You are individually responsible for making sure you and your bike are ready and safe for every ride
The Chapter expects all riders to ride safely and ride within their individual experience and comfort level at all times
Make sure you are alert, feeling well and dressed appropriately. You should be physically and mentally prepared to make the ride. Avoid caffeine and stress prior to riding. If you are tired, not feeling well, or just “not up to par”, it may be wise to stay home and ride another day. Any Chapter member operating a motorcycle on a Chapter ride must be properly licensed and insured to operate a motorcycle.
Motorcycle Safety Check
Check your T-CLOCS (Tires & Wheels, Cables & Controls, Lights & Signals, Oil & Fuel, Chassis, Side Stand). Any motorcycle used in a Chapter ride event or other activity must be properly registered, inspected and insured.
All members begin the ride with a full tank. Rides are planned with gas stops taking into consideration the smallest tank in the group. Be considerate of the others in the group and take care of your personal business well before the departure time.
Arrive on Time
Not only is it fun to socialize prior to the ride, the Road Captains will make announcements and give the pre-ride briefing during this time. If you arrive at the last minute, you may miss important information about the ride.
The pre-ride briefing
The Road Captain will give a pre-ride briefing covering the route, and several other things that needs to be communicated such as Identify Road Team members, remind riders to ride comfortably, and review signs and signals. Listen closely and feel free to ask questions.
Riding with a group can be fun and exciting, but only when everyone in the group observes the same rules. When riding with the Chapter, everyone is expected to observe the following rules.
The Road Captain will leave first from the starting point and is following by all other bikes, which fall into the staggered formation as soon as the Road Captain gives the signal to do so. The Sweeper will follow the group in the middle of the lane.
This stagger formation leaves the area beside your motorcycle open for you to swerve into if needed to avoid a hazard. Everyone should be watching out for the safety of other riders, but it is your responsibility to stay out of the safety zone beside the rider staggered in front of you. As we all know, the rear tire always wins when a rear tire and a front tire contact. If you have to slow quickly, try to maintain your position in the lane.
When riding in adverse or limited visibility conditions (such as night, rain, fog, sand storm etc.) reduce speed and increase the spacing to 3 or 4 seconds.
Do not pass any rider in front of you whichever part of the lane they are in, and do not ride directly beside another rider, in their ‘safety zone'.
Overtaking other riders will not normally be necessary and you should maintain the same position within the group for the entire ride.
Your eyes should be watching a few bikes up the road from you (4 seconds ahead) not fixed on the bike in front of you.