Watson On: Why I Go Solo

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I have to be honest here and admit I’ve never quite understood the group ride motorcycle thing. I know a lot of people that enjoy it and look forward to getting together with like-minded folk to ride motorcycles in a conga line down the road.

Watson On: Why I Go Solo

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The problem for me and riding in big groups is, I know my abilities and what I am capable of doing, but I don’t have a clue about the guy on the tricked out chopper who wants to ride alongside me. He may have seemed pleasant enough in the parking lot but he might also be one of those guys that wants to ride three inches alongside you and will then try and have a conversation about his marital problems as you cruise down the road.

Watson On: Why I Go Solo

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Or he might be testing the new brake system that he installed last weekend all by himself and is now keenly aware that taking the entire brake off the chopper’s front wheel was not a good idea. Nothing personal buddy, but for me this just isn’t going to work.

I give full marks to people that like to ride in groups. Some of them organize terrific rides for charities and raise large sums of money for all sorts of good causes. Though I still prefer to hand over my dollars directly to the deserving charity rather than pay to sign up with a group of strangers who are going to ride with me into the desert for a day and who I know nothing about other than the fact we like motorcycles and support the same causes.

Watson On: Why I Go Solo

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I am sort of aware there is whole series of etiquette involved in riding in large motorcycle groups. As I understand it, there is a someone out in front, who is usually called something odd like Slayer; he may have a lot of badges on his leather jacket and will give all the orders about where this moving train of motorcycles can go, when they will stop and what position you’re assigned to ride in.

Watson On: Why I Go Solo

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Behind Mr. Slayer is a mixture of motorcyclists with varying degrees of ability on a wide range of bikes. Bringing up the rear are the new guys, who have just bought their first bike and have yet to experience riding with others. In the back you will also find those whose machines have bits falling off them and so they have to stop every few miles to pick up the pieces.

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