I don't care for riding in groups. Two is company three is crowd. Nobody rides the same way. Some want to go balls to the wall and others want to stop and smell the roses (that's me). I like to stop and sight see, go exploring, take a few pics. Just see what there is there. One other thing on solo, don't ride a bike you can't pickup by yourself. I consider my setup as hands free. As the only part of my hand that moves is my thumb to key the xmitter and that is only about inch. Closer than horn button. So i don't have a problem doing that. Actually never have carried on conversation with it. Keyed a few times but no come back.