I ride with a local club, actually I’m the 1st Officer for our chapter, we have a group ride every Tuesday. For me, the safety comes from the Road Captain who leads the ride. Our club does RC training and every RC has to lead a ride with just other RC’s before they can lead the group. We use hand signals as above, and every ride has a Tailgunner. The Tailgunner communicates with the RC and let’s them know what’s going on behind them. If a bike has to stop, only the Tailgunner stops with them. The RC leads the rest of the group to a safe place to wait. New riders to the group ride up front so the RC can see how they ride.


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I can't say what's better, but I prefer, with a few exceptions, to ride solo.

Setting aside some of the dumbassery I see on a lot of big group rides, I find that keeping proper spacing, watching for stragglers or ride leaders that can't stop themselves from racing ahead, dealing with red light intersections etc, keep me more focused on other things than just enjoying the ride.

Having said that, I still make sure that I learn and follow good riding rules and protocols if I'm riding with others.

It's all part of learning.
 

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I prefer to ride alone, I can stop and go when and where I want to and some people think in a group it's a race.I live at the end of Shenandoah National Park with a lifetime pass and a mile past it there's the start of The Blue Ridge Parkway.
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It's been my experience that Harley riders are terrible to ride with. The fellow Valk people I ride with are much more enjoyable. No rush, no crowding, no showing off.
 
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