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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 7-10-2014, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Columbus Ohio riders meet up?

Been in contact with a few of you over the past month or so, and have in fact tentatively planned a wrenching session this weekend.

Wondering how many ex500 owners may be on the boards that I'm not aware of?

Let's meet up and possibly plan some rides, garage days, etc.

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By the way....are we Midwest, or Northeast? Lived here five years now, never really thought about it...

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Yup!, Midwest (Why, I've no idea!) lol

Was a great time, man! Even if it WAS just 3 of us! I got alot of info from you both, and hope you can get that TT Vapor's gremlins worked out!

As I said, you all are welcome to come up to Delaware,OH and wrench/BBQ/chat anytime!
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Looks like we're having another get together this weekend if all goes according to plan.

Would love to ride up that way once my bike is sorted out. Maybe Ammar, Nerdz and I could head your way and then points beyond on a day trip.


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Sorry I missed this. I'm from the Cleveland area, but don't mind riding

Post up on OhioRiders.net next time and I'll see it!


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We're midwest for some reason. But if you look at a map of the US we should really me mideast....and I'm not just saying that cuz I'm Egyptian.
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Re: Columbus Ohio riders meet up?

You know about the Fall ride coming up on this Saturday, right? Should be fun. It's pretty close to Columbus, also.

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You know about the Fall ride coming up on this Saturday, right? Should be fun. It's pretty close to Columbus, also.

http://ohioriders.net/index.php?/top...-september-27/
I like group rides with friends or even with strangers but it's always just a small informal thing with maybe up to a dozen riders, not a huge event you have to sign up for. Something like this doesn't really appeal to me very much. It seems too rigid, too big, and too regulated to be any fun. And also really? The "fast" group is allowed to go up to 70 mph on the straights! Whoopty freaking doo. If I wanted to ride like that I would have bought a Harley.
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I like group rides with friends or even with strangers but it's always just a small informal thing with maybe up to a dozen riders, not a huge event you have to sign up for. Something like this doesn't really appeal to me very much. It seems too rigid, too big, and too regulated to be any fun. And also really? The "fast" group is allowed to go up to 70 mph on the straights! Whoopty freaking doo. If I wanted to ride like that I would have bought a Harley.
I certainly understand your point of view... Smaller groups are certainly better, so they don't attract too much attention, get split up by traffic, etc. This is why we're going to have a big group meet up and finish spot, but everyone will breaks up into groups of 10 people, max, for the actual riding. And no, you don't have to "sign up" for this unless you want to meet people, make friends, and let people know who you are, that's all. If we know who's coming, we can make sure we don't leave without you.

Yep, 70 mph in the straits... If you like to go fast in a straight line, then you won't really get anything from this ride... Those riders that are going 70 mph in the straights could probably teach you a thing or two about riding, since most of them attend track days pretty regularly and have their fun in the twisties, not the straights. 30 mph over the limit on some of those turns requires lean angle and other skills that most riders will never achieve. So yeah, maybe this one isn't for you.


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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.
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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.
Well part of the reasoning for this is to get lots of Ohio Riders together for some camaraderie, not just to display skills... but I'm always interested in learning to ride better, safer, & smoother from more experienced riders than myself. As for the # of riders and speed, like I said, that's why we break up into groups of ten, max, as well as having different groups... so that you can ride with people who have the same pace.

Well, maybe we'll meet up for something smaller-scale sometime in the near future... If I learn enough between now and then, maybe I'll be able to keep up with you!


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Been out of loop..... I'm free upcoming Saturday afternoon I think... Ride or wrench..... Don't care.
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Been out of loop..... I'm free upcoming Saturday afternoon I think... Ride or wrench..... Don't care.
Lets do it. PM me for phone number....or just get a hold of CAPSLOCK and we'll get something together since he already knows most of us.
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Turns out I'm off Sunday, or Saturday afternoon. Either way.
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Hey Nerdz what's up? I'm working this upcoming weekend but could maybe take a day off. Rugbybuck needs to do a valve adjustment, maybe we could do the job then ride?

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Hey Nerdz what's up? I'm working this upcoming weekend but could maybe take a day off. Rugbybuck needs to do a valve adjustment, maybe we could do the job then ride?

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Wife signed me up to go to the art museum to see the Werner private collection... Looks like I'm out. Plus valves gotta happen when engine is completely cold. Maybe Saturday afternoon I could turn some wrenches after work.
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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!

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