Sorry if I come off a little crass today, as I haven't had coffee but this is what needs to be done. We've had successful rides before with the khZ, and the key is staying together. That means:
NO DAMN GAPS: Hitting your top speed when you know there's traffic stopped not too far away? Awesome. Trying to race the ride next to you for a moment where someone can have clear line of sight where you're going, and then stopping for ALL of the rest to catch up? Do it! Having a line of mopeds stretching about 1/4 mile long down a road with ALL the speed demons up front? Unacceptable. We have to tighten it up. Stagger each other but keep close together! At the end we got it - someone quick was at the back as well making sure we all stayed together.
THE LEAD HAS TO BE AWARE OF THE REST: The front half of the group MUST be aware of the slower half. That could mean stopping and taking a head count, or just looking back and noticing that HALF THE DAMN GROUP IS 200 MILES AWAY. If you think that one moped knows where everyone else is on a multi-exit road, you're going to get people lost.
CELL PHONES: Great to have, even better when someone gets lost. That is, provided the other party picks up. So if you know that a part of the group has fallen behind, stop and call. And keep calling till you get someone. And DON'T LEAVE before getting in touch with that person. Getting stuck on route 20 - seeing a call come into my phone and then us calling back and getting no answer SUCKED. We can't leave anyone behind...especially with new people coming into the group weekly. EVERYONE WAIT TILL THEY HEAR FROM THE OTHER GROUP. Especially if we're hoping to get more people into the group, this is key or we'll end up leaving new members in random towns.
All in all, I think our rides are great, we just have to learn to stick together more. Everyone's responsible for the safety of each and every one riding in the group! Safety as in not only when people break down, but not getting lost in an unfamiliar place. We all just have to tighten it up and we'll be fine. On a side note: We are growing pretty damn quick - while we only had about 9 last night, we had only a handful of people from the first ride - that's an amazing growth in one week!