Originally Posted by ralpfsbud
couple of things ive learned
the throttle is your friend, learn how to use it.
Agree. Twist the throttle, don't roll it... Sounds simple, but learn proper throttle control and you will have much better control of the bike.
Also reinforcing what others have said - ride to your ability, keeping up with other riders could hurt you. Just because they are faster doesn't mean they are better riders. A good rider will go for a long time without a crash. A fast rider if he's not also a good rider will crash on a regular basis, I've ridden with a few of them. One of these crashes may end his riding career. If you get a chance to ride with a good and fast rider - watch and learn.