Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tips for Group Riding... Charity Runs Are Around The Corner!

Often times we see large groups of motorcycles riding together with 15, 20 or 30 bikes. These large groups of motorcycles are generally spread out over one, two or even three lanes of traffic. The motorcycle riders in the rear of these big groups find themselves in a precarious position of having to run red lights to keep up with the group, thus endangering themselves and others on the road. There is a safer way to ride even if there are a large number of riders.
You can divide a large group of riders into several smaller groups of motorcycles. Since the entire large group of riders are all headed to the same place, one smaller group arriving moments ahead of a second, third or fourth small group for the sake of safety is an easy decision to make. If you have ten motorcycles, divide into two groups of five riders, eight motorcycles into two groups of four, etc... Before you ride make sure everyone is aware of the destination and the route, then ride your bikes in a staggered formation.
Ensure the lead rider of each small group is experienced and conservative. The lead rider should keep the group in the center lane when possible and avoid constant lane changes. Additionally, the lead motorcycle rider should be aware of the traffic and do their best not to have the group hinder others. It is perfectly acceptable if you have to move over to the right to allow motorists to pass. Hand signals are always a good idea, but best used at a minimum and discussed before the ride.
The riders in each small group should do their best to stay together and allow enough space between the motorcycles for a safe stop, but not so much that an automobile can feel they have enough room to pull out from a side street between the group. The rider in the rear should keep the other riders from falling back too far.
Discuss the ride before leaving so all of the riders in the group know where they should be in the formation. It never hurts to have a conversation about motorcycle safety tips beforehand, ask other riders about their pre-ride checks of their motorcycle and discuss any hand signals you may use during the ride. New motorcycle riders should avoid group riding until they become familiar with their bike and different situations in traffic. Most importantly, give the road your full attention and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

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