Well this isn’t always true, but whether it’s 2 motorbikes or 100+ you need to consider lot of different items.
Some some simple tips for riding in a group.
The first thing I always tell people is, NEVER ride out of your comfort zone, do not try and keep up with someone if it makes you feel nervous, ride to your own abilities, if you are in a group your “buddies” or fellow riders will wait for you at the next junction in case you have not managed to keep up. If they don’t wait for you, you need to tell yourself are these the people I really want to be riding with? Remember it is not all about the bike it’s all about the rider. I have been out with many groups and to be honest, some ride much faster than I do and no, I am not going to stay them up, Likewise I’ve ridden with people that ride slower than myself, do I bugger off and leave them (I can hear a few of my friends now saying I should) but no I do not. It’s not all about how fast you get there it is more about the journey.
So the 2nd bit of information for group riding is, try to maintain your place in a group, If you are the 3rd 4th or 25th bike in a group, remain in your position as bikers passing each other in a group can be harmful as we are busy looking at those in front we aren’t expecting someone to pull off a fast overtake up the inside or outside, and if for some reason you have to move suddenly, you’ve arrived at the scene of the collision, and believe me I know how much it hurts to fall off a motorbike.
That being said if you do need to pass those in front do so, but remember tons of room they might not be expecting it. Now something to think about is the size of this group. I have ridden with 2 motorbikes and ridden with a few hundred.
When the group becomes very large you might wish to consider a few of the following.
No? You might want to utilize the corner man system.
The lead rider will indicate where he want the next biker to stop at a junction to indicate to the rest of the group what direction you’re turning at the lights/junction or roundabout. The “marker” will then wait for the Tail rider or rear gunner or whatever title you would like to give to the man at the back to grab, then the mark may rejoin, usually in the front of the tail rider. Once rejoined maintain your position and eventually you’ll be supporting the lead rider.
This brings us nicely to the tail rider, this can be anybody in the group, but if someone who has a distinctive motorbike or clothing (some groups use a unique high viz for this rider) they could be useful, just make everybody aware who the tail rider is. Also the tail rider ought to be conscious of the route you are taking and have the amount or means to speak to the lead rider.
In very large groups you may sometimes get ride marshals, these will generally always be wearing high viz clothing and even have flashing amber lights to identify themselves, they might even be blood bikers but most surely advanced bikers of some kind (ROPSA or IAM).
I thought this was going to be a quick post but as it happens there’s a lot to consider about group riding, and even more I haven’t yet covered.