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Master Rules of the Road

 
cartooncop        ~ Rules to Ride By ~


l.) Ride in a Precise Formation as road conditions permit.

2.) Execute Signs and Turns Properly
      (see Hand Signals section).

3.) Do Not Fool Around (horse play) when riding with the group. Any member observing another member fooling around when in formation should discuss it with that member and attempt to clear up the situation. If it should persist, bring it to the attention of Safety Officer or one of his
                                           Assistants.

4.) The Safety Officer shall have the unchallenged right to terminate a members participation in a given ride or event for the clubs safety or image. Upon request of the Safety Officer, President may suspend the member pending the lodging of official charges against the member.

5.) Riding Positions:

     a.) While on any run, the Safety Officer or his assistant will ride in front. The President may ride alongside or just behind
          depending on the formation in use. In the absence of the Safety Officer and the assistants, whoever the Safety Officer
          appoints will ride point.

     b.) The assistant Safety Officer will ride at the rear unless otherwise decided by the Safety Officer. The assistant Safety
           Officer will be responsible for holding a lane open while making a lane change. He will also assist any member who may
           break down or fall behind. The Safety Officers will operate as a team and watch for problems within the group.
           Watching for all signals and seeing the need for changes are major parts of the assistant Safety Officer's job.

     c.) Line up for a ride as follows: Safety Officer, President, full color wearing members, followed by the Sgt. at Arms, then
          by prospective members, non-members and bringing up the rear the assistant Safety Officer and the Tail Gunner. Once
          you are in position keep it for the remainder of the ride.

     d.) The Safety Officer will give instructions to all riders prior to the start of a ride. This will include, if known, the name,
           address, and phone number of the destination. When you arrive at the destination point check in with the Safety
           Officer.

     e.) Each member shall make it his business to know the route to be taken.

6.) Use Common Sense At All Times:

     a.) Anticipate your next move and those of the group.

     b.) We are all aware of the proper safety procedures and the need for them. Let us exercise caution at all times and obey
           all traffic regulations.

     c.) With regard to remaining alert, as one of a group, you must remember that the Safety Officer from time to time will be
           giving a hand signal to execute a maneuver (pass slow moving vehicle, make a turn, etc.) He will be taking into
           consideration the size of the group and the distance necessary to get the club from one lane to another safely. Each
           members assistance in executing the maneuver safely and smoothly will be of great assistance.

The rear Safety Officer(s) will help the group by getting out into the lane following the forward Safety Officer's signal. By doing this he will help secure the chance to execute the maneuver freely and safely. Stay in position during any lane change or direction maneuver.

7.) Leaving the Group

If stopped, let your intentions be known to the Safety Officer or his assistants. The convoy will be pulled into the nearest and safest rest area and the Safety Officers and/or members he designates will return to the stopped rider. After ascertaining the problem, the Safety Officer will then decide to get the group on its way as soon as possible and make arrangements to have the stopped rider and his bike taken care of.

8.) Gas Stops

Get to know your machine's cruising capacity with regard to gas. Running out of gas or making gas stops with large groups is time consuming. Therefore everyone will arrive for the rides with a full tank of gas and will top off their tank at every gas stop, no matter how small the amount. This will avoid staggered gas stops and possibly save time.

9.) Bike Maintenance

Maintain it carefully, this is considered a must. Because one failed to check for loose wires, shorts, dead batteries, worn tires, or worn chains/belts, this can take away from the pleasure of the club ride. Bike maintenance will be the responsibility of each member. Bring necessary tools and parts for your machine.

10.) Wearing Apparel       Visual Apparel Reference

It is strongly urged that on club rides each member wear his club colors. He should also wear the proper clothing when riding. Helmets are a must !!
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Strict adherence to these guidelines will provide for a long, successful and safe riding season.