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https://www.cruizinforcrimestoppers.info/

Short notice by me. I may be one of the few non Harley riders.

Founded in 2011, Cruizin’ for Crime Stoppers is the sought after motorcycle ride in Palm Beach County. A 100 mile, fully escorted motorcycle ride takes riders along a relaxing, scenic tour throughout Palm Beach County.

For six years, Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County has been hosting the event to raise money for the Operational Fund and build community awareness.

With almost 1,000 attendees this event doesn’t disappoint. This event prides itself on making the rider happy. When you show up on event day, you are greeted with music along with free coffee, soft drinks and snacks. During the rest stop you are also given soft drinks and snacks and at the end, we serve a hot lunch and soft drinks and have live music! This is all for your registration fee of $25 per bike and $15 for a passenger rider! It doesn’t get any better than that.

This event always rounds out the afternoon with great live music, raffles, and a great crowd.
 

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Why? Because I do not wish to ride with or near riders I do not know and whose riding skills are unknown. I seldom ride with more than two other riders and one of those is Spousal Unit; I ride with her 90% of the time. I find that riding with riders I do not know can and does result in unsafe situations. I am particularly leery of riding with HD riders. While I know some HD riders who I trust, I also believe that the brand far too often appeals to people who are attracted by the image and are dilettantes when it comes to riding. I live within an easy day’s ride from Sturgis. I went once when I was in the area for a anniversary party. I stayed for about two hours.
 

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I don't mind riding alone. When riding in groups on longer trips my preferred group size is 4-6 bikes. Large groups are often a source of frustration as a 10 minute gas stop stretches to 40 minutes before everyone is ready to go.

On the other hand I don't mind riding in small groups to medium size gatherings.

The group I normally ride with -- https://smbc.snafu.org/ -- has an unofficial motto: When you ride with us you ride alone.
 

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Why would you?
First, If that's your ride, enjoy!

I think you are asking Why wouldn't I? And I do not mean to sound snarky or elitist or to express anything other than personal preference, and your mileage certainly may vary, but since you asked, and with respect, esp to another forum member and a GS rider...
I could just say, "nah, that's not for me," but:
That phalanx of riders all dressed alike, all making lots of noise, all wearing salad bowls, all in perfect formation for whatever reason, and my takeaway, maybe unfair, is "to look really cool," All "bikers n sh!t," all that has no appeal whatsoever. The fumes, the noise, the left toe out indicating some real or perceived road hazard, appearing choreographed, the slow speeds, the escorts, the inability/unwillingness to allow anyone to pass, the hubris, man, I just don't get it, I don't think about it as anything approaching a desirable activity, and if THAT is what motorcycling were about, I wouldn't ride.
When I am on the road and one of those "rides" passes me going the other way, everyone saluting, I shudder and I thank my lucky stars I am not behind THAT, and that I am not within it.

I mean, have you ever tried to pass one of these things? They hog the road and will not let you pass. That's an exaggeration, RARELY they acknowledge someone trying to pass, but that is the exception. They are road hogs with a "cause."

I do prefer to ride solo, but will occasionally ride with some few others, but we ride our own ride, may not see each other around curves, etc, IOW we are NOT riding the "leader's ride," or the 'police escort" ride. Why would I want to ride my GS "Harley"-style? Sounds like a miserable way to utilize a bike...to me, and I may be just a curmudgeon, or conceited, or snarky and elitist, whatever. Again, there are all those riders out there who differ, and that's fine, just let me pass...please?

I don't know if like the flying lizard I would ride 100 miles out of my way to avoid, but I ...well you get the idea :wink2:
 
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