Motorcycle Group Riding Tips
- Get there on time. Eat before you leave unless you are meeting at a restruant. Be gassed up, packed up, geared up and ready to go
Have a Group Meeting Before You Leave
- Agree on the route, fuel stops, rest stops and discuss potentially hazardous or problematic locations along the route before you leave. Assign a group leader and tail sweep before leaving, both of whom should be among of the most experienced riders in the group. Have the group leader demonstrate and describe the hand signals to the entire group to avoid confusion later. Assign a riding order keeping the less experienced riders near the front of the group.
Keep the Size of the Group Manageable
- If there are more than seven or eight riders, break the group into smaller groups to avoid losing parts of the group along the way and to minimize traffic issues.
Ride in a Staggered Formation
- The group leader should ride in the left one-third of the lane, the next rider should ride no closer than one second behind the group leader in the right one-third of the lane. The next rider no closer than one second behind the second rider in the left one-third of the lane and so on. This means that no rider will be less than two seconds behind the rider directly in front of them, allowing you to swerve to avoid road hazards or perform a quick stop if required without hitting the back of the rider in front.
- Constantly stay alert so that you can maintain the proper spacing and frequently check your rear view mirrors to check on the riders behind you. If you see riders behind you falling back then slow down to maintain the proper distance between each rider.
If You get Separated From the Group, Don’t Panic.
- If you, or part of your group becomes separated from the group, simply continue to ride safely to the next checkpoint. Do not speed to catch up to the group, the group leader will wait for you at the next scheduled stop.