Dress for the slide, not the ride. As a rider who has had seven crashes on track and two on the streets, I can testify that proper safety gear can save your life and reduce if not eliminate injuries.
Prior to group rides hosted by UTRC, all participants (Rider and Passenger) are subjected to a safety inspection conducted by the President or VP. All participants are expected to have a DOT, ECE R22.05 or SNELL M2015 rated helmet and gloves. Motorcycle jackets, pants and boots are advised but not mandatory. Both the President and the VP will not allow riders and passengers who do not meet the club safety requirements to participate in group rides.
Nothing is more dangerous that riding a poorly maintained bike. A rusty chain, a misaligned wheel, a loose brake cable, all of which can cause a incident or leave you stranded on a nice day out.
Prior to group rides hosted by UTRC, all vehicles are subjected to a safety inspection conducted by the President or VP. All participants are expected to have functioning brake lights (Day-light running if applicable), turn signals and well maintained chain (proper tension, lubrication and absence of rust and loose links). Both the President and the VP will not allow riders and passengers who do not meet the club safety requirements to participate in group rides.
A vehicle malfunction ruins the mood for the entire group!
Having proper gear and a vehicle in good order is all meaningless if you have a death wish. Remember, public roads are not safe. There may be gravel, oil, pot holes, drunk or distracted drivers or just straight up stupid people behind the wheels. The public roads are not suited for racing or stunting. Go to race track for that.
Granted, UTRC will host "Canyon Carving" group rides in relatively low-traffic and well maintained roads. Please ride within your ability and do not go beyond your limits to keep up or show off.
When a rider chooses to participate in a group ride hosted by UTRC, it is important for the rider to understand that they must move with the group, as in they shall not deviate from the pre-determined route.
However, any rider that wishes to make a pit stop to refuel, to use the bathroom, or due to physical or mental fatigue will be excepted from the aforementioned rule.
When riding in straight lines, the group will travel in a stagger formation with at least 5-bike-length between you and the bike in directly front of you, and 2.5-bike length between you and the bike diagonally in front of you. The group leader will always be to the left within a lane.
When entering a series of corners, please travel in a single file while maintaining a 5-bike-length distance between you and the bike in front. Changing from a compact staggered to a linear pattern during corners is to accommodate proper line selection (O-IA-O) and leave room from mid corner adjustments.
Some of us enjoy a quiet and peace, while others cannot stand it. Please respect your fellow riders be giving them some radio silence when they ask for it.
On a matter of safety, please leave sufficient space for your fellow biker, at least enough for obstacle avoidance and emergency braking. No one wants to get run over by another motorcycle. Been there myself, not fun.