If it’s happened to us once, it’s happened to us a hundred times: Either somebody picks up a nail in their back tire on the way to Starbucks, or picks one up along the route. The Ducati Multistrada above picked up two nails at once a couple years ago. Why, just last week we were running a bike on the dyno when we all ducked as a nail shot out of the back tire and ricocheted off the wall. Wondering where they all come from is as useless as contemplating why there is evil. All you can do is be prepared, by carrying a tire plugger kit of some kind; even a cheapy rope plug kit from Walmart (and a few CO2 cartridges in case you need to reinflate) will save you and everyone in your group a lot of time and grief.

  • Hilarious!

  • Old MOron

    Some of these problems can be minimized by inviting someone like Evans, who over packs. You can count on him to have the tire plugs for the flat and the tubing for when someone runs out of gasoline. On the other hand, he heightens your exposure to gravity!

  • JMDGT

    Here’s the route to the destination. See you there.

  • SteveSweetz

    0.5: Getting suffocated by gasoline fumes from the guy in front of you who put a race exhaust and PowerCommander on his bike that runs it waaaaay too rich.

  • Too true. Hilarious.

  • Branson

    Good list, especially 2-4 which I’ve seen on group rides.

    Instead of clicking through each one, in the future when doing lists can you put them all on one page? Makes it faster and easier to read.

    I’ll often skip entire articles if too much clicky, almost went by this one.

    • Jon Jones

      Good call. Hate the clicky crap.

    • Alexander Pityuk
      • Branson

        Oh, I understand the concept of clicking through lists, I just don’t agree with it here.

        Does the clicking on the same list many times instead of once really increase the value to the advertiser? I don’t think so, why would it? In other words, is the first click worth as much as the 10th if the same person is viewing the same article?

        Other sites that have lists of this type don’t always require you to click through multiple times. How do they manage?

        BTW, MO has perfectly done exactly what I’m asking for in the Superbike Street Shootout — a great article, informative, concise, easy to read. Thank you MO!

    • gjw1992

      Well, I accept such click bait so long as the list is as entertaining/semi-useful as this.

  • John B.

    Great list John. I’m glad to know the reasons I avoid group rides only scratches the surface.

    For me it boils down to safety and time. I hate waiting while people F around; I want to ride! Also, every group ride is only as safe as the least safe rider, and in large groups you’re always riding in traffic.

    You didn’t mention alcohol consumption. I don’t drink and ride; it’s just not smart. Not everyone adheres to this rule, however, and to ride a motorcycle safely is difficult enough without having to keep track of who may have diminished capacity.

  • Old MOron

    Speaking of Evans, since we haven’t heard from him lately, I’m guessing he was tasked with writing up the big superbike shootout. Make sure he works in the part about the brave MOrons, how their naked ears were tortured by the speedbikes sweetly singing.

    PS: haven’t heard a whole lot from T-rod either, but he’s more likely to be doing bicep curls than writing stories!

  • Kamohelo Mohudi

    Been on many large group rides 3+ riders, even up to 50+ bikes at one time..bike maintenance, legal issues , cash for petrol and CPD are quite common but if you have a bunch of friends you generally ride with and you know each others downfalls you can easily enjoy rides. I had a friend whose bikes always cut our journey short be it engine problems or no money for petrol, eventually ditched him and avoided riding with him at all costs. Its sad but such people can really hinder your enjoyment of any ride. best solution in life ride a lone more often then for atleast an hour two during the day ride in a group then head home alone.

    • Anderson F. Octer

      can you tell me what is CPD?

      • Kamohelo Mohudi

        2. CPD: Competitive Personality Disorder

  • Anderson F. Octer

    what is CPD?

  • Texarkana

    I would add, riding in a group consisting of people you do not know. Never a good idea.

  • #1 WITH A BULLET: how most groups handle traffic at intersections. It’s the real reason I won’t ride in groups beyond about four or five riders. Way too often, the whole group simply blows through red lights and stop signs in the name of staying together. Alternatively, some private citizen in the group appoints himself traffic cop and “solves” the problem by stopping in the middle of the road to halt cross traffic with his magic hands of enforcement. I’ve seen countless near misses, and even when that doesn’t happen, we leave a horrible impression on fuming drivers who’ve just had to make an unexpected panic stop.

    When I’ve complained to organizers about it, they’ve acted like I’m the world’s worst namby-pamby-killjoy-boy-scout-goodie-two-shoes. Really? REALLY?

  • Too_Old_For_IT

    O.25 The leader with the big bike who makes every run a cannonball run.

  • Joe Berk

    Good read. Agree with the click-bait comments below regarding the format. I lead group rides for CSC Motorcycles, including several multi-day rides in Mexico. Biggest problem has always been leaving on time. Solved it by always leaving on time and telling the group the night before what the next day’s destination is. In foreign countries, that works well.

  • Tanner C Giby

    HEY I FIXED THIS HORRIBLE TITLE FOR YOU “10 Random Risks of going for Rides”

  • TC

    What’s with the Starbucks fascination? Too much coffee leads to unplanned ‘pit stops’.

  • group rides can indeed be very dangerous if riders are not serious about riding. Some thigs you just dont mess with

  • John McDaniel

    Riding at night, especially as the bars are closing is asking for trouble.