Is This the Sophomore Blues For Our Riding Club?

Seems like a year ago, I've noticed that of all the people I rode with, and of all the people that rode with our club, interest in ridin...

Seems like a year ago, I've noticed that of all the people I rode with, and of all the people that rode with our club, interest in riding has tapered off.

I don't know if this is a reflection of motorcycle riding in general, or just riding with a club, or just our club in particular. I know of other clubs who are seeing a similar drop in participation.

But all the statistics you read about in the news seem to suggest otherwise, that sales of new motorcycles continue to outpace the previous year. There are more motorcycle registrations. There are more motorcycle accidents.

Perhaps it may be that bikers are riding less in groups, and taking less interest in the rallies and poker runs. In fact, I'm seeing less participation at bike nights as well. Maybe folks are just more interested in commuting to work on a motorcycle, or just hanging out at the bar.

I wonder if group riding is now more common among neighbors and co-workers, than riding in a club.

This year of 2006 is the sophomore year of our club. We've lost some members due to lack of interest, moving away, and personality conflicts. I'd say there are still seven of us who make club participation an important part of their recreation. The others it seems, have made the club just something they're associated with, not something they participate in.

I don't know if it's just the sophomore blues for our riding club, or if clubs across the country are seeing the same thing.

Thoughts?

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  1. Most guys who join riding clubs do so for one of two reasons. One - which is probably yours-you enjoy riding and want to do it with a group of people who have similar interests, but you are not serious enough about it to join a Motorcycle Club, which would become your life - not just a part of your life. Two - which probably pertains to the guys who joined and quit. They wanted to wear a patch on their back, but did not want to earn it prospecting for a MC. Once they got the patch they realized they were not going to get the same respect they would if they earned their patch and they split. You are better of without em.

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  2. Club rides are slow and dangerous.
    To much time stopping and to many unpredictable riders. Meetings of little or no value. To much politics. Serious riders are out riding not sitting in some club meeting talking about it.

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  3. Our riders club only gets stuck in meeting rooms when there is too much snow on the ground. Other then that from june thru sept, we meet on our bikes at bike night and plan a weekend run. The club rules are no BS, If you don't get to bike night its up to you to find out about the weekend run. We leave at 8:30 sharp with or with out you. Prospects have to make every run the first year to get a patch. Schedualed runs are every other saturday june-september. If they can do that then they want to be a part. We are 18 strong as of the end of sept. two receiving patches in january. One new prospect if he shows at the first bike night. We all get along super and discourage any that don't fit the mold....

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  4. I happen to be a patch holder in one of the oldest, most respected clubs on the planet and this comment:

    "Club rides are slow and dangerous.
    To much time stopping and to many unpredictable riders. Meetings of little or no value. To much politics. Serious riders are out riding not sitting in some club meeting talking about it."

    happens to irritate the hell out of me... probably because it's so fkn true. Just get out there and ride!

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  5. Except for the "slow" and "unpredictable" part- they're fast and dangerous and very predictable" which is all very cool, it's just all the political b.s. that kills the fun.

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