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Rider Education Division Road Captain Course. Welcome !. Objective The objective of the Road Captains Course is to provide members with education and information that will enable them to be better prepared and equipped to lead safe Team Rides.

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Objective
    • The objective of the Road Captains Course is to provide members with education and information that will enable them to be better prepared and equipped to lead safe Team Rides.
    • Although very similar, if not identical, in content and structure, this course is designed more as a leadership curriculum rather than a source for participating in Team Riding.

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What will happen?
    • First will be a classroom segment where we will go over the Introduction, Road Captain , Terms, Guidelines, Hand Signals, and a question period.
    • Then a non-graded quiz.
    • Then you will be broken up into groups of 3-5 riders, and you will go out with an instructor for the road portion. Everybody will have a chance to be the “Lead” and “Drag”, and handle several scenarios and maneuvers.

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Overview
    • What is a Road Captain?
    • Team Riding Review
    • Planning the Ride
    • Day of the Ride
    • The Ride
    • GWRRA Hand-and-Arm Signals
    • Questions and Comments

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A Road Captain is…
    • A Leader capable of setting up a ride according to the GWRRA Team Riding Guidelines.
    • A Ride Leader trained in how to lead a team ride the GWRRA way.
    • A Ride Leader trained in how to fulfill the duties of ‘Drag’ the GWRRA way.

What is a Road Captain?

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Who should be Road Captains?
    • Chapter Directors, Assistant Chapter Directors, Rider Educators, Ride Coordinators
    • Anybody who happens to lead Chapter rides, dinner rides, etc
    • Anyone wanting to further his or her knowledge in Team Riding skills as used by GWRRA.

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Why a Team?
    • Mass Riding
      • Everyone does their own thing.
    • Leisure Riding
      • Riders have basic idea of each other’s styles.
    • Team Riding
      • Structured planning and ride conduct, having set “Rules of the Road”, and actively working together to make the ride safer and more enjoyable

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Team Responsibilities
    • All Riders Responsibilities
    • Lead Bike Responsibilities
    • Drag Bike Responsibilities
    • Team Member Responsibilities

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All Riders Responsibilities
    • Arrive on time.
      • Full tank and empty bladder (full stomach?)
    • Complete pre-ride check.
      • Bike known to be in good physical condition (T-CLOCS)
    • Be prepared with essentials.
      • First Aid kit, rain gear, extra clothing, Gold Book, cell phone.
    • Inform coordinator of any special needs.
      • Diabetes, bladder problems, etc.

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Lead Bike Responsibilities
    • Should be experienced
    • Be able to make safe decisions
    • Picks his/her Drag Bike
    • Sets the tone for the ride
    • Sets the speed for the ride
    • Maintains communications
    • Communicates any changes (Speed, lane changes, etc.)
    • Adheres to the schedule
    • Listens to Team Members

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Drag Bike Responsibilities
    • Controls general conduct of the ride
    • Ensures that the team is abiding by the “rules”
    • Drops off to offer assistance to Team Members (preferably has first aid kit and is CPR/First Aid certified)
    • Notices any unusual riding action
    • Secures lanes for the Team
    • Keeps Lead informed
    • Controls the pace of the ride

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Team Member Responsibilities
    • Rides their own ride
    • Arrives prepared and ready
    • Communicates any change in position
    • Maintains adequate spacing and position
    • Follows the Lead Bike’s directions
    • Minimizes CB traffic
    • Makes certain that they have the ride information
    • Communicates any issues or concerns to the Lead Bike

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planning and preparation
Planning and Preparation
  • Plan the Route
  • Plan the Breaks
  • Plan the Speed
  • Plan the Teams
  • Plan the Stops
  • Plan the Start
  • Start Prepared
  • Plan to Inform

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Day of the Ride
    • Arrive at the starting location ahead of time
    • Position the motorcycles as they arrive
    • Size your Group(s) and select your Leaders
    • Do a Safety Check
      • Do not endanger the group with a bike having safety or major defects!
    • Solo Riders
    • Review the 3 primary hand signals
    • Stage all groups five minutes before departure
    • Select CB Channel and do a radio check

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“The Ride”
    • Communicate your intentions verbally and physically
    • Lead and Drag work as a team
    • Communicate with the Group
    • CB Chatter
    • Group Spacing
    • Group Communication

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“The Ride”- Rider Facts

Important

    • During any team maneuver, it’s always the responsibility of the individual riders to check for the safety of a move before executing it.
    • Never take anyone else’s word that a lane is clear or that it’s safe to pass.
    • Always do a head check. Don’t depend on mirrors.

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“The Ride”-Staggered
    • Mentally divide lane into third
      • Lead bike in left track
      • Bike #2 in right track ≥1 sec.
      • Bike #3 in left track ≥2 sec.
      • And so on…
    • Allows time and space in which to react
    • Adjust distance to conditions (rain, night)
      • Double the following distance
    • Only the Lead Bike should use high beam

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“The Ride” -Single File
    • When in curves or winding roads
    • When road is narrow
    • Approaching blind hills
    • Passing semi’s from either direction
    • Hazard to one side or the other
    • Remember to maintain minimum 2 secondfollowing distance.

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1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Last Out

  • “The Ride” -Merging
    • When entering traffic from an on-ramp, you should enter as quickly and safely as possible. Don’t try to get fancy, just get out safely.
    • Don’t attempt to block a lane with your motorcycle. It is probably illegal and certainly dangerous. Drag is last out!
    • Each bike picks out their merge point in traffic, safely moves into it, and regroup down the road. Drag notifies Lead of the progress of unification.

