||Be prepared. Begin the group ride with a full
tank of gas, appropriate clothing for the weather, well-rested and fed,
and a bike in safe operating condition.
||Make sure everyone is aware of the proposed
route and stops.
||The ride is self-paced. Ride at a speed you
feel comfortable with. This isn't the time or place to hone your riding
skills. It ruins everyone's day if you get hurt.
||Ride in a staggered formation, with a minimum
of two seconds between you and the rider directly in front of you. This
allows you to use the entire lane to ride in and gives you an extra margin
||Ride your ride, not the rider's in front of
you. Make sure you keep looking down the road and through the corners, not
at the bike ahead of you. Set your own pace and choose your own lines
through the corners.
||A group of motorcycles is not considered a
"single vehicle!". Be courteous and allow cars to enter/exit a
highway or change lanes.
||At least one of the riders
ahead of you will wait at every point where you might make a wrong turn.
||Similarly, you are expected
to wait at intersections and other decision points until the person behind
you shows up. So before you make that turn check your mirrors and make
sure the riders behind you are there.
||We try to plan brief stops throughout the ride to let
everyone regroup, make sure everyone is present, check gas supplies, and
to allow for rests and hydration.
||If you decide to split off from the ride, let
the group know about it beforehand if possible, and at least one person in
the group while riding.