By Talya Adams
Over the past month I’ve been invited on quite a few group rides to various places. I must admit it’s nice to be considered for a group outing no matter what the activity, but I can’t say I’ve taken anyone up on the offer. Does that make me antisocial? Maybe, but I haven’t been in the mood recently to turn my riding into a group activity.
Now, I’m not opposed to riding with other people, far from it. Some of my favorite rides have been with other people. The rides I’m fondest of were when I was first getting my feet wet while riding. So, I think that’s why I liked those rides more.
However, the more I’ve ridden the more I’ve shied away from group outings on my bike. It just kind of seemed like more of a hassle. You all have to agree on the destination, the route, the time of departure. Those things are all well and good, but sometimes I like to venture off the pre-planned path. If I see a road of interest, I may just take it to investigate.
I also enjoy the ability to lose myself in my rides, where it’s just me, my bike, and the road. Another bonus is I don’t have to worry keeping pace with other riders. It can be a bit tedious going at the speed of the group sometimes. Back when I had my Ninja 250r, I was always last. I mean, I’d try to keep up, but I’d fall behind because my friends liked to pick up the pace in some areas and their bikes were more powerful.
Plus, I find when you ride alone you discover more about your own riding style; destinations you prefer, climate conditions, and how long you can actually sit in the seat. For me, pit stops are essential – especially when I’m traveling far distances. I need to stretch, eat, and use a restroom. Knowing these types of things about myself, I don’t want to make someone else’s experience a burden, but I also don’t want to be uncomfortable.
I suggest getting cozy riding alone. It’s still a good time, you get to march to the beat of your own drum, and there are usually no time restraints, which aren’t of your choosing. The benefits are worth it to me.
As always, stay safe in these streets