Rider safety is our top priority.
Our Club wants to ensure our members and their guests have a safe and enjoyable time when riding together in an organized group ride situation.
Below are tips and guidelines to help all ECDOC members, guests or new riders feel inclusive and prepared, if they participate in a club group ride. Just click the Pre-Ride, Ride and Other tabs below for some practical pointers to help you be safe, and prepared.
Above all else, RIDE YOUR OWN RIDE. Ride within your skill level, mechanical setup and posted limits.
Click the tabs below for Rider Safety information for Pre-Ride, Ride, and Other situations.
Before a ride, take a few moments and look over your motorcycle. These are quick checks and a more detailed look should be done with regular maintenance.
- Tires – pressures, wear, cracks, possible punctures
- Chain – adjusted and lubricated
- Lights – running lights and indicators working.
- Leaks – anything dripping from you bike is likely going to need some attention. Oil on your tires could be a disaster.
- Luggage – Panniers, bags and items tied down are secure.
Full Tank of Gas
- Arrive at your pre-determined meeting place with a full tank of gas.
Protective Gear including your Passenger
- ATGATT – “All The Gear All The Time” is a necessary requirement.
- Long Pants
- Over ankle Footwear
Split into Smaller Groups (recommended)
- Depending on the number of riders you meet up with, it may be necessary to split into smaller groups.
- 5 riders per group is ideal.
- Faster riders could opt to ride solo, or in their own group ahead of the others.
- It is perfectly acceptable to leave the group and bug-out, however let someone know your intention to do so. A lot of time can be wasted looking for a missing rider.
Lead and Sweep
- Delegate someone to Lead and someone at the back…. The Sweep. These should be experienced riders, familiar with a group ride situation.
- The Lead will set the pace.
- The Lead and the Sweep should know the route, rest stops and the destination.
- The Sweep will try to keep the riders together.
- No one should be behind the Sweep.
- Blocking an intersection to allow the riders through is sometimes practiced, although it is NOT recommended.
- Know how far your motorcycle can go, between fuel stops.
- Re-Set your trip if you don’t have a fuel gauge.
Staggered and Single File Formation
- Lead to the left, second rider to the right and so on. Allow a minimum of 1 second between riders and 2 seconds between the rider in front of you.
- Try to keep it tight, although spacing between riders is flexible and should be adjusted based on the conditions.
- Always leave yourself an OUT.
- Close the gap in traffic.
- Be aware of target fixation.
- Single file with a 2 second gap is recommended on a twisty section of road or bad roads and intersections.
No Rider Left Behind
- Pay attention to departure times and be ready to saddle-up.
- Each rider should look out for the rider immediately behind them.
- At each stop sign or turn-off, the lead rider will pause and confirm that all riders are present.
- If a rider or riders are missing, the group will wait for the rider(s) to rejoin the group.
- If you have fallen behind, it is not necessary to ride more quickly to catch your group.
- The group will wait for you at the next turning point.
- If you need to leave the group, please inform the lead rider of your intention to do so.
- An individual rider may need to pull over, however the rider’s group may or may not notice you or be able to stop and assist.
- The other riders may pull over further up the road and try to communicate with you.
- The other groups following may stop to see if additional help is required.
- Having motorcycles and riders at the side of the road is not the best idea, so use caution and common sense.
- Pass the vehicle one rider at a time in sequence of your riding position.
- Each rider must make their own decision about whether or not it is safe to pass.
- Do not pass one another during a passing maneuver.
- On returning to the proper travel lane, keep up your speed and do not slow down, until all riders have completed their passes.
- The lead will be aware of the riders behind making the same passing maneuvers and allow them to catch up and re-join the formation.
- If you feel the need to pass the rider in front of you, flash your high beam and make a pass when it’s safe to do so.
- You may be motioned by the rider in front of you to pass or drop back
- Cell Phone / GPS
- A Health App can be downloaded with your medical information and Contact and Emergency Contact Information.
- Medications.(Stings, EpiPens, diabetic shock etc.)
- Let someone in your group know if you have any health issues that could need attention.
- Cash / Credit / Debit Card
- Tool Kit / First Aid Kit
- Water / Snacks