Welcome, Guest
Username: Password: Remember me

TOPIC: Group Riding

Group Riding 01 Jul 2010 09:38 #61

  • JohanGT
  • Offline
  • Pillion-friendly
  • Posts: 176
  • Thank you received: 49
We have had some wonderful riding and some near misses in the past. Some of these lessons learnt should be shared so that we can learn and ride safer.

Apart from the standard rules there are some rules that could be considered to become part of the standard rules:

- We have many potholes on our roads. When passing a vehicle, try and see whether there are potholes in front of the vehicle you are passing. They might try to avoid these potholes and swerve into you.

- When passing a vehicle while you are in a group, give the front bike sufficient space to get away before you pass. If the first bike brakes for a pothole there might not be sufficient space for you and the passed vehicle before you reach the pothole.

- When riding in below 3 degrees Celcius weather conditions, stick to the highways and only start the trip after you have had breakfast. This gives the sun, trucks and cars an opportunity to melt the black ice that might form on the roads.

- On long, cold trips, do not underestimate the value of chockolates during breaks. Apart from the fact that it tastes good, it just helps to get you ready for the next section.

- Myth Busted: Alcohol does not warm you up. It might taste great, but it thins your blood and you loose heat quicker. Hot drinks is the easiest and quickest way to get you warm. (What about a hot brandy?) :huh:
Last Edit: 01 Jul 2010 17:41 by GSLady.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Group Riding 01 Jul 2010 10:02 #66

  • Chris
  • Offline
  • Stunt Rider
  • Posts: 654
  • Thank you received: 119
Good points JohanGT.
Also when driving in a group, leave enough space between bikes for a cage to be able to pass bikes one by one.
Don’t run with scissors
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Group Riding 01 Jul 2010 14:25 #87

  • JohanGT
  • Offline
  • Pillion-friendly
  • Posts: 176
  • Thank you received: 49
Chris wrote:
Good points JohanGT.
Also when driving in a group, leave enough space between bikes for a cage to be able to pass bikes one by one.

Good point! I will then also like to add that the Ride Leader decides to which lane bikes need to go and the rest should follow and not take up all the lanes.
HOWEVER, when in the fast lane, the Sweep can decide when to go back and then everybody has to follow in order to make way for fast cages approaching from the back.

Nobody should ever get on a motorcycle unless they have emergency detail available on them or on the bike where it can easily be found. This can be done via a capsule that is available from bike shops.

Never ride next to another bike, not even in town. If they swerve for a pothole it is going to leave a mark.

Any more points from anybody?
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Group Riding 01 Jul 2010 18:33 #104

  • Marnus
  • Offline
  • Administrator
  • Posts: 1512
  • Thank you received: 142
I'm no expert at road riding in groups - except to get to the place where the road ends, so here are some of my observations when riding in groups on gravel:

* Because braking distances are longer on gravel than tar, and visibility is impaired by the dust of the rider in front of you, following distance becomes that much more important!
* Ensure that more than one person has the route/track loaded on a GPS as a backup. I think at least the sweep should also have a copy!
* When overtaking on a gravel road, be 100% sure that the person in front of you knows of your intentions. When you come past, you'll be kicking up a lot of dust and you will be creating difficulty for that person.
* When encountering a difficult / potentially dangerous obstacle, wait until the person behind you arrive to warn the person, and lend a hand if necessary.
* If someone in the group should have take tumble, take pictures first and then help the poor oke!

And not really related to group riding, but not taking care of these can hold up the group while you're whisked away to hospital:

* The edges of gravel roads are usually in worse shape than the middle, so one tends to ride more towards the center of the road - it also allows you to swerve out either way if you encounter the unexpected rock, bump or hole. So care should be taken when approaching blind rises (the guy on the other side is also probably in the middle of the road!)
* Because there are no road markings on a gravel road, road users tend to cut the corners quite often - also because they are usually banked the probability is high that the inside of the corner will be used most often (except if it's severely rutted). So be aware in the corners for oncoming traffic if you're taking the inside line.
* Take the tools you would need to fix a puncture - usually someone will have a compressor / plugs / tyre levers, until the day YOU need them!
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Group Riding 12 Jul 2010 19:08 #543

  • LeRoyOlivier
  • Offline
  • Catch me if you can!
  • Posts: 1901
  • Thank you received: 121
Question - the old forum had a very detailed information leaflet on Group Riding and Staggered riding that the club management has been propagating and applying for time immemorial. Can that doc not be posted on the forum - contains all tips and pointers.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Re: Group Riding 12 Jul 2010 20:13 #545

  • admin
  • admin's Avatar
Are you referring to THIS one?

(under Trips & Rides)
The administrator has disabled public write access.