preparation should start before you leave home.
Preparing your self is very important.
Check the weather to determine what riding gear you will need and in
Arizona always carry water. Perform a
pre-ride check on your motorcycle and use the T-CLOCK checklist as a reminder
of important components to check. Arrive at the start of the ride with a full
tank of gas unless the ride starts at gas station. Even then, you may want to
leave home with a
ride organizer will determine the place and time for the riders meeting. At
the meeting you should receive the route,
itinerary, fuel, meal and rest stops. If
this is an overnight ride, the lodging should have been given out prior to the
ride to make reservations. During the
meeting, hand signals should be reviewed so the you can communicate with the
other riders. Most of the riders do not
have a CB.
in a staggered formation with 3 to 5 riders in a group. The riders should be
two seconds to the rear
of the rider on the same side of the lane.
When riding through a twisting mountain road, single file is the safest
way to ride. Each group should have a
leader and a sweep. The groups should be
about a minute apart.
OR CHANGING LANES
can pass or change lanes as a group, but remember just because the leader has
changed lanes, you still have to check traffic before making the lane change.
the leader of the ride and your group leader that you will be leaving the group
before the start of the ride and give them the place you will be leaving.
a rider should have a breakdown (Gold Wings don’t break down) the riders in
front of the rider should continue to a safe location where they can stop and
the riders following the stopped rider should stop to render any assistance
needed. Too many motorcycles stopped at
the location can cause a hazard.
FROM THE GROUP
pre-planned procedure should have been covered at the riders meeting on how to
catch up with the group. This is very
important if you are going through an area with a number of traffic
signals. Do not try to run a red light
to keep up with the group.
prior planning for a ride makes the ride a lot more enjoyable and safer.
Gary Bowers, Chapter Educator