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April 18, 2016
Great info for great riding
What's your riding style? Would you choose you to ride with?Last fall I rode through Mississippi with my cousin, Dennis, and one of his regular riding buddies, Ringo.
They'd been on the road for nearly three weeks and were heading back to their homes in Florida.
I rode down from New York to join them in the town of Tupelo, Mississippi -- Elvis Presley's birthplace.
Prior to this trip, I'd ridden many miles with Dennis, but I'd never traveled with Ringo.
We had a good ride…
For the next few days, we rode together.
We headed south from Tupelo to Natchez, where we stayed the night in a fine hotel on the banks of the Mississippi River.
The next day, we headed east on rural highways to the small town of Laurel, Mississippi.
In Laurel, we said our good-byes before the guys headed to Florida and I turned north toward New York.
Ringo said he'd enjoyed our trip together. But, what was significant to me, he also said, "I'd be happy to ride with you again."
I appreciated his sentiments. Because on more than one occasion after riding with someone for the first time, I've decided I wouldn't try it a second time.
I'm glad Ringo gave me an approving thumbs-up.
It's not easy to find a person whose riding style and personality work well with yours…both on and off the road.
I always find it amusing when someone who knows another motorcycle rider suggests I should get in touch with that person so we can go for a ride together.
It's similar to suggesting, "Hey, you're both from New York, you must have lots in common and will become fast friends."
Familiarity can breed contempt…
I've known riders who started long trips together then split up after a few days because of conflicting temperaments and riding styles.
There's a guy who contributes to one of the same Internet motorcycle discussion groups that I follow. He often brags to group members that when he rides he likes to go fast -- especially in the turns -- and to pop lengthy, high speed highway wheelies.
He says he often finds himself riding alone and way ahead of the pack because "the others can't keep up with me."
I suspect he's like a kid who nobody looks for when they play hide-and-seek. They let him take off and hide by himself so they can enjoy themselves without him around.
Some may question my riding habits…
I'm sure I have riding habits others might not take to.
I like to wander off my planned route onto side roads to see where they go. And sometimes they take me far off course.
And I'll pull over to take confused or slow moving critters out of the road to prevent them from getting run over.
I know Ringo had a hard time figuring out why I stopped to take turtles off the road.
And when Dennis saw a cat sitting comfortably in a sunny field, he thought I might stop to pick it up and then try to find it a home.
When considering my own idiosyncrasies as a motorcycle rider, I wonder if I could put up with someone like me as a riding companion.
Well…maybe for one or two days.
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