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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-19-2014, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Rider etiquette

So being new to riding I came upon something yesterday for the first time and was wondering the proper way to handle it. was riding alone and came upon a group of 6 riding along behind a somewhat slow car. So is it proper to fall in formation with them or just keep a normal distance and treat the group like any other vehicle on the road? I decided to just keep a normal following distance. After a few miles of this a bike passes me and does fall into formation beside the last bike. Well I kinda assumed he was part of the group and had just gotten separated. Well as soon as he had room he passed the whole group as well as the car they were following. A bonehead move from a safety standpoint. Apparently he wasn't part of the group, just impatient. Anyway I was just wondering what the norm is. To me falling into another group that you don't know, unless they invite you, would be along the same line as butting into a conversation of strangers somewhere.
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When I get in that kind of situation I sort of join the group at a distance and wait tomsee if they invite me in. If they don't and I can pass safely I do that and wave as I pass them. Most of the time they let you in no problem.

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I kind of keep my distance until a stop light then if Im still right behind them I'll go to either the left or right. I could care less if someone joined our group while riding (unless they're acting like an a$$), I figure the more the merrier.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-19-2014, 07:29 PM
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I agree with Moneypit.
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When I'm out by myself and come up to a group, I usually don't fall into formation I give enough space between us to be safe and at first chance I will pass them.

If I'm out with the wife or a friend we will change are formation to to match theirs. It's safer that way, if there poking along we will pass them. I don't think there really is a proper or improper way.

Since we are on the topic of Rider etiquette, I have a question??
I was at the liquor store on Saturday, inside was a rider still wearing his fullface helmet and gear??? Why, I don't know??? To me this is unacceptable, at the gas station ok, but not in a retail outlet! How do you feel about this?

Ps I was going to start a thread about this anyway! LOL Summer beat me to it! LOL

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Hang back at first and take a good look at the group and how they are riding. There are a lot of groups out there that, for various reasons, are not safe to either formation into line with or to try and pass.
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I was at the liquor store on Saturday, inside was a rider still wearing his fullface helmet and gear???
There are many US states where having your face concealed like that means you can can be cited or even arrested for it. Here in VA it is a felony that can (theoretically) get you 5 years in prison.

What better way to conceal your identity while holding up the liquor store than by wearing a helmet and making a fast get away on your sport bike, right?
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i see no obligation to join a group on the rode. ride your own ride. they're just other vehicles on the road like anyone else. from time to time i'll come up on another single rider and we'll ride together for a couple miles or so which is cool, but i don't feel compelled to fall in line with anybody and don't know why anyone else would.

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There are many US states where having your face concealed like that means you can can be cited or even arrested for it. Here in VA it is a felony that can (theoretically) get you 5 years in prison.

What better way to conceal your identity while holding up the liquor store than by wearing a helmet and making a fast get away on your sport bike, right?
You would think they would at least pull the visor up. I wear a half with a tinted visor and if I am quickly going into a store (IE grab a pack of smokes, or going to the liquor store and not shopping) I will leave me helmet on, but would never go in with out putting my visor up.
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I always ride at my own pace. If the pack ahead of me is going slower or if I approach a pack at a stop light I'll fall into a staggered formation. (or pass if safe to do so)
I never trust riders I haven't ridden with. Who knows their experience level or riding habits?
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