Saturday, 20 August 2011











Jorian Ponomareff

 

Jorian Ponomareff had his first two wheels at the age of 14 years, and ever since, he's wanted to discover new sensations. He is from the South of France and is a naturally talented Stunt Rider. He met the team of a French TV show, Stunt-Attitude, whose members gave him the taste for his new passion: stunting, especially R @ ph, who was his role model.
Today, recognized worldwide for his athletic ability and his videos that have been viewed millions of times, he is a true competitor. You can trot the globe assured to see his shows in places like New York, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia, California, Mauritius and many more.
As one of the most popular freestyle Stunt Rider he has now ventured into Indian territory to give the contestants of Pulsar MTV Stuntmania Underground a taste of his skill and passion. And the big gratification – The winner of Pulsar MTV Stuntmania Undergound will get the golden chance to train with him and do a show with him in France!
What made you take up stunting, knowing the risk involved?
(Smiles) I stunt because I am passionate about it!
Jorian, what do you think of this show? Have you ever been a part of something like this before?
It's actually the first time that I am seeing something like this and it's great to see the spirit of Indian stunt riders coming to the fore through such a show.
So what is your role in the show?
I am judging one freestyle episode on the show and evaluating the riders based on their freesty;ing skills. And also the winner of Stuntmania Underground will get a chance to train with me for one week in France.
Do you think that the Indian stunt riders at par with the world level?
They definitely have a different style and different tricks than the rest. The most striking thing about them is that they all have big smiles on their faces!
What advice would you give to aspiring stunt bikers?
I'd say, try to learn as much as you can, keep the smile on and keep the passion flowing!
             
                        ABOUT RANNVIJAY 
  
Name: Rannvijay Singh Singha.
Born on: 16th March, 1983.
Height: 6'.
Education: Went to 9 different schools. Graduated from Hansraj College, Delhi University with a Bachelor's of Commerce.
First Job: As a construction worker, in New Jersey, US.
On his love for bikes:
I'm crazy about bikes. Everyone knows me as a biker. On my 1st birthday, I was given a tricycle. I rode it well! And by the time I was 8, I was teaching kids older than me how to ride cycles. By 14, I used to maro bikes from people…as in, ask them to let me ride. Then my dad bought me a bike - a Hero Honda Splendor. It's a Sports bike. I have a few other bikes - a Suzuki GSX 600, a Kawasaki Ninja, a 225 CC modified Hero Honda Karisma which I won on Roadies, a 50 CC Pocket bike and a Royal Enfield Bullet.
What made you take up stunting, knowing the risk involved?
It's all about the passion. Right from the moment you pop your first wheelie, you're addicted to the thrill of stunting.
You've been a biker all along. What took you so long to get involved with Pulsar MTV Stuntmania?
I've wanted to do it since season one but there have been date problems as there were a couple of other big shows airing at the same time. I really wanted to do Pulsar MTV Stuntmania. In fact - it was conceptualised by a friend of mine, keeping me in mind!
You're a part of two bike-related shows, MTV Roadies and now, Pulsar MTV Stuntmania. So which do you prefer and why?
Firstly, Roadies has given me the opportunity to be on Stuntmania. If there was no Roadies, I wouldn't have been on Stuntmania, so I would not like to take away anything from it. But yes, the scale of the stunts is much bigger on a show like Stuntmania since experts are doing them here. Roadies, on the other hand, is not just about the tasks, it's also about relationships, situations and how people react to them.
How does taking street stunting underground make a difference to the overall format of the show?
We try and do things differently each season because without that, it would get boring. The thought behind taking Stuntmania underground was that anywhere else in the world, stunt riding is considered a sport but in our country, it's still looked down upon and called a crime. If you are stunt riding in our colony, then most likely your parents are called, you are yelled at, and there's a lot of social stigma attached with the sport.
So we decided to take these stunt riders 'underground' as a means of telling them that here you are free to do as you please and express yourself without restriction because you are no longer in the realm of the normal world.
What do you think of the Golden Pulsar that'll be given to the winner of MTV Stuntmania?
The Golden Pulsar is an integral part of the show. At every part and every moment of the show the contestants can see the Golden Pulsar but can't lay their hands on it. So it's like a trophy for them. It's a great bike, following in the tradition of the regular Pulsar, which is undoubtedly the best sports bike in the country.
What is your favourite memory of the show?
The moments I spent with Babar and our director, Rishabh, before I did any stunt. (Laughs) Babar would always tell me, "Why are you doing this?" and Rishabh would always say, "Go do it!" There are a lot of stunts in Stuntmania which I have done without rehearsals. Doing these stunts gave me a tremendous rush. I felt that same nervousness, the same rush of adrenaline and the hollowness in my stomach before each and every stunt that I performed on the show!
What advice would you give to aspiring stunters?
Learn stunt riding from experts. There are people who have started teaching stunt riding. Babar, for example, has started his own academy in Bhopal. So if you learn from an expert, you are less likely to get hurt. Also, make sure to practice in isolated lots, away from people and traffic for your safety as well as that of others. If you are smart about it and responsible about it, you will never be in any sort of problem.
Finally, tell us about that awesome plane stunt we see in the promos. Who thought of it?
How difficult was it to do?

