Let me just lay this out right up front: I am an introvert.
The parties I go to are typically hosted by members of my Sci FI / Fantasy book club, and my time at those parties alternates between conversations about video games, book, and other esoteric conversation topics (in other words, talking with like-minded people).
When I purchased my first Ducati, the Scrambler, I did see that there was a Ducati owner’s club, but they met on the same night my book club met. So nope… staying away from the MADOG (Mid-America Ducati Owner’s Group)
But after trading up to the magnificent Multistrada 1260S, I looked again, and saw that they were having a BBQ ride on the last Wednesday of each month.
Not only did I get to have some BBQ and hang out with some pretty cool people, soon after that I was able to ride out to the Heartland Park Topeka race track and ride “parade” laps. I think we got up a little over 70 / 80 mph, which felt fast to me, but afterwards, our lap leader told me he had to take it slow because the others behind me were having trouble keeping up!
(note: this was the 4th time at Heartland Park, but second time on the track itself)
With that and more BBQ rides, I started feeling at home and that I’d found a new group to be a part of. I had only been riding for a short time, but was welcomed by the members.
Then they got me hooked on motorcycle racing!
Not only did I feel welcomed as a Ducati owner, I could have pride in our premier class riders and motorcycles in the ultimate 2-wheeled racing: MotoGP.
With COVID-19, MotoGP watch sessions and BBQ rides went on hold. So I’ve been diving into all of the stats, lap times, practice, and qualifying session on my own. But I miss the guys and talking about where we’ve ridden and where in the world we are going for the next BBQ ride.
So when you decide to try something new, do seek out the related communities and organizations. You might just find you’ve found a whole new set of friends and activities.