Group riding – Dos and Don’ts

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Group riding – Dos and Don’ts

At some point of time or the other we all ride in a group, sometime the group consists of just a co-rider and sometimes the co-riders are large in number. I have had the privilege of riding solo, with 1 co rider and even with hundreds of other people.

There are many advantages and disadvantages of riding in a group. The advantages being that there is always help at hand in case of any unforeseeable circumstance, you have people to talk to, have fun with and share the joys of the ride. However, certain disadvantages of group riding include delay in start, 1 bad rider spoils the trip, loss of individuality, but most importantly it increases the chance of a mishap within the group! Here are some quick tips which can help make group riding safer and more enjoyable.

1. While riding on a multi laned highway we should maintain a one-two-one riding formation where we ride in a zig zag line with adequate distance(minimum 2 seconds) between the vehicles in front, back and sides of you.

2. While riding on a single laned highway or road we should ride in a single line formation with adequate distance between the two vehicles in front and back.

3. An average speed of 70-85 km/hr on smooth multi laned highway is usually safe. While on a single laned highway the speed depends on the road condition, on a smooth single laned highway we can cruise at an average speed of about 50-60 km/hr.

4. Its best to have a fixed lead and tail rider so that the group stays intact. Usually, the lower displacement bikes ride in the lead so that in case of a mishap the faster bikes can reach the lead and halt the ride. 

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5. The speed of the ride should be fixed keeping in mind the slowest rider because of the simple reason that if a high speed rider rides at a lesser speed he is very unlikely to have a mishap but if a slow rider is forced to ride at a speed which he is not comfortable with then he may end up having a mishap.

6. Its best that everyone ride between the lead and the tail at all times. However, at some point of time every rider gets a rush to speed. In that case, the biker can break the formation (with proper indicator signals) and go on to fulfill his need for speed and after that join back his place in the formation. But, It is not advisable to speed on single laned roads.

6. At all point of time try to make sure that you have 1 rider visible in front and 1 rider visible in ur rear view mirror.

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7. Keep your head lights ON during the entire journey (even during the day). This has 2 advantages, first, your co riders in front of you can identify you among other vehicles through their rear view mirrors. Second, while on single laned highways, the vehicles coming from the opposite directions will be able to spot you from a distance.

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8. Overtaking should always done from the right and should be done with proper indicator, dipper and horn signals. However, in some situations usually on multi laned highways trucks tend to ride on the right side of the road and dont budge from there even after repeated horn/dipper attempts. In that case we can overtake the truck from the left but only after proper indicator, dipper and horn signals. There is no question of overtaking from the left on single laned roads. Most accidents on single laned roads take due to left side overtaking.

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9. Communication should be minimum while riding and important messages like taking a break, petrol fill up, etc should be done using hand signals.

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10. One should arrive ready to ride. This means with a full tank of gas, appropriate clothing and gear for the weather, well-rested and fed, and a bike in safe operating condition. Its a sin to keep a the entire group waiting at the start of the ride while fill up your bike’s tank.

11. Every rider should have an idea about the proposed route and extended stops (such as lunch, fuel, and sightseeing stops). It is always a good idea to prepare a map of the route with these stops indicated.

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12. Last but definitely not the least, punctuality. It not only means that one should reach on time at the start of the ride but also means that one should not be the reason for any kind of delay in the ride be it a butt break, lunch break or pee break.

The list is exhaustive but definitely not inclusive of all the points, there may still be many more tips which would make group riding better and safer. Feel free to add them in the comments below.

Ramneek
Ramneek
Ramneek – Born with a wanderlust and a love for telling stories with his words, Ramneek has been riding his puny but humble Pulsar all across the country. He presently pulls himself out his of bed every morning to go to work in a multinational corporation and his biggest desire in life is to live life on the road with his favorite partner. Kickassmotorcycling is his brainchild and he is the creative force behind the website. To get in touch with him click on the "Kickass Team" above.
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  • Sourav Gupta
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    Great article, I would follow this while riding in a group and try to convince others to follow these.

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