(Grins) For that, you'll have to watch the show! But I can tell you this - it was the final stunt of the season… the 'Grand Finale'.

                          
                                                     "STUNT MANIA"
                                                              "LEGENDES"


Mumbai, 23rd July 2009: Start your engines as the weekends are set to explode with India’s biggest stunt biking reality series on TV. A first of its kind show that will put 8 boys & 4 girls in a Stunt Academy where they will train & compete in the most dare devil bike stunts. Hosted by MTV VJ Deepti Gujral, Pulsar MTV Stunt Mania brings in India’s foremost action director [the name behind Bollywood’s biggest action films including Dhoom, Dhoom 2, Race, Luck who’s trained some of the industry’s biggest names like Abhishek Bachchan, Imran Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Aishwarya Rai, Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan, John Abraham, Bipasha Basu] Alan Amin. Alan plays mentor & judge on the show as Stunt Guru and the man between the contestants and the booty, namely; being crowned ‘Stunt God of India’, winning a specially customized one of a kind Pulsar Chrome bike, a chance to feature in a Pulsar commercial and potentially 5lakhs cash. The show is mounted on a massive scale and features stunts involving a BEST bus, a train, truck, cars, camels and a helicopter! The contestants including the 4 girls who hail from all over the country [from Bhopal, Saharanpur, Ludhiana, Pune and more], have challenged all the elements with their Pulsars including air, earth, wind, fire, water!
The Stunt Academy features a super pimped up Base Camp that houses the contestants, Alan’s den – the Master Garage, where all the briefings & burnouts [eliminations] happen besides Ground Zero [a specially created road/ area where the stunts are executed]. There are 2 stunts performed by the teams in every episode including 1 skill based stunt linked to learning how to do a wheelie, stoppie, burnout, tank stand and more and 1 courage based task that’s linked to their survival and is on a massive scale. There are some really dramatic moments including things like a dance performance featuring hip hop, bhangra and bharat natyam with the bike as your dance partner!
There are several other firsts on the show including a shoot pattern that’s entirely new, lots of animation that’s not been tried before and the perfect marriage of man/ woman and machine in an adrenaline pumping series.
                                  
They say people are like bikes, each is customized a bit differently! Meet our cast: Firdoz Shaikh, Vartika Pande, Smitha Gondkar, Prabhupal Singh Mathadu (all from Pune), Umair and Syed Adil Kazmi (both from Bhopal), Javed Gauri (Saharanpur), Shirin Solomon (Navi Mumbai), Kashif Aslam (Bangalore), Sachin Sihag (Chandigarh), Sourabh Handa (Ludhiana) and Sunny Matharu (Delhi). Riding faster than everyone else only guarantees you’ll ride alone! Safety has been one critical piece in terms of messaging that’s weaved into the episodes. In fact, that’s why there’s a special “Behind the Scenes/ Making of Stunt Mania” that’s been made to showcase the kind of safety precautions were taken for the show and tips on safety being offered on the show right from helmets to bike maintenance, etc.
Pulsar MTV Stunt Mania is yet another ground breaking format from MTV India and promises to take reality programming into 5th gear. It’s the first & biggest stunt biking show on Indian Television and promises to take you on a ride of a lifetime. Jump into the saddle with us, every Sunday, starting July 26th @ 7pm.
* WARNING * DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! *WARNING*

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What Dance Means to me!?

Hiiii I am ASHU     

please read my essay and tell me what you think!!!
What Dance Means to me!

Dancing has been an important part of my life for sixteen years,
When I was two my mother enrolled me in dance.
For so long Dance was entertainment something to keep me busy and active.
But as I got older I realized it’s a way to express one’s feelings to just block everything out and get away even on my worst days dance would always make me feel better.

