Riding in Groups
For many, riding as a
group is the epitome of the motorcycling experience. Here
are some tips from the Motorcycle Safety
Foundation to help ensure a fun and safe group ride:
prepared: Be on time, with a full gas tank.
Hold a meeting: Discuss the route, rest and fuel stops,
and agree on hand signals you’ll use. Assign a lead and sweep
(tail) rider. Both should be experienced riders, and the leader
should assess everyone’s riding skills and the group’s
Keep the group to a manageable size, ideally five to seven
riders. If necessary, break the group into smaller sub-groups,
each with a lead and a sweep rider.
Ride prepared: At least one rider in each group should
pack a cell phone, first-aid kit, and a full tool kit.
Ride in formation: The staggered formation
allows riders enough time and space to maneuver and react
rides in the left third of the lane, while the second
rider stays at least one second behind in the right third
the lane; the rest of the group follows the same pattern.
side-by-side formations, as they reduce the space "cushion."
Check those behind you. If you see a rider falling behind,
slow down so he or she can catch up.
Don’t panic if you’re separated from the group.
You should have a pre-planned procedure in place to regroup.
Don’t ride beyond your skills to catch up.
For mechanical or medical problems, use a cell phone to
call for assistance.