Although most people think of motorcycling as a solo activity, there are times where you might want to ride in a group. Group riding can be enjoyable, but there are certain steps you should take to make sure the experience is safe.
It might seem obvious, but showing up to your group ride on time with a full tank of gas is the best way to begin. Before your group takes to the road, have a meeting to make certain everyone knows the route, the rest stops and the fuel stops, and the hand signals that will be used. You will need a leader and a sweep (tail) rider. Riders experienced in group riding procedures should occupy both of these positions.
Try to keep your group to a manageable size. If there are more than five to seven riders, you might want to break up into two smaller groups.
It is important to stagger your riding formation to allow each rider room to maneuver and avoid obstacles. Ideally, the leader rides in the left third of the lane, while the next rider stays at least one second behind in the right third of the lane. The rest of the group follows in the same pattern.
Riding in a group can sometimes be even more enjoyable than riding solo. Proper preparation will help your ride go smoothly, and proper riding formation will help you avoid an unecessary motorcycle accident.
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