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Apr 07

Posts: 997

gizzabreak says:

The Herding mentality

What does biking mean to you.

Is about travelling over long journeys feeling at one with your environment ?

Is it about surgically dissecting a gloriously twisty road on a superb handling machine that you feel at one with ?

Or are you one of the huge number of lonely social bikers, that have little interest in bikes other than the social circle and friends they provide you with.

It's interesting that the image that non riders have of bikers is of solitary souls, out there, enjoying the freedoms from constraints that blight ordinary folks, and dare I say it, going against the grain a little - non conformist if you like.

Interestingly though, the reality is that we exhibit the herding mentality, more than the average person.

We go to bike meetings, hang around with others who ride the same bikes as we do, and dress the same way.

Some people cannot bear the thought of riding alone, and prefer groups.

So, are you a herding biker, who, like cattle, wonder around in groups to feel secure ?

Or are you a solitary tiger, preying on these weak animals ?

What is it about so many bikers that they feel they simply must head out and join in with large groups of other bikers and drink tea and chew burgers all day.

It's pathetic



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Jul 08

Posts: 408


herding mentality?


I must admit that I do ride on my own as none of my friends with whom I socialise are bikers, however, when I'm on my push bike I enjoy the company that a cycling group can give you as twice a week we all ride out to some cafe or garden centre. On the issue of road manners from other road users I can only give a view on what I've experienced over the years and there are good and bad within all those that use our highways. As far as joining a biker group I would welcome an introduction from those people who ride in the north Gloucestershire area. PS. I take things nice and easy!

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Dec 08

Posts: 1092


be on my own with the pillion and meet up somewhere group riding is ok but the risk factor rises the more in the group because testosterone takes a grip and it encourages the boundaries to get wider and all you need is one to start the race and were off into the darker side of biking lost too many mates that way

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Feb 09

Posts: 600

nik77 says:


enjoy riding out with friends and also on my own...i depends on how i feel but i do enjoy stopping and having a break were other riders come and have a chat..its called being sociable and i was under the impression that was a part of biking...


but each to there own what ever your twist..

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Aug 02

Posts: 5686



i do'nt go to bike meets,find em boring,,,,i ride alone a lot these days,that is when i ride at all!!!i like riding with a small group of friends occasionally,the jokes at the breaks make it good,,,,my bike is nothin at all like the others,,,,and as for people dressing the same???well bike outfits are'nt THAT diverse,,are they???

 motorcycling is about,,,,err,,,i do'nt really know what???its whatever turns you on each time you start the bike up,,,,,slow and steady,stopping at a whim,,or fast and furious,,,,stopping only for fuel,,,,,

 well thats my slant on it,,,,

i must be a lone herdmember,,or whatever you want to call me!!!!and to be honest i dont really give a damn!!:winkie:

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Feb 09

Posts: 260

CBR69 says:


i love riding, on my own, with some mates, in the sun, in the rain, whatever i just really enjoy myself on me bike, i dont wear leathers to look like other people just quite simply help protect myself if the day comes that i have a crash, and i dont really care what other peoples reasons are for riding, if its just cheap transport or for fun or just because they want to feel part of something and meet people, it really does'nt matter that much, its what they want to do so fair play!! so people...... whatever your reasons for firing your bike up and getting out there hope yer havin fun while your doing it!!! lol



RIDE SAFE, THINK BIKE!!:sunglasses:

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Oct 08

Posts: 1066

950Darren says:

I say......

Each to your own:wink:

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Dec 08

Posts: 1545

Blader2005 says:

i'll ride

on my own usually, as i work shifts and alternate weekends... so when i am out, most of my mates are at work... but i like the solitude.. its real me time.. just me, the road, and my 'own little world' inside my lid!

but, on the other hand, i do enjoy a good blast to the coast etc with a mate or two... depends on mood, weather, and many other factors..

one thing i will say about bikers and biking is: i dont think you can pigeon hole any of us into a group.. we are a fully disfunctional and diverse family!!!

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Mar 09

Posts: 3

Shado says:

Whooa whats goin on here then

Hey Stu, you will have to come over to the better Isle :winkie: plenty of friendly bikers here.

And there's nothing wrong with tea n burgers either:biggrin:

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Apr 08

Posts: 9768

old(ish)git says:

He ...

certainly get's some replies doesn't he?...this post came unstuck in the title bar. .
The only preying Tiger I can think of in this instance would be in a 'jam sandwich'  and have an hand held radar gun.:mad:

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Aug 02

Posts: 29379

Kamchat says:


Beloved gizza's threads are always designed to get a response ... being as they always contain a story that results in a final premise of - 'you lot are a bunch of tossers aren't you?' .... commonly known as 'trolling' :winkie:

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