Safety Tips for Group Riding
For many motorcycle enthusiasts, riding as a group is the epitome of the motorcycling experience. As we all know, group riding requires following some basic guidelines to make it safe and enjoyable for all. Here are some key points to ensure a fun and safe group riding experience:
Road captains can plan a ride taking the logistics like route, road conditions, weather, etc., into consideration for a secure journey. However, they are not able to judge each rider’s experience and skill level until the ride begins.
Road captains always pre-brief a ride to include route, riding formation, group separation, breakdowns, etc. At the same time, they can gather input from riders concerning their experience on a motorcycle and with group riding.
The pre-brief gives the road captain the opportunity to divide the group into two or more groups for safety reasons. Smaller groups are easier for the road captain and tail gunner to monitor and ensures the safest riding conditions.
Riding in the recommended staggered formation, as shown in the diagram below, the lane is divided into thirds and allows a space cushion between motorcycles so each rider has enough time and space to react to hazards. The leader starts in the left third of the lane, and the next rider is one second behind in the right third of the lane.