How many usually ride alone?

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I like to ride with others, yet know almost no one to ride with. Since most days I can ride, so I do. Almost always alone. On my frequent tries on tougher and tougher hills getting stuck is a bit of an adventure. Especially since my left leg is so bad. Any other lone wolves out there?:)
 

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I fit that description, lone ranger type;) I make sure to pack cell phone and tools in my bag of tricks when riding. Allthogh I don't think AAA will tow bikes 30 miles out of woods. Gotta say DRN helps with hooking up with other riders.
 

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i ride alone most of the time too, fortunately, i have about 8 miles of trail right behind my house, and a loving wife, so if there ever comes a time when i don't come back, at least i will have someone to come look for me!

thats why i look forward to races, at least you have someone to ride with then.
 
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Yeah, I'd be one of them loner types. Not by choice tho. I am just able to ride when most people aren't. I usually have the entire riding area to myself.
Wheather it's here at home, in N.M., or Colorado or where ever. Not many people ride during the week days. And I've had my share of get offs and laid in the bottom of a ravine somewhere until I felt good enough to get back on and continue. I don't see this practice being any different in the future. I'll continue to ride alone simply because if I don't, I won't get to ride at all.
 

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I quit riding by myself about 15 years ago when I was out practicing one day after a rain storm hit some unexpected mud on the trail and hit a tree. I was knocked unconcious, broke my nose, ruptured a sinus cavity and broke my eye socket. I don't know how long I lay out there before some folks on 4 wheelers found me and carried my hurt butt out of the woods and got me to a hospital. It took 6 months before I healed up enough to get back on a bike and i still have trouble with severe sinus infections and headaches from my injuries.. You take a great risk when riding by yourself, but I understand some people just don't have anyone to ride with. You might consider joining a local motorcycle club and making some new friends, it's what i did.
 

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I almost always ride alone. Like the others here, I don't do it by choice. I generally go for a ride right when I get home from work. I have a small loop directly across the street from my house. I won't go off into the powerlines by myself though. I don't want to be in the same position as penguin was.

I wish I could find someone near me who would go for a ride after work. My wife wouldn't have to worry quite as much.

With any luck, this post will get me in touch with some people in my area who are looking for riding partners.
 

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That would be me too. The places I've been riding seem pretty popular though so hopefully someone would come along if I wrecked, I wouldn't think of riding on a weekday though who knows if anybody would come by.but I used to when I was younger. I did meet up with some people I know riding 4 wheelers though and may go out with them once in a while(have to ride with somebody!);) Now if I can talk them into all wearing helmets so I don't end up having to drag them out of the woods:eek:
 
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One more loner here too.
Not always, but about 80% of the time.
Sometimes i'll start out alone, then run into (not literally people.....) someone who needs assistance or is taking a breather, b.s. for a while, and end up riding for a while with them.
("you meet the nicest people on a Honda" <--- old Honda slogan.)
:)
Most times i enjoy the solitude of riding solo, enjoying the scenery, and getting the stuffing beat out of me by "ol' Flash". :eek:
Sometimes a little company would be welcolmed though....... :(
 

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I ride alone about 80% of the time, and it's boring! There's something about sharing a good ride with others. Besides, when I'm out by myself, I can't get too crazy, so it's more like practice: I work on cornering speed, or braking. I don't venture too far from home when I'm alone. When I can hook up with a couple other guys we can do the 'extreme' rides, and we tend to push each other. I'm not much of a jumper, but there's something about the pack mentality that will make you try stuff when you're in a group, and you test yourself. Riding alone means little risk taking is allowed. Besides, when I finally did the double, who would have believed it if they weren't there!
 

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Well, I generally dont go out of lone rides by myself anymore. My quad is so unreliable, thats as soon as I get to the furthest part of the trail, and to the turn around point, it WILL break.

It happened to a friend and I when were were out riding his quad double (stupid!). We were about 18 miles from his house when the chain started coming off, and wouldnt stay on. We ended up walking 18 miles through deep sugar sand and along blacktop roads back to his house. We even passed a group of people in a truck out off-roading. They wouldnt let us use their phone or give us a ride...:o I wanted to just kill them and take their truck!

It was during a drought, so we couldnt even drink canal water... it was all dried up. That was the most miserable day of my life...
 
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If you ride a Honda you can join the Honda Riders Club. It is like AAA for Hondas. They say if a tow truck can get to you they will come to your dirtbike. Even if you just ran out of gas. :cool:
 

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I was a lone ranger until one day on the trail I saw this guy upside down in a river trying desperatly to flip his bike over. I threw my bike down and jumped in to give him a hand. Took 3 hrs to get that thumper started, anyway I found out that he rode every weekend like me so we started meeting in the parking lot @ 10:00 every Saturday. Since then we have added a couple of semi dedicated stragglers to the group that show up on occasion. It's definatly better riding in a group it's nice to know that if you break down or crash that someone will be there to help you.:)
 
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Yep,thats me,I usually ride alone when I do the exporing long weekend type off trips,I do carry a little more in my pack in case I get in trouble but the best prevention I try to do is keep my bike in top condition.
 

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I used to ride alone until a buddy started to come out with me. Now he is the owner of a 96 KX250. I just hassled him until he got a bike :) So now, we have something fun to do together, I don't have to share my bike, and he thanks me everyday for hounding him :)
Its just so much more fun when you get to roost someone on a regular occasion....
 
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I tend to do this more than I should. I live next to a forest and it is very tempting to go out for a couple hours in the late afternoon before dark.

A few years ago I was out by myself and ran across a mountain lion that was munching somthing in the middle of the trail. He saw me coming and started to run away. He wasn't running very fast, in fact, he didn't seem to worried about me following him at all. After a short distance, I realized, he could just turn around and eat me. I slowed down and he slowed down. I stopped and he stopped. I started to turn around and he started to turn around.
We were not very far apart and I thought to myself, I had better get the heck out of here or all they will find is a pile of mountain lion poop with bits and pieces of red plastic and nylon in it.

I don't recommend riding alone, but, sometimes you just got to ride. I do tell my wife what area I will be riding in, at least they will know where to find the body.