Very well said, I've seen too many people try to keep up on unfamiliar roads. I'm like you though, I like having a clear, un-obstructed view of what's ahead of me. It's for reasons that you mention above, I prefer no larger than a group of 4-5 for 'spirited' riding sessions.
I think former Motorcyclist magazine writer and founding editor of Sportrider magazine, Nick Ienatsch, was one of the first to address this topic back in the Nov. 1991 edition of Motorcyclist magazine in a then groundbreaking article entitled "The Pace". The Pace has been often quoted, misquoted, and outright pledgerized. But regardless its message is crucial to the literal survival of every person who chooses to ride. It has been my mantra ever since I read the words 24-yrs ago.it
Cycle Word ran a "The Pace 2.0" in September of 2013, also penned by Ienatsch. Just as the name implies, it breaks no new ground, but rather updates a 22-yr old premise. Both should be mandatory reading for all motorcyclist - newbie or grizzled old veteran. Collectively, they are that good.
Both can be readily found on any viable search engine. Read them, print them out & periodically reread them. Most especially when you think you've become "that good of a rider".
I rarely ride in groups with unknown riders. And within the context of the group I never, yes never let said unknown rider ride directly in front of, behind nor directly next to me. They can brainfart, stunt, or try to show off on their time - not mine. I have fetched too many weed, pond, creek residing mental midgets. I have had to be the one to ride as fast as I can to some obscure mtn top get cell phone reception to ring 911... and tell their girlfriend, wife, or mother their loved one is to at such-and-such hospital.
In truth in true curmudgeon form, I rather prefer to ride alone. The requisite level of concentration allows no room for various sundry cramp. Thus, the crap is purged out of my head. At the end of a long ride I am amply refreshed and am in a rather Zen-like state... a.k.a., the Zone.
I'm married & have a son. It is my responsibility to return having incurred no injury & no undo financial costs, i.e. hospital bills or speeding tickets. Having just stated that, I imply no like requirements on any other rider. Each rider has their own unique set of rules.