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Old 03-08-2011, 09:57 AM   #1
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:59 AM   #2
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Good idea, u have two b's. And u left out people that tailgate u. Yes other riders.
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Good idea, u have two b's. And u left out people that tailgate u. Yes other riders.
His second "b" are da rulz for the "b class"

"a" class hazz no rulz.. dey be FREE!!!
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:08 AM   #5
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motorcycle staggered riding passing

And when riding single file keep 2 seconds between riders
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And there have been multiple posts over the years about classifying rides.. different things like based on pace, spirited, brisk etc

Or SMR versus Noob versus cruise

Bottom line is you need to do a little research for the groups you want to ride with, and start in the back to get a feel for the types that you are riding with.

Some leaders will want to take responsibility for their rides, others won't. Some groups ride with respect for everyone, others will dive bomb you into the next corner.

Choose wisely, ride your own ride, and take some responsibility for yourself AND those you are "leading" into the next corner. All tough to do, but it CAN be done.
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Just seems like overkill for street riding. You want rules? Go to the track.

There's already a big fat book written that covers everything you need for riding on the street - the Texas Transportation Code.
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Its not overkill. Ive been to the track, its pretty boring riding the same road for a few hours... so I'll pass. This is for people who want to ride street safely but at a spirited pace. Besides, My two bikes arent even track bikes and some people here have other bikes.

If the bike is street legal, it was made to be ridden on the street.
Besides, theres tons of scenic roads in America to be enjoyed, thats the beauty of the hobby.
There you go. Street legal is the key term there. If everyone's behaving themselves on the ride then you have no use for most of the procedure that you listed above.

I'm not saying I ride legally - far from it. But I also don't go on big "spirited" (lol) group rides.

If you've got 10, 15, 30 bikes in a group you have no reason to be burning up the road.
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This is the list I put together when leading rides a long time ago and posted on mh a few times. We used this for our rides.

Group Ride Rules and Expectations

1. Each rider must have a helmet, jacket, gloves and boots. Knee protection is highly recommended and available at Motorcycles Unlimited for about $25. Riders without the appropriate gear will be asked to ride on their own.

2. Everybody must ride within their own limits. If you get scared, nervous, or anxious while riding, you are going too fast and you are a hazard to yourself as well as those around you. Slow down before you go down or hurt a fellow rider.

3. Group rides are not a motorcycle rider training tool. Each rider is personally responsible for their own actions.

4. Throughout the ride, there is no passing on the right nor is passing permitted in turns.

5. Riders will ride in staggered formation on highways & main streets and single file in the back country and around curves & bends.

6. In the backcountry as well as in curves and bends, riders will open gaps to at least 2 seconds to the motorcycle in front of them.

7. Running wide or out of your lane is a safety hazard for you and the riders around you. This is a clear indication that you are riding beyond your capabilities. Slow down before you go down or hurt a fellow rider.

8. Dragging pegs, exhaust, or any other portion of the bike is a safety issue for you and those around you. Don’t do it.

9. Every ride will have at least one designated leader and designated sweeper. Sweepers have the responsibility to ensure all riders stay together and remain accounted for throughout the ride.

10. Leaders will commonly display hand signals throughout the ride. They may include standard hand signals for left and right hand turns, per DOT regulations; a raised fist for "stop"; a hand extended down or patting down for "slow down"; tapping the top of your helmet for a police car sighting; and pointing with hand or foot at dangerous rode debris.

11. It is customary to repeat hand signals you see in order to pass information to the riders behind you.

12. Stunting and wheelies are prohibited on the group rides.

13. All rides will have a "no man left behind" policy, meaning the group will never leave a rider behind or stranded. The designated sweeper will confirm that all riders are accounted for with the leader at each stop.

14. Riders who are new to their bike, have less than 6 months sport bike riding experience, or are new to the route will be asked to ride together as the UAC (Up and Coming) group. The UAC group will be assigned an experienced leader and sweeper.

15. Riders will top off their gas tanks before kick-stands-up. The group will not stop for gas stations except for the designated rest stop areas.

16. Riders will check tire pressures and tire condition before they get to the meeting place. If you need tire pressure advice, ask beforehand.

17. It is not unusual for a large group ride to have at least one bike related incident. Ensure that incident does not involve you.

18. And, again, a reminder: everybody must ride within their own limits. If you get scared, nervous, or anxious while riding, you are going too fast and you are a hazard to yourself as well as those around you. Slow down before you go down or hurt a fellow rider.
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Hey Curt thanks for sharing! Each person is responsible for their own actions
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And one person's actions can ruin someone else's day or life
it does suck when someone goes down but that is just something that cannot be prevented even with all the rules, i think the biggest problem of all is the person's brain and his right hand, something that is very unpredictable and hard to control.
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i quit doing group rides larger than 5-8 people...
Last 2 times i did a group ride with 20 or more people, first corner some jackass
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