|Sent on:||Thursday, March 8, 2012 10:58 AM|
Welcome to the Calgary Motorcycle Riders Meet-up Group. Please read the following to understand who we are and what you can expect when you ride with us!
The Calgary Motorcycle Riders Meet-up Group is a riding group that is open to, and respects all Motorcycle brands and caliber of riders. Our aim is to meet and ride with other riders who share a passion for all types motorcycling and motorcycle riders. Our group culture is one of inclusion of all from recent beginning riders up to some of our members who have 40 or more years of riding. We aim to have fun AND although we are not safety nazis, we aim to have our group members return home safely at the end of each and every ride.
To ensure the positive vibe continues in the group we require you to be aware of the following expectations that we have of the group:
1. Show up with the mind-set of having fun no matter what the ride and who the riders are. A positive go-with-the-flow attitude will ensure that everyone has a great time. If the ride of the day or the pace is not right for you, there will always be other rides. We can honestly say that this has never really been an issue, but we love the way we are and want it to continue.
2. Show up ready to ride. A full tank of gas and a bike that is capable of not breaking down for a 2 hour ride seems obvious, but we’ll say it just the same.
And now the safety side of things:
1. Ride within your limits. Period. In every general ride there will be people who like to ride a little faster and people who like to ride a little slower. We all agree on where we are heading and the faster group will take breaks and wait for the others to show up. With faster OR slower riders the most common cause of single bike accidents is riding over your head. For new riders this often means feeling “a need to not hold up the group”, and can easily lead to an accident. If you are a newer rider let people know at the beginning of the ride and often someone will be comfortable riding slower with you throughout the ride. If you are a brand new rider however we urge you to take the course and get a little bit of riding time under your belt before showing up for a group ride.
2. Don’t take risks with the safety of yourself or others while riding with our group. If we feel that this is happening you will be reminded of this rule, or depending on how serious the incident was, asked to leave. We ask that if you are given this feedback you decide if you can follow the rules or chose to leave. If you have to be reminded twice the only choice you have will be to leave. Therefore, if you are passing when it is unsafe you may be reminded of the rules. If you pass in another rider’s lane or otherwise blatantly put another rider at risk you will be asked to leave.
3. Take accountability for your own ride. You are responsible for the pace that you ride and the manner in which you ride. If you are uncomfortable with what the group is doing do not do anything that you are not comfortable with
4. And finally, although you may be the next Valentino Rossi, don’t aim to impress us. We have ridden many great riders and if you are packing an ego and are looking for attention you are the wrong group. So cool your jets Skippy, this is just for fun.
We have been lucky to pull together such a great group of riders with a positive fun attitude. We look forward to another awesome season coming our way.