FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
What kind of group is this?
First and foremost this is a motorcycle riding group. This website is here to help people who like to ride motorcycles find other people who like to ride. Some members will want to only go on big rides. Some will only go on smaller rides. If there is something you want to do, either post it on the message board or send the organizer an email. If there is something you don't want to do, don't do it. Be sure to check out the ride catalog for a list of rides to choose from. From time to time we also participate in organized charity rides, bike nights, etc.
What we are not
A singles dating group. Most of us are single, and there is attraction between various members and surely that's some of the fun in a group like this, however if this is your prime motivation for attending - don't show up - there are other groups better serving your interests.
A group for you to impress: If your lack of self confidence evidences itself in an oversized ego, or if you delight in domination or intimidation of other people you may also want to go somewhere else - pretentious people simply need not apply here...
A happy hour bar group - While we do get together fairly frequently to socialize - drinking isn't the focus - many members don't even drink - so if beer bongs or downing shots is your passion - some of the other nightlife MeetUp groups may also be better suited to your interests...
A business development / network marketing group: No sales pitches allowed. Don't try handing out literature... There's better groups for this...
What kind of riding do you do?
Most of our rides consist of riding North Georgia mountains, backroads and the state in a whole. Typically a ride will include some of each of the following road types:
ROAD TYPE CODES:
TW = Twisties
- Left-right-left mountain roads, switchbacks, 180-degree & hairpin turns. The Dragon Tail ride is almost entirely Twisties
SW = Sweepers
- Lazy, curvy mountain roads and passes. The roads outside Helen, GA ride is mostly Sweepers.
S/S = Straight/Scenic
. Mostly straight, mostly flat roads or highways that get us to more Sweepers and Twisties. Coastal roads, for example, are typically Straight/Scenic with occasional Sweepers.
Not all rides include all elements, though, so read through the ride catalog to find the rides that suit your riding preferences.
How fast do you ride?
Any posted ride can be set to any of these paces:
C = Cruising Pace
- Some posted rides are ridden at slower Cruising Pace where we will typically not exceed the speed limit and will usually stay right at, or a bit below the posted speed limit.
S = Standard Pace
- Most posted rides are ridden at the Standard Pace. This means that we will typically stay within 10 MPH (+/-) of the posted speed limit.
Q = Quick Pace
- Some posted rides are ridden more enthusiastically. Riders start each road together then wait for each other at the top or the bottom of that hill or road for the next leg. Depending on riding skill, there may be significant gaps between riders. Even on Quick Pace rides, we still don't leave riders behind... ...but there is not as much emphasis on keeping the group together in a tight formation.
Ideally, ride organizers will post the ride pace in their event titles and descriptions. If there is no pace code identified, the likely pace will be Standard, however, you are encouraged to contact the organizers to find out.
Is this a club??
This is not a club, no officers, no leaders, no dues. We are an eclectic group of riders from all walks of life with one thing in common: motorcycles.
Who can join this group?
Everyone is welcome. This group is for people who like motorcycles. You do not have to be a member to go on rides. However, you do have to be a member to RSVP for ride events, post to the message boards, and get event announcement emails and reminders.
What is up with this page?
Everyone needs to read this page. Fully. If you don't like what's on here, offer suggestions by sending an email to the organizers. This group is probably a little different from any other club or bike group you've been a part of.
What should I do after I join??
1. Finish reading this About Us page (what the heck? you're already here...)
2. Familiarize yourself with the Group Riding Guide info (understand group riding dynamics)
3. Prepare for your First Group Ride (tips that may improve your experience)
4. Check out the Ride Catalog (see what kinds of rides we take)
5. View the calendar and RSVP for an upcoming ride. (I mean, if you want to)
6. Fill out you’re A.M.E. Profile. (C'mon... don't be shy. We don't bite)
Is there anything I need to sign?? I know some clubs have liability forms and such.
You already have. When you signed up to use meetup.com you agreed to the terms of service by checking the box that said you read and agree to the meetup.com terms of service. Specifically pay attention to secion 6.2 (copied below). In general, section 6 says if an organizer or any member places a ride on the calendar and you get lost or something, it's your own fault. If someone runs into you on the highway, call the cops and handle it like any other traffic accident and not sue everyone in the group. If you can't live with that, this group isn't for you.
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Who runs this group??
This is a group of people riding, there is no one in charge. If someone starts telling you what to do and you don't agree with it, don't do it. Use your own common sense and leave the ride if you think it is too risky for your taste. However, if someone starts suggesting how the group should ride, listen. They just might have a good idea and you should try it.
I'm going to be away for awhile, I don't want to get dropped. What should I do?
Bikers are often wanderers and we understand that. If you are inactive on the site for 9 months you will be dropped. Don't take it personal, you can come back by rejoining. You don't have to attend rides if you don't want to. Just visit the web site and interact from time to time. RSVP for a ride or post to the message board, or respond to a poll, etc.
Do I have to RSVP to every ride?
No, you don't have to. But the group would like to know, from time to time, why you aren't going on some of the rides. If we only get 'yes' RSVPs, then the rides that are posted will continue to be the ones that are posted. But if you RSVP with a 'no', and tell us why you can't go on rides from time to time, we can start to add rides that you can go on. E.g. one of our members is a reverend and cannot ride on Sundays.
