You may enjoy a solitary ride on occasion to clear your head, have some time to yourself or just enjoy California's beautiful scenery on your own. If so, you are in good company since many other motorcycle enthusiasts feel these are some of the many benefits that come with this form of transportation.
Even so, riding with a group builds camaraderie. It provides a way to socialize with friends who share the same interest. In addition, these rides often go greater distances than solitary rides, which gives riders the opportunity to see new places and participate in new activities. Group rides provide a different experience than going it alone, and as the saying goes, there is often safety in numbers. However, these rides are only safe if everyone is on the same page.
Make your group ride enjoyable...and safe
Nothing spoils the fun like an accident, getting lost or a mechanical breakdown. In order to help avoid these eventualities, group rides often need to follow some safety rules, which include the following:
- All riders in the group should meet before heading out to determine pit stops and route.
- Getting everyone acquainted with useful hand signals can provide a method of communication that doesn't require trying to have a conversation at highway speeds.
- The group should choose someone to lead the group and someone to take up the rear in order to ensure that no one falls behind. Both should have plenty of riding experience and know the experience levels of the other riders.
- All motorcycles should be in good working order and full of gas. This helps avoid extra stops since everyone will more than likely need gas at the same time. It would also be a shame to have to leave the group due to a preventable mechanical issue.
- Riders should stagger themselves in one lane to have room to maneuver if needed.
- Leave enough room between you and the rider in front of you in case of emergency stops or maneuvers. Most people recommend a two-second window.
- Riding single file helps when visibility is bad or around sharp corners.
- Keep your eyes on the road. This may seem obvious, but it's easy to focus only on the bike ahead of you without realizing it.
- When it comes time to take a break, make sure everyone gets off the road quickly and efficiently. In addition, make sure that wherever you intend to stop, there is enough room for everyone.
Following these simple safety tips could save a life -- perhaps even yours.
If something goes wrong
Even when you and your group do everything right, another motorist could come along and make a mess of things. If that other vehicle causes an accident that injuries you and other members of your group, you could face a significant recovery time, if you fully recover at all.
You may also lose out on income while you recover and incur a substantial amount of medical bills. You may pursue compensation from the at-fault driver, which may help with those financial losses if your efforts succeed.