The Mid-Atlantic Road Riders Motorcycle Association is centered around the metropolitan Washington, DC area offering a variety of day ride events through Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia with forays into New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and wherever else the spirits moves. Routes are mostly single lane rural back roads and two lane mountain highways selected for their curviness and for interesting scenery and destinations with little to no traffic. Interstates are avoided in most situations.
The general riding style of this group would be best described as sport-touring with an emphasis on enjoying the “physics” of motorcycle handling.
Full day rides will tend to be on the brisk side totaling about 300 miles adding in distances to start and ending points that will test your technical riding skills from time to time. It may be more challenging for big cruisers. Anyone is welcome, but rides are best suited to more experienced riders.
There will be “pit” stops, on the average, after ninety minutes in the saddle with a lunch stop at the midway point of the ride.
Half day rides will usually be about 150 miles will a lunch stop at some place fairly close in.
Overnight tours will usually be one or two-nighters taking advantage of the so many wonderful motorcycling roads in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Riders are urged to "RIDE YOUR OWN RIDE."
That is to say, each rider must their own responsibility to stay within their capabilities. It is far more important to stay up than it is to keep up.
Please read and honor the following ride guidelines.
1. Ride 70% of your skill level to leave room for error. We will wait for you at turns and at forks, so take your time.
2. New/slower riders in the back, experienced/faster riders in the front. Ride leaders will wait at all turns for any riders separated by traffic conditions or riding style.
3. Riders with a desire to be in a certain position (ie. wing person, sweep) should express that at the pre-ride check-in. Riders should maintain their position in line from designated stop to stop so that line adjustments can be safely communicated.
4. Keep a safe distance from the biker in front of you.
5. Maintain staggered positions in closer formations; single file on more open roads.
6. When the person in front of you passes a car on back roads, do not assume you also have enough space, do not follow right away unless the road is clear. When you pass a car on back roads, continue at passing speed well past the car being passed to allow those behind you enough room to safely pass also.
7. If the rider in front of you goes down, do not look at the fallen rider, ride around the rider and his or her bike, so that you don't run over the rider.
8. Pay attention to the road, look for road hazards such as gravel, tar snakes, black ice, pot holes, animals, etc.
9. Do your best to be skillful in emergency situations, don't just give up.
10. Be courteous to one other on the road.
11. Slow down before sharp turns, blind hills, and blind corners.
12. Do not pass the ride leader for your safety and the ride leader's as well. (see guideline No. 3)
13. In entering main roads from an intersection, do not assume the turn signal on a car who has the right of way is true, wait for the car to turn before entering the street.
14. If the ride leader slows down and stops on the side of the road, slow down in single file and stop single file behind him as far to the right as safely possible so that the leader may have a clear view from the left mirror.