I did a quick search, only found a thread about MCs. Found a thread about wearing leathers on the street, and plenty on bike nights. Ok, I'm drifting...
You guys like riding solo or group better? Solo is self explanatory, so I'll elaborate on the group part. Do you have a set group of friends? Do you meetup with new groups from meetup.com? More importantly, what I'm looking for, is how many in the group would you prefer to ride with? 2-3 others? 4-6 others? 7+?
I've actually went on one ride with a guy I met from meetup. He was quite a bit more skilled than I (no surprise
). He said he had been to a few of their regular, every weekend rides, and when he showed up and saw a bunch of older men in full leathers, he knew he was in for it
He was actually a pretty sensible guy, and I guess in that respect I got lucky. He didn't try to leave me, and we had some nice conversation at the end of the ride.
Recently, my g/f's cousin got an 01 zx7r (so glad the gxxsr deal fell through). I just figured he was a squid from the shit talking and wanting a gxxsr. I've been on a ride with him and his mom (as the whore thread got a glimpse of). Today, his mom backed out while him and I hit my favorite hometown twisty. He kept plenty of distance, never tried to fly by on the straights, and all-around rode respectively. I was pleasantly surprised. The ride with all 3 of us didn't leave me too confident. Not sure how I like his mom's riding techniques.
I remember a ride a couple of years ago when my old boss got his 636 (I think) and let me go scoop up his soon to be sold 250 on a ride of ~7 bikes IIRC. We met up with a bunch of dudes on some pretty flashy bikes. We take off down some twisty roads and stop at the bottom about halfway through the good part to regroup. The flashy bikes weren't too happy with the road choice. One of the guys actually said, "Man, I didn't know you guys were going to RIDE. I thought we were going to cruise around town. I'm not tryin' to end up on Spike TV."
So we split up in a fast group and a slow group. I knew I could ride better than the slow (flashy) group, but hadn't ridden in a while. Took the 2nd spot in the slow group. By the time I got a spot to pass, the fast group (6s, 7s, and 1ks) was about a mile ahead. When we got to the end, I had that little 250 up to the tail of the fast group. Made me proud