Of all the experiences I’ve had as a dancer I really love teaching just to see the excitement in a little kid’s face when they master a new step, or when you tell them their doing a good job it’s always worth it even though I’ve been peed on several times and kicked in the face with a tap shoe, When I see the smiles and get the hugs it makes it worth it to me.
I’ve been teaching for seven years now and have had over two hundred and fifty students; I hope to continue teaching as long as I can.

Over the years dance has helped me to grow in other ways. From it I have learned that hard work really does pay off, I have learned discipline and self-control are not only a vital part of dancing, but a necessary part of life, also I have recognized that motivation and perseverance are keys to success.

What matters is not who wins in the beginning, but who is still on her feet in the end. Perhaps the most impotent lesson dance has thought me is responsibility.

                         I FIND ONE THING IN MY SELF
  
                                                    I AM NEVER LOOSE"   
  

                 "EVERY TIME I DO MY BEST"




                 "AND THIS IS MY STORY"
                                   "WATCH VIDEO"

                                                 

                               "U WANT TO KNOW ME?
                           
                            "OK I TELL U WHO I AM"
  


           
                                    
  



Name: ASHU RAI

Age: 19

CITY: jaipur,rajsthan

SQUAD: jaguar (BLACK)

EDUCATION/PRFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:
Have studied till BSC.IT

WHEN DID YOU START STUNTING ?
3 Years ago

WHAT DOES MOTORCYCLING MEAN TO YOU?
It means everything. If I had to choose between my girlfriend and my Pulsar, I would definitely choose my bike.

ACCORDING TO YOU,WHAT ARE THE 3 THINGS THAT MAKE A GOOD STUNT?
Rolling stoppie, no hander circle wheelie and ape hanger

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MAKE YOUR MACHINE BETTER FOR STUNTING?
Hand brakes and Castrol oil :P

DESCRIBE YORSELF IN 3 WORDS ?
Awesome, good, mindblowing

3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR MACHINE?
Good, awesome, outstanding

WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST ROAD EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE EVER HAD?
Nahargahr road racing.

IF I WASN'T A STUNT RIDER,I WOULD HAVE BEEN A.....
Pilot

Q 'n' A...

WHAT MAKES YOU BETTER THAN THE OTHERS?
My stunting style

WHAT MASSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR THE RIDERZ?
Be safe, wear all your stunting guards

WINNING STUNTMANIA UNDERGROUND IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE....
of the Golden Pulsar, the opportunity to perform in an international show with Jorian in France and respect.

WHO COULD WIN STUNT MANIA 3(apart from you)?
ADIL, JAVED and ME

WHAT ARE THE THINGS INTEREST YOU OTHER THAN BIKES?
My cell phone, because after biking I love to listen to my music!

WHAT IS THE HOTTEST STUNT YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
Kissed a girl during a stoppie

IF YOU HAVE 3 WISHES WHAT WOULD YOU ASK FOR?
Golden pulsar, to perform internationally with Jorian and the title of world's No.1 Freestyler

WHAT WAS THE REACTION OF YOUR PARENTS/FRIENDS/SOCIETY WITHE YOU STUNTING?HOW HAS IT CHANGED SINCE YOU WERE SELECTED FOR STUNTMANIA?
Initially everyone was confused about why I was doing this. But when they noticed how good I was at free styling and seeing me get selected for Stuntmania, everybody was so stunned and happy for me.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO CHANGE THE PERCEPTION OF THE PEOPLE WHO THINK STUNTING IS JUST AN ACT OF REBELLION OR A CRIME?
Stunt riding is a game and in India, it's not getting the respect it deserves. I agree stunt riding on a road or a public place can be dangerous, so at least proper areas, stunting ground, etc. can be allotted for the people who want to do it.

POWER,FAME OR SUCCESS?WHY?
Success, because if you have success then fame and power come with it

BIKES OR BABES? WHAT GIVES YOU A HIGH AND WHY?
Bikes, because babes can deceive you and I trust my bike more than babes.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOURSELF?
Nothing

Trivia...

WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE BAND?
linkin park

FAVORITE PLACE TO VACATION:
America

HOBBIES:
dancing and stunting

FAVORITE SONGS OFF ALL TIME:
in the end(linkinpark)

FAVORITE MOVIES:
Fast and Furious series

WHAT IS YOUR DEEPEST FEAR?
stopie

FAVORITE COLOR:
read and black

FAVORITE FOOD:
Butter chicken

FAVORITE STUNT RIDER:
Jorian Ponomareff

DREAM BIKE:
Golden Pulsar

WHICH BIKE DO YOU OWN?
Pulsar 220

WHICH IS THE BEST NON-INDIAN STUNTING BIKE?
Only Pulsar

                       


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                           "RIDING RULES"







Riding in a group can be fun. A well co-ordinated group on the road is a sight to see. and riding as a part of a group gives each rider a sense of camaraderie and security of numbers. To make a group ride the pleasant affair that it is, there should be a system of riding that is agreed upon by all its members. The riding formation, signals for communicating when on the move, handling of novice members by the experienced members and tackling emergencies should all be a well rehearsed routine for a cohesive group. Prior to every ride, the group should get together to discuss the route details along with any new issues of relevance to the ride apart from rehearsing the existing system. In an order of subject, the following things are worth working on before any and every group ride.
  • Review where we are going and what route we will be taking. Also talk about the distances that are expected to be covered between breaks.
  • Describe how to handle lane changing. Discuss way-points along the day's ride that could work as converging points if the group splits apart. Exchange mobile phone numbers, if any, to get in touch in such a contingency.
  • Specify, demonstrate and explain each hand-signal that would be used.
  • Determine the riding experience of everyone who is new to the group, brief him specifically about things other experienced members take for granted (combining tasks on stops, drinking water frequently to avoid dehydration etc.).
  • Assign (to new people only) 'SLOT' positions that they are to ride in until the leader (who rides behind to assess their riding) is satisfied with their abilities to handle their bikes
  • Invite all the riders to do a 'walk around' their bikes to ensure all is in order and then to take a quick look at the bikes on either side of them for the same reason.
Remember, you cannot enjoy tomorrow's ride unless you live through today's. And it is the responsibility of each person in the group to ensure that everyone does just that. Safety is of paramount importance and the most significant commandment being 'Thou shalt not hit the bike in front of you'. Riding at a safe distance means following the '2 second rule'. Each bike follows the one in front separated by a distance it would cover in 2 seconds at that speed and under the road conditions the group is riding in.
For example, in rain either the whole group slows down or the individual riders increase their separation to compensate for increased braking distances need in the wet. The average rider takes almost 1 full second to recognize and then to react to an UNEXPECTED threat. (About 1/2 second if the threat is anticipated.) The '2-second Rule', in other words, provides 1 full second of distance between bikes in order to provide sufficient time for following bikers to recognize and react to unexpected threats. So, if all the riders in the group have roughly similar skill levels, no matter what the rider in front does, the one following should be able to avoid hitting him. Since gravity either aids or detracts from the ability of your brakes to stop your bike based on whether you are on an incline or a decline, following distances must be significantly increased to maintain the safety margin if you are riding downhill - and the steeper the slope, the wider those distances should be.


  
Also, the distances between bikes should be nearly doubled when riding twisty roads. Remember, The '2-second rule' means that, in staggered formation, there is a ONE second spacing between each bike, thus a TWO second spacing between bikes in the same track. A larger gap usually results in a group that is spread so far out that it introduces new safety problems - like it encourages other vehicles to dart into the gaps between bikes. To avoid undue inadvertent spread-out, the group can adopt these measures.
  • Lead bikes should change speed more gradually. All bikes in a group can react to changes in speed of bikes that are farther ahead of them than just the one immediately ahead. The members of a group should not crank their throttles up to excessive speeds just to keep the group spacing 'correct'.
  • A good group leader does NOT accelerate within 15 seconds of entering a curve (assuming he has to then slow down before actually entering that curve. Remember, fast in and slow out of a turn!) The '1-second between bikes' rule should be abandoned whenever the group is riding on twisty roads - it makes sense only when traveling in a straight line on open highway.
  • Never allow a group to become larger than SIX bikes if even one of the riders is inexperienced with group riding. Never larger than EIGHT bikes even if all are familiar with the riding habits of each other.
Here are some of the hand signals to be used by a group on the road:

These T-hands imply 'I need help'. For someone stranded by the road-side, maybe with some mechanical failure or even a puncture, this sign indicates the need for help.
This thumbs up is the universal okay sign. For the group, when this comes from the leader, it is a signal to get moving. 'Everything is okay. Lets go.'
 
The pointing finger is used for just what it is. To point the way we are supposed to be heading. Used at intersections, forks in the road and possible diversion points to indicate the road to take.

The thumbs down says I need to stop for some reason right now. Get behind me, move to the side of the road and stop behind me when I do. A vigorous up and down 'thumbs down' means I need to stop immediately (I got a wasp trapped in my helmet!!).

