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Joffaboy
07-10-07, 05:40 PM
the GPX250 was stuck fast under the rail , you are very lucky "Zak" to bounce off the rail & not go over the cliff face @ the speed you were travelling @ . to "Vixen" were did you all go too? , you guys all just taken off from Lorne & just kept going . i told most ppl & even posted the ride route prior to the ride , the return to geelong will be thru "Deans Marsh" Alternative route to geelong . its a sahme as we all looked forward to the spread your daughter had set up . also i dont have a mobile & didnt have your no# or "GPXbabes" No# on me .
Found these rules on another site I think they may help next time we go on a ride with a large group

Group Riding Techniques
IMPORTANT RULE #1: Ride Your Own Ride ** (See end of document)

Ride Leader
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No-one passes ride leader. Anyone passing ride leader may be ejected from the ride.

Ride leader to:

Hold pre-ride briefing.
Head count.
Know where they are going..
Point out turns for corner markers.
Be informed if riders are leaving the ride

TEC
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No-one falls behind TEC. TEC must stay behind the slowest rider, and not pressure slowest rider.

TEC may:

Offer advice to slower riders at stops.
Provide emergency assistance as required.
Acknowledge to corner markers that they are free to leave the turn

Staggered Riding
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This is used on straighter roads, highways and freeways


Single carriageway

The lead rider should take the side of the lane closest to the centre of the road.

The 2nd rider should take the opposite side of the lane, approx 1.5 seconds behind the lead rider

The 3rd rider should be on the same side of the lane as the lead rider, approx 1.5 seconds behind the 2nd rider (3 secs behind the leader)

and so on..


Dual carriageway

The lead rider should take the side of the lane closest to the center dividing line.

The 2nd rider should take the opposite side of the lane, approx 1.5 seconds behind the lead rider

The 3rd rider should be on the same side of the lane as the lead rider, approx 1.5 seconds behind the 2nd rider (3 secs behind the leader)

and so on..


If the rider in front of you changes sides of the lane (ie, lead rider overtakes a car - 2nd rider (left of the lane) moves to the right of the lane), you should change lane positions to take up their lane position. This will filter down the column to keep people in the correct formation.

Single File Riding
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This is used on roads with corners. Single file, 5-10 seconds between riders (distance depends on technicality of corners)

Overtaking
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Overtaker:

Indicate first!
Check mirrors (both of them!) to ensure no-one else is overtaking at the time.
HEAD CHECK to ensure no-one else is overtaking at the time.
Move around vehicle being overtaken, and resume the correct formation.
If you have overtaken a car, don't de-accelerate straight away once you are past. Make sure there is no-one else behind you that needs to slot in too.

Overtakee:

If you have someone behind you that you wish to overtake you, kick your right leg out. That indicates to the rider behind that you know that they are there, and are ready for them to overtake you.
If the rider behind you does want to overtake, they will do it when they are comfortable/ready/it's safe to do so.

Corner Marking
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Leader indicates BEFORE the turn
Leader points to the side of the road
2nd rider stops before the turn with the indicator on to show the direction of the turn
All other riders take turn as normal.
2nd rider (now corner marker) stays in position until TEC has passed and waved or tooted.
TEC backs off a small amount to allow corner marker to re-join column in front of TEC

In Case Of Emergency
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TEC should have a mobile phone or 2 way radio. TEC stops to assist the problem. <NEEDS FILLING OUT>

Other Notes
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Rider in front has right of way.

Continuously evaluate and have emergency exit routes.

Don't be a straight line warrior - if you are holding up someone in the corners, don't gun it down the straights. This especially applies to riders on big capacity bikes holding up the 250's

DO NOT be afraid to ask questions! There's no such thing as a stupid question!

**Ride your own ride!

If someone does something you are not comfortable with doing (overtaking over double lines, going "X" km/h, whatever), DON'T DO IT! No-one will get upset with you for staying safe and making it to the end of the ride. People get upset having to organise trailers, ambulances etc for when you go past what you are capable of!

DO NOT exceed your comfort zone/limits!

Article99
08-10-07, 08:39 PM
Whistles whilst hobbling to the fridge in the distance for more of the doctor's prescription... (tooheys old) :D