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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #50 on: June 30, 2016, 01:41:53 am »
Yeah, Carlyson, I was bummed I missed meeting several guys...you being one of them.  My time management skills at my first national was awful...I wanted to get to a couple of the tech sessions, but missed out.  I will look to improve on that in MO.  Will you be at RWTW?
Same here Shawn. I confess I was entranced by those roads and could not stop thinking about riding most of them. That combined with my 'anti-social skills' prevented me from meeting/interacting with more people at the rally. At least I know now how to improve and try to mingle a little bit more next time.

I will not be able to attend the RWTW this year. My wife and I are headed to a track day in October at Jennings GP. We haven't been on a track since she got pregnant almost 6 years ago. We can't wait to take her FZ there.
We are making plans for the next National however and hope to see you there.
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #51 on: June 30, 2016, 08:15:08 pm »
Why wouldn't it be "where you riding tomorrow, why don't you join us for a ride. We know the area and the rodes so you're welcome to tag along"   Why always expect the new guy to make the initiative.

Its a two way street, both sides need to take some responsibility. If your traveling by your self, you need to be a little more out going, be able to approach strangers and make friends. I think the majority of the COG'ers are very acceptance of that and will embrace you. As far as not inviting someone on a ride, there could be many reasons, like some have pointed out, riding style is a key, putting an unknown in a tightly knit riding group can do more harm then good.

David (Robby1953), I see that you are a NC member, as your region is in charge of the 2017 national rally, I'll be interested in how you will handle this issue. I'm assuming that you will volunteer and assist, yes?
I can volunteer and assist sure: won't address the issue that's being talked about by some off the lone riders. The Ozarks aren't my home riding turf don't think I've ever been there so i don't have intimate knowledge of the roads or what would be a good route. I've been suggesting that those who do possess that knowledge offer others to tag along on a ride and be descriptive of their intended riding style. There is another thread with a similar theme maybe we can all get together and work something out for ourselves and set something up at next year's national :)
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #52 on: June 30, 2016, 08:56:49 pm »
                        I for one felt welcome and had a lot of fun. I rode alone to get my rear tire replaced and I rode with a great group the next day. I had no problem meeting and talking to and eating with everyone I met.
   Oh yeah, maybe it is just me, because I am really good looking and my bike is really, really cool.  :))
  Seriously, there was nothing clicky going on that I noticed, just a lot of friends and strangers having a great time all because of owning, or having used to own a Concours.  It was a blast putting forum names to real faces. I thank everyone I met and the "Newcomers team" for all the help and fun.

   It was so cool I am going to next years Nationals  :great: :great: :great:

   P.S. Old timers are cool  :great:  :great:  :great:
 PPSS. Newbies are cool  :great: :great: :great:
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #53 on: June 30, 2016, 10:50:37 pm »
I dragged THREE first-time National attendees on a ride-to-eat this year. I dredged them up from around the campfire the night before.  Everyone showed up at the right time ready to ride, so we went. Had a blast. (The Ride to Eat idea is great! Keep it up!)

When I was at my first National, I was actively invited to accompany different folks on some rides. If I didn't have anybody to ride with, I moped around at Rally Central and talked to everybody around me till I found riders about to leave who didn't mind if I tagged along. Heck I still do that.

Lots of us riders are Lone Wolves, or at least we think we are. But riding at a rally is also a social activity and you gotta put yourself out there and get noticed, ask for attention, let it be known that you're new and wanting some company. This might feel like you're making yourself vulnerable, and it won't always work perfectly, but around COG it will usually get you a new riding buddy. Or three.



