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New England



For a printable PDF version of the Group Riding Guide click here


The following is are excerpts from the PDF version

Group Riding Safety:
Suggestions for Group Rides
New England Riders


The following guide is intended to cover the fundamentals of group riding.  It is by no means a definitive source of information on the subject.  For every group riding suggestion there are numerous exceptions.  Learning to be a better rider or a better group rider is a continuous process that can take a lifetime.  And as always, there is no substitute for good judgment. 


 Notice: NER is not an organization. Ride leaders are not trained experts at planning or leading group rides but rather just fellow riders who want to share their love of the road with other motorcyclists.  As always, each rider is responsible for themselves and the operation of their motorcycle.  "Ride your own ride" and "ride within your capabilities" are more than sayings.  If you are ever uncomfortable on any ride for any reason, talk to the ride leader or drop out of the ride.  You are responsible for your safety.



Enjoy the ride and the friends you make along the way.



  Suggestions for Group Rides 

  1. Why ride in a group?  Simply stated, because it is fun to be in a group of motorcycles on the road.  Experiencing the ride with others and socializing during the rest, fuel and food stops builds a camaraderie that is unique with motorcyclists.  It also provides safety advantages.  A group is more visible (it has “mass”) and is predictable to other vehicles vs. a solo rider.  In case of mechanical problems or an accident, there is another biker there to help.  But mostly, it’s a lot of fun!  (Note: if you are new to group riding tell the ride leader.)


  1. New riders usually like to get a few thousand miles of experience before taking part in a group ride.  Ask yourself if you are comfortable and in control of the motorcycle?  Can you negotiate curves at posted speed limits, maintain your lane of travel and stop rapidly?  When you’re ready, come join in the fun of group riding.

  1. On time and ready – Plan to arrive at the designated ride start location with a full tank of gas.  Arrive early enough to rest and use the facilities.  Attend the pre-ride meeting and be ready to ride at the designated start time.


  1. Formation

a.   Staggered formation - it is advocated by multiple sources as the norm - not because it is comfortable but because it offers the best group safety.

                                   i.   Spacing – the standard timing is two seconds to the bike in front of you and one second to the bike in the adjacent lane.  It provides space and time for avoidance maneuvers, crating a "mass" that is easily seen by other vehicle drivers and keeps the group compact. It is important to keep a tight formation in areas where there are other vehicles.  When in rural areas, a more relaxed spacing is fine.  It gives riders more time to look around and enjoy the scenery.  However, remain close enough to see and pass on hand signals.  To determine if your spacing is right, watch the bike in front of you pass an object and then count “one thousand one, one thousand two.”  You should reach the same object when you say two.

...Continued in the PDF version

For a printable PDF version of the Group Riding Guide click here