Web-Rider Spotlight: Ride Your Own Bike

DSC05357What better way to spend the day than with your riding buddies? Grab your helmet and hop on your new bike and ride to some destination you’ve never been before. Scenario: your friends have you excited about riding again after a long period of life getting in the way. Why didn’t you sell the riding lawn mower when your first-born came along instead of your motorcycle? You can always get the neighbor kid to cut the grass. So off you go down the back roads to your destination when you quickly find that your skills are a little rusty when compared to your friends who kept their bikes when the kids came along. It’s okay, just slow down and take it easy. It will all come back to you after you get a few miles under your belt. But what do you do in the meantime? Ride your own bike.

In group rides, we often find ourselves in a situation where the abilities and skill levels of each rider varies from biker to biker. Some want to ride faster and harder than others, while some just want to enjoy the ride and the scenery around them. Then we have the rider who may not feel comfortable with the road, conditions, or the dynamics of a group ride. It can also be a group of riders who have a mix of motorcycles that can cause any uneasiness within the group. Cruisers on a curvy road with sportbikes might not be a good combination of everyone having the same amount of fun if you all plan on sticking together.

The best thing to do is to not exceed your abilities or the abilities of your motorcycle. It’s better for the slower or less experienced riders to stay in the rear of the group and the faster riders to make safe stops along the way to wait for the rest of the group to catch up. Let’s not fool ourselves. I’ve been riding for 40 years and there are plenty of guys I ride with who are faster than me. I stay focused and I ride at my pace, not theirs. As long as you ride your own, everyone will enjoy the ride. RB

Jeff Maddox

White City, KS

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