Rules of the Road
l.) Ride in a Precise Formation as road conditions permit.
2.) Execute Signs and Turns Properly (see animated Hand
3.) Do Not Fool Around (horse play) when riding with the
Any member observing another member fooling around when in
formation should discuss it with that member and attempt to clear
the situation. If it should persist, bring it to the attention
of the Road
Captain or one of his Assistants.
4.) The Road Captain shall have the unchallenged right to
terminate a members participation in a given ride or event for
clubs safety or image. Upon request of the Road Captain, President
may suspend the member pending the lodging of official charges
against the member.
Riding Positions :
a.) While on any run, the Road Captain or his assistant
will ride infront.
The President may ride just behind the Captain depending on the
formation in use.
BK NJ IX rides in staggerd formation.In
the absence of the Road
Captain and the assistants, whoever the Captain appoints will ride
b.) The assistant Road Captain will ride at the rear
decided by the Captain. The assistant Captain will be responsible
holding a lane open while making a lane change. He will also assist
any member who may break down or fall behind. The Captains 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 road Captain's job.
c.) Line up for a ride as follows: Road Captain, President,
wearing members, followed by the Sgt. at Arms, then by
prospective members, non-members and bringing up the rear the
assistant Road Captains and the Tail Gunner. Once you are in
position keep it for the remainder of the ride.
d.) The Road Captain will give instructions to all
riders prior to the
start of a ride. This will include, if known, the name, address,
phone number of the destination. When you arrive at the destination
point check in with the Road Captain.
e.) Each member shall make it his business to know the route
to be taken.
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
c.) With regard to remaining alert, as one of a group,
remember that the Road Captain from time to time will be giving
hand signal to execute a maneuver (pass slow moving vehicle, make
a turn, etc.) He will be taking into consideration the size of
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 Road Captain(s) will help the group by getting out
lane following the forward Captain'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.
Leaving the Group
If stopped, let your intentions be known to the Road Captain or
assistants. The convoy will be pulled into the nearest and safest
area and the Captains and/or members he designates will return
the stopped rider. After ascertaining the problem, the Road Captain
will then decide to get the group on its way as soon as possible
make arrangements to have the stopped rider and his bike taken
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
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.
Maintain it carefully, this is considered a must. Because one failed
to check for loose wires, shorts, dead batteries, worn tires, or
chains/belts, this can take away from the pleasure of the club
Bike maintenance will be the responsibility of each member. Bring
necessary tools and parts for your machine.
It is strongly urged that on club rides each member wear his club
colors. He should also wear the proper clothing when riding.
Strict adherence to these guidelines will provide for a long,
successful and safe riding season.