Interesting. I've always thought that you shouldn't leave gaps because it is extremely unsafe to have a cage in the middle of a group of bikes.
Also....bikes riding together equals much increased visibility.
Do whatever is comfortable to you but I've never really understood why it's "extremely unsafe" to have a cage in a middle of a group of bikes. To me, it essentially is just like when you ride solo and there are cages around and I do that all the time and don't feel unsafe.
What is the basis for this extreme risk of having a cage in the middle of the group?
If I really try hard to see the other point of view....the only thing I can think of is that if a cage is in the middle of a group of 6 bikes or so and 5 bikes pass in formation and then they see a car, they might not see the one bike following as they might think the group has passed. Is that it?
If so...my answer to that is 2 fold. 1.) If the first bikes weren't in formation and had gaps in between, the car wouldn't assume the bikes are all together and would proceed as normal and continue looking for traffic. 2.) If you were the one guy separated from the five, you should ride like you do when you are solo. Specifically, you ride in a part of the lane where you can be seen and leave enough gap between you and the car in front that their vehicle doesn't obscure the bike and you ride like you are invisible and assume the cages are trying to kill you.
On the increased visibility argument. I do agree. However, it can come at a cost as a large group can also bring out really unsafe actions by the cages. Specifically, I've seen some cages do some really unsafe things to get around of a group or bikes that was impeding their desired rate of speed. I've personally seen a truck pass a group of 10 riders at probably well over 100 mph after the truck driver got tired of going 55 in a 70 and after following them for 10 miles.
To me..it's MUCH safer to let the car work through the group one at a time than to make them choose between going slow or risking your life to go the speed they want to go by making them pass 10 bikes at once. (and it's just not realistic to think the cages won't do what it takes to get past you...it may not be safe or legal...but they are going to get around you if they decide to....you may be riding for fun but they are probably driving to get somewhere)
Anyway....I'm way off topic to the original post. Sorry
...I get to typing and forget what we're talking about.
Stepping off my soap box now.
Speaking of Over Hyped roads....most of my riding is over hyped. But I love it anyway....