Learn the motorcycle group riding formation

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 around 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.