Originally Posted by Tony P
I wouldn't get too hung up about finding a riding buddy. The roads are full of them.
Once on the road and away from UK you will find a far greater moto-comraderie and invariably you will find yourself riding close to or with others.
Conversations start at stops for fuel, snack, smoke or even 'refreshment breaks' to pop behind a hedge. Bikes tend to stop where they see other stopped bikes.
The additional advantage of doing it this way is it is easier to split whereas a prearanged partner imposes restrictions and responsibilities.
It's each to there own. You like it your way I like it my way. Just a difference.
To buy petrol in Europe. Pull up at station. Wait. Get out a 20 Euro note, then ask someone to fill up the bike. Give person money. Ride away. Simple.