Motorcycling in a group

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We don't want to over-regulate our tours.
These tips and rules are the result of our many years of experience as tour guides.
They do not claim to be complete, but they ensure the greatest possible safety and the most driving fun for all group members.

RULES OF CONDUCT FOR MOTORCYCLING IN THE GROUP

  1. Be sure to adhere to the applicable traffic regulations of the StVO and StVZO.
  2. We reserve the right to exclude unsafe motorcycles from the group tours.
  3. With all group feeling, the top priority is: everyone is responsible for himself. We accept no responsibility for injuries, accidental damage, punitive mandates or similar.
  4. The following applies: Safety first! You don't have to prove anything to anyone. We are all over eighteen and vaccinated! Don't let anything or anyone seduce you into daring actions. Drive at the speed that you can master safely.
  5. Because in addition to safety: you should have fun riding a motorcycle!
  6. If your driving style should not fit the group: speak to your tour guide. We offer groups for almost every driving style.
  7. Open eyes! Driving in a group, especially over long distances, also requires constant attention, discipline and consideration for other group members. So everyone has their driving fun!
  8. At the agreed meeting point for the joint departure, all participants appear with fully filled motorcycles.
  9. The other fuel stops are based on the motorcycle with the shortest range. Basically all participants refuel. No matter how far you think you can get with your tank filling.
  10. The tour guide leads the group.
  11. The tour guide always carries a first aid kit and a reflective yellow or orange warning vest.
  12. Slow motorbikes or inexperienced participants ride with us in the rear third of the group. It has turned out that driving in a group brings the greatest driving pleasure for everyone. Everyone drives the pace that suits them best. Even if this pulls the group apart a little; - No problem - we have it under control and for all cases there is a 'rag collector' at the end of the group who is informed about the course of the tour.
  13. Just drive the way you want the other group members to do.
  14. Basically there is no overtaking in the group and no unnecessary gimmicks are carried out.
  15. Everyone is responsible for their backers. Pay particular attention to it before (and not after!) Every turn. If you have to wait for your back man, position yourself before the turn so that you can be seen and he can initiate the turning maneuver in good time. If the back man comes into view again: drive off in time so that he doesn't have to brake excessively or is tempted to overtake you.
  16. The position once held in the group is retained. It turned out that the bottom line is that it is the most pleasant thing for everyone to keep the order after refueling, cigarette or sightseeing stops. Change of position only after a short agreement with the front / rear man and tour guide.
  17. If the road conditions permit, we drive sideways and stay in our lane when braking. The tour guide drives in the middle, the second on the right, the third on the left, etc.
  18. Here's a little tip: Drive so that you can see the helmet of the person in front in his outside mirror. If this has its wing mirrors set correctly, you drive at the optimal distance and offset. You make it easier for the person in front to keep an eye on you.
  19. Travel with sufficient, but not too large, distance. Always leave enough space in front of you to avoid an obstacle that suddenly appears and in such a way that he does not have to feel pressured by you.
  20. Another little tip for turning in a group: everyone should also pay attention to an offset to the person in front when turning. So e.g. As a 'right shifted' driver, when turning left, do not drive all the way to the left, but keep a slight right offset to the person in front. In this way you also give your 'left-handed' backing man 'air to life'.
  21. The ideal line is driven in curves and narrow passages (dissolution of the laterally offset compound).
  22. When overtaking, the tour guide makes sure that the group stays together as much as possible. However, everyone is responsible for their overtaking. After the overtaking maneuver, the person overtaking reevers to the right and maintains the speed as much as possible in order to give those behind enough space to thread.
  23. For pass journeys, the group can be broken up by prior arrangement so that you can 'let it fly' and the driving fun is not neglected. In such cases, a meeting point is agreed. The tour guide stays in the back of the group, with the group members who want to take it easy.
  24. When entering a tunnel, increased attention is required: depending on the weather, glasses, visors and windshields can fog up, so that there is a risk of rear-end collisions. Under no circumstances should you apply a shock stop and provoke a rear-end collision.
  25. When stopping at traffic lights, junctions or junctions in rows of two, close closely to the person in front to ensure that you can progress quickly
  26. Set the turn signal in good time when driving past obstacles or overtaking slow road users.
  27. In the case of dangerous and difficult to see obstacles (cow dung, deep holes, etc.), warn the following drivers by hand signals on the floor if possible.
  28. When overtaking on multi-lane roads or motorways, the tour guide flashes his plan. The last driver flashes and pulls into the left lane. Then the other group members start from the back, shifted accordingly to the left lane. The tour guide is the last to pull left.
  29. If one or more group members are lost despite all attention, the "collection" is carried out exclusively by the tour guide or the 'rag collector'.
  30. If there is a desire to leave the group, this must be discussed with the tour guide.
  31. When parking, please make sure that we give a proper picture and can leave the location in an orderly and fluent manner.