LUGO, RA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: unidentified happy bikers does the typical greeting riding Harley Davidson at motorcycle rally "Sangiovese tour" by Ravenna Chapter on September 22, 2013 in Lugo (RA) Italy

Tips for motorcycle riding in a group

December 1, 2016 friadmin 0
LUGO, RA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: unidentified happy bikers does the typical greeting riding Harley Davidson at motorcycle rally "Sangiovese tour" by Ravenna Chapter on September 22, 2013 in Lugo (RA) Italy
LUGO, RA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: unidentified happy bikers does the typical greeting riding Harley Davidson at motorcycle rally “Sangiovese tour” by Ravenna Chapter on September 22, 2013 in Lugo (RA) Italy

Riding motorcycles with a tight group of friends or club members can be a lot of fun, but it can also turn into a real nightmare pretty quickly – especially if you’re not used to hitting the open road with a crew in the first place.

Yes, the basics of riding your bike might be exactly the same regardless of whether your alone or with 1000 other riders, but at the end of the day there are definitely some nuances that need to be mastered for this kind of group rally to be fun AND safe.

Pay attention to the inside information we’re able to outline for you below and you won’t have any trouble hitting the pavement with 5, 10, 15, or even 1500 other riders – regardless of whether your cruising down the road or clear across the country to visit Sturgis.

Let’s dive right in!

Designate a “Ride Captain”

Riding together in a group is tough enough as it is all on its own, but when you’re riding without a clear cut leader in the form of a Ride Captain things REALLY start to fall apart all over the place.

Take 5 or 10 minutes to find someone comfortable enough to lead the pack, lead the charge, and keep everyone and everything organized. This person should be an accomplished rider, one with experience, and one that understands the entire route – or at least their leg of it as leader – like the back of their hand.

The Ride Captain is the tip of the spear. They (and they alone should be out front, and everyone else should know the drop back and never pass them.

Lineup a “Tail End Charlie”

Probably the most important thankless job on any of these group runs, the Tail End Charlie is the last man on the loop, responsible for making sure that there aren’t any stragglers or riders left behind.

This is usually a volunteer position, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that it can be stressful, agonizing, and really grating on the wrong personality.

A responsible Tail End Charlie will keep things running smoothly though, so make sure you have one designated.

Make sure you ride with a real pack and leave the Lone Wolves at home

Do you best to assemble a group of riders that are going to be a real pack, sticking together and doing everything they can to make sure that their fellow riders are taken care of, safe, and having a good time.

Everyone should have a baseline level of skill riding motorcycles, should have a bike that is reliable and tuned up, and should be more than willing to be an active part of the team. Leave the Lone Wolves and the misfit riders behind – they’ll rain on your parade and cause all kinds of mayhem, mostly because “it’s what they do”.

Invest in proper headlights

Stock lighting on motorcycles can be extremely unsafe. Limited visibility results in other drives unable to see you, especially at night. By upgrading your headlights, you can completely transform the amount of light output of your motorcycle. LEDHeadlightsPro.com offers an easy, plug and play solution for LED Headlights for under a hundred bucks. It’s a no brainer.

At the end of the day, longer group trips should be a great time to bond over your bikes and your passion. Follow these tips and tricks and you’ll guarantee you have a much better time the next run out!

RIOLO TERME ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: biker rides Harley Davidson motorbike with a group of bikers at motorcycle rally "Sangiovese tour" by Ravenna Chapter on September 22, 2013 in Riolo Terme, RA, Italy

Learn the motorcycle group riding formation

November 13, 2016 friadmin 0
A biker enjoying a ride in the country side
A biker enjoying a ride in the country side

Riding motorcycles with a tight group of friends or club members can be a lot of fun, but it can also turn into a real nightmare pretty quickly – especially if you’re not used to hitting the open road with a crew in the first place.

Yes, the basics of riding your bike might be exactly the same regardless of whether your alone or with 1000 other riders, but at the end of the day there are definitely some nuances that need to be mastered for this kind of group rally to be fun AND safe.

Pay attention to the inside information we’re able to outline for you below and you won’t have any trouble hitting the pavement with 5, 10, 15, or even 1500 other riders – regardless of whether your cruising down the road or clear across the country to visit Sturgis.

Let’s dive right in!

Designate a “Ride Captain”

Riding together in a group is tough enough as it is all on its own, but when you’re riding without a clear cut leader in the form of a Ride Captain things REALLY start to fall apart all over the place.

Take 5 or 10 minutes to find someone comfortable enough to lead the pack, lead the charge, and keep everyone and everything organized. This person should be an accomplished rider, one with experience, and one that understands the entire route – or at least their leg of it as leader – like the back of their hand.

The Ride Captain is the tip of the spear. They (and they alone should be out front, and everyone else should know the drop back and never pass them.

Lineup a “Tail End Charlie”

Probably the most important thankless job on any of these group runs, the Tail End Charlie is the last man on the loop, responsible for making sure that there aren’t any stragglers or riders left behind.

This is usually a volunteer position, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that it can be stressful, agonizing, and really grating on the wrong personality.

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Ways To Find New Adventure Motorcycle Riding Buddies

October 17, 2016 friadmin 0

ridemotorThere are a lot of folks out there that love nothing more than jumping on their motorcycle, hitting the road solo, and just kind of going wherever the pavement takes them.

These Lone Wolves love their bikes for sure – and live for the adventure – but almost all of them have just as much fun grabbing a bunch of motorcycle riding buddies and hitting the road together, enjoying everything this way of life has to offer as a team and a real pack.

If you’ve found yourself Lone Wolfing it for a while now and would love nothing more than to find some more riding buddies to head out with, but are finding this to be a little bit harder than you expected, check out all of the tips and tricks we’re able to offer you below.

You’ll have a bike pack formed in no time at all, filled to the brim with passionate folks that become lifelong friends!

Let’s dive right in!

Hangout at the local hangouts

Every halfway decent sized town and up has at least a couple of biker bars that aren’t just for the Sons of Anarchy crowd, populated by folks that love bikes, love riding, and love to get to know other people that are just as passionate as they are.

This is where you’re going to want to spend A LOT more of your time!

These hangouts – you can usually spot 10 or 12 bikes out front and have a solid guess that it’s a biker joint – are usually very welcoming, so long as you come in with no preconceived notions and make a real attempt to get to know the established crew.

Big bike rallies are can’t miss experiences

Look, big bike rallies – like the cross country runs to Sturgis or the big bike week down in Daytona, just to name a few – are once in a lifetime experiences that HAVE to be enjoyed by those that have motor oil in their bodies, but they can also be great ways to find new bike friends as well.

Check the web in your local area to see if there are any meetups to make it out to one of these runs, or just solo cruise on up and make a commitment to find folks from your area that are checking out all the action, too.

You’re bound to find at least a handful of passionate bikers from your local area this approach, and they will all be excited and open to connecting with you more regularly when you get back to town!

Jump online

There are all kinds of places online you can connect with bikers, not only from your local area but from all over the country as well.

This is a great approach for folks that are a little bit gun shy about going out and meeting new people “in the real world” at first, as you’ll have the chance to build up a bit of a relationship through the web before you take the plunge.

At the end of the day, you won’t have to look too far – or for too long – to connect with some new bike riding buddies, that’s for sure!