This is the universal 'looking good' sign. Used as an expression of appreciation that could be for anything (a well executed maneuver, a great stretch of twisty road, beautiful scenery, the bike running well etc. etc.)


Being in a group means some new responsibilities and behaviors apply. You ride at the speed the group rides, you stay in the lanes chosen by the lead bike, You stop when and where the group stops. When riding in a group there is certainly some team work going on, but each and every person in that group is expected to 'ride their own ride'. Some in the group have more stamina, some have better night vision, some have better navigation skills, some have better familiarity with the surroundings, some are better diplomats and so each 'specialist' has his own role to play at the appropriate time. Strategic decisions (destination) remain the leader's responsibility while tactical decisions (how) might well come from the members.

Photo: At the least the leaders should keep their headlight on for easy visibility.

Photo: Group riding also means stopping at roadsides where there is a lot shoulder space availaible.





Basic skills


A few basic skills are needed in order to successfully ride with any group. You must be capable of riding a straight line, controlling your speed, anticipating possible problems and watching the road ahead of you. At the same time, be alert for activity in your peripheral vision.

Lead Bike--A person who rides in the most forward position in a group and who relays information to all other riders in the group via hand signals. The Lead Bike determines the group’s direction, speed, choice of lane, and formation. He or she often must make quick navigation decisions in the face of road hazards, changes in road surface conditions, poor signage, construction and other obstacles while maintaining control of his or her bike and communicating to those following. If there are three groups on a ride, there will be three Lead Bikes.

Drag Bike-- A person who rides in the last position in a group. The Drag Bike must secure a lane for the rest of the group during lane changes into faster traffic (move first to block oncoming traffic) and close the door (move to block passing traffic) when a lane is lost in a merging lane situation. Usually this is the most experienced rider in a group, for the Drag Bike is the rider who stops to assist a rider who has mechanical trouble, loses control, or drops out of a ride for some other reason. The Drag Bike should be prepared to render aid to a downed or disabled rider in a group. If at all possible, the Drag Bike should have a co-rider who can assist with traffic control if a serious problem arises. If there are three groups on a ride, there will be three Drag Bikes. The rider in this position is sometimes called the tail gunner.

Hold your line -- If you have watched a professional race, you know that every rider needs to "hold a line." This means that rider need to be capable of riding a line parallel with the edge of the road.

Practice this skill by riding 12 to 24 inches to the right of the white shoulder line while trying to keep parallel with that line.

Group rides incorporate pace lines—or some version thereof—into their sessions. In its most basic form, a pace line occurs when one rider pulls a line of other riders behind them. Each person follows the rider in front of them by staying within a 2-3 bike length of their leader's rear wheel.

Control your speed -- Fast accelerations or jerky braking motions disrupt the line and can cause a crash.

Keep eyes and ears open -- The first person in the group can see clear road. Thus, they need to point out road hazards—as do the rest of the people in the line. Pointing out hazards and verbal communication skills are important. For this reason, do not use headphones in a group riding situation.

When you are following someone, avoid getting a visual fixation on their rear wheel. Look several feet ahead, keeping the distance between your front wheel and the rider ahead of you in your peripheral vision. Watch for road hazards as well as motion to either side of the pace line.

Though we all get our machines with the rear view mirrors fixed on them, but some of us get them removed. One must keep them there to see cars and other vehicles approaching from the rear. A rear view mirror mounted on your bikes can be very helpful when watching for cars and other fast moving vehicles.

Maintain the motion of the other riders in your peripheral vision. Watch for sudden changes in cadence—this usually signals some sort of problem.

Practice

This column just scratched the surface of group riding skills. Once you master the basics, you should continue to hone your skills.

Remember: in group rides smart riders often have the advantage over strong riders.


Motorcycle Etiquette

Standard staggered formation. You should be 1 to 1.5 seconds behind the staggered bike, which would put you 2 to 3 seconds behind the bike directly in front of you.

If you like to ride slow or are new to group riding get up front. Those who like to ride fast should ride in the back. New riders may think they want to ride in the back, but the reality is just the opposite, they need to be near the front.

Spread out a little around tight corners. Most will need a little extra space. We don’t want anyone riding off into the ditch.

No wheelies, stoppies, etc. People should also not slow way down from the group, then zoom back up to the group. While it may be fun to goof around with your bike when you’re alone, it can create problems with the safety of the group.



Group Riding Etiquette Hand Signals
please pass all signals to riders behind you. 



