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Motorcycling is a culture, and one of the great joys of this culture is group riding. It’s a great feeling to venture out the open roads with your buddies from the bar or the club. However, all that added fun doesn’t come without any added responsibility. There’re a few things you must do before a group ride, and here are the tips you need!

Pre-Ride Meeting

Every group has riders of varying experience, skill, and likings. It’s best to meet up before the ride and averages out the things. Go over the course of the ride, stops, signals, and other things. It’s necessary so that no rider ends up getting confused in the middle of the ride, or worse, doesn’t break away from the herd.

Also, the best place to do it is a cafe or a coffee house, and not your bikes with your engines in throttle.

Riding Order

Every pack needs a leader. You may not be an organized club, but you really need somebody to lead a ride and somebody to tail it.

The lead rider looks out for the dangers and obstacles ahead, navigates, and sets the pace. Generally, the most experienced of the lot takes the place.

The tail rider, on the other hand, keeps note of whether everybody is riding along the pack. They’re also to keep an eye on the “outlaws” of the group doing things that can put others in danger. This guy also needs to be really experienced.

The novices ride behind the lead and the ones with more experience ride at the behind. This is to ensure that the pros don’t just forget about the novices and head on to their own journey.

Supplies

Always carry the essentials. Every rider should have their own supply of water, basic tools, and device chargers. Additionally, one or more people in the group (depending on the size of the group) should be designated to carry several other things like sunscreen, medicines, flashlight, duct tape, and a first aid kit.

Riding Formation

One of the things that make riding in a group dangerous is too many bikes riding close to each other. Fortunately, there’s a pretty easy way around it. And that’s called the Stagger. The way to do it as described in the schematic below. It is essentially riding as if a perfect zig-zag line would form if all riders were to be connected by it.

The group leader is supposed to stay at left in the front. While approaching curves or in poor road conditions, a single file formation may also be used.

Riding beside each other is dangerous. This is so because in case an obstacle comes on the road and you swerve, you’ll end up hitting the person riding beside you.

Separation

The purpose of a group ride is for the entire group to ride together. But out on the road, that’s not always practically feasible. Some of the group may get left behind due to a light or some idiot driver that cut off at the wrong moment. If you got left behind, don’t just speed up aggressively. Just head to the next stop at your comfortable pace. Or maybe, have it decided in the pre-ride meetup for the rest of the group to stop as soon as possible, when anybody is left behind.

We hope you’d remember and follow these things for your next group ride. Is there any other important aspect that should be looked before going to a group ride that we missed? Let us know in the comments section below.

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I can hardly believe I’m saying this, but a year ago yesterday, I saw my custom GT-Motobike, “The Little Rat,” for the first time.

In that year, I’ve put 2,100 miles on my Rat, and hauled her the exact same distance across the country to live in a new city. I’ve ridden her in the blazing heat, and in the pouring rain (though not on purpose!).

I’ve found a new hobby that helps me find sanity, balance and confidence. And I’ve met many amazing people who have supported me, educated me, and helped me along my journey.

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Vintage motorcycle logos were designed to complement the beauty of these distinctive looking machines. To choose the perfect presentation for the Sterling logo, we needed to find an approach that was both historically accurate and aesthetically pleasing.

THE IMPACT OF ART MOVEMENTS ON VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE LOGOS

The 1920s was a revolutionary time for advertising design and typography. The period saw the beginning of a host of new art movements. Symbolism, art with a didactic message, countered the previous century’s Aesthetic Movement, reveling in beauty for beauty’s sake. These movements then gave way to the rise of Expressionism, art with an emotional impact. In the 1900s through the 1920s, Art Noveau,  Cubism, and Art Deco arose in France. During the 1920s, Germans built the Bauhaus movement. At the same time, Futurism, an art movement centered on speed, technology, and violent break with the past arose in Italy. A host of other movements too long to note here also began in the turbulent years between WW I and WW II.

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In this video we check out a full walk around of an absolutely stunning vintage Triumph motorcycle.

The Triumph is known as one of the true classics and to see a beautifully restored one like we see in this video is a treat for any true motorcycle enthusiast.

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Indian Motorcycle has always been a motorcycle company that honors our US military personnel and they joined Jack Daniel’s in building the #001 2016 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle that was auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas on Saturday October 15 raised $150,000 for the benefit of Operation Ride Home, a program that assists active duty US military personnel in traveling home to visit their families through a partnership with the Armed Services YMCA.

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Twenty Seventeen’s Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club event held in Eustis, Florida was a sparse yet earnest affair. Held during Bike Week ever since I can remember the entry list always waxed and waned depending on wind direction but moving the AHRMA Daytona vintage motorcycle races to October and eliminating the vintage motorcycle auction at Stetson University’s basketball court has seemed to dampen enthusiasm more broadly.

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The Indian motorcycle has long been a favorite among bike enthusiasts and in this video we check out a full review of a classic Vintage Indian Chief.

Equipped with a marvelous fuel injected forty nine degree twin thunder-stroke engine this bike is meant to produce incredible power and has the style to turn heads while it does it.

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Check out the EPIC Indian Motorcycle collection of world renowned Indian motorcycle expert Bob Stark.

The Stark family have been selling and restoring the Indian brand for over 90 years.

Now you get to see his awesome collection of Indian bikes, we would absolutely love to have a collection like this.

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Two decades on the Britten V1000 is still considered one of motorcycling’s most outstanding designs. But few know the inside story of how it was developed…

The New Zealand-built Britten V1000 shocked the motorcycle world in 1992 with its innovative design. And while it was only eligible to race in niche events, such as Battle of the Twins and BEARS events, it made a legend of its creator, John Britten.

As well as setting world land speed records in 1994, it was featured in the New York Guggenheim Museum’s ground-breaking The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition in 1998. Britten’s creation really was performance art.

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You didn’t read that wrong – we have a survival story in store for you today, and it’s a bit different than you’d expect – it’s about how a Harley Davidson Motorcycle survived during a tsunami in Japan. No joke. This Harley has been through quite a bit more than most Harleys go through, and the story behind its life is pretty incredible.

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