Originally Posted by ammar324
I'm sure a lot of riders there have a lot of experience and are very capable and would have a lot to teach me, but I just don't imagine that big rides like this would be the best avenue to display or practice these skills. That was my whole point because a group is only as fast as its slowest and least experienced rider. Factor in a few hundred riders into this equation and you'll see my point, so please don't take this personally. But if you guys want to meet up any time for something smaller scale or if you want to get an ex-500 group get together any time I would definitely look forward to that.
I don't really do group rides, and certainly not 'aggressive' street rides, but the purpose of having a 5+ different groups is explicitly so that they can avoid having anyone hold up people who want to go quicker, or have slower riders crash trying to keep up with said quicker riders.
I don't know the specifics, because I didn't attend the last "epic ride," but I believe none of the groups had more than 15 or so riders, and they shuffled people around to slower groups when it became apparent they were trying to maintain a pace that was putting themselves at risk.
I am pretty competent on a race track, but I really have a ton of apprehension about riding at any more than a "moderate" pace on the street. Some of the street heroes will claim that is what makes them superior riders. They're entitled to their opinions. If I attend something like this, it would be in the "medium" group, and I'd bail if it was turning into a dangerous situation for me, or anyone else...
The ORDN crowd is generally a very solid group of people. I disagree with many of them pretty frequently on the forum. The internet makes that easy to do. In person, there is only one member who I go out of my way to avoid. I would urge you to show up and see what the group rides have to offer. If it's not your cup of tea, no one is going to fault you for that, and you can turn off from the group at any time - just be sure to TELL someone so they're not circling back to look for you!