GROUP RIDING 101
The Southern Oregon No. 1 H.O.G. Chapter's motto is to "Ride and Have Fun". We want to make each and every ride a great experience for everyone who participates.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
Release forms for both adult and minor nonmember riders need to be submitted before you can ride with our chapter. Click here to download the necessary release form, print it out, and bring it with you to the ride to save yourself some time.
You can't ride with us if we don't have these forms. No exceptions!
Please be prepared to ride (no last minute potty breaks, needing gas, etc). We ask all of our riders to come ready to roll and to be there at least a half hour before we plan on leaving.
For everyone's safety, you must be present for the Road Captain's pre-ride meeting to ride with us.
Please don't be ashamed at this time to point out your riding abilities. Are you a new rider? Do you ride a little slower and prefer to be in the back of the group? You won't be made fun of or humiliated. We would rather have you admit this at first than take a chance of you or someone else getting hurt.
Riding in a group can be scary, fun, and confusing! There are important points that we all need to know and understand to make group riding fun and safe.
The staggered riding formation (see diagram below) allows a proper space cushion between motorcycles so that each rider has enough time and space to maneuver and to react to hazards. The leader rides in the left third of the lane, while the next rider stays at least one second behind in the right third of the lane; the rest of the group follows the same pattern. A single-file formation is preferred on a curvy road, under conditions of poor visibility or poor road surfaces, entering/leaving highways, or other situations where an increased space cushion or maneuvering room is needed.
This 10-minute edit of the video in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Guide to Group Riding Kit explains riding formations, pre-ride meetings, hand signals, and more.
Be sure to also check out the hand signal animations! Click here to view the animations!