I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but it seems to me that riding in groups is leading to a lot of accidents that wouldn't happen if you were riding solo or with only a buddy. Personally, I prefer riding with only one or two others who I know well and trust, or riding by myself. There's something that happens to most of us when we're in a group ( whether riding or doing other things) that affects judgement and tricks us into doing things we wouldn't do if we were alone. I understand the strong pull of the comraderie of other people who are interested in riding like we all are - after all, I keep coming to this site, for example. But as time goes by, it seems like group rides are causing a lot of grief. I know I have done things on larger group rides that I wouldn't normally do. My normally clear judgement gets fuzzy during those times. It's my judgement that has allowed me to become 48 years old and still enjoy riding at high speeds when the time is right. If I lose that judgement, I become a hazard to myself - I take chances that I normally wouldn't. Poor Paul - out for a ride on an awesome day. I did that ride by myself two weeks before and loved every minute of it. Without distractions, I made good choices, but still rode at a pace that would satisfy all but the most hard core of you all. Anyway, the message is this - if you go on a ride with a group - especially with people you don't know that well - promise yourself before you start that you will carry your good judgement with you all the way. Enjoy the thrill of riding these machines - but only within YOUR limit. No matter how good you think you are, there's always somebody out there faster. Don't be a hero. Live to enjoy it again and again.