I think your assessment for those attending motorcycle rallies a bit too over encompassing. Different people go to rallies for infinite reasons. If I were to attend one it would not to be socially accepted, but rather for the experience, as paranoid1 stated. And really if one were going to be socially accepted, would it matter? It's their prerogative, and isn't hurting anyone by seeking such. Live, and let live.Motorcycle rallies, such as Sturgis, are for people who seek social acceptance, not the thrill and pleasure of motorcycle riding. Not more than you, the subject rider, and two(2) other comparable riders, will make for the best riding.
Well put HM7, being in a small group of trusted riders is nerviona, you know what to expect in situations based on past riding experiances.I usually ride with my husband, and our best friend - so three. I ride alone when I really feel the draw, but I'd rather ride with those two. We've ridden together since 2008, and we are completely in sync. I have no desire to ride in a big group - like mentioned before there's too much going on with a lot of bike for anyone to really enjoy themselves. So, I ride alone when I must, but it's not my choice of riding company.
That's because there's very few tough guys even there, they're mostly white collar professionals who are just dressing up and playing biker for the weekend.I Probable 90-95% of the bikes are Harleys. I thought riding a Yamaha, I might be messed with. But it wasn't the case.