Watson On: Why I Go Solo

Watson On: Why I Go Solo

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Lurking in the group, you’ll undoubtedly find a psychopath. He’s the one that’s been warned about his behavior on previous runs. He’s been told to hold back on drinking too many beers at every bar the group stops at, so he’s promised he’ll stick to just one beer at the 10 stops on today’s route. He will also trap you in awkward conversations that you feel obliged to smile during while simultaneously looking wildly for an exit strategy.

Watson On: Why I Go Solo

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Out on the road, when he spots a gap open up in the group seven riders ahead, he will decide to overtake the whole group to demonstrate how invincible he is and that his bike is louder and faster than anybody else’s.

Mr. Slayer will inevitably banish the group psycho to the rear of the pack for the remainder of the year. He’ll do that until either he drinks too much and falls off in heavy traffic on next weekend’s run, or stabs someone at the after ride party back at the bar where the adventure all began.

I get why people like to ride in groups. They like the camaraderie, the friendships and enjoy doing something together that we all love – motorcycling. Seriously, good luck to them if that’s what they want to spend their weekend doing.

Watson On: Why I Go Solo

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For me, I couldn’t think of anything worse. I couldn’t accept being told what to do, when to do it and who I should ride with and for how long.  I’m also not that keen on being stabbed by strangers. That’s probably why I am going to keep on riding solo.

How about you? Do you do the group ride thing? Are you a solo rider? Or, do you do a little of both?

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