Our group is about having fun and improving our riding skills. We keep our membership numbers low because we are selective for safety reasons. We retain Members (or Pending Members) that Participate, or respond to communications. We'll request that you meet with us prior to being Approved for membership.
Full motorcycle gear (leathers) and a spine protector are highly recommended because jeans and/or canvas provide minimal protection if 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 to make sure you stay a safe distance behind the bike directly ahead so you can stop without a$$-packing them. Single file when we hit the twisties!
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 improving we and enjoy teaching newer riders. Accordingly, you need to RIDE AT YOUR OWN PACE, rather than that of the rider in front of you. Don't count on the rider 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 to pass a slower bike, flash your lights and wait until they waive you around. Buzzing a rider is not cool and could cause them to go down.
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.
Whether the meetup is a ride or an "other" event, please RSVP indicating if you are going to attend or not. Guests are welcome but please +1/+2 if you are bringing a guest(s).
Have fun out there and ride responsibly!
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