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For those who own a motorcycle which you take out for a joy ride on the weekend, do you ride alone, or with another biker or group of bikers?

While I'm on the subject, are your rode trips relatively close to home, under 100 miles or further?
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I ride alone a good bit of the time. I'm not much for large groups but I do like to go with 1 or 2 other people. Most of my trips are local within 100 miles of the house but there are some serious back roads here.
I ride alone pretty much all the time because all of my friends/family members are either afraid of bikes or just like the 4 wheel convenience of cars/trucks. I used to take the wife to movies or outing and stuff but not for a while now because of kid (18 months old - you get the picture).

I now only ride my bike to work and back, or to my sisters' houses, and it's still fun rides everyday.

YF
I do both .
Most of the time it is under 100 miles per ride
I mostly ride alone and most of my riding is daily local commutes.
When I do get a couple days off I like to ride 100+ mi. and camp. I also look forward to a couple trips to Daytona each year (1000mi rnd trp) I was supposed to ride to Ma. from NC this month but had to bag that trip due to work.
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I mostly ride alone, there are only a few people I trust enough to ride with. If my wife and I go, it's usually under 100 miles round trip, especially if we have the kids on the back as they get wiggly after about 30-40 miles. If I'm with my buddy, 200 miles is nothing, we just ride till we need gas, then ride some more.

Most of my riding is to work. I do about 150-175 miles a week just commuting.
Most of my riding is to work. I ride alone. weekends, I ride alone. Just get on and go. Occassionaly, I ride two up if my wife wants to go for a spin.
I normal ride alone to work everyday (weather permitting)..

About once a month my wife and I ride with another couple, it tends to be about 100 miles total for the day, sometimes a little more than that but we usually pick a destination, leave about mid-morning on Saturday, get to our destination, have lunch at a nice restaurant, then walk the downtown or area. Then back to our stomping grounds for the last matinee movie, then finish the night with dinner someplace. It's a real gas. We both ride two up and we don't have big bikes but it's still fun...
My husband and enjoy it most when it is just our two bikes. Occasionally we will hit the road with a couple others, but the more bikes you have the more complicated it gets. We have the same riding styles and enjoy the same things.

On an average weekend we will ride about 300-400 miles. We do like looking for those out of the way biker joints to have a cool beverage and chat with other riders. Three day weekends will find us searching for those places farther away from home - betting on a destination at least 150+ away from home.

During the summer we hit the road for 2 to 3 weeks for trips 4,000+ miles. These are the times I enjoy the most. Something about the total freedom of the open road...with no real plans and just riding until you feel like stopping. It is very addicting. I highly recommend it.

Mags whereismaggiemae.com
We, as in my man, his brother and wife and myself tend to ride together most weekends and usually the 100-150 klms from home.
My man rides to work around 90klms daily and because I am only a weekend warrior I will take myself off for an hour or so through the week at night just so I can get some ride time in.
We have ridden in some large groups on charity rides but just dont feel comfortable - just not sure I like or trust how others ride so very rarely do group rides.
themagster hit it right on the head. It all depends on who you ride with. My friend bought a new bike just before I bought mine. I've known him all my life, so I thought it would be fun to ride with him. Not so! When I see an interesting place, I like to stop and look around. He wants to keep riding and can't figure out why I want to stop. When I call him, it's too hot, or it's too cold, or he just doesn't feel like it. I have way over 5,000 miles on my bike (bought it April 2nd), and he has barely over 1,000 miles on his. I've quit calling him and ride alone, because I can stop and talk to other bikers and have a good time. He's not very friendly to other riders, but other riders is what it's all about, making friends and meeting new people. I'm going to attend Bikes Blues & BBQ in October, and it will be my first rally. I can hardly wait!
Tfee3 - A lot of people don鈥檛 put 5,000 miles on in the life of their bike! Enjoy the bike rally. I have been going to bike events for so many years I don鈥檛 think I could recall my first one. It is usually just my husband and I riding together to attend. Let me know what you think of your first one, would be interesting to have fresh insight. Happy Trails

Mags
My wife and I like to ride alone. We also ride a lot with others to which I am always the leader. So we ride with any where from 1 to 12 bikes at a time. There is a number of people here that ride so it just depends on who has plans and who is riding.

