Introduction to ManchesterHOG Group Riding
Manchester group rides function under the following general guidelines:
The Riders Edge Group Riding Video can be viewed here. Please be patient, it is a large file.
All rides are led by a Lead Road Captain assisted by other qualified Road Captains – the Road Captain riding at the back of the pack is called the Sweep Road Captain & there are normally Middle Road Captains also. They will serve as Lead Road Captain should the riders become separated.
The Lead Road Captain will give a pre-ride briefing which will include the route, gas and rest stops, a review of riding rules, an introduction of Road Captains for the ride, mention of any hazardous conditions discovered on the pre-ride and the destination plan. The Lead Road Captain will also review the group riding guidelines.
Manchester rides in a double row, staggered formation – the Lead Road Captain will ride in the left hand side of the lane and the next rider in the right hand side and so forth.
Riders will maintain at least a 2 second distance from the rider directly in front of them and 1 second behind the rider to their right or left. The actual distance will increase as speed increases – Note: if you can not see the face of the rider diagonally in front of you in their mirror, you are too close. You are in their blind spot.
If gaps occur in the formation, (example; when people leave the ride) maintain your position, do not change sides or try to pass the rider in front while riding, as this is dangerous (remember that the rider in front of you “owns” the whole lane) -- at the next stop, simply slide up to fill in the slot -- it will automatically sort itself out.
Manchester Chapter Alcohol Policy
Our Chapter adheres to the Harley Owners Group recommended alcohol policies and procedures. These rules apply to riders, passengers are not subject to these restrictions.
- No alcohol before or during a ride or event.
- Our Chapter will not furnish alcohol at rides or events.
- Our Chapter rides and events are alcohol free.
- Alcohol before a ride – a rider will be unable to participate.
- Alcohol during a ride – rider will be asked to leave the ride.
- This policy will apply to both open and closed Chapter rides and events.
Note: Liquor liability coverage is not provided by the Chapter general liability insurance policy!