Riding With Erie Shores

The Chapter’s Road Captain will lead all group rides and the group is expected to follow him/her and watch for his/her directions. A Road Captain will be accompanied by a designated Tail Gunner that has the proper communication equipment.

Chapter 129 will normally ride in a staggered formation. In staggered formation, the bikes form two columns, with the leader at the head of the left column, so he/she will be able to view all bikes in the formation in his/her rear view mirrors, and be able to see around vehicles the group approaches. The second bike will head the right column, and will ride approximately 1 second behind the leader (and in the opposite side of the lane). The other riders will position their bikes 2 seconds behind the bike directly in front of them, which puts them 1 second behind the diagonal bike. This formation allows each rider sufficient safety space, and discourages other vehicles from cutting into the line. The last rider, or Tail Gunner, may ride on whichever side of the lane he prefers. He will have to change sides during the ride, based on the situation at the moment. The Road Captain will communicate with the group using hand signals. You have to understand the meaning of the hand signals to ride safely and know what is happening. Once initiated by the Road Captain, every rider will repeat the hand signals until it reaches the end of the group.

Before the Ride

All riders are responsible for making sure their motorcycles are mechanically up to the task. Before you even meet up with the group, make sure you've taken care of all those maintenance issues.

All riders are expected to arrive at the meeting point on time to take part in the pre-ride briefing. You are also expected to have a full tank of gas, a full stomach, an empty bladder, and properly clothed, ready to ride for at least two hours before the next stop. Remember where we live....the weather can change pretty quickly.

The Road Captain will brief the group on the general conduct of the ride to include: route, stops and any particularities of the chosen ride. On longer rides, maps can be issued to riders. If the group is too large and we have to split it, if you want to ride with friends, make sure you are in the same columns.

If you are an experienced rider but new to Group Riding, inform the Road Captain. Novice riders and inexperienced Group riders’ positions within the group are significant. They should be positioned as close to the front as possible.  There is no shame in being new at group riding.  You'd be amazed at how many bikers have never ridden in a group.

If you know you will have to leave the ride before it ends, inform the Road Captain.

Safety is everyone's responsibility. No alcohol will be consumed before or during a Chapter sanctioned ride. Anyone consuming alcohol while on a sanctioned ride will be asked to leave the ride.  Do not use any drugs or medication that would impair your judgment or ability to ride.

Any concerns should be taken up with the Road Captain before the ride starts or as soon as possible thereafter.




Passing is probably the single most dangerous maneuver in group riding.  In most cases, we will not pass cars or other ''obstacles'' on group rides.If the Road Captain decides to pass, he/she will increase his/her speed when passing any vehicle to provide room for the following motorcycles.It is very difficult for a group to pass a slow moving car on a two lane road.  Generally, we will not pass a car on a two lane road, particularly on local rides, unless it is going very slow.  If the Road Captain decides to pass the car, each biker must decide on his/her own if it is safe for him or her.  DO NOT follow the bike in front of you unless you are certain that it is safe for you too.IMPORTANT: After passing the car, keep going.  You must make room for all the bikes behind you. On a two-lane highway no more than three motorcycles should enter the passing lane at any one time. When they have passed and pulled back in, the next three riders may begin passing.


In the event of an emergency requiring a stop, observe the following procedures so that the emergency may be resolved in the safest manner possible. We do not want a group of motorcycles on the side of the road in an unsafe manner under any circumstance

Problem Bike Stops – All Others Continue

If a bike or rider problem creates a stop, the rider should signal and stop in as safe a place as possible, preferably well off the road. All other bikes are to continue with the Lead Road Captain to avoid having a group of bikes on the side of the road. Only the Tail Gunner Stops to Help.
It is the Tail gunner's responsibility to stop and render assistance to the problem bike. The Lead Road Captain will lead the group to a safe location.


In the event of an accident, the group should work together to insure everyone stops in a safe location. The Road Captain will assign riders to help with the accident scene as needed.


A good way to park, if there is room, is for each bike to pull ahead of the intended parking place and then back up into your spot.  This can be done very fast because you don't have to wait for the bike ahead of you to finish the job. If you find yourself at the end of the group and can't get off the road while waiting for others to park, GO AROUND.  Come back a minute or two later when things have settled down and take your time