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post #1 of 17 Old 11-28-2019, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Group riding safety

anyone aware of any information regarding any differences in safety between riding in groups versus as single riders?
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I've read articles in the past but don't really need confirmation for a known.

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There is NO need to tailgate me when I am doing 50 in a 35 zone... and those flashing lights on top of your car look ridiculous.
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Be very particular about who you ride with. Know each one intimately because you will be counting on their skill to keep you alive.
If you don't know what kind of rider they are, I'd stay away.
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Be very particular about who you ride with. Know each one intimately because you will be counting on their skill to keep you alive.
If you don't know what kind of rider they are, I'd stay away.
I think that really depends on whether you mean tight formation group riding or a group that is all going the same place for lunch but gets very spread out.
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Then do whatever makes you comfortable

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For a while I was doing group rides with an old VTX club. And some of them were a real hoot with the right riders. But with unknown riders it seemed like some jackass was always going down. One guy went wide in a curve and right into a ditch, this at a moderate speed so it wasn't like he was trying to keep up. Not being attentive? A little tipsy? Not sure, but having met the rider I wasn't surprised. Ya, you know what I mean.

Another time a guy was riding like a banshee on a back road that made an abrupt right turn. He kept going straight, thankfully just into the bush and ironically the bush held him and his bike upright. He was just a couple bikes ahead of me. I watched him disappear into the bush as I was aligning for the right turn. It was actually kinda surreal.

The one group ride I did with K1600s in Colorado was trouble-free!

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There are rides with friends, group rides, and pack rides. That weekly ride with friends is something we have been doing for years, we know each others skills well and its is second nature to be able to predict how they are going to act/react in any situation. The group rides, where it is mixed, I still do those but I am either off the front or off the back. Typically off the back because I can keep an eye on the other (new to the group) rider. They aren't as fun because I feel like a sheepdog sometimes. The pack rides (charity rides, etc) I will only do off the back. I do the rides for the cause and because our group is in the pack but typically we aren't even suited up while others are leaving. We hang out, let everyone else head out and follow on the tail end, these typically are not that fun, but they support the awareness of riders so...

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My last "group ride" was the Femont Riders Father's Day ride in 1993 ('94?). That fixed it for me.


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