There are any number of reasons why people choose to ride a motorcycle, but many riders will tell you that it’s all about camaraderie. Whether you’re riding with friends or meeting new people along the way, riding in a group is the ultimate motorcycle experience.
While motorcycling is generally regarded as a solo activity, many people find that they enjoy group rides on motorcycles. It’s a social get-together, but on two wheels. And, with new technology making it easier for riders to communicate with one another, it’s become that much easier to enjoy the open road with friends and family.
Group rides are all about having fun and bonding with friends, both old and new, but staying safe is the top priority. So, before joining a group of riders, it’s important to understand that there are certain safety rules as well as etiquette guidelines that, as a rider, you’re expected to follow if you’re going to be a part of the group.
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Group rides can be a lot of fun, but, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), they can turn dangerous when:
- Riders cover too much of the roadway or start driving side by side
- Mixing riders of various skill levels in the group
- Riders fall behind the group
So, before hitting the road, your group should create some guidelines for participation to help reduce the unexpected. Some basic rules to follow when riding in a group are:
- Prepare ahead
- Stagger your riding formation
- Take breaks
You should have a plan in place in case a rider gets separated from your group or if someone plans on leaving during the ride. Choose the most experienced riders to be the “lead and sweep.” The lead rides at the head of the group while the sweep rides at the back.
Rider Magazine suggests that you limit your group size to no more than seven riders. If you find that you have more than seven, you should consider making subgroups, each with its own lead and sweep. All members of your group show be familiar with basic hand signals and what they mean while riding together.
You can’t be too safe
The most important consideration whether you’re riding solo or in a group is to make sure you have the proper safety gear and a first aid kit. Riding helmeted, according to the National Highway Safety Administration, gives you a 37% better chance of surviving a crash than if you ride without one. Helmets also offer protection from the wind, sun, debris, and bugs.
If you find yourself the victim of a motorcycle accident, you may end up with serious, life-changing, or even life-altering injuries. At Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, Riverside motorcycle accident attorneys, our goal is to ensure that you get the compensation that you need.Take a few minutes to check out our website. Visit our blog page to read a variety of articles pertaining to motorcycles, including an article that discusses the question: do loud pipes actually save lives?