START ENGINES:
With your right or left arm extended, move your
LEFT TURN:
Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow fully extended.
RIGHT TURN:
Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow bent 90 degrees vertically.
HAZARD LEFT:
Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle and point towards the hazard.
HAZARD RIGHT A:
Extend your right arm at a 45 degree angle and point towards the hazard.
HAZARD RIGHT B:
Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your elbow bent to 90 degrees and point towards the hazard over your helmet.
SPEED UP:
Raise your left arm up and down with your index finger extended upward. This indicates the leader wants to speed up.

SLOW DOWN:
Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle and move your hand up and down.
Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle with the palm of your hand facing rearward. STOP SIG

SINGLE FILE:
Position your left hand over your helmet with your fingers extended upward. This indicates the leader wants the group in a single file formation. Usually this is done for safety reasons.
STAGGERED or SIDE-BY-SIDE FORMATION:
Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your index and pinkie finger extended. This indicate that it is safe to return to staggered formation.
TIGHTEN UP:
Raise your left arm and repeatedly move up and down in a pulling motion. This indicates the leader wants the group to close ranks.
TICKED OFF:
Extend your left arm straight out with your elbow bent 90 degrees. Carefully extend your middle finger to clearly demonstrate your dissatisfaction with the other guy. NOTE: It is not recommended you do this when you are alone.


Rules: Who Needs Them?





The following guidelines for riding in a group are not gospel. There are situations in which they don’t apply. Some organizations may have different terms for these concepts, as well. These guidelines have been tested for many miles, however, in clubs whose members ride all brands and models of motorcycles, and they have sound safety rationales to support them. If you as a rider find yourself in a group which does not follow these guidelines, you can usually find someone who will explain what rules that organization follows, if any, or how they differ from what you learn here. At most responsible group rides, a riders’ meeting will be held prior to departure, in order to clarify what is expected of all the riders who are to participate. If you find yourself uncomfortable with the riding style of a group at any time, DROP OUT. Your safe arrival at your destination is far more important than conforming to rules you don’t like or don’t understand. People who ride in a group usually appreciate knowing what they are expected to do, and what to expect from others who are taking part in a hazardous sport in close proximity to them. Road Captains and those who frequently ride lead or drag are particularly urged to become familiar with these terms and guidelines in order to explain them to other riders who may show up for a scheduled ride without having any group riding experience.

Some Common Group Riding Terms




Road Captain: a person who devises group riding rules or guidelines for an organized group ride. And who communicates these guidelines to the group, and who generally plans and lays out group rides. The Road Captain may or may not ride lead for a particular ride.

Lead Bike: a person who rides in the most forward position in a group and who relays information to all other riders in the group via hand signals. The Lead Bike determines the group’s direction, speed, choice of lane, and formation. He or she often must make quick navigation decisions in the face of road hazards, changes in road surface conditions, poor signage, construction and other obstacles while maintaining control of his or her bike and communicating to those following. If there are three groups on a ride, there will be three Lead Bikes.

Drag Bike: a person who rides in the last position in a group. The Drag Bike must secure a lane for the rest of the group during lane changes into faster traffic (move first to block oncoming traffic) and close the door (move to block passing traffic) when a lane is lost in a merging lane situation. Usually this is the most experienced rider in a group, for the Drag Bike is the rider who stops to assist a rider who has mechanical trouble, loses control, or drops out of a ride for some other reason. The Drag Bike should be prepared to render aid to a downed or disabled rider in a group. If at all possible, the Drag Bike should have a co-rider who can assist with traffic control if a serious problem arises. If there are three groups on a ride, there will be three Drag Bikes. The rider in this position is sometimes called the tail gunner.

Cage: any vehicle that is not a motorcycle, but particularly an automobile.

Cager: The enemy, anyone driving a cage.

Group Parking: a formation in which all bikes in a group follow the Lead Bike in single file into a parking lot, making a U-turn such that they can all line up next to each other in the space available with the rear of their bikes against the curb or edge of the lot, the front tires pointing outward.

Parade formation: a formation in which all the motorcyclists in a group ride two abreast.

Staggered formation: a formation of motorcyclists in a group in which the Lead Bike rides in the left track of a lane, the next bike in the right track(slot), and the next bike in the left track, and so on. Bikes in a group generally maintain a minimum interval of two seconds travel time between bikes in the same track, and one second travel time between each bike in the group. In a staggered formation, a rider still commands and may ride in the entire width of his lane as needed. Group riders may also ride single file or two abreast. The Drag Bike may ride in the left or right track depending on the number of bikes in the group. It is preferable for the Drag Bike to ride in the left track, so as to have the same visibility line as the Lead Bike.

