Riding a Motorcycle in a SMALL Group
The rider in front will always be an experienced one. They will ride at a speed that is comfortable for everyone and keep track of other riders to ensure no one is left behind. He will place any inexperienced riders towards the front of the run and be guided by their pace.
Ride to the rider behind you
You need to keep an eye on the rider following you. If he is lagging behind, slow down. If you lose sight of him, stop as soon as you can do so safely and before any change of direction. This will move up the line until the run leader realises, turns around and gathers up or instructs the riders.
Ride at a pace comfortable for you
Keep at a sensible distance from the rider in front. Try not to drop out of his view but do not ride faster than you are comfortable with. Do not take chances. The run will slow for you if you drop back. The ‘tail-ender’ will be an experienced rider, you will not be left behind.
Avoid riding side by side
A rider who decides to perform an evasive action can fatally take out another rider. Therefore, it is important for riders to keep a safe distance all around. Riders should be in alternate wheel track pattern. This gives more space to brake in an emergency.
Follow the Highway Code
Do not break any traffic regulations. If the group has to stop at any time, it should be done in a manner that minimizes any potential risks. Don’t obstruct the road or traffic in any way. Park considerately when stopping for fuel or refreshments.
Stay with the run
If you plan to leave the run before the end, make sure that the other riders know, particularly the leader. Give a wave goodbye to the rider following you so he realises it is not an unplanned stop/diversion.
See also The Drop-off System for larger group riding