Does any one have any good tips on group ridding? Things like position on the leader, pack etiquette, hand signals, lane position and lane changes. Pre ride briefings seem like good ideas at least if some one tries to ride close. Any feedback welcome.
Why don't you check out the AMA site for group riding tips.
They have some pretty good tips and I usually refer everybody that ask me this question to that site. But the one suggestion that I always make is to have somebody with radio communication, CB, close to the front and another at the rear incase somebody has a problem. The AMA site recommends somebody with a cell phone which is good but my opinion is somebody with a CB is better.
If you Google "motorcycle group riding tips" you'll see all kinds of site out there that have some very good tips. If I remember right a couple years ago somebody posted some good tips on group rides.
I have noticed that when our riding group gets together there is a very concerted effort to put safety first. Yeah we blast off from the lights and like to cut up the twisties by dragging some floorboards but there always seems to be a constant eye on safety. One of the biggest things I notice when we ride together is that intersections are always treated with the caution they warrant. I notice the leader shifting lane positions to be more visible to left turn-ers, or slowing when visibility is degraded because of a stopped car or truck, or stopping on a yellow because the pack can't make it done. Watch those intersections always -- but especially in groups.
Riders Edge/MDF has a "Group Riding Handbook". You can also purchase a group course called "Rider's Edge/MSF guide to group riding". The handbook has lots of good information, hand signals, formations etc. :chopper: :chopper: :chopper:
Lots of local HOG chapters have this info on their websites and are usually linked to from the sponsoring dealership in the area. There can even be some differences between the chapters in the policies for group rides.