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“The Ride” –Lane Changes
  • Lead asks “Drag, let’s move left when clear.”
  • Drag checks traffic behind. If not clear says “Standby.” If clear, moves left and announces “Lane is secured.”
  • Lead bike announces, “Look left/right, move left/right as you see safe (or all together).
  • Others follow in order, or all together.FOLLOW THE LEADER! Do not move over until the bike in front of you moves.

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“The Ride”-Passing
  • Lead notifies the team to pass single file or “one-at-a-time.”
  • Lead does mirror check and head check, turn signal, and passes.
  • After the Lead pulls back in he moves on ahead to leave room for remaining bikes to pull back in.
  • When safe, 2nd bike follows same procedure. When the Drag bike is safely around he advises the Lead that all have safely passed.

Two Lane Pass

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“The Ride” –Traffic Lights
    • When stopping for a traffic light, use “compressed” staggered formation.
    • Bike #2 is about 3 feet back from the lead bike so that the Lead has a clear view both directions.
    • Normal staggered formation resumes when team begins moving.
    • From a stop, Lead Bike should start out slow to keep the group together.

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“The Ride” –Hazards
    • Leader or Co-rider should always point to the hazard
    • Just call it “Road Dirt”Any debris, gravel, hole, dead animal, etc. which may present a hazard may be referred to as “Road Dirt.”
      • “Road Dirt, center track.”
      • “Road Dirt, right track.”
      • “Road Dirt, left track.”

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“The Ride” –Towns
    • When traveling through towns, the group may get broken up at traffic lights. There are several ways of handling this:
      • If the route is known, regroup on the other side of town.
      • The Lead may safely pull over to wait on the rest to clear the light or obstacle
      • Lead should call out each turn or change of direction just ahead of doing it, and Drag notifies Lead of Group status.
    • There will be a new temporary Lead and Drag because of a group getting split.

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“The Ride”–Parking Lot
    • Quickly move as far off highway as possible so that all bikes can get safely off of highway.
    • If possible, all bikes stay in line and use same parking process.

DO NOT LEAVE BIKES STRANDED ON ROAD!

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“The Ride” –Riders Leaving
    • Position them towards the rear of the group
    • Have them split from the group before the turn to avoid confusion.
    • Have replacement for early departure of Drag or Lead

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“The Ride” –Emergencies
    • Mechanical Issues
      • The bike verbally notifies or use hand signal to indicate problem.
      • The Drag bike pulls over with the bike.
      • The Lead bike should find a safe place to pull the rest of the group off. (Exit ramp, Parking lot, side road, etc.)
    • Accidents
      • Follow the “Motorcycle Crash Scene Response ” guidelines.

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Hand Signals- “Single File”

Arm and index finger extended straight up.

Group needs to know this one

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

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Hand Signals- “Stagger Formation”

Arm extended straight up.

First and fourth finger forms “ram’s horn” sign.

Group needs to know this one

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

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Hand Signals- “Hazard in Road”

Point immediately with emphasis. Sometimes done with right arm.

Group needs to know this one

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

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Hand Signals- “Follow Me”

Arm extended straight from shoulder, palm forward.

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

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Hand Signals- “Speed Up”

Arm down to side. Fist clenched. Twist as if turning throttle.

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

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Hand Signals- “Stop or Slow”

Arm extended straight down. Palm back.

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

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Hand Signals- “You Lead”

Arm extended down. Palm forward. Swing forward from hip in arc.

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

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Hand Signals- “Check Headlight”

Tap on top of head with open hand, palm down.

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

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Hand Signals- “Need Fuel Stop”

Arm out to side.

Point to fuel tank.

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

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Hand Signals- “Need Food Stop”

Arm out to side. Fingers closed (pinky may be extended). Thumb to mouth.

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

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Hand Signals- “Turn Signals Left On”

Repeatedly open and close hand with thumb and fingers extended.

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

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Hand Signals- “Come Alongside”

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

Same as “You Lead”, but ending with alongside pointing finger.

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Hand Signals- “Pull Off”

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

Arm positioned as for right turn. Forearm then swung toward shoulder.

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Hand Signals- “Need Comfort Stop”

Bare hand is for demonstration and contrast. Always wear gloves while riding

Upper arm extended. Forearm straight up and down. Fist

clenched. Short up-and-down motion.

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Recommended GWRRA Seminars

    • Team Riding Seminar
    • Co-Rider Seminar
    • Trailering Seminar
    • Motorcycle Crash Scene Response
    • MSF Seasoned Rider
    • GWRRA Mature Rider

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Summary

    • What is a Road Captain?
    • Team Riding Review
    • Planning the Ride
    • Day of the Ride
    • The Ride
    • GWRRA Hand-and-Arm Signals

Comments ?

Questions ?

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“Road Portion” –Completing the Course
    • Divide up into groups of 3-5 bikes (Preferable someone you would normally not ride with)
    • With a current Road Captain to follow group, each group should plan there ride they will be going on.
    • Each participant must complete the written test.
    • Each participant must rate the other participants in their group using a Road Captain Riding Evaluation form at the end of the ride.
    • At the conclusion of the ride and after everyone has completed Evaluation form, discuss what you liked about the ride and also what maybe could be better.
    • Turn in all the paperwork (Road Captain test and the Road Captain Evaluation form) together
    • And Remember …….. Have fun with it!

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“Road Portion” –Switching Positions
    • Break into small groups of 3-5 bikes.
    • Each group will have a “Monitor” that follows behind the group.
    • Each member of the group will have a turn as Lead and Drag.
    • When switching positions, Lead goes to Drag and everyone one moves up and switches tracks.
    • If traffic is heavy, exit the highway to switch positions. Don’t endanger yourself or the group!

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