Rideout Etiquette

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19/07/2001 at 18:30
Abridged version for the hard of reading.



If you are behind the leader when he comes to a junction mark the direction taken for the rest of the group and move on again when the nominated tail ender arrives.

Ride your own ride.


More for those that like to be organised in post 2:


18/04/2006 at 22:26
(I wont call them rules cos its up to you, but heres a few simple ways to make things run smoothly)

Before you get there.
  • LET THE ORGANISER KNOW YOU ARE COMING. It means they can let YOU know if its off/postponed/moved/running late...

  • If you are gonna be late or not going to make it, please have the decency to phone the organiser and let them know so the ride isnt held up waiting for people who arent coming.

  • Bring a copy of the route if it is available to you, and a map (or at least familiarise yourself with the route/area, using a map beforehand)

  • Make sure your bike is in a good enough condition to make the distance.

  • Try to arrive with a full tank, or fill up on arrival if possible.

  • Like your mum said, make sure you go before you go.

On the road.
If you are second on the road, dont sit right up the leaders arse (or anyone elses for that matter). There is no need for it and it pisses them off!
Give everyone some space.

The Marker System

This requires a leader, a tailender, and the riders(you!).

  • The leader - is familiar with the route, and follows it. He should carry a mobile in case of problems on route. He should point out to the first person behind him where to sit to be best positioned to mark each junction.

  • The tailender - is idealy familiar with the route also, but doesnt have to be. They will stay at the back for the entire ride and will be pointed out at the beginning of the ride. (They may wear a fluro vest to make them obvious). The tailender is exactly that, everyone else stays in front of them, so they should move the junction marker on once they arrive, this also ensures there is no confusion as to who is the rear bike.
    They should carry a mobile with the leaders number in case of problems on route.
    If anyone drops out of the group the tailender should stop with them and find out what is going on.
    If there is a problem they should get in touch with the leader, or if they are just stopping for a pee wait with them so the marker stays in place at the next junction.

  • The riders - at any point the route deviates from the strip of tarmac in front, the first of the riders behind the leader will stop to mark the way at the junction in a place prominent to the rest of the following group.
    If it seems like you have waited ages, wait some more. If they still havent arrived, phone the leader as he may have heard from them.

    Once the tailender has arrived, the junction marker can then work their way carefully back towards the front. Overtaking is encouraged, but please be courteous!
    If anyone sees someone making dangerous overtakes (repeateadly - we all make mistakes sometimes) point it out to the leader, who will have a quiet word. If they carry on they will be asked to leave.
    Meanwhile the group all move forward one, so number two, becomes number one behind the leader so marks the next junction.

    If riders are going to drop off the back of the group (behind the tail ender), they must inform the tailender what's going on.

Next to your own personal safety, and definately more important, should come consideration towards others in the group.
So Please follow these few simple points:

  • Do not ride above your ability/limits to try and keep up. There will be a bike waiting for you at the next junction. There will be regular stops for a breather/fag break during which you can catch up safely. (Just because we have pulled over for a couple of minutes it doesnt mean we are having a fag break tho! -if the leaders lid is still on, he aint planning on stopping)

  • Do not get pushed along by a faster bike behind you. Move over and let them through. Also do not ride harder than you feel comfortable/are safe too to keep up with others. Only play hard with people you know and trust. Slower riders, beware you may be holding up a faster rider and move over, let them past.

  • If you are the faster bike, dont make stupid manouvres to get past (especially passing them on the left! ). Wait till they let you through, or find a safe place to get past.
    Faster riders, please give plenty of room when passing and only go for a safe clean pass.

  • It doesnt matter whether you ride like a foggy or a fanny, just go at your own pace.

  • Its not a race and you wont get left behind. Just cos you cant see the bike in front doesnt mean youve got to ride like a loon to catch it up again. Take it steady, someone will be waiting somewhere.

  • If everyone follows these simple ideas we can all enjoy a cracking ride, and have a good chat at the destination.

  • If you bring along some friends, who may have not read this, please brief them on what is expected.


02/05/2008 at 20:45

sunsible stuff!

well worked system which allows lively progress to be made but at your own pace and in saftey 


03/06/2008 at 21:09
 Good sound advice
Edited: 03/06/2008 at 21:45
29/06/2008 at 14:49
SPOT ON >>>>works for the blue knights
03/12/2008 at 11:31

Would it be acceptable to dress like a pirate?

 A proper pirate, like with an eyepatch (see-through obviously for safety reasons) and a parrot. The parrot could have its own little avian crash helmet like one of those birds of prey.

You could ride in a swashbuckling manner (whilst obeying all rules of the road etc.). This could be extended to pirate-speak when parked up (e.g. ARRRRR!).


03/12/2008 at 11:43
^^^^^Step away from the Bong Pie master.

Better to have a bad day on the bike,than a good day at work.........

13/04/2010 at 19:29
I know it's an old post... but having only just started talking I thought I say my 2 cents worth....

Nice one...
Spot on this....

I am looking forward to go on a ride with some of you lot...
07/07/2010 at 13:38
Great advice. I ran a ride out for the first time on Sunday for 50 riders and used the marker system. It is easy and works and all riders had a great ride at all paces, including the fireblades and the 125cc scooter!
09/08/2010 at 08:38
Thanks for your good advices ,i will rermember that .
11/08/2010 at 21:59
Hi there, just joined so her is my 5cents worth. This system works great we all use it at our club rides (Solent Advanced Motorcyclist) and I will look forward to going out with some of you in the near future
28/02/2012 at 14:56
Seems a pretty good guide to stick by,
shall certainly bear this in mind
08/05/2012 at 01:20


Seems a pretty good guide to stick by

29/06/2012 at 15:30

Better to have a bad day on the bike,than a good day at work.........

Edited: 29/06/2012 at 15:31
14/05/2013 at 04:02

thanks all

28/10/2013 at 15:38

HI.just getting back into green laning and was wondering if there are any rides going out in the near future.i am from sevenoaks, so somewhere around that part of kent if poss.any idears

02/09/2015 at 16:47

It sounds like a very well thought out system and makes good sense. My only worry on any ride out is that because I'm seriously rusty on a bike (haven't been riding for over 10 years) I'll hold everyone up . Firstly the tailender would have his/her ride ruined by having to sit behind me going slower than they'd probably like and secondly the group would get more strung out to the point where leaders would have to slow a little to let everyone close up more often than usual....and all because of me.

I'd feel  bit of a nuisance to everyone. I enjoy the social side of riding with other bikers but I'm guessig many will be there to 'push on' as much as they possible can everywhere they go rather than my more 'relaxed' style.

But like I said, it sounds like a very well organised system. I wish other road users were half as well organised!

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