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I will be participating in a group ride. Are there special safety rules for group motorcycle riding?

For many, motorcycling riding is an individual activity, and participating in an organized motorcycle rally or riding with a group of friends can be a fun change of pace. However, because there are so many people involved, there are more risks in group riding. By following these safety tips from out Appleton motorcycle attorneys, you can a fun and safe group ride.

Be prepared

  • Plan the ride in advance.
  • Arrive at the meeting on time.
  • Arrive at with a full gas tank.
  • Hold a riders’ meeting before getting on the bikes. Discuss the route and stops for fuel, food and rest, and what to do if a rider is separated from the group.
  • If you are in a large group, break into groups of manageable size, about five to seven riders.
  • Assign experienced riders as lead and sweep/tail.
  • The leader should have a feel for the group’s riding style and individual weaknesses.
  • Make sure that at least one rider has a cell phone, tool kit, and first aid kit.
  • Review motorcycle hand signals.

Ride in formation

Safety experts recommend a staggered riding formation where alternating riders use opposite thirds of the lane and are spaced at least two bike lengths apart. This allows a space cushion between the motorcycles so riders have the time and space needed to maneuver around hazards. If visibility is poor or there are road hazards, riding single file may be safer. Avoid riding side-by-side. Always follow traffic laws.

As Appleton motorcycle injury lawyers, we know that riding safely isn’t always enough. Many accidents are caused by drivers who simply don’t see or watch for motorcycles. That’s why we offer free “Watch for Motorcycles” stickers on our website. 

To learn what to do after a Wisconsin motorcycle accident, request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. To schedule a free appointment with an Appleton motorcycle injury attorney, contact Hupy and Abraham at (800) 800-5678

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham