Kirkwood H.O.G. Riding Style
You will hear us talk about our "Riding Style" before group rides and at other times. Simply put, that is the general guidelines we follow to try to make group riding safer and allow everyone to know their position in and role within the group. Here are the guidelines for our style:
- Staggered Formation
- We do not ride side by side
Maintain about 2 - 3 seconds behind the bike in front of you
Maintain about 1 - 2 seconds behind the bike to your right or left (stagger)
We stop side by side at stop lights and stop signs if it is safe
- Lane usage
- Use the whole width of the lane in curves
Stagger allows for side to side movement when needed
Try not to allow big gaps to form in the group
- Hand Signals
- Sometimes hard to see road issues when in a group
Always pass back hand signals
Ensure they reach the last bike
- Keep The Group Together
- Keep the bike behind you in sight
- Slow down slightly if needed
- Give way to merging car (they are dangerous)
- Please Ride Your Own Ride
- Don't ride above your level
- Be aware of traffic at stop signs
- Ensure your turn is clear of traffic
- Only follow if it is safe to do so
What Is A Road Captain?
A Road Captain (RC) is a volunteer chapter member that works with the Ride Chairs and Co-Chairs on chapter rides. The RC's focus is on the route, potential safety issues, and making all rides enjoyable for our members.
What Do The Road Captains Do?
Road Captain activities vary from ride to ride, but in general, RCs help the chapter by:
- Assist the Ride Chairs and Co-Chairs during planning and execution of chapter rides
- Conduct group pre-rides with the Ride Chairs prior to the day of the event
- Suggest route changes for safety concerns
- Assist the Ride Chairs with GPX and Harley Road Planner files
- Lead groups of riders - being at the front, middle or rear of groups of riders
- Participate in Road Captain meetings prior to Chapter Meetings to discuss upcoming events and talk about rides
- Help out fellow riders in case of mechanical breakdown or other incidents
How To Become a Road Capatain
Do you like to lead rides? Do you like to help others put on rides? Can you lead by example?
If you answered yes to those three questions, check out the qualities we look for in a RC.