Hand signals should be kept simple, easy to learn, and few in number. Either the rider
or passenger can relay the signal. As soon as you see a signal given, you should give the same signal so the rider behind you can see it. When the phrase “1/3 of a lane” is used, it is referring to riding in the right or left track of a lane. These hand signals are not always used by all the groups that you ride with. These tips have been assembled as suggestions only.
|Start Your Engines
|When your bike is running, place your hand on top of the windshield. If you do not have a windshield, raise your hand. This tells the Road Captain that everyone is ready to go.
|The lead motorcycle should be in the left 1/3 lane, second motorcycle should be in the right 1/3 lane, and so on. Each motorcycle should leave enough room for the motorcycle in front to make a maneuver (right or left) without having to worry about hitting the rear motorcycle. Always stay in line with the staggered bike in front of you and do not switch between the left and right side of the lane.
|Use either arm, straight down and palm towards the back. Move your arm back and forth at the elbow.
|Hazard in the Road
|Point with left hand at the object. Sometimes in group riding, the Road Captain may wave his left arm back and forth, above his head, just to alert the rest of the group. He is the only person who should do this maneuver.
|Passing other Vehicles
|Two Lane Passing
|Should have no more than two motorcycles pass at a time. NEVER have the last motorcycle pull out and slow traffic so the group can pass as a unit. Pass in a staggered formation.
|When Being Passed
|If you are riding in a large group, slow to allow the passing vehicle to get around you safely. If, for example, you are in the middle of the group, you may want to slow to allow a gap in the group so the passing vehicle can pass the group one-half at a time. Passing anytime can be hazardous. Use common sense.
|After the Pass
|The lead rider can do one of two things:
Bear in mind, if the lead rider stays in the passing lane, be sure there is no oncoming traffic. AGAIN, no more than two for the two lane passing or three for the Interstate passing at a time.
|Point at the gas tank.
Please fill up before the ride, as it may be awhile waiting for the departure time.
|Do not ride above the posted speed. If there are 35-40 bikes in the pack from the time you start from a traffic light until the time the last bike leaves the same light, it may be 3-4 minutes. If you are speeding, what are the last bikes doing to catch up? This causes a rubber band effect within the group.
|Departure Time and Place
|For "MEETS", just get yourself to the destination by the designated time.
Please check your newsletter and events calendar for departure times.
|We encourage our new, and under experienced riders to ride at the front of the group of bikes. It will be easier to see hand signals from this position. Please remember to maintain the staggered riding position.
|If you intend to drop out of the pack before it reaches its destination, please give this information to the Road Captains. It will save an unnecessary stop for the pack.