BMW Motorrad Club Central Safety Workshop 10th March 2020
Method – each table was given a topic to discuss. There was a lot of discussion & each group presented their findings. From the info that was presented & the notes that were handed in it is clear that the group is in agreement on many of the points including:
- Riding in a Staggered Formation.
- Looking out for the rider behind.
The points below agree with our Rules of Riding:
- Follow the rules of the road.
- Try stay in front of traffic not to be bogged down.
- ESR application was suggested as a method for sharing routes.
- No alcohol while part of the group riding – be responsible and consider the group.
Petrol Station Rules:
- Switch Off.
- Put Stand Out.
- Get Off.
- Fill up at the end of the day to not delay group departure.
- Pillion to sort out refreshments.
Etiquette for Riding in a group:
- Fill up before the scheduled time to leave from a point.
- Do Not pass on the left.
- Ride in a loose Staggered Formation – leader may deviate, second keeps the place.
- Slow down if necessary to keep the rider behind in view.
- If you don’t see the bike behind you, STOP.
- Acknowledge the light belonging to the bike behind you (take notice of what the rider behind you is riding, his lights, his helmet etc).
- Acknowledge / point out potential dangers if safe to do so.
- Group size will be based on group experience.
- Wait until everyone is ready & kitted before riding off.
- New riders will be engaged with according to experience and merit – the Ride Leader will discuss the staggered formation etc.
- Keep a good following distance to avoid a dust cloud – use “dust distance”.
- Do not ride the dirt alone.
- Do not outride your ability.
- Gear is King. All the Gear All the Time (ATGAT).
- Take note of the direction the wind is coming from, so you do not create a dust cloud that covers the entire road.
- If in group – don’t pass and cover rider in dust unless “assigned” to take up a place. Try to avoid the need.
Before the start – Ride Leader Briefing:
- Communicate with the group.
- If there are two groups be aware of the Tail End Charlie (TEC) in the group in front.
- Memorize ‘signature’ / lights etc of the rider behind you.
- Do a practice stop to see how the group reacts.
- At intersections make sure you have a marshal.
Pre-Ride Briefing – what to expect:
- Intro to the Ride Leader & TEC.
- Discussion of the Routes.
- Protocols & way points.
- Riding formation & also an explanation of the formation.
- Route discipline & responsibility for the person behind.
- To sign the indemnity form.
- Confirm ride leader and TEC phone number.
This is a living document & as such there is some work in progress that will remain as a point of discussion on our Noggins agenda as we move forward.