If you ride, you owe it to your self to go to at least one motorcycle rally. It is kinda like reading the National Enquirer or going to Las Vegas, you should do it at least once. I've been to a few, even made Sturgis for its 69th happening but one of the best is ROT (The Republic Of Texas) rally held in Austin, TX the first weekend of June. Up to 300,000 born to be mild accountants, middle managers, a few hard core bikers, and their wife and girlfriends living out their fantasies. You have to see it to believe it. From the 2011 ROT.
Here is one of a happy fellow, no bugs in my teeth but a few on the helmet.
Last for the day, I did very little group riding, I'd tell friends to go on and I would catch up with them at the cafe for lunch. Here is one of the few riding between Tucson and Nogales.