I did the whole HOG thing back in the day. I was a Road Captain and an Officer in the Chapter. Unfortunately, it wasn't for me. I think there needs to be different rules (or lack of rules) for different groups. HOG Chapters need rules. You're riding with people who range in their abilities. There is too much controversy over the proper way for HOG Chapters to ride so I won't comment.
I ride in small groups. I don't like any rules but I need to ride with people who have a mutual respect for the road. In general, I don't ride with newbies or people who cannot completely control their motorcycle in any situation. Yesterday I rode with a new group and had an issue with one of the riders. He was competent in his riding abilities but he was crowding me. Thanks to advise from the forum members, I will be able to handle the issue properly on future rides.
So, my advise is to ride with people who you know and to ride with people you trust. There's no need for leaders or sweeps when everyone in the group is a skilled rider. I usually tell everyone to ride their own ride. Don't try to keep up if you're not comfortable and use your head. The people I ride with have the same attitude as me. It works well for us.
Also, if you're not a skilled rider, try riding with people who are better than you. If you stay with people who are average riders you'll never get any better.
EDIT: I JUST READ THE POST ABOVE MINE. HE WAS POSTING AS I WAS TYPING. WE PRETTY MUCH GIVE THE OPPOSITE ADVISE. I THINK THERE WILL BE MANY OPINIONS IN THIS THREAD. THERE'S NO RIGHT OR WRONG BUT WE ALL NEED TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR US. BTW, I'VE MET ZzzzEN DOG AND HE'S A GOOD GUY AND AN EXPERIENCED RIDER.
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Last edited by BDMastiff; 07-11-2011 at 11:37 AM.