Riding As A Team
Guide for Team Riding
Here are some guide lines to safe & enjoyable ride as a team
on tour used by Team Hornet.
Hope it will be helpful to those going on tour.
1. Be Courteous
Bike should be in Good Condition
(If u service your bike... do it a week before the ride.
Any problem surfacing... bike would be in Spore)
Get to know the rest of the team.
Smile & say Hi!
2. Be On time
Won't be nice to let your team wait too long for u.
(Msg me if u gonna be late the time u be reaching or unable to come)
3. Staggered Formation
Staggered Formation on One Lane & Singe File on Small roads
Staggered Formation will give us space for emer manoeuver.
And space on the side if bike has a problem.
Speed: Will ride at a speed that will overtake most of the traffic at a slow rate.
As such, we would be on the overtaking lane along the highway a fair bit.
Signal and Move Left if a Faster vehicle is coming from the behind
Flash the one infront to do likewise.
2nd Link: 110kmh (ever present speed traps)
4. Over Take on the Right
There will be rare times when traffic is slow and we overtake on the left.
Or when vehicle road hog (We are not gonna follow him all the way to KL)
May use breakdown lane... in a crawling jam... look out for debris.
5. When Overtaking
Do So when it is safe.
Do not be pressured to overtake.
We will wait for u.
On the other hand... overtake quickly when the opportunity arise.
Until u do... the rest behind can't.
Pass and and move forward.
Make sure there's enough room for others to fall behind u.
6. Know the Ride Plan
Know the route, km to run & rest point.
Will help to find the team if separated.
It will also be more interesting for u.
7. Hand Signals
Point to the tank if u need fuel.
To your head if u need rest...
Wave to the last bike to continue if u just
wanna stop for Some non-emer stuff eg wearing sunglasses...
Quickly catch up after that.
On Quiet Country Roads...
The Leader may break formation & open up the pace.
Because of the time required for overtaking...
U may lose sight of the front bikers...
Keep to your safe pace... enjoy the roads.
Leader Will leave markers for u.
Important! Don't bunch up!
Keep a wider safety distance between bikes..
Approaching a Junction
If there are no markers GO STRAIGHT!
Anyone riding behind the leader automatically becomes a marker
When Pointed to a location to mark...
Park a safe spot.
Signal lite on the direction of turn.
Watch out for stones that usually gather around junctions.
Wait for the last bike to pass...
Then move back to the front.
Team: please let the marker thru.
9. Last Bike
He will be last to make sure no one is left behind.
When Formation Riding is in Order:
(Highways or Designated Trunk Roads)
It is important not to hold the team by riding too slowly.
If u see the gap for the bike in front is getting bigger...
U are too slow! catch up.
The Formation should be tight enough to be safe
And not let any other vehicle get in between.
They are a source of danger when the infiltrate our formation.
That includes bikes not from our team.
It is also courteous not to cut in but to maintain position.
If u are lost... Msg/call me. Don't Worry.
Will give u direction to return to the team.
May not get me immediately as I be riding.
But will return your call at regroup pt.
(please Pm me your Hp & a Next of Kin if u have not done it)
11. Choose a Buddy
It is the quickest way to know if u are missing or need help.
It is important for each to be responsible in his style of riding.
Safe rides is a culture with this team and
We look after each other at all levels.
Biking has it's risk... we like to keep it at a Minimum.
12. Bike Type
For day trip: Phantom 150, SP... or likes
For longer trip: Hornet 250, S4... or likes
It will be too stressful for smaller bikes.
Both the rider & team. Thks.
13. Wear Protection
Riding Jacket, jeans/touring pants & Shoes (boots will be gd)
Last line of defence to injury if we do fall.
Full face will help protect your chin/face.
I Know it is a little hot... but once on the move.
It is comfortable.
Always have your rain suit with u.
14. One Lane Please
Stay in two lines within one lane.
The Lead will decide the lane to use.
Be it left or overtaking lane.
Help the Lead Bike in accounting for all the bikes.
When he looks back...
He should see 2 lines of bikes with the last bike in the center.
Especially so at traffic junctions when in formation.
Do not overtake the Leader unless there prior arangement to do so.
15. In Bigger Towns:
Keep in close formation.
Two clear line such that the lead bike be able to see the last bike.
Especially at Traffic lights.
The essential here is not to lose anyone!
16. See Children... Wave
We are guest of their country. We must always remember that.
Be Respectful to properties & people we come in contact with.
Somehow with our riding gears... we do look intimidating.
But a wave to the kids always brings a smile.
Riding thru towns: reduce your speed
The Team will do it's best to keep everyone safe.
That means you too will have an important part to play.
For yourself & your team mates.
So let take good care of one another!
There is no Glory if u Crash
The Ride will be delay & plans may have to change.
Injury to your body & damage to your beautiful bike.
Enjoy Your Ride but come home Safe
As riding has it's risk.
Joining our rides will mean you accept responsible for your own safety.