Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Southern Maryland
Watching other people ride gives me stress. It's not about how hard/fast you ride, you should ride well at any pace. Most people don't ride well and don't strive to become better riders either. They will say, "I'm not interested in going fast" and use that as rationale for not improving their skillset. Whether doing the speed limit or doing speed limit times 2 plus 10, it is important to ride well.
Whether it's just two of us or a large group, my friends like for me to lead. Leading is like riding alone... until you look in the mirrors. One has to be mindful of everyone's skill-set and experience. You have to stress (pre-ride) for everyone to ride their own ride at their own pace, and that they will not be left behind. We will wait at the next intersection/light/stop sign for everyone to get there. DO NOT RIDE "OVER YOUR HEAD" and do not be embarrassed to slow down. We would rather wait for you than visit you in the hospital.
Establish hand signals with your friends. Everyone needs to know what the hand signals mean. Communication is important. Signals for 'I gotta pee', 'I need gas', 'cancel your turn signal' (for the metric and sportbike guys), 'single file', 'staggered formation', 'close that gap', 'let me over', 'trade places with me', 'block traffic' ... and use both your turn indicators and hand signals for turns.
My friends make it fun... we yell "SWITCH!" at traffic lights and trade bikes around. You might ride everything from a 30 year old GPZ-750 or a Ninja 250 to a 2016 Road Glide within a few hours. I'm going riding with Craig tomorrow and I guarantee we will ride each others bikes for a while, we usually do.
2006 Victory Kingpin
Lloydz 116" Stroker/Big Bore, .495 Cams, Torque Tubes Airbox,
RPW Thor Pipe, Lloydz ECU Flash, PC-III, PTS (-2), Rivera
Primo Clutch Spring, 31 Tooth Pulley w/Buell Belt.