Motorcycle Group Riding Rules

Motorcycle Group Riding Rules
Whether you’re riding across town or across the country, group riding is a blast. Not only is it fun, it’s much safer than riding solo and you get a real sense of community.

There are some basic rules to motorcycle group riding that you will need to know before you join up for the ride. Other riders will assume that you know these, so listen up and remember-the majority of these rules are designed to keep you and the group as a whole, SAFE!
Whether you’re riding across town or across the country, group riding is a blast. Not only is it fun, it’s much safer than riding solo and you get a real sense of community.

There are some basic rules to motorcycle group riding that you will need to know before you join up for the ride. Other riders will assume that you know these, so listen up and remember-the majority of these rules are designed to keep you and the group as a whole, SAFE!

  • Most groups ride in a staggered pattern because it’s the safest way. This means that you have the entire lane to yourself. The leader will be in the left track of his lane, the second rider will alternate to the right track of his lane, and so on.

  • Maintain a safe distance, which is typically 2 seconds behind the rider in front of you.

  • Arrive 10 minutes before kickstands-up with a full tank, a full wallet, and an empty bladder.

  • When the rider in front of you signals, pass the information back.

  • Change lanes as a group and maintain your lane position after changing.

  • Follow traffic signals. If you catch the red light, stop. The group will wait further up the road.

  • Don’t get tunnel vision by focusing on the bike in front of you.

  • Don’t depend on the group to make safety decisions for you. Look before you change lanes, etc.

  • At stop lights, pull up beside the rider in front of you and wait side by side. The rider on the left is always the first one to pull away.


 

These are just a few basic rules of riding your motorcycle in a group. If you have any questions at all, ask the lead rider for clarification. As long as you make decisions with safety as your priority, you’re probably right on track. Have a great ride!

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