Log in

Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 06:00

Group Rides

columnist David PocockSo, you ride in a group this make you safe, or does it?

The group ride experience can be one of the great days of riding or, it can be a great disaster.  Much like solo riding, the possibility for either rests with you, unfortunately in the group setting there are others who can affect the outcome too. 

 

 

Here are some basics to keep in mind, these are for any size group be it two, twenty or more.  Also remember there will be some mention in your Province or States “Highway Traffic Act” that will state the maximum number of motorcycles allowed in a group.  Note: If you are in a Parade or a police escorted group all the rules change and they should be discussed at the pre-parade riders meeting.

Lane position:

The lead rider should always be offset from lane centre either left or right as for normal single rider travel, with everyone else staggered behind.  So, if the lead rider is left of centre, then number two will be to right of centre, with number three being behind the lead left of centre and so on through out the group.  A very important note here.  When you are riding in a group ride steady, do not weave back and forth, all it takes is a slight miscalculation, a small bit of gravel or even a slight imperfection in the road surface and you could go down and cause an accident.  Similarly, if the road surface changes, like from paved to packed (or not so packed) gravel, or rain, allow more space between you and the next rider and slow down.  Be aware of the riders in front and behind you no matter what surface you are on.

Spacing:

Always allow at least a two second gap between you and the person directly in front of you and a one second gap between you and the person who will be offset from you to the right or left.  It is a GOOD idea to establish the amount of space between riders at the start of the ride and then keep to that spacing (more on this later).

Pace:

Stay at, or below, the speed limit, you are already conspicuous, so speeding will only be more noticeable.  Again, at the start of the ride, especially with a new group of folk you’ve never ridden with before, talk about what speeds you feel comfortable with.  Once a speed is established, stick with it, and keep your spacing, avoid making like and accordion (spreading out and then bunching up) this will reduce stress and let everyone stay in their “Safety Zone”.    Lead riders, be courteous and do not do fast starts or sudden lane changes unless you really must.

Routes:

It is always good idea to have at least some idea of where the group wants to go.  Plan the ride, ride the plan.  But, as we all know on a bike the route can change for a variety of reasons, if it is a major change stop and talk about it.  If your ride is to be over several hours, or even days, make sure everyone knows where, and when, the rest and fuel stops will be, this is another stress reducer.  Even in groups of riders who know each other, knowing where and when you will stop allows folk to relax into the ride itself. 

Fuel:

Remember that not all bikes can travel the same distance on a given amount of fuel, even if all the bikes are the same (think rider size, and ability) and what group of riders, generally speaking, all ride exactly matched bikes, not many.  Don’t forget fuel for the riders too, food and fluids are very important to maintain alertness.

Signals:

I mention this last but it may be the most important aspect of riding in a group, no matter if it is a large or small group.  Make sure that everyone knows what the signals are and what they mean, there are several good illustrations to be found on the net here:   https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=ssl#q=motorcycle+group+riding+signals  However the group can make up their own if they wish just make sure everyone knows what they will mean.

As always, this is but a short and maybe incomplete list and I mean it only to start the conversation you will have with the rest of the folk you will ride with.

Ride safe!  We would rather talk to you, than about you.

 

Last modified on Thursday, 18 September 2014 21:42

In this Edition...

Endless Summer - Canada's Tribute to the Beach Boys February 23rd, 2019 Endless Summer - Canada's Tribute to the Beach Boys February 23rd, 2019 2019-02-13 - On February 23rd, brush off those snowflakes, shake off the... More detail
HDE Poker Chip Exchange is February 21st, 2019 HDE Poker Chip Exchange is February 21st, 2019 2019-02-12 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Harley-Davidson of Edmonton More detail
Blackjacks St. Patricks Day Bash is March 16th, 2019 Blackjacks St. Patricks Day Bash is March 16th, 2019 2019-02-12 - Featuring the Celtic Sounds of St. James Gate More detail
New Nmoto Nostalgia Motorcycle Enters Production After Successful Debut In New York New Nmoto Nostalgia Motorcycle Enters Production After Successful Debut In New York 2019-02-12 -  Unlike anything else on the road, pop stars and historians... More detail
Bullying Enns launches new website Bullying Enns launches new website 2019-02-12 - WOW!!! Exciting news for Bullying Enns!     More detail
Atlantic Canada's Premiere Powersport Event is back for 2019! Atlantic Canada's Premiere Powersport Event is back for 2019! 2019-02-12 - March 1st- 3rd, 2019 Halifax NS is the place to be as the 6thedition... More detail
Belong to Yourself Before Community Belong to Yourself Before Community 2019-02-11 - For a micro-second after my crash I was stymied. By the time... More detail
Barnes Harley-Davidson® Kamloops has been awarded the Gold Bar & Shield Award from Harley-Davidson®! Barnes Harley-Davidson® Kamloops has been awarded the Gold Bar & Shield Award from Harley-Davidson®! 2019-02-11 - Thank you to each and every one of our customers as well as our... More detail
Customer Appreciation Day is Feb 23rd at Mighty Peace H-D! Customer Appreciation Day is Feb 23rd at Mighty Peace H-D! 2019-02-11 - Mighty Peace Harley-Davidson watnt to say THANK YOU! More detail
Global Design and Social Impact Project, ‘What is Your Story?’ Launch Global Design and Social Impact Project, ‘What is Your Story?’ Launch 2019-02-11 - February 2019 TORONTO – ‘What is Your Story?’ a global... More detail
Trev Deeley BYOB Bike Sale is February 24th! Trev Deeley BYOB Bike Sale is February 24th! 2019-02-11 - B.Y.O.B.! Our parking lot - your bike - we bring the customers... More detail

Ride Like a Local TV - Season 6 - Mini Eps

Ride Like a Local TV - Season 6 - Mini Eps

© 2018 Belt Drive Betty Media ®. All Rights Reserved. Powered by AliG8r