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Group Riding.....Some basic info

Group Riding.....Some basic info

Postby Rob1965 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:14 pm

The second man drop is a plan to get all the riders to the intended location quickly, safely and as a group.
Who is the second man? The second man constantly changes.
The second man is the rider immediately behind the Road Captain, until they stop at a junction or roundabout to show any directional change in the route, at this point the subsequent rider now becomes the new second man and so on throughout the ride out.
The second rider need only stop when there is a change in direction, however to err on the side of caution it is best for the second rider to stop at any multi-road junction that does not have a clear exit from the approach road. There should be no need to have a second rider stop when the exit is clear and traveling: - Straight on at traffic lights. Roundabouts, or crossroads, etc
Before the ride Listen out for any briefing by the Road Captain Fill your tank before the start and find out the planned fuel stops. Find out the final destination.
If there is a route plan; make sure you have a copy! Make sure you know and will recognize the last rider. If you carry a mobile phone take the Road Captain's number with you.
When you are the second rider Stop when the Road Captain asks, where it is safe to do so without hindering the traffic and make sure you are visible from the approach, indicate to show the direction of the route to be taken by the others.
Rejoin the ride when you see the last rider's signal for you to do so. (Not sure? If no signal, then it's not the last rider, wait.) DO NOT leave until the last rider arrives.
Stay at your post for as long as it takes for them to arrive, someone might have broken down It should not matter how long you wait, you must wait for the last rider, if you do not, you will cause everyone behind you to get lost. If there is a long delay take comfort that the rider in front will be waiting for you. Do not worry about being left behind, you won't be.
During the ride ride in a staggered formation whenever possible, keep up and as closely bunched as the road conditions and safety allow. Keep an eye on the rider behind you, they are just as important as the one in front. If you see them slowing down, you drop back as well, if possible keep in sight of the rider in front. They should be watching their mirror and should slow down as well, the leader will then soon get the message to slow the pace or if necessary stop if there is a problem.
Do not make any signal to the rider stopped at a junction. They might think you are the last rider.
If you approach a junction where there is no rider waiting, and you have any doubt, continue along the main road you are on, do not change direction or deviate from it. Go straight on! If you break down stay with your bike, the last rider will get word to the Road Captain, and help.
Upon arriving Find out the departure time from the Road Captain if you wish to ride back with the group be ready to go on time. Let the Road Captain know if you are going to break away from the group on the way home.
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Re: Group Riding.....Some basic info

Postby Rob1965 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:17 pm

Group Riding

Riding with your mates, or making new friends through motorcycling, are among the best things about life on two wheels. The only problem is, the people you want to hang out with may not be riding at the same standard as you. They could be slower and more timid than you or, especially if you’ve not been riding long or have had some time away from motorcycling, they may be riding faster than you want to.
And if even one person is feeling uncomfortable and wishing the others would slow down, that’s a recipe for unhappiness. So follow our tips for staying friends with all your riding buddies:

1. Choose your group carefully. It helps to be at a similar level of experience, but it’s even more important to know and trust them.

2. Arrive on time with a full tank of petrol.

3. Hold a riders’ meeting. Discuss things like the route, rest and fuel stops, and hand signals. Assign a lead and a sweep (tail) rider. Both should be experienced riders who are experienced in group riding procedures. The leader should assess everyone’s riding skills and the group’s riding style.

4. 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 sweep rider. Slower people at the front, faster people at the back. Sounds wrong, but it will avoid newer riders pushing themselves too hard to try and keep up. And nobody will get left behind.

5. Ride in formation. The staggered riding formation, this allows a safety cushion between motorcycles so that each rider has enough time and space to manoeuvre and to react to hazards. The leader rides in the right third of the lane, while the next rider stays at least one second behind in the left third of the lane; the rest of the group follows the same pattern. A single-file formation is better on a curvy road, in poor visibility or on poor road surfaces, when entering or leaving the highway, or whenever you might need more room to manoeuvre or more time to react.

6. Avoid side-by-side formations as they reduce the space cushion. If you suddenly needed to swerve to avoid a hazard you would not have room to do so. You don’t want handlebars to get entangled.

7. Ride for yourself. Don’t assume because it’s safe for the person before you to pull out, it’s safe for you to do it too. Don’t assume that because they feel in control at this speed, you should too. Ride the way you would if you were alone.

8. Don’t be embarrassed to split up. If you have three novice riders and four people who’ve spent every weekend since 1982 on a sports bike, you’re not likely to enjoy the same kind of ride. The old hands and the back-road pootlers can always meet up at lunchtime and compare notes.

9. Periodically check the riders following in your rear view mirror. If you see a rider falling behind, slow down so they may catch up. If all riders in the group use this technique the group should be able to maintain a fairly steady speed without pressure to ride too fast to catch up.

10. If you’re separated from the group don’t panic. Your group should have a plan in place to re-group. Don’t break the law or ride beyond your skill level to catch up.

11. Be a good advert for motorcycling. It’s easy to get a naughty schoolchild mentality when you’re out in a group, but you’re also very visible ambassadors for life on two wheels. Overtake considerately, respect speed limits and be nice to the locals.

12. Relax. You’re here to enjoy yourself. If it stops being fun, make your excuses and leave.

Advanced training is a great way to get more out of your riding, and improve your technique.
You might even get cheaper motorbike or scooter insurance!

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