Hammer
Thanks, I'll do that. I was scheduled visit Sturgess this fall, but my stepson who lives in Rapid City scheduled to come visit us for the first time, and I had to stay home. Then, on Friday night, he called and said a huge hail storm kicked the whatsit out of their house and one of their cars, so they had to stay home to deal with insurance agents. Since my wife hates my motorcycle, I accuse her (laughingly, of course) of paying her son to tell us they were coming down. There are some motorcycle rides here at the Lake of the Ozarks this month, but my friend who lives here said they weren't very much fun. So, I'll wait and go to Fayetteville.

Hey, I can't feature my putting less than 5,000 miles on a bike all the time it's owned. On that basis (in my humble opinion), why buy one - other than to impress one's friends because it says Harley on it. I know, I know, some people will be upset with my statement! :)
For those who own a motorcycle which you take out for a joy ride on the weekend, do you ride alone, or with another biker or group of bikers?

While I'm on the subject, are your rode trips relatively close to home, under 100 miles or further?
So fa this year I've road me bike about 10K. I really enjoy riding around with a couple buds. But usually end up by my self, do to scheduling conflicts.
I have a couple of friends whose riding syles and level of experience are similar. We've each been riding 35-40 years, ride pretty hard when it's safe to do so, and generally don't imbibe until the ride is over. We do 100-200 miles in an afternoon-early evening and know every good place to have lunch in 20 counties.

Vacation, I ride solo and put in some consecutive 5-600 mile days. No kids, cell phones or other distractions, just the wind noise in my helmet and the thoughts in my mind.
Like most here, it seems, I post most of my miles during my daily commute...averaging about 250 miles a week. When I can find a buddy who has the time to ride, we have usually ridden in groups of 2 to 4. I don't think I'd care to ride in a large group of over 6 or more riders. I did do one trip with 5 other riders, and it worked out pretty well, but seemed to be about the limit. When I do manage one of these rare weekend rides, we usually average anywhere from 150 to 250 miles.
Tim
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Like most of you

I like to ride alone or with one or two others. Usually my wife, son or brother.

Large group rides are just too much hassle. The rubberband effect is a pain, and like they say... the view only changes for the lead dog.

As far as distances I like to do 400-600 a day. I'm one of those guys that just likes to go and keep going. I like scenery I can enjoy while moving. Here in Colorado (and the West in general) that is easily accommodated. Occassionally we ride to a specific destination or stop, but usually just pick a direction and go.

Ride safe & long,
Colorado Fats
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Arizona!!!

Like most here, it seems, I post most of my miles during my daily commute...averaging about 250 miles a week. When I can find a buddy who has the time to ride, we have usually ridden in groups of 2 to 4. I don't think I'd care to ride in a large group of over 6 or more riders. I did do one trip with 5 other riders, and it worked out pretty well, but seemed to be about the limit. When I do manage one of these rare weekend rides, we usually average anywhere from 150 to 250 miles.
Tim
I've ridden in AZ. but can not imagine riding there daily. Between the monsoon seasons and the intense heat it just seems too brutal. Night riding in town is ok but hiway riding at night isn't a whole lot of fun.

I rode from I10 0n AZ 30 to Sierra Vista AZ. one time at night. On the road there were thousands upon thousands of scorpions scurrying across the road for about 2-3 miles. Sure made me nervious & religious (prayed I would not have a reason to stop). Also those humungeous roaches all over gave me the creeps too.

Have to admire those of you that do ride in AZ. You really have to love the ride to go out into all that!

Ride safe & long,
Colorado Fats
Yeah, it does get warm some days...but you acclimate after awhile. What kinda annoys me (for no really good reason, I s'pose) is that right about now, when the weather is at its most pleasant, the motorcycle parking at work is full, and I often have to look for another place to park. But the rest of the year, either the 110+ degree days of summer or the upper 30's on the winter mornings, the only bike parked at work is usually mine, or perhaps one other hardy rider. I understand some folks not riding all year...but honestly, it bugs me to hear guys say: "Yeah, it's too cold to ride, I'll wait until it's a little warmer" in March, then they ride their bikes 3 or 4 times in May, then they say: "It's too hot, I'll wait until it cools off a bit", then they ride a couple times in October, then it's right back to the: "It's too cold" excuse. The only weather condition that really bothers me is rain. Mainly because of road conditions and not trusting the other drivers, but also because I hate to start my shift at work soaking wet, which I have done. Now I just leave a pair of denim shorts and a t-shirt & socks in my file cabinet, and I always have a change of shoes at work, so I'm pretty much covered there.
Tim
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