All Members (New and Old) Must Read:
Our group is about having fun and learning to ride. You'll need a helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, long pants, good brakes, and safe tires. Full motorcycle gear and a spine protector are highly recommended because jeans and/or canvas don't do a damn thing when you hit the pavement. Washington DC area drivers are notorious for inattentiveness so good protection is very important
On major roads, we run a staggered formation. Within the lane, run on the opposite side as the bike in front of you, rather than directly behind, and make sure you stay a safe distance behind the bike directly ahead so you can stop.
In the event the bike in front of you goes down, you MUST make sure you continue to look at the road, rather than the bike, as you will drive where you look. We don't need two bikes falling. Once you're safely past, find a SAFE place to pull OFF THE ROAD and go back to help the other rider out. DO NOT REMOVE the helmet or move the rider is if he or she is unable to do so by themselves. Dial 911 and give them the location as best you can. Don't panic, and try to think slowly. No more than 3 or 4 people need to stop on the side of the road. Unless you have medical training, please continue down the road until you find the rest of the group and notify the ride leader.
We often ride at a quick pace, however, we are all about learning and enjoy teaching newer riders. Accordingly, you need to RIDE AT YOUR OWN PACE, rather than that of the guy in front of you. Don't count on the guy in front of you to brake entering a corner; they may know the roads and not need to. Go at a safe pace FOR YOU. You won't be dropped. It's not a race, so if you want around a slower bike, flash your lights and wait until they waive you around.
Passing: ONLY pass other traffic, be it bikes or cars, when it is SAFE for YOU to do so. The ride leader WILL WAIT at the next turn off for you to make sure you don't get left behind. There is no need to push yourself in any manner because we ride as a group and take care of each other.
Have fun out there and I can't wait till we ride next!
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