6 Tips for Motorcyclists Riding in Groups
Spring is in the air once more, and the warmer temperatures may make you want to take your motorcycle out for a leisurely drive. If you’re planning to ride your motorcycle with a group, there are some things you want to keep in mind to stay safe on the road.
To start, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has a brief guide that can help refresh your memory.
In addition, here are my tips for staying safe on the road as a group:
- Have a group meeting first. Before you get out on the road, have a quick meeting with the group you’re planning to ride with, so you can discuss the route you plan to take, as well as where you plan to stop to rest or refuel.
- Assign a lead rider or tail/sweep rider. You want to make sure both are among your more experienced riders, and that both are already well acquainted with group riding. In particular, the lead rider should be well aware of everyone’s riding skill level and style.
- Fuel up and don’t rush. Give yourself extra time to leave before your planned start time, so you aren’t in a rush to go. Also be sure to fill your tank in advance so you have a full tank of gas for the trip.
- Be prepared for emergencies. No one wants to assume the worst, but for your own safety and the safety of everyone in your group you should be prepared in case an emergency should occur. Make sure to pack a tool kit and a first aid kit—and don’t forget to bring your cellphone.
- Ride in formation whenever possible. Once you’re on the road, allow proper spacing between bikes so each rider has sufficient amount of space to maneuver and react to any possible hazards on the road. Avoid side by side riding if at all possible so there’s room if you need to swerve quickly to avoid an unexpected hazard on the road.
- Know where the next rest stop is. If you do get separated from your group, make sure you know where the next rest stop area will be so you can eventually catch up with the rest of your group.
Whether you’re riding on your own or in a group, it’s important to be mindful of motorcycle safety rules as well as your own personal safety on the road.