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Tuckessee Chapter, Clarksville, TN. Chapter #4894 Est. - March 19, 1987

Group Riding

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Hand and Arm Signals for Group Riding
(Graphics courtesy of Ann Arbor, MI. HOG Chapter)

Group Riding Tips

  • Be well rested. Have your bike in good operating condition with a full tank of gas.
  • Be prepared for changing weather and road conditions.
  • Keep the group tight without crowding each other. Use the "Two second rule".
  • Never ride in someone's blind spot. (Be seen).
  • Pass other vehicles one by one.
  • Ride in the lane with the least amount of hazards.
  • Maintain a constant speed. This helps prevent the"Rubber band effect".
  • Use hand and arm signals.
  • Drink a lot of water; dehydration is a potential problem year round.
  • Use the buddy system. If your buddy must pull out of the group, pull off with him or her. The sweep road captain will also stop.
  • Remember each rider is responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of the group.

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START ENGINES
With your right or left arm extended, move your index finger in a circular motion.

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STAGGERED or SIDE-BY-SIDE FORMATION
Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your index and pinkie finger extended. This indicate that it is safe to return to staggered formation.

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SLOW DOWN
Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle and move your hand up and down.

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TIGHTEN UP
Raise your left arm and repeatedly move up and down in a pulling motion. This indicates the leader wants the group to close ranks. NOTE: Do not confuse this with "Speed Up", which is a similar signal, but this is with a closed fist, whereas "Speed Up" has index finger extended. In order to "Tighten Up", you may have to speed up, momentarily, but the group leader is maintaining his speed.

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RIGHT TURN
Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow bent 90 degrees vertically.

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LEFT TURN
Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow fully extended.

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SINGLE FILE
Position your left hand over your helmet with your index finger extended upward. This indicates the leader wants the group in a single file formation. Usually this is done for safety reasons.

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STOP
Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle with the palm of your hand facing rearward.

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SPEED UP
Raise your left arm up and down with your index finger extended upward. This indicates the leader wants to speed up.

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HAZARD RIGHT (A)
Extend your right arm at a 45 degree angle and point towards the hazard.

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HAZARD RIGHT (B)
Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your elbow bent to 90 degrees and point towards the hazard over your helmet.

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HAZARD LEFT
Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle and point towards the hazard.

NOTE: A good alternative for "pointing" at a hazard with your hands, either right, or left, especially when your hands are needed on your handlebar grips, is to stick your right, or left leg, out at a 45 degree angle, as if you're pointing at the hazard with your foot/leg.

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