I hate seeing cruisers and "Harley" riders that ride side-by-side in the same lane and close packed!
Side by side, maybe not the best idea, I do it with some of my close riding buddies because I trust them. Staggered is probably better. Admitted.
But riding in a tight group
(People that you trust and have proved to be good riders)
I believe is a good thing. I feel safer in a tight pack because I think cars are more likely to see a pack of bikes, than several bikes that are spaced out.
After being involved in a head on collision with an SUV that turned left into me (not in front of me) I cant stress enough the importance of being seen.
Everyone says that they are looking for a car or something that size and their eyes just skim over or look past a small motorcycle. I think this is B/S because we always have headlights on, and part of driving is making SURE the coast is clear before pulling out or crossing the oncoming lane. If you cant handle something as simple as that you have no business being on the road!
That stupid B**** that hit me got a $30 right of way fine and I spent almost a week in the hospital, and 3 months in a wheel chair
and I will never be the same. She probably went home and forgot about it the next day.
Sorry, bit of a sore subject for me. I got a little of track. Riding in a pack is not always bad if you trust the people you ride with.