You can explore new places and have fun driving your motorcycle with a group or going solo. Before deciding which driving style is best for you, it is good to understand what you can expect with both group and solo tours.
Riding in a group
Riding with a group can be a great experience – helping you build a sense of community with other riders and visiting places you may not have gone otherwise.
MotorcyclistOnline.com notes that traveling with a group can help make you more noticeable to other drivers. In addition, there is already help if you have a mechanical question or need other help.
If you have a group of friends who also ride, you can create an informal tour to a particular destination. Even with a relaxed trip you have to be organized, says RideApart.com. Everyone should know the route, planned stops and hand signals. It is also a good idea to have a leader and a "sweeper" ̵
Riding clubs and organized rides
A riding club or organized event can be a good way for riders to join. Search online for a group near you or ask about motorcycle clubs at your local motorcycle dealer, says MotoSport.com. Meet with any group you are interested in being sure that their driving style and skill match your own, says RideApart.com.
Tips for group travel
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers the following tips for a successful group trip:  Prepared. Riders must arrive in time and ready to go. Have at least one first aid kit and tool kit with the group. Everyone should have a mobile phone for emergencies or if the group gets divorced.
A solo rider is sometimes called a "lone wolf," says TotalMotorcycle Com. There is a lot of freedom in going solo. You choose the destination and stop you along the way. You can switch things up without having to consider the needs or abilities of other riders.
However, there are some things you need to consider. A solo rider becomes less visible to other drivers than a larger group, so you have to take extra care on the road. You will also spend nights and make restraints on your own, so you may want to consider how long you really want to be without a friend or family member for business.
Tips for Solo Rides
RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring and Travel offers the following tips for motorcyclists traveling on their own:
- Keep in touch. Let a friend or family member know your travel plans and contact them at least once a day.
- Have ID, cash and credit card at hand. Carry your driving license and emergency information with you. Always have some money and a credit card with you, even if you don't plan to quit, just in case.
- Has a mobile and location device. Have a charged mobile phone with you during the trip. You may also want a GPS tracking device so you can be located in an emergency.
- Eat and stay hydrated. One of the easiest ways to take care of yourself along the way is to eat properly and get plenty of water. Even on a cool day, Motorbike Writer notes that in the wind you can be exposed to dehydration. Have snacks and water with you, especially in areas where rest periods can be sporadic.
- Use common sense. Keep a first aid kit with you. Avoid insecure areas and try not to go at night. And listening to your instincts says that a situation is not safe.
Understanding the group's dynamics against solo riding can help you decide how you like to go. Whether you love the social aspect of a group trip or prefer the freedom to go alone, go out and enjoy the tour.
Originally published May 24, 2012.