If ever this pulls through just would like to let folks know that I have never been on a group ride and let alone in a fast paced manner, But I am familiar with the do's & Don'ts .
I have been Looking around for group rides through Socalsportbikes forums but they love to run GMR or Ortega. I use to go up there when I was a kid but I prefer the malibu canyons better.
Also If by any chance Anyone would want to do a a trackday for the First time and want another newbie to attend just pm me since I am also looking to go and learn more about skill and my bike. I am also shopping for a trailer hitch for my Truck for that purpose.