Safety

RIDE CONDUCT

Few activities build camaraderie and memories faster than Chapter rides. They are one of the core H.O.G.® Chapter activities. That’s why it’s so important that they’re conducted safely.

The following safe riding practices are to be observed on all chapter group rides.

  1. Observance of the 2 second following rule (Maintain a 2 second interval between yourself and the Motorcycle directly in front of you), keeping grouped riders in tight formation, so the group is more visible to other drivers as a ‘unit’.
  2. Stay in the lane the group is traveling in.
  3. Always ride in staggered formation; it gives you an extra margin for safety.
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  4. Rider Leader, choose and maintain a comfortable pace within the speed limit. Keep in mind that people at the end of the group may have to drive a little faster to keep up if there are gaps in the group. It also may cause a problem to drive too slowly. Drivers in vehicles behind the group may become impatient and try to get around the group.
  5. Do not cut in and out of the group formation. However, if you need to remove yourself from the group due to a hazard, do so safely by using head checks, signals, and make sure you do not interfere with another rider.
  6. All ride participants will use safe riding hand signals and head checks on all group rides.
  7. Drinking and driving never mix. This is especially true when participating in a group ride. A rider, driver, or passenger under the influence of alcohol or illegal substance is never permitted on a Chapter 2906 rides.
  8. Do not hinder, interfere, or otherwise stop motorists from entering the group so they can enter or exit or make necessary turns or lane changes as safely and as quick as possible.
  9. When adjusting the staggered formation, the cross over method should be used. However, it is also not necessary to correct the formation.
  10. The group should remain tight when processing through an intersection and turns should be performed in a single file only, not next to each other.
  11. When riding on single lane roads, the group will ride in a single file not staggered.
  12. Make sure your motorcycle is in good operating condition.

Directionals and hand signals should be used at all times. See below for a hand-signal reference chart:

Start Engines

With your right or left arm extended, move your index finger in a circular motion.

Left Turn

Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow fully extended.

Right Turn

Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow bent 90 degrees vertically.

Hazard Left

Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle and point towards the hazard.

Hazard Right

Extend your right arm at a 45 degree angle and point towards the hazard.

Hazard Right

Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your elbow bent to 90 degrees and point towards the hazard over your helmet.

Speed Up

Raise your left arm up and down with your index finger extended upward. This indicates the leader wants to speed up.

Slow Down

Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle and move your hand up and down.

Stop

Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle with the palm of your hand facing rearward.

Single File

Position your left hand over your helmet with your fingers extended upward. This indicates the leader wants the group in a single file formation. Usually this is done for safety reasons.

Staggered Formation

Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your index and pinkie finger extended. This indicate that it is safe to return to staggered formation.

Tighten Up

Raise your left arm and repeatedly move up and down in a pulling motion. This indicates the leader wants the group to close ranks.

Upset

Extend your left arm straight out with your elbow bent 90 degrees. Carefully extend your middle finger to clearly demonstrate your dissatisfaction with the other guy.
NOTE: It is not recommended you do this when you are alone.

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