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When I was a new rider (13 years ago), my husband would always ride ahead of me. I preferred that only because I wouldn't have to watch for him behind me, he was supposed to be watching me in his mirrors. But it would infuriate me because he would be riding so far ahead of me which left me feeling uncomfortable. I didn't even have 1,000 miles of riding time, and I needed the reassurance that he was there. He's a lone rider and will stay that way.

With my girlfriends, one would ride behind me and one in front. I am a far better rider than my husband (who never took a course) and I can see the bad habits he has during his 40 years of riding and a few accidents. I don't need to ride with him anymore. Sad to say, my riding girlfriends have all stopped riding.

Any suggestions on how to find riding buddies? I don't mind riding alone, but it would be nice to have company.

Marilyn Hansen
Princeton Junction, NJ
Monday, February 24, 2020
Editor Response
Yes, we actually do have some suggestions. Check out WRN's article titled 9 Ways to Find a Motorcycle Riding Buddy.
Good luck, and happy riding.
Szulewski Tricia
My husband and I have shared riding experiences with new riders. He will lead, the new rider or riders are in the middle, and I bring up the back. We have helped five people to become safer better riders in the last 10 years. Staying safe is important and sharing your knowledge is even better.

Lores
Charles Town, WV
Friday, April 6, 2018
There’s one hard and fast rule when it comes to the position of new riders in a group and that is that there is no hard and fast rule on where new riders should ride in a group. Before setting out on a group ride the newbies, participants, and rider leaders should discuss where they would be most comfortable—behind experienced riders learning from them, in front of experienced riders setting their own pace, or elsewhere. No one rule fits everyone.

Jon
Elmhurst, IL
Saturday, March 17, 2018
For everyone’s safety, new riders need ride in front on the right side of the lane with trailing rider behind and on left side of lane. In my lifetime of experience, too often I’ve been with a new or re-entry rider (on road after extended layoff) that have become distracted and not noticed what the lead rider was doing.

In one instance, I had faith in a buddy who got back into riding and I was leading the way to our destination. With my beautiful girlfriend riding behind me on a passenger pillion pad (no sissy bar) I initiated right hand turn sequence, blinker, hand signal and slowing to cornering speed. I heard the squeal of tires and my “experienced” buddy slid past me with zero room to spare doing a good 30mph faster than us. I dare not imagine what could have happened. This was a tremendous life lesson.

The perspective from behind allows the more advanced rider to evaluate the newer rider's technique, situational awareness, reaction sequence and overall skill sets. Hopefully, the more advanced rider can relay accurate and proficient expertise.

There are many advanced riding schools that cater to the newly licensed rider or those who could use refresher course—take your friend to one or suggest doing it with them. Even one learned lesson will make it worth it to the experienced rider. Plus, it will be fun to have the shared experience with your friend and you both can discuss your own take on the lessons provided.

We want you on the road and with as much knowledge as you gain experience.

Jay Bilmon
Naples, FL
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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