It is the responsibility of the ROAD CAPTAIN or his designee, to insure that the members in the formation are fully briefed on the details of the run and/or ride.
Road Captain will determine the meeting location, departure time and route to be taken.
FOR SAFETY PURPOSES, THE STANDARD RIDING FORMATION IS IN A STAGGERED CONFIGURATION, NOT SIDE BY SIDE, WITH THE RIDERS IN FORMATION AS FOLLOWS:
Road Captain: Leads the formation on the left side of the lane.
President: Rides on the right side of the lane, just to the right rear of the Road Captain.
Vice President: Rides on the left side of the lane, just to left rear of the President
Secretary: Rides on the right side of the lane, just to the right rear of the VP
Treasurer: Rides on the left side of the lane, just to the left rear of the Secretary.
Rest of the members will continue the staggered formation. Prospects, Hang Arounds and Visitors will ride behind the general members, with one patched member riding behind them.
The Sgt At Arms can elect to ride with the Executive Board or behind the formation, at his discretion.
FILLING IN OPEN POSITIONS IN A STAGGERED RIDING FORMATION
If a position opens up in the formation, such as a rider leaving the formation, then the position should be filled by the rider to the rear of the open position, by the rider moving over to fill the position. Open position should not be filled by a following rider moving forward into the position. Moving forward to fill a position causes participating riders to find themselves riding side by side, creating an unsafe situation, to themselves and the rest of the formation.
CHANGING LANES IN A RIDING FORMATION
The changing of lanes should be done from the rear of the formation to the front of formation. (a reverse snake) In that the first rider indicates a lane change, either by hand signals or electronically (turn signal). The last rider moves into the lane, seizing and controlling the lane. The rest of the riders moves into the lane.
It is the responsibility of each rider to make sure his motorcycle is in good operating condition, with vehicle inspection current. In addition, riders need to make sure they have a full tank of fuel prior to the departure in a group setting.
Below are some recognized hand signals to assist in communications during our rides. Remember, it all about having a safe ride to and from our destination.