16 Rider Tips for Group Motorcycle Safety
When riding with others, what safety practices do you follow?
- Darlene D. I routinely do group rides with my riding group & we always have a pre-ride brief, go over expectations & signals. Ride your own ride is the biggest rule. Riding in staggered formation and respect all road users.
- Roni C. talk to those around you… find out the comfort level of the ride you are taking, make sure that everyone understands that the road captain will set the pace and they need to know your comfort level. Safe spacing in the staggered formation for the group you are riding with
- Suhaymath N. Off the top of my head: staggered formation, a standard set of signals that everyone knows, stay together, maintain a pace that’s comfortable for everyone, don’t bully/pressure other motorists.
- Noel H. I’m not big on riding in large groups. It can be hard on the bike as well as the people. I like lots of dodging room around me. Three or four folks together is about my limit. Then you only have to stay in sight of each other.
- Jeffrey M. 1.) Don’t ride in large groups or with people you do not know
- Tim M. When riding with others it’s usually on a race track and I go by the motto don’t crash
- Dora D. Staggered for sure and far enough apart that they can see you in their rearview mirror and you can see their face in their rearview mirror too.
- Michael T. I leave either an hour before or an hour after the main pack
- Mike W. I don’t like riding in groups. Too many variables. But riding in a group of no more than 10 is okay as long as we know exactly where we are going and communicate effectively.
- Randy B. Try and keep the group to 8 or less, if you have to split up and make two (or 3) groups. Designate a “Sweeper” in each group so you don’t loose anyone. Riding with strangers is always interesting.
- Glenn S. Maintain a staggered two second spacing, knowing and using hand signals to let riders behind me what those ahead are doing….braking, turning, single file, double files, etc.
- Bruce P. It is usually more important that others keep an eye on me, I don’t have ABS. Hitting the same BMW GS1200 twice in one day in Mexico was embarrassing.
- Don E. I mainly ride with friends only. That way, everyone knows what to expect in the skills of the others. Discussing the route and the planned stops ahead of time is important too.
- Barb S. if you drink you don’t ride with us.
- Bruce A. if you can see eyes in mirror in front so can they. case closed.
- Don S. When it is a group like this never lose your focus.
What tips can you add?