I learned the meaning of the phrase "Ride your own ride" the hard way.
It was just me and one other guy. We were both on our airhead BMWs, him on his R100 and me on my R65.
We were headed a few States away for a gathering, riding through some countryside consisting of forest and farms.
I was leading, and riding too fast for conditions. Yes, the weather was perfect, but I came upon a blind left curve at too high a rate of speed.
I didn't want to get too close to the center line because I couldn't see around the curve if there was any oncoming traffic.
The next thing I saw was the gravel on the shoulder.
DON'T LOOK AT THE GRAVEL!!!
My explanation was that I was pushing my personal limits, in order to make sure my friend was having a good time. He told me never to do that again!
I went down, and had a VERY sore shoulder. It turned out, when I saw a doctor the next week, I had broken the tip of my left collarbone.
We proceeded on our way, but it was not much fun.
I would bring my left arm back to my body for cruising, but when it came time for "driving", I had to pull my arm into place by creeping my hand forward along the fuel tank with my fingertips.
Ride your own ride.
There is nothing more dangerous than group riding, even with people you "know".