I've ridden alone. I've ridden with huge packs of morons. I've ridden with a fairly large group of the best guys down selected from the pack of morons. I've ridden with smaller subsets of skilled riders. Riding with a group, even a skilled one, always increases the attention required, just like flying in formation is more demanding than flying alone.
Going for a ride is one thing but when the ride becomes a weekend, week or longer, the importance of riding skill starts taking a back seat to simply being a person you want to be around. The longer the trip the more comfortable you have to be with your riding companions both as riders and people you want to be around while eating, hanging out, etc etc. so finding a good group of long distance riding buddies isn't an easy thing. Fortunately, I have a core of 5 or 6 guys I've ridden with for 20+ years off and on and I often enjoy the comradeship of a ride with a small group of friends.
If you are distance traveling and want to make time, riding alone is by far the best but can be boring as hell. Alone, you pass when you want to pass, slow down to enjoy the scenery or speed up to make time as you please, stop for food, or not, all without considering how it would affect all the bikes behind you. That said, there is a lot of enjoyment doing a multi day ride with close friends.
Peoples riding style is entirely up to them, but neither riding with a pack or a lone wolf makes the rider superior to they guy who chooses the other way.
Last edited by bill815; 09-04-2019 at 04:09 PM.