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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-09-2009, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Just a question for you more experienced riders...

On a recent trip from mansfield to my hometown (about 70 miles), I met up with a group of two bikes on the highway. We were going about the same pace so I figured I would just join that group until we parted ways. I kept proper spacing and lane position until we exchanged a wave and a nod and went out separate ways.

My question is, what is a good practice when riding around other motorcycles? I know there is safety in numbers, but is it bad practice to randomly join up in other groups that I don't know?

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i stager to the opposite side of the last bike but i stay back a bit.....i ride lone wolf most of the time
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Yea same here, Thats exactly what I did, it was a textbook riding formation haha

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Here's some info on joining an unknown group.

http://www.msgroup.org/Tip.aspx?Num=072&Set=

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That article is much more detailed than what I was going to say, but it said it much better than I would have. I've done the last part of that article several times, just staying a very healthy distance behind the group. If they stop somewhere I usually keep going. Just me. Unless its for gas and I need it. Some of the rides I've been on around Leakey there's so many bikes you nearly are one massive group on the roads. You really have to be on your game, keeping an eye behind and in front of you the whole time. The sport bikes almost never stay behind a group of cruisers and you really gotta watch them cause they'll sneak right up on your back tire and whip past you at the first tiny opening they get!

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i stager to the opposite side of the last bike but i stay back a bit.....i ride lone wolf most of the time
this is what i do also.





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Here's some info on joining an unknown group.

http://www.msgroup.org/Tip.aspx?Num=072&Set=
I`v spent some time on the msgroup forum, and read most, if not all of the safety tips similar to the one above. It is a very good place for all riders to spend some time and learn or brush up on riding skills and habits.

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That link was pretty informative. I saw these guys at a gas station where I was fueling up. I moved off the pump so they could fill up. We exchanged nods but that was it. At the time I didn't know they were headed my way. But after reading that, I'll definitely be more cautious about joining other groups. Especially after reading the part about the back position and how some groups consider it pretty important.

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i stager to the opposite side of the last bike but i stay back a bit.....i ride lone wolf most of the time
Ditto.
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The sport bikes almost never stay behind a group of cruisers and you really gotta watch them cause they'll sneak right up on your back tire and whip past you at the first tiny opening they get!
I resemble that remark!

Except I blow past the sportsbikers on my Vulcan... heehehe

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