Group riding is one of the greatest parts of belonging to a H.O.G. Chapter. The Sunset Chapter loves to ride, and we have several Group Ride Orientations throughout the riding season. See our event calendar to find the next one.
If you haven't yet been able to attend a Group Ride Orientation, here is some basic group riding information to get you started.
If you've taken a Team Oregon class (if you haven't, you really should) you may have learned the OUT - IN - OUT rule demonstrated in the animation below:
The white lines in front of the bike show the moving straight line that is available to you through the turn if you need to straighten up and stop suddenly. You always stop straight up, with your handlebars square, to take advantage of the tires' maximum traction. Straighten up first - then slow down. Notice how these straight lines don't immediately cross the double yellow lines or the edge of the road, giving you some braking distance before you get in real trouble.
We ride similarly in a group, except that we stay in our half of the lane through the turn. The following animation demonstrates this:
However, notice that the 5th bike is following the path taken by the solo rider in the first animation. Since we don't violate the space to the side of the bike in front of us, the group was able to handle this less experienced rider, but he really should go get some practice so he can take turns like the others in the group, which brings us to the next point...