Group etiquette rules transforms group riding into a safe and fun experience for all motorcycle riders. The following group riding etiquettes are based on several different aspects such as logic, tactics as well as sound common sense. The rules for group riding range from basic to more evolved concepts where beginners may want to understand the formations and rules from scratch while more seasoned riders may want to brush up on old concepts before joining in a group ride.
Motorcycle groups typically consist of ten motorcycles but if there are more numbers then the group is usually split up into sub-groups for easier coordination.
Here are some rules that govern the concept of group riding:
- Keep your speed in the safe range: Groups always operate at the speed of their slower members so members must avoid speeding up beyond their comfort range in order to keep pace with the group.
- Ride at consistent positions: Group members to exercise caution and discipline to maintain their formation in order to maintain overall formation. This is easier to achieve if the individual members take care to stay at their allotted positions instead of changing positions abruptly increasing risk to themselves as well as to others.
- Leadership skills: Leaders would want to hold a briefing session before the group ride where they outline details such as the route and speed where they must be able to set the tone in accordance with the experience and abilities of riders in that group. Members who have doubts to clarify or questions to ask must ensure that they do so before the ride commences.
- Be alert and attentive at all times as flagging attention often results in a collision or accident.
- Every member of a motorcycle group is typically asked to take responsibility for the person who is riding behind them. Splitting a larger group into smaller groups also helps in easy access to assistance in cases of emergency. Riders might want to place themselves in such a way that they are able to clearly see the rider directly behind them, particularly their eyes.
- Deciding on the formation of the group: There are several group formations to choose from trails to line to staggered formations. A lot of contributing factors such as condition of the road, weather conditions and traffic situation are instrumental in deciding the choice of formation for the trip.
- Spacing within a formation: Spacing between you and the rider in front of you will again depend on the environment you have chosen for your ride as well as the risk factors involved. For example, a group ride on a traffic-ridden stretch of road will not allow for wide spaces between riders but if the ride is taking place on rural country roads, the group can opt for greater flexibility in deciding spacing.
- Finally the group must define lanes as well as recommended speeds to all members that will help set the tone and pace of the group ride.
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