GROUP RIDING Q&A
What are the rules?
There is only one "rule." ~ Be responsible for your own ride. a.k.a. Ride your own ride. We may ride as a group but every rider must still ride within their own skillset. This means that if the group is riding too fast for you then slow down, ride within your own comfort zone and negotiate turns safely. The sweeper will stay with you to make sure you do not lose the pack. When on rides with other members, everyone should respect each other's skills and riding styles. That means if someone does something you think is unsafe, don't ride close to them. The opposite is also something to consider. If you are an experienced rider you may be tempted to hot-dog by doing wheelies or stoppies within the group formation. Remember that other riders around you may not be prepared for these maneuvers and their reaction could be disastrous so that's it. Respect the better riders for their skill and Respect newer riders for their inexperience.
So, what am I supposed to do when I go on rides??
All riders are expected to read the ride notes and be prepared to ride.
Read the First Ride page.
Know the expected ride route.
Know where we will be riding and how long the ride might be both in miles and in time.
Be able to ride home if things change.
Know what the weather may be like and have the proper gear (or choose to ride without it).
Know whether we plan to stop and eat and plan accordingly.
Show up with a full tank of gas.
Read the Group Riding guide.
Who leads the rides?
Someone will lead the ride. Usually, the person who suggests and plans the ride will do that. Sometimes they won't. There are some members of the group that are very active and will take up positions in the front and back of a ride to make sure we all get where we are going at the same time. It changes. If you want to lead, get up front. If you don't, stay towards the back.
How do you keep everyone together?
This group has members designated as leads and sweeps (a.k.a. outriders). By definition, leads and sweeps are mounted attendants who escort or clear the way for a vehicle or person. In our group, they are members who help guide the group from the beginning of a ride to the end.
I'm still a little nervous about riding with the group.
We all had our first ride, if you want someone to help you through a ride, ask. I know someone will help. Above all, you need to be responsible for your own riding, that includes knowing how to get home and being able to take care of yourself if you get separated from the group. It doesn't happen very often, but it can.
What happens if my bike breaks down during a ride??
Ah... the biggest advantage to riding in a group. If something happens on a trip, the group will make sure that you are taken care of. Someone will stay with you to make sure you can at least get home. The whole group may stay, so get rid of your guilty feelings. We know you would do the same for us. We have members with trailers that might offer to help. We all know good places to take bikes to be worked on, and some places to stay away from. Be sure you have AAA motorcycle coverage (your automobile AAA coverage does not cover your bike, add motorcycle coverage to your AAA policy. Worth every penny.)
What if I don't want to go on the whole ride??
If you do have to leave a ride, let someone know. If you are riding and have to leave, try to safely get someone's attention and wave bye-bye. Make sure they wave bye-bye back, or nod, or do something that seems to look like they know you are leaving.
It is usually best to let the person at the front or the back know, whichever is safer. These riders tend to keep an eye out for how many riders there are.
What if I want to join the ride somewhere other than the starting points or I'm late???
All riders are expected to join the ride at the designated meetup points 15 minutes before the ride starts. Plans change, and only those at the meetup point on time are guaranteed to know about it. If you choose to meetup someplace else, or are late, you are on your own until you find the group. It is not fair to all the riders that showed up on time at the designated place to have to worry about finding you and making sure you get on the ride. We try to take rider counts at the start of the ride and at all stops; someone showing up late can throw it off and cause someone else to be left behind.
If you must join the ride somewhere other than the starting point, try to do it at one of the designated stops, and let one of the outriders or organizers know then. If you want to join up mid ride, please fall in at the back and stay with the sweep rider to the next stopping point so he can let the rest of the outriders know you are there.
But, be prepared that rides do change, sometimes for weather, sometimes just because we feel like it, and if we don't show up where we said we would, have a good time without us. At least you got out on your bike.
There is somewhere I would like to go, how do I get a ride to there?
There are two ways. You can post something in the message boards, or you can send the organizers an email. Check out the ride catalog for ideas.
Do I have to plan the whole thing out?? I'm not very good at that.
A ride suggestion can be as simple as 'I want to go to Helen and hang out for an hour or two on this date'. Or it can have a detailed ride plan. That is up to you. If it's not detailed enough, usually an organizer or other member will embellish it, so don't worry. Try checking out our ride catalog or list of biker-friendly establishments for ideas.
I noticed sometimes you go to bars. I don't like to drink and drive, can't we go someplace different?
Bars serve non-alcoholic drinks as well as alcohol. Those drinks are often cheaper than beer and sometimes have free refills. For the most part, when we go to a bar, some of the riders may have a beer and some may drink sodas. No one will chastise you for not drinking.
This group isn't about drinking at bars, bars are places where adults can go to hang out and be loud and obnoxious if they want to. Denny's doesn't always appreciate some of the jokes we tell or how loudly we may laugh. Other places might not appreciate a group of 20 people showing up in leather covered with road dust and taking up all the parking places. We have a list of places we know we can go to that have parking to suit us and either tolerate or encourage 'our kind'. You know, nice people who like to have fun and would help a total stranger alongside the road.
Please read our *** GROUP WAIVER ***