The Motorcycle Cruiser staff participated in a variety of group rides this summer. I typically size up the people I am riding with, based on their bikes and riding gear, before we take off. I've gotten to the point that I can make pretty good estimates of which riders will ride confidently and briskly, and which riders will be clumsy pulling away, hesitant entering corners, and hold up the group or even be a bit scary to ride with. Generally, riders with better abilities ride bikes that are more amenable to aggressive cornering and are set up for comfort and control. Their gear tends to be comfortable, versatile and functional. However, one guy I took for a mid-pack rider, based on the limited capabilities of his bike, turned out to be the quickest and most confident rider along. I found out that he rides his bike all over the country on sales calls. He gets lots of miles and rides all the time. It showed.