Single file: a formation in which all the cyclists in a group ride in one track of a lane.

Slot: any position within a group in the right track of a lane, farthest from oncoming traffic.

Track: the zone of a lane in which a rider maintains his position in a group. A lane of traffic is split into five zones: the left track is the second zone from the left, the middle of the lane (generally not used) is the third zone, and the right track is the fourth zone from the left. Two zones on the sides of a lane serve as margins. A rider may vary his path of travel from his normal track as is required by a road hazard or by an incursion into the group’s lane by other vehicles. When departing from a stop, the rider in the left track normally pulls out before the rider on the right, returning to a staggered formation.


Normal Group Riding Maneuvers



Entering Traffic: When the Lead Bike for each group sees that all riders are helmeted, sitting on their bikes, motors running, and ready to depart, he or she will check for traffic and enter the roadway. Usually the Lead Bike will not attempt to exit a parking lot unless there is room for all or most of the group to follow immediately. If the group is split, the Lead Bike will normally take the slow lane and keep the speed relatively low until the group can form up in the positions the riders will keep for the duration of the ride. This may mean traveling slower than surrounding traffic, to encourage four-wheelers to pass and allow the group to form up. Occasionally this cannot be accomplished until the group has made a lane change or entered a freeway, depending on where the entrance ramp may be.

Regardless of the Lead Bike’s signals, a rider is responsible for his or her own safety at all times. Ride Your Own Ride.

Once all members of the group are together, the group will take up a staggered formation and will stay in it most of the time during the ride, unless the Lead Bike signals for a change or the need for a change is obvious. Reasons for changing out of a staggered formation could be a passing situation or poor road surface (single file), dog or other animal charging the group (split the group), or coming up to a traffic signal (two abreast while waiting for a light).

When a group of motorcycles is changing lanes, many safety considerations come into play. Should every rider move into the adjacent lane at the same time? If not, should the Lead Bike go first, or should the Drag Bike move first to “secure the lane”? What if another vehicle sees a gap in traffic and tries to cut into the group? If part of the group gets separated from the other riders, should everyone change relative positions (tracks) so that the new Lead Bike is now riding in the left track? The recommended procedure for a group lane change maneuver depends on how the surrounding traffic is moving at the time. The goal for the bike which moves first is to create a gap into which the other bikes can fit.

Regardless of what other riders in the group are doing, each rider must personally check to see that the new lane is clear of traffic before entering it.

Changing Lanes as a Group


There is virtually no time (absent an emergency) when a group of riders should all move at the same time into a different lane, in regular traffic conditions. The wide gap required for a whole group to move is difficult to find in heavy traffic, and if it exists, it will be an invitation for other drivers to jump into it, perhaps while the group might be moving.

Spacing Out; Especially on less-congested rural backroads, the riders in a group may spread out to create larger intervals between motorcycles. This allows a rider to relax a bit, to enjoy the scenery and the ride. If no four-wheelers are trying to pass the group, this is fine. However, the riders should remain close enough to each other to be able to see hand signals being passed back from the Lead Bike. It is possible that a rider will also “space out” in terms of losing his concentration and will forget to practice safe riding strategies. If a rider is not riding safely enough to avoid endangering others in the group (because of lack of experience, medical problems, fatigue, or some other reason), the Lead Bike will usually discuss the problem privately with that rider at the next stop. If a problem cannot be solved reasonably in this way, the Lead Bike has absolute discretion to request that a rider leave the group and is entitled to expect the group to support this decision. In the case of a mechanical or minor medical problem, it is not unusual for another rider to accompany the distressed rider to get help. Sometimes if the Lead Bike just re-assigns the riders to new positions within the group, this is enough to bring a spaced-out motorcyclist back to a state of alert awareness.

Checking Out The Curves



On any stretch of curvy road and in any corner, a group may ride in single-file momentarily, to enable each rider to corner at his own speed and to have as much room as possible for maneuvering. This is especially important to riders with little experience in a group, as they may “wobble” or be nervous about making turns with another bike to their side or riding close behind them. This is an accepted variance to staggered formation; usually the Lead Bike will not signal for single-file at each turn but will expect the riders to choose their own path of travel.






Hand Signals       
Certain hand signals are optional in group riding: turn signals on the bikes ahead will usually advise a rider that a turn is coming up, for example, and hand signals in a turning situation may actually add to the danger for some. However, other hand signals are extremely helpful to the rider who has no other means to communicate. The most important two hand signals are these: pointing to an obstacle in the road, warning the rider to avoid it; and pointing to the tank.