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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #54 on: July 01, 2016, 03:19:32 pm »
 :great:

This is more of an observation of small group riding and inclusion in to an unknown group of riders. In 2015 the NW/SW Region held a rally in my home town and I made myself available to the rally organizers to help in any way I could. There were rides mapped out, all in areas that I had ridden previously. One route was of interest to two riders from out of the area and one rider who was new to the area. Two riders were asking me about the route they wanted to take and in the course of the conversation asked me to lead the ride. The third rider asked if he could join also. We agreed on a starting time and all was set.
Now, I'm not a peg scraper,but I've been known to ride fast. The two NW riders were very skilled riders and I knew that, so I detailed where the turns would be and landmarks to look for so that if they wanted to ride faster they could. I also gave them gas stops and milages, point to point, along the route. The third rider was content to follow me.
When the ride was over, every one commented on having a good ride. Did the faster riders go on ahead? YUP! But we all ended up at the same place and they didn't have to wait very long for the other two.

Volunteering to help or lead a ride isn't all that difficult. Talking to other riders at a rally shouldn't be that difficult either. You're all there for the same reason. It's not like you drove up in a dump truck to a motorcycle rally. And being an extrovert, I don't have a problem introducing myself or talking to strangers. But I can understand those who are introverts who struggle with introductions or face to face contact.
Riding styles differ, but with a little planning can be overcome. The NW/SW Regional Rally was my first; I've ridden the Cortez area several times; the upcoming Cedar City Rally is another area I've ridden a few times. I didn't make either of those two rides, but I know the folks had/ will have a good time.

Take a deep breath, step up and ask," where are you riding today?". You never know, You may just be meeting life long friends.

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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #55 on: July 01, 2016, 03:46:39 pm »
If you are a COG Member and have been to any National and you step back and look it is not difficult to pick out the first timers or people who do not know other members. Also while I have never met a rude member. I have talked to several that can be pretty hard nuts to crack. C14 riders are way more approachable than C10 owners.  :) :) :)
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #56 on: July 01, 2016, 04:05:34 pm »
C14 riders are way more approachable than C10 owners.  :) :) :)

Dang dude. You didn't just step in it, you jumped up and down all over it! Look what you've started!  :beerchug:
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #57 on: July 01, 2016, 04:18:16 pm »
That's cause you young pups ride C14s.  us old curmudgens ride C10s!   ;D
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #58 on: July 01, 2016, 04:48:10 pm »
That's cause you young pups ride C14s.  us old curmudgens ride C10s!   ;D
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #59 on: July 01, 2016, 05:06:11 pm »
That's cause you young pups ride C14s.  us old curmudgens ride C10s!   ;D
Wow, thanks Sport.
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #60 on: July 01, 2016, 05:47:10 pm »
New award idea for next year: Oldest C14 rider :rotflmao: :D
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #61 on: July 01, 2016, 06:56:33 pm »
New award idea for next year: Oldest C14 rider :rotflmao: :D

New award for next year?
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #62 on: July 01, 2016, 07:05:21 pm »
Dance????

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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #63 on: July 01, 2016, 07:51:55 pm »
Priceless photo Dave!

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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #64 on: July 01, 2016, 09:42:01 pm »
I dragged THREE first-time National attendees on a ride-to-eat this year. I dredged them up from around the campfire the night before.  Everyone showed up at the right time ready to ride, so we went. Had a blast. (The Ride to Eat idea is great! Keep it up!)

When I was at my first National, I was actively invited to accompany different folks on some rides. If I didn't have anybody to ride with, I moped around at Rally Central and talked to everybody around me till I found riders about to leave who didn't mind if I tagged along. Heck I still do that.

Lots of us riders are Lone Wolves, or at least we think we are. But riding at a rally is also a social activity and you gotta put yourself out there and get noticed, ask for attention, let it be known that you're new and wanting some company. This might feel like you're making yourself vulnerable, and it won't always work perfectly, but around COG it will usually get you a new riding buddy. Or three.
Nice meeting you in Helen CB. The info you gave Chuck and I about riding the Dragon was Spot on and very much appreciated. Hope your neck feels better! 
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #65 on: July 01, 2016, 10:31:29 pm »

Nice meeting you in Helen CB. The info you gave Chuck and I about riding the Dragon was Spot on and very much appreciated. Hope your neck feels better!

