There are many positives to traveling in a group.
Preventing problems with
other traffic, and support from the group if a problem arises are
just a few.
We break large groups into individual �Groups of Five� formations,
i.e. staggered with each rider, maintaining a 2 second interval
between their motorcycle and the one directly in front.
(See illustration). It is
just as important to maintain a minimum as to maintain a maximum
distance. Abiding to guide
lines will help each rider know what to expect from the other
riders, and where riders are expect them to be.
The spacing between Groups is approximately mile or 15 seconds
apart. This gives cars that are invariably on �the wrong side� a
large enough place to pass. Likewise
proper spacing in a Group will suggest to a car to move to this gap
before passing through.
Each Group of motorcycles ride with the 1st, 3rd
and 5th riders in the left tire track of the
lane, and the 2nd and 5th in the right tire
track. Trikes should try to
accomplish this to the best of their ability. The 1st
position is the Leader and the last position is the Drag, the above
mentioned 2 second interval between 1 3 & 5 in the left track, and
between 2 & 4 in the right track. This
effectively gives 1 second between bikes, but because of the stagger
the gap is 2 seconds in each track. This spacing gives other drivers
an impression of the Group being a unit. This is very important in
multilane environments, helping to dissuade others from cutting into
Each Group should ride a reasonable speed taking into account the
skill level of the group, and the traffic conditions.
The proper procedure for stopping at a traffic light is side by
side. When you start again return to the properly spaced, staggered
formation. A rider should never risk an accident by running a red
light to stay with the group. If one or more of the group is
separated, the group leader is responsible for slowing the pace
and/or pulling to the side (out of traffic) to allow the other
members to catch up.
It is a very important safety aspect of group riding that everyone
maintains proper position, proper spacing, and proper speed.
If there is some emergency
that requires that one bike leave the group, they should notify the
lead rider (flashing the bright lights or sounding a horn if they
don�t have a CB), and the entire Group will stop. The Drag will be
on the look out for riders who have a problem, but can not signal.
While a staggered formation is best for most roads, some situations
call for single file. These include, but are not limited to, a wide
load approaching or a very curvy road.
An ideal situation would be for all to have a CB, but a
minimum recommendation is to have both lead and drag utilizing CB�s.
Lane changes are accomplished when the Leader asks the Drag to
secure the other lane. When safe to do so the Drag will move over to
the other lane. When the lane is secure up to the front of the
group, the Drag will let the Leader know it is a good time to move
over. Other bikes in the center positions should wait for the Leader
to move. This will enable the drag to have a clear view of the lane
ahead of them. This will also enable the Group to move as a unit,
reinforcing to the other traffic they are in fact a Group. It is up
to each rider as to whether or not the lane is still safe at the
time a lane change initiated by the Leader.
If the lane being moved into is unsafe it is suggested to
stay in the original lane until it is safe to proceed.
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Print this out and check it every time before you ride.
Rider Education Levels Program
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Invisible Motorcycle PSA
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Motorcycle Safety Foundation Guide
to Group Riding
Motorcycle Hand Signals
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How to pick up a
Dropped Goldwing Motorcycle
U turn demo on a GL1800
Motorcycle Training - Tight Turns
How to put a
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Slayer - Deals Gap US 129 North Carolina, Tennessee
How to change oil
on a GL 1800 Goldwing
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Headlight bulb in Honda Goldwing GL 1800
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