What makes Kickstands Up (KU) different from other Motorcycle Meet up Groups? New Rider Francois said, "Out of all of the groups I just joined, yours is the most active. Congrats! " Don't want no Drama just fun! Check us out. We've rode on over 400+ events and 46 events have already been suggested for 2016. Simply put, KU is a group of like minded mature respectable people of all ages who have one thing in common; WE ENJOY RIDING when time permits. No Commitments, no Vests/colors, no mandatory meetings, pledging/prospecting. Riders step up and fill in where needed. Our only rules is practice safe riding and respect for one another. Some riders volunteer to help those homeless in the DC area once a month.
Those who connect with KU, are more interested in keeping their kickstands up than down. You are WELCOME to meetup and ride with us. Just RSVP "YES" to only those events that interest you. Your RSVP will help the leader plan the ride according to the # of riders.
New Rider? f you are new to riding Don't Fret! you are welcome too. KU riders will welcome you and take you under their wing to ensure you too are are safe & have an enjoyable riding experience. It is HIGHLY recommended that you attend a "Practice your skills" Event too.
We have recently noticed other motorcycle meet up groups copying our description and even some of our events. Well, Charles Caleb Colton said, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". We are flattered.
WHY THE $20.00 MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT? Although some riding groups do not require monies for their site or events, they still incur costs. These costs may be offset by Corporate sponsors and/or motorcycle club monthly dues from members. We do not have either. One of our newer members explained it best. Your $20.00 cover:
1. Costs to maintain this site
2. Planning and preparation for group rides
3. Scheduling and hosting rides & other community events
4. Group communications in short, lots of individual efforts and out-of-pocket costs are incurred to make Kickstands Up an enjoyable group to ride and hang out with.
While $20.00 does not really begin to cover a lot of these costs (trust us, it doesn't), it does help to ensure that Kickstands Up remains a riding group that is more about the fellowship and collective ride experiences than about large membership numbers. Need more reasons?
If you ride mostly solo, like most of us, you'll not be alone. You'll have reasons to ride with others to places you've maybe not discovered. Priceless! If you're a semi-serious rider, you've already spent $100.00 easily during the riding season. So, please. Don't go there. :)
COSTS: Annual donation of $20 (cash) $22.17 (online with fees) You will incur additional costs for tolls, ferry, fuel and meals. But the thrill of being on your two-wheeled machine on the open road is PRICELESS!
Respect "All" Riders & their "Guests"
No drinking on or during a ride (To view these Quick Tips, Click, "Pages")
Rider & Passenger MUST Wear protective gear (helmet & gloves a must)
Would appreciate a posting in the comment section of the event page when you arrive home safely
MUST HAVE a Motorcycle (M) Class on your drivers license or, a "(M) Learners (No riding dirty riders)
ALL Riders Should READ and become familiar with the "QUICK TIPS: MSF'S Guide to Group Riding & the Group Riding Hand Signals (To view these Quick Tips, Click, "Pages")
ALCOHOL & RIDING - People who have consumed relatively moderate amounts of alcohol experience reduced peripheral vision, and are less likely to perceive or recognize objects and signals outside the central visual field. It takes 1 hour for (1) 12 oz beer, 1.5 oz liquor or, a glass of wine to . YOU May be an experienced rider however, WE are riding together and your judgement to react or NOT REACT in a crisis will impact other riders. So, we ask that NO KU rider when on their motorcycle, drink any alcohol during a KU event. Thank you.
We welcome all types of motorcycles (touring, sport and cruisers).
Note: If your MC family has not scheduled rides on dates we are riding, feel free to join us on that day..
Check out the "DISCUSSION" area for very useful information on motorcycle safety and items for sale by other riders.
I look forward to meeting you.
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