Updated: Jun 30
Why ride in a group? There are certainly many times when riding alone is a preferred method of travel. There is some appeal to being able to go wherever you want, whenever you want, and not having to wait on anyone else. Frankly, that's why most of us bought motorcycles in the first place.
There are many benefits of riding in groups. Motorcyclists can share tips and tricks, as well as learn from each other's experiences. Other drivers are also more aware of motorcycles when there are more of them on the road. Additionally, riding in a group can be safer, as there are more eyes on the road to watch out for potential hazards.
Aside from knowing someone "has your back" if needed, group riding promotes camaraderie. Motorcyclists who ride together in groups not only enjoy riding but also share stories afterward, over delicious meals and cocktails.
Have a motorcycle and no one to ride with? Riding with an organized group is an excellent way to meet like-minded motorcyclists. Some areas have "bike nights" where people gather to meet other riders. There are also numerous charity rides throughout the season to participate in.
If you prefer multi-day trips, check out some local businesses that offer organized motorcycle rides. When you book a motorcycle excursion, they plan your route for you. You just show up at the meeting point and ride! When looking for a company to travel with, it is good to find one that will also provide you with a packing list to prepare ahead of time, one that provides guide and tail riders to ensure the group stays together, as well as help with some small road-side repairs in case of emergency. While you can certainly plan your own route with a GPS and a CAA card, there are certain benefits to having a company do it for you such as the support of experienced riders, pre-planned routes, and the camaraderie of like-minded riders.
Whether you ride solo, with friends, or in an organized group, one thing is certain: you'll enjoy the journey more than the destination. As the old African proverb says: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." Motorcycle riding is an excellent way to explore new places, have memorable experiences, and make new friends. With organized group rides, you can take advantage of the group leader's experience and knowledge. Moreover, you can get assistance from other riders in case of an emergency. Plus, you can benefit from the group's pre-planned route, so you don't have to worry about getting lost.