Riding with friends is fun. I do believe that the safety that is gained by having several riders with you is well worth it. A group is easier to see than a solo rider, and if anything happens, then someone will be there to help out. It's also nice sharing the sites with someone who shares your passion for riding a motorcycle. However, there are drawbacks. Riding with the wrong type of person may get you in to trouble. People who like to go too fast, or ride dangerously, or even riders who don't know how to ride in groups can all cause you to have a really bad ride. That being said, riding alone has its benefits too. You have a bit more freedom to stretch out in your lane and take the extra time to explore places on a whim. Riding with friends, you almost need a plan in order to make sure everyone knows where they are going and no one gets lost. Riding alone, if you see a road you want to take, then you just take it. No discussion, no arguments just go. This is the best kind of freedom. You can see more of the area, and have an adventure. That's what motorcycle riding is all about. The best of both worlds would be to find a buddy that has the same wanderlust that you posses and the same style of riding as you. I tend to like to ride like a sport tourer. I don't mind a little speed and twisty road at times, but I really like riding safely and comfortably for hours and hours. Seeing new sights and meeting new people is important to me. I have ridden with people who are track day junkies. I've ridden with the pub to pub types, and I've even ridden with some of the ADV crew. Truthfully, my favorite riders, are just like me.