Pointing to the tank: No matter what your reason, pointing to the tank on your bike, will be telling everyone that you needs to stop as soon as possible. This may be because needing fuel; to make a “potty stop”; because you are having a mechanical or equipment problem; because your co-rider is uncomfortable; because a medical problem; a crisis of confidence; or for any other reason at all. Such a signal should be relayed throughout the Group. If possible, the Lead Bike may orchestrate a stop by the whole group. If not, the affected bike can count on the Drag Bike to stop with him to try to help him.

Back off -- Palm of left hand shown to group, pushing motion toward rear of bike

Ready to ride – “Thumbs up” high enough in air to be visible to Lead Bike

Single-file formation -- One finger points to the sky on top of the helmet

Slow down -- Left arm is held out straight, then goes up and down

Smoky alert (police or emergency vehicles) -- Hand taps top of helmet several times

Speed up or close ranks in formation -- Left arm makes “windmill” sign

Staggered formation -- First finger and little finger point to the sky on top of the helmet, also known as the “Hook ‘em, Horns” sign.

U-turn -- Left hand makes circle in air over head


Exceptions to Normal Guidelines

The often-heard rule, “Ride Your Own Ride,” means that any guideline for group riding can and should be ignored when it doesn’t make sense. Determining whether this is the case and acting prudently is each rider’s individual responsibility at all times. Under normal circumstances, the Lead Bike will choose a lane, will determine the speed at which the riders are to travel, will suggest the formation which makes maneuvers most safe, and will navigate.

Common exceptions to these guidelines occur with a rider who is not yet experienced with group riding. If a maneuver looks too dangerous or awkward for the new rider to complete safely, he or she should do what he needs to do to protect himself and avoid an accident. This may mean passing up a turn or taking it very slowly, or parking somewhere not with the group, or going more slowly through a curve than the riders ahead of him.

Each rider commands his entire area within a lane and may move to left or right in it as required.

Another exception: the Drag Bike may not travel in the same path as the rest of the group. If, for example, a two-lane road is narrowing so that a lane is about to be lost, the Drag Bike will frequently “close the door” by moving out of the group’s staggered formation into the lane which is soon to disappear. This is to prevent a four-wheeler from trying at the last minute to pass part of the group and then have to cut into it when the pavement runs out. Even if the riders near the back of the group observe that the Drag Bike is no longer in the position where he has been riding most of the time, they should maintain their own place in the group.

Rubber-Band (“Yo-yo”) Effect

Reaction time for a motorcyclist when confronted with an unexpected threat is, on average, about one second. If the need to react is anticipated (such as when a turn has been announced), then riders can usually react within about half a second after the bike ahead begins to react. When a group of riders change speeds very gradually, however, it usually takes two or three seconds for a rider to recognize this and begin to change his speed to maintain his position in the group.

This doesn’t sound like much time, but experienced group riders manage their risks reasonably well with a minimum one-second interval between each bike and a minimum two-second interval between bikes that are traveling in the same track. When the group has more than six bikes in it, however, gradual changes in speed within the group can become tricky.

When a Lead Bike begins to accelerate, the second bike doesn’t instantly start to travel at the faster rate. Instead, a gap grows between them while the second bike is reacting -- and it continues to grow until the second bike is fully up to the increased, stable speed of the Lead Bike. Clearly, once the speeds are the same, the gap will remain the same size. However, since most groups prefer to keep a one-second minimum interval between bikes (two seconds between bikes in the same track), the new gap caused by the Lead Bike’s acceleration may be larger than is desired. When this occurs, the second bike must go faster than the first one for a brief time in order to “catch up.”

If we assume that the Lead Bike speeds up from 60 to 70 mph over a period of two seconds, the second bike will have to ride at 75 mph for two seconds (after his reaction time passes) in order to close the gap. Then he will take another one second to decelerate back to 70 mph to create a gap of the proper size. If there were only two bikes in the group, this example is easy to follow. But when the group is larger, and the bikes involved are riding further back in the pack, the “rubber band” effect can be especially dangerous to all bikes from the middle of the group to the Drag bike.

For example, the third bike in the group has this problem: About two seconds after the second bike has begun to accelerate, the third bike responds. Now, however, the second bike is moving at 75 mph rather than at 70 mph like the Lead Bike. The third bike must use even more effort to catch up to the second bike than the second bike did to match his speed to the Lead Bike’s new speed, if the gap is to stay relatively constant. He will have