Safety Tips for Motorcycling with a GroupJuly 31, 2019
There is no question that riding a motorcycle is more than simply a mode of transportation. There is a sense of freedom and adventure associated with riding a motorcycle that you do not get from driving a car. Unlike a car, truck, or SUV, which can fit numerous passengers, a motorcycle is generally built for minimal passengers. However, this does not mean that riding a motorcycle is always a solitary experience. In fact, there is a strong camaraderie among bikers. Many prefer to ride with friends, or even join organized motorcycle rallies.
While this can be an amazing opportunity to bond with fellow bikers, there are some unique safety hazards that are associated with group riding. These hazards can be avoided by keeping the following safety tips in mind.
- Arrive at the meeting spot on time and with a full tank of gas.
- Hold a pre-trip meeting, where the group can discuss the travel route, rest and fuel stops, and review hand signals. The group should agree on a lead and a sweep rider, both of whom should be experienced and have a thorough understanding of group riding procedures. The leader should also be aware of other riders’ skill levels.
- Keep the group size to approximately five to seven riders. Assign a group lead and sweep rider for the group, and for any subgroups of the main group of riders.
- Make sure that one of the riders has a first aid and tool kit that has the tools necessary if one of the motorcycles breaks down or has a flat tire. All riders should have a cell phone.
- Riders should follow the staggered riding formation, which gives enough space between each rider so that they have time to react to an unexpected hazard. On winding roads, bikers should stay in a single formation and keep a two-second following distance. Side by side formations are discouraged as they make it more difficult to avoid a hazard. It also increases the chance that handlebars can become entangled.
- Check the rearview mirror periodically to make sure that riders behind you are not falling behind. If a rider is separated, the group should have a procedure in place to regroup with fellow riders. Avoid speeding or breaking any traffic laws to catch up with the group.
- If a rider leaves the group, the rest of the group should cross into the next vacant position and re-establish the staggered formation.
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