Join Date: May 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
Tough one. Sometimes the easiest solution is to find a different group. Or start your own ... and you set the rules.
We have a regular sub-group ride here. As usual these days, folks come from a much bigger on-line community. It was made very clear early on that in order to be "in", you have to know how to ride around a corner, and you have to not be a squid. Proper gear is expected, and stunting and attention-getting is out. Has to be that way, because otherwise the police are liable to seize everyone's bike. And yes, we have had the occasional discussion with some people. The folks behind this are (mostly) on the same page, and the riders who keep coming back are also on the same page.
The pre-season on-line discussion was entertaining ... some people didn't get the concept of going the speed limit (or close to it) on straightaways and not slowing down for corners. Much more common is wanting to go 200+ km/h on straightaways and then putter slowly around corners ... the on-line discussion seems to have mostly kept those people away.
So far, we've had few problems.
It's more tricky when it's someone else's ride. My own solution has often been to bring my little Honda CBR125. If I can't keep up on that ... it's not worth staying with the ride anyway, the police will be out looking.
Helibars, MRA screen, Ohlins damper, reversed shift pattern, sorted suspension, braided lines, Michelin Pilot Power, all else stock 'coz it's fast enough!