There’s no doubt that I am a huge fan of solo riding and quite a bit of my two-wheeled activity takes place while I am by myself but… in 2004 I started a riding group through the church that I go to… and over the years it has taught me the joys of riding with friends. We typically ride a couple times a month from March through November and we kicked off our 2010 season yesterday. It was pretty cold but 14 of us braved the elements to enjoy a few miles, some good food and just hanging out after a very long winter… and it was great!

What about you? Do you have a group of people that you consistently ride with? I would love to hear about your group and how it operates… and if you don’t ride with a group, I’d encourage you to find one and start. It’s yet another enjoyable aspect pf riding that you don’t want to miss out on.

3 responses

  1. Pearl and I do so enjoy our solo rides :).

    With that said, though, we belonged to a HOG group when we lived in Chattanooga who were the greatest bunch of friends we’ve ever had. We rode all year long (even when it was brrrrrr, cold) and spent many quality hours together. Whoever wanted to ride just showed up at the dealership around 9 am on the weekends, we decided where to go and then just took off. I miss them a lot now that I live in South Florida.

    Pearl and I just recently joined a new HOG group and we’re starting to make some new friends. And the drill teams have skills practice for those of us who are still green at the slow speed maneuvers. Pearl’s not too sure about getting dumped on the asphalt so much lately, but we’re getting better. We rode in a charity ride today with several hundred other bikes – that’s always a blast (check my blog tomorrow for pics and commentary). My favorite large group ride so far was Trail of Tears.

    Motorcycle friends are the best. Amen.

    March 21, 2010 at 4:12 PM

  2. It’s usually me and my brother-in-law, who i ride with the most. We both took our safety test and got our motorcycle license at the same time so we were eager to get out and do some riding together. The first year we discovered a few routes that we love and kinda become our default rides when we aren’t sure really where to go or have a set time on how long we can be out.
    Now we’re going to a new (as in young) church where there are about 5 of us who ride. We had our first group ride of the year last weekend. Was perfect weather and had a blast. Along the way we rode out to a building out pastor has had his eye on, checked it out and prayed over the building that God would show us/pastor if it should be the new place for us to meet. Right now we’re meeting in a childrens dance studio, that somebody in the church owns.
    We’re currently starting up a motorcycle ministry called 10:10MM. Based on John 10:10. http://www.1010mm.com We plan on doing a ride at least once a month and also doing some work and helping out in our community.
    One of our guys also rides with the Fellowship Riders and we’ll be doing some rides with them too.
    The more rides the better!

    March 21, 2010 at 10:27 PM

  3. smokit

    There is much to be said for both solo and group rided. I now ride with 2 groups.
    The american Legion Riders group out of Ft. Bridger Wyoming and an eclectic group called Wasatch Riders in Salt Lake City. I would encourage all rider vets to look into a local American Legion group for a chapter. It’s a lot of fun to get out and do a schedule or moments notice ride. After the Memorial day rally, the group is riding to the Elko, NV bike fest. Then there is also the patriot, charity rides and story telling…
    The Wasatch group plans a ride for a meal, day, weekend or multi-day. There are cruisers, baggers, rockets and dual sports represented. There are 20 riding to the Memorial Day rally in Wyoming

    April 21, 2010 at 10:05 AM

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