Originally Posted by Silvano
...they all say that this is not right and that we should ride together.
I think I've been lucky with my riding buddies and for the most part on group rides. A (very patient) old roommate of mine pretty much taught me to ride on the borrowed bike of another roommate, and we rode together pretty often. I have a few other friends I ride with on and off, but for the most part I solo.
When we ride together it's pretty established that we ride our own pace through the corners, and make an effort to group up on the straights and always at intersections. This works out well, since it's pretty easy for the leader to ride slow (i.e. the speed limit) in the straights and let everyone catch up.
If I rode with a whiner that complained about not sticking together, I probably wouldn't ride with them again. Or would make it a point to get everyone to agree to some solid ground rules before the ride.
I like riding with other people though. I've had trouble on the road, and it's nice to have someone who can help out or in the worst case go for help. (And then laugh their asses off at your motorcycle hanging from a tree... while waiting for the towtruck to show up.)
I've done a few pickup rides around here, with varied results. Sometimes they're great, sometimes it's just a big mess. Often I'm "the old guy" on local pickup rides so I ride sweep -- I don't really mind, I just hang way back before the good bits and then I can ride a fast pace through the corners and not worry about the slower folks in front of me.
On the other hand, it's great to get with a group of mature riders on K1200GTs and let it rip. How ya doing Dave!