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On one of the links in the pages here the gubment stats have 6% of fatalities (or accidents can't remember) are from getting rearended. Seems kinda strange people put as much time and energy into worrying about something that rates far lower than getting smacked by a left turn or lane changer...
I have a question. How far should we be following the person ahead of us?
As OCmoto grows in size with each month, it becomes more and more crucial for new and senior members alike to be aware of "how we ride". These are mainly measures that allow everyone to enjoy the trip, improve their skills, and return home safely at night. 1. RIDE YOUR OWN RIDE. Inevitably, there are quick riders and there are those who ride at a slower pace. Not a problem, the street IS NOT the track. Ride at a pace where you do not feel pressure to push yourself. Everyone has their own comfort level. Stay in it. 2. You are responsible for the rider BEHIND you. No one gets left behind. If you pull away from someone and come to a point where you are turning off of the road you have been on, it is your job to STOP, and WAIT for him/her to catch up. If he/she is not present within 5 minutes, turn around and go find that person. In the case that you come to a stop sign after falling behind, and no one is there stopped, continue straight, it means we did not turn off. When joining a ride, it's always beneficial to know the route ahead of time to minimize confusion if riders get separated. If you plan on breaking away from the group for any reason - notify the rider in front of you. This is extremely important to avoid unnecessary search parties. 3. Please wear your gear, dress for the crash. If you are unable to come up with the necessary equipment, post on the forum - many of us have extra gear if needed. It is your personal choice as to what gear you wear; use common sense, skin grafts are excruciating. 4. Watch for, echo, and follow hand signals. If you do not know them, please refer to this link:http://www.willowcreek.org/motorcycle/images/Universal_motorcycle_Hand_Signals.jpg5. Law Enforcement. The major highways are no place to go for your top speed run. In the event that the group gets pulled over at some point, be it on the 405 or back roads, the ride leader will discuss things with the police officer. Show restraint when you're aggravated, even cops can respect that. 6. If you need gas, pull alongside the rider ahead of you and point at your tank. Everyone should do this one at a time to let the leader know eventually that a fuel stop is needed. Or, find a rider with chatterbox and alert them in the same manner. Finally, this is a great read on how to ride the back roads: http://micapeak.com/info/thepace.html
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