What we're about
For Sport-Tour Motorcycles Only (FJR,K1200, Sprint, Concours, MultiStrata etc.)
Non-Sport Tour Riders Need Not Apply
The Big Galoots Sport-Tour Riders is a Central Florida motorcycle Meetup group focused on the "sport" side of the sport-touring motorcycle. We are mature (code word for "old") motorcycle enthusiasts, not bikers (sorry guys, no cruisers or sport bikes). We appreciate the connection between the rider, the machine, and the road. We’d rather get wet on two wheels than stay dry on four. And, while there is an appreciation of scenic tree lined roads, there is a love affair with twisty “edge of the tire” high mileage day long rides.
Rides a Sport-Tour Bike:
(K1200, Sprint, Concours, FJR, V Strom, etc. Non-sport tour riders need not apply)
40+ years old (twenty somethings need not apply)
15+ years of varied riding experience (distance, sport, commute).
FULL riding gear (helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, etc.).
Ego remains at home (horsepower and egos are a dangerous combination).
Appreciative of a well organized and structured ride.
OUR RIDING STYLE
There are as many different styles of riding as there are bikes to ride, and so it's important to match your riding style with the right group. The Big Galoots Sport-Tour Riders promotes safety above all else. We are not blowing through red lights, annoying other vehicles on the road, pulling wheelies or racing one another. However, this is NOT A GROUP FOR BEGINNERS. On quiet county roads we will let the horses run hard as we attack the perfect corner hanging off the side of the bike while wearing the chicken strips down to nothing. But, most importantly, we will be riding within our skill level to ensure our own safety and the safety of those around us. Riders creating an unsafe riding environment will be dropped from the group.
If you ride a sport-touring machine, and are an experienced rider (many, many years in the saddle with high miles to back it up) who enjoys a spirited pace then we may be a good fit for you. Come take a ride with us to see if our riding style matches yours. We welcome members fitting the group profile from throughout Central Florida.
The Big Galoots Sport-Tour Riders will generally post one ride each month. As time allows additional rides will be posted with short notice. For the safety of the riders, group rides will be kept to a 10-15 motorcycle maximum. To ensure the integrity of the group is maintained, rides are open to members only. No guests (unless pillions)!
RIDER SAFETY AND WAIVER
By joining The Big Galoots Sport-Tour Riders you agree to the following terms and conditions:
1. SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY. If safety is not your top priority, do not join this group. Habitual unsafe riding will not be tolerated.
2. To protect you and the members of this group you are 100% responsible for having a street legal motorcycle, a motorcycle endorsement on your valid driver’s license, insurance, and wearing full riding gear (motorcycle helmet, jacket, gloves, and boots) on each group ride.
3. By joining this group, you are indicating that you have the motorcycling skills and training required to safely ride at a quick pace effectively handling both straight lines and corners with a high degree of skill.
4. You agree to obey our Road Captains while riding in our Group Rides, as we primarily ride in a staggered formation and occasionally in single file.
5. You hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. A signed waiver form is required prior to your first ride (provided at your first ride.)
6. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold the group's Organizer or any of the Road Captains liable for any injury, loss or damage to your own person or property arising directly or as a consequence from any of our group activities. The group Organizer and/or Road Captains accept NO responsibility for failure, by anyone, to be properly trained, or otherwise competent to take part in group rides. This includes riding to the meetup locations, as well as travel to your final destination after a group ride has concluded.
7. You must have some type of towing service coverage, like AMA, ROK, AAA, Allstate Motor Club, AARP Roadside Assistance, etc...