Originally Posted by Donnieontheroad
Every New Year brings Resolutions that come and go but there is one in particular that Iím hoping that everyone will adopt, or re-commit to, and become ingrained in all of us that love to ride our Goldwings in the coming year(s).
That is to ďRide Your Own RideĒ Yes, I know we have all heard this phrase a million times and we all think we do that every time we throw our legs over our Goldwing and go for a ride with friends but the truth is we often donít follow this rule for a variety of reasons.
Iím going to start off by saying that this post is not a comment on any one in particulars riding skills as I myself am often in violations of this Golden Rule of motorcycle riding. So what follows is my opinion only and Iím sure other will chime in with their own take. This will benefit us all because itís a smart man that learns from his own mistakes but itís a wiser man that learns from the mistakes of others.
A little background. This last year (2016) there were 3 of my friends that were on rides with a group that I was a part of that went down during our rides. This has caused me great distress to see this happening over and over again not to mention the physical injuries and pain caused by these incidents to those that went down. Yes Ö every group ride has itís own dynamics and we should all seek to ride with groups that share our pace and skill level. However, in the real world that just does not always happen when we meet up for many of our group rides throughout the year. To often our emotions get the better of us during those situations and all of a sudden it becomes a contest of who can ride the fastest or thinking that I donít want to be the guy that holds up the entire group and subsequently riding outside of your comfort zone. Because of this I have started to ensure that each ride I participate on or am leading in the future we all get a safety briefing from the leader and any others that have input, to emphasis the importance of ďRiding Your Own RideĒ and any other safety points or suggestions to keep things safer.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my riding buddies and friends on this forum and hereís to having a safe year of Riding Our Own Ride in 2017.
In this same spirit Ö I am personally in the process of modifying my own riding behavior to include wearing a helmet which is something I have not always done in the past. Donít know if Iíll succeed all the time but Iím going to try to do better in this New Year.
Letís have a Safe Riding Year in 2017 Ö and letís be careful out there.
All good points and best wishes for you and all of us as we enjoy the ride safely.
I typically tell people that are worried about "keeping up" that the thing that really
delays the group is when someone crashes. Nobody cares if you are a couple minutes behind because you were smart enough to arrive safely but it tends to ruin everyone's day when somebody crashes.
Not trying to spread guilt as obviously, it's worse for the guy who crashed, but it ends up being a bad day for everyone. Nobody wants to see their buddy crash. When it happens, the fun in the ride instantly stops and it becomes a recovery mission for the downed rider and their bike.
I'd MUCH rather wait at the next turn for someone than to have to turn around and find them in the ditch. It's important to remember this when you feel compelled to cut into your safety margin to "keep up". The best way you can keep up is to arrive at the next turn safely.
Side note... Donnie...about the helmet... whether or not you wear it all the time or not, at least try and have it with you in your saddlebag for when you cross into states with helmet laws.