The unique problems confronting the participants or leader in motorcycle group riding programs are identified, based on firsthand experience in the U.S. and Europe. The responsibility of leadership must be accepted by one group member, and basic riding rules of safety established. Each rider should be evaluated for riding ability, physical condition, and stamina. Any touring program must limit each day's ride to roadways or total distances easily accomplished by the weakest rider. On extended tours, accumulative fatigue must be considered. Strict formation riding is a safety tool, since it enables a leader to identify rider fatigue. The staggered formation almost exclusively using the slower right-hand lane has been accepted as the safest approach. Rider positions are based on known experience and physical conditioning. The weakest rider should be placed in the number one position; he can then set the general pace which can be adjusted later if his ability changes. Weak riders should be positioned in the right column, stronger riders in the left; 14 is the maximum formation size. Rest stops and road and weather conditions must be considered in determining daily mileage. Uniformity of equipment, both motorcycle size and proper wearing apparel, must be taken into account. Formation parking with front wheel toward the roadway is recommended. Safety equipment, motorcycle inspections, and daily maintenance are essential elements. In the event of an accident, the group leader must take charge immediately; the alternate leader should oversee the safety of noninvolved group members. An individual cyclist should develop in advance the ability to endure an extended motorcycle trip.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conference held in Washington, D.C., 18-23 May 1980. Also published in HS-029 660, International Motorcycle Safety Conference Proceedings. Volume 1, p 303-12.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    780 Elkridge Landing Road
    Linthicum, MD  United States  21090
  • Authors:
    • Van Cott, R
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389641
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 674
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM