There is a great amount of safety information on our site. Whether you are a seasoned rider or not, have a quick read to re-familiarize yourself with best practices. Also, make sure to join one of our many rider orientation schedules.
There is a great amount of safety information on these following pages and they all start with this video from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
This 10-minute edit of the video in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Guide to Group Riding Kit explains riding formations, pre-ride meetings, hand signals, and more. Please visit the MSF “Host An Event” page on their website to learn how you can spread important traffic safety messages to your fiends and fellow riders. Have a quick watch!
Staggered formation: a formation of motorcyclists in a group in which the Lead Bike rides in the left track of a lane, the next bike in the right track(slot), and the next bike in the left track, and so on. Bikes in a group generally maintain a minimum interval of two seconds travel time between bikes in the same track, and one second travel time between each bike in the group. In a staggered formation, a rider still commands and may ride in the entire width of his lane as needed
Ride WitIng Your Skills
Riding a motorcycle is a skill, and like all skills, it’s something that you need to develop. While you may be fine to go on an easy cruise around town, it takes time to grow the skills you need to be an expert rider. To stay safe, make sure that you always ride within your skill level. Take the time to build your skills and only ride in situations where you know your skills are up to the job.
Educate Your Passengers
- Part of the fun of having a bike is having someone on the back.
- Your passenger has a part to play in keeping both of you safe.
- Make sure anyone you carry on your bike has the right gear.
- You should also practice having a passenger, in a safe place, like a parking lot.
- Make sure your passenger knows not to distract you, and what things like stopping and turning on a bike feel like, so they won’t panic.
Stopping / Starting
- When a single file signal is given, the bike on the left proceeds (in front of) the bike on the right.
- At a traffic light the motorcycle on the left proceeds first.
- On mountain type roadways and curvy roads, ride single file and each rider use the “line” that is most comfortable.
- Allow the bike in front of you a little more room, but remain as a group.
- Resume the staggered formation, when the road straightens out.
- Do not try to out ride your riding skills
Weather and Road Conditions
- Inclement weather can be disruptive and discomforting.
- If the weather is too severe, take shelter.
- Be extra cautious when rain first begins to fall.
- The road is slickest at that time. Avoid riding on the “glossy” (oil stained) area of the road
- Your field of vision is reduced to the distance of your motorcycle headlight
- Making yourself visible is always important
- Wild animals tend to be more active at night and are a serious hazard to motorists
- In the event of an accident, pull over with the group.
- Do not panic stop or rush to the scene.
- This may cause more problems.
- Do not move an injured person or remove their helmet.
- The Road Captain/Sweep/ and or Safety Officer will assist and instruct others what to do
CB Radio Chatter
- Don’t interfere with information being passed on between the Road Captain and Sweep.
- If you wish to converse with a fellow rider, call them by name, “Hey Harry, this is Jack” or whatever the handle might be.
- Limiting the use of the CB for idle chatter is particularly critical during departures and arrivals. There is a tendency for riders to be tense during the takeoffs and somewhat lax during arrivals.
- Normally, in a group ride there are times like first starting out and coming to rest at a gas or food break, we give up the CB to the road Captain and his Sweep. It’s just a matter of safety
Security and Parking
- When parking, the Road Captain and Second should direct the bikes to an area out of the traffic pattern
- Guidelines for parking are for a variety of reasons:
- To avoid confusion and possible collisions.
- To keep the group together in the parking lot.
- By lining up in order, departures become easier.
- Take up less space in the parking area.
- Better public image.
Stops and Final Destination
- If the Road Captain or the Sweep approaches you at a stop or final destination, remember, they have the group’s best interest at heart, or better yet our safety.
- Listen to what they have to say, you may be in their place one day, and you’ll want others to listen to you.
- Listen, it just might save your life and the lives of others
If the police stop the group, the Ride Captain should lead the group to a safe place.
• Riders should stay in formation (by or on their motorcycle). Allow the officer to come to you.
• The Ride Captain should be the only one who approaches the officer
The safety of the group is everyone’s responsibility.
• The group, organization, or club is not responsible for accidents, injuries, thefts, etc.
• Know and ride by these rules • Group Riding can be a lot of fun if all the members are comfortable within the group.