Oh yeah that's been fine days ago. I'm so glad y'all had a good run on the Dragon!
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #66 on: July 01, 2016, 11:32:56 pm »
That's cause you young (at heart) pups curmudegeons ride C14s.  us Old(er) curmudgens ride C10s!   ;D


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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #67 on: July 01, 2016, 11:48:19 pm »
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #68 on: July 03, 2016, 12:45:53 am »
Dance????
Hey, It's  "That Guy"!
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #69 on: July 03, 2016, 01:15:25 am »
That's cause you young pups ride C14s.  us old curmudgens ride C10s!   ;D

haha  Jorge......he called you old.......


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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #70 on: July 03, 2016, 02:35:04 am »
shawn, still have the routes loaded in the gps, should be at RWTW.     we will figure how to pair the senas and go from there.



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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #71 on: July 03, 2016, 03:41:49 am »
Quote from: old fart link=topic=66686.msg546038#msg546038 date=14£67005721
I rode the whole time by myself,  I was not asked to join any rides & am not the type to force myself on anyone. I'm not into big groups anyway but it would of been nice to ride with 3 or 4 other bikes.  The few groups I ran into while riding never asked if I wanted to tag along.  Maybe next time I will just take charge & plan a ride & ask a few people if they want to follow me.  :motonoises:
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Doesn't have anything to do with first time attendance, this was my third national Johnson City, Cortez, and Helen. Never has anyone ask me if i wanted to tag along. I know many are going to say it's many own fault, but people cluster up into familiar groups and while very friendly are not prone to invite others into the fold. Just my 2 cents.

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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #72 on: July 03, 2016, 11:06:35 am »
shawn, still have the routes loaded in the gps, should be at RWTW.     we will figure how to pair the senas and go from there.

Awesome Max, I was hopin you'd be at RWTW.  Let's pair, ride, and learn (at least me :)))!
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #73 on: July 03, 2016, 01:54:13 pm »
As usual had a great time at the rally and wanted to make one suggestion about the ride to eats (which was a GREAT idea)deffinitely make it one location and also on a route to ride as someone else here suggested,Dave went all out to find good places to chow down only to be derailed at the last minute by certain places saying they would be open and then saying at the last minute that they wouldn't be :( :( :( also met some new folks around the campfire but never asked them if they wanted to ride together because of the usual excuses of mine like I don't want to slow other people down and I just don't feel comfortable riding in groups(bad habit of not riding my own ride :-[) I'm not a big technical rider but I love to ride. Met some new great people and will be at RWTW and maybe ride with some others and maybe not but I'll still have a great time as I'm sure yall did.Was great meeting for the first time Will,Charlie,McFly,Sharon&Scott,Mary Vodo and Yonesh,Brenda&Mike,Shawn and ? (brain fart :-[ )Steve(not a florida steve)Nancy,Anna&? (dangit did it again) gotta go.
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Re: Question and Observation about this years National
« Reply #74 on: July 03, 2016, 02:07:59 pm »
As usual had a great time at the rally and wanted to make one suggestion about the ride to eats (which was a GREAT idea)deffinitely make it one location and also on a route to ride as someone else here suggested,Dave went all out to find good places to chow down only to be derailed at the last minute by certain places saying they would be open and then saying at the last minute that they wouldn't be :( :( :( also met some new folks around the campfire but never asked them if they wanted to ride together because of the usual excuses of mine like I don't want to slow other people down and I just don't feel comfortable riding in groups(bad habit of not riding my own ride :-[) I'm not a big technical rider but I love to ride. Met some new great people and will be at RWTW and maybe ride with some others and maybe not but I'll still have a great time as I'm sure yall did.Was great meeting for the first time Will,Charlie,McFly,Sharon&Scott,Mary Vodo and Yonesh,Brenda&Mike,Shawn and ? (brain fart :-[ )Steve(not a florida steve)Nancy,Anna&? (dangit did it again) gotta go.
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