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its my first road bike so im new to this, but do you mostly ride alone when you go out for a joy ride?
I really like to go in a group but sometimes there no one so I ride alone and I get bored.
 

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Im in Socal i ride alone and sometime in big giant group the last ride there were like 400+ bikes. go on meet up app you could join your local riding group. is nice to ride with other and ask for tips and check out other people bikes
 

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I generally ride alone but do group rides too. What you probably don't want to do is ride with some guys who go too fast for you. Even slower group rides sponsored by dealerships are a little dangerous with people bunched up. I've seen people get rear ended or ride off the road a couple of times.
 

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I find that riding alone is often best but I also belong to the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association and we split up into small groups. I've found that if you do ride in a group it's best to keep it to four or less. The big parades are not good. Nobody gets to ride the pace they want. It's also good to pair up with people that reflect your riding style. If I'm riding alone I get to ride like I want, stop when I want, eat when I want and go home when I want. But having a friend along is good for the friendship and just being with others.
 

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I've found riding alone is a little more relaxing. I just returned from the Sturgis. Talk about riding in a group. The population of Sturgis is about 6000-7000. About 450,000 people and bikes converge on the area. What an experience.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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I didn't attend Sturgis because I felt the need to be socially accepted. I went for the experience. Being among 450,000 people and bikes is really something. Probable 90-95% of the bikes are Harleys. I thought riding a Yamaha, I might be messed with. But it wasn't the case. Overall a great time.
 

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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.
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. :)
 

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Don't tell anyone, but I went to Sturgis a few years back just for the party, lol. I wasn't even a rider back then. But I loved seeing all the bikes and the different concepts people put together to make their rides unique. However I don't think I'll ever go with my own bike. I watched about 3 different people drop their bikes and after the initial "are you ok?"s cleared, the cat calls were hurrendous. So embarrassing. I would have just picked my bike up and pushed it home with my head down. I'm a car guy and have taken several of my projects to shows and rally's. I suppose you could call it a social acceptance thing... I think of it more as a cultural thing. It's nice to meet new people who you have something in common with, share the same passion, etc. It's no different then going to a sports bar to watch a game or a beer festival to try new beers. Also favorite pass times of mine.
 

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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.
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.
 

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Ride alone. It's more fun, and you get to go fast when you want to go fast, and slow it down when you want to just chill. No one to tempt your ego either - that'll get you in trouble... :)
 

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I like riding in small groups, like 3-5 people. There is always a little more safety with numbers, but huge groups seem to always just be a cluster####.
 

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Lucky people, here in Québec Canada, new motorcycle driver's have a 11 month probation. You are forced to drive with another rider with at least 2 years experience and cannot be on your own. that sucks cause if the other is a retard then you are in for a ride.

Did manage to get 2400km on it but not all with company :D
 
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