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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.
 

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The only time I've found the risk tradeoff worthwhile is riding off road. And I rode with a fairly mellow group.

The reason I consider a group worthwhile offroad is that the odds of shit happening go through the roof anyway and having someone there who can help is well worth the risks from riding a bit harder than I normally would.
 

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I see "group" rides are rides hosted by local shop/clubs where everyone is invited no matter the skill set. These are rides I do not participate as you'll get ricky racer wanting to prove he's the fastest and then the person fresh off the MSF course who knows nothing about riding.


I do participate in rides with friends. I do not consider this a "group" ride as we all like minded in our riding. We try to limit it to around 4 folks because of red lights/stop signs and traveling through towns where it easy to get split up if you have too many riders. We do not ride in parade formation everybody gets their space. If we get a new rider s/he's in middle.
 

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My first group ride was very good. I didn't know the group and they did not know me. The best thing about it was that most of them had ridden together. The leader held a rider meeting before we took off and we had a great tail man. I wondered what the tail man was doing when he pulled to the front and blocked traffic. I was a quick learner and we all got along and had a great ride. This group gets together every year and we always have a great ride.

On the other hand I ride with a Wednesday evening group and don't care for the ride. The food and fellowship are great. Not one other group ride that I have been on has been as good as the ones with my Madura friends.

The one thing for sure is you must ride your own ride.
 

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Just lay down a simple rule for a good group ride. Ride your own ride and always wait for the person behind you at turns. No need to worry about keeping up or sticking too tight together.This way everyone can ride at their own speed and spread out as far as they like, but you all make it to the destination without confusion. It gets better with time with the same people too. I originally wasn't a fan of larger group rides (over 3) but it can be enjoyable when its not stressful and everyone plays along.
 

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I have to laugh at the title: Group rides dangerous?

A question is not a question if you know the answer too
 

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I focus on my lines and maneuvers. Other riders are just distractions.

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Last group ride I took was about 6 years ago. The ride leader gave a serious talk about staying under 10 over the limit, and not passing on a double yellow.

Literally 60 seconds after we left the *$ parking lot, he and a clump of others executed a 90mph pass on a double yellow.

Who needs that crap?
 

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A group (old codgers 65 - 90 year old) that I ride with vary in numbers from 3 to 12 on our rides. We all ride at our own pace meeting up at predetermined places. The slowest rider is no more than 15 minutes behind the fastest rider. Interestingly the 65 yo (is generally the slowest). The 90 yo has just given up riding due to a gammy leg.
Some of our trips are around 2000 km with rest breaks at about 1.5 - 2 hours.
So far everyone has arrived safely and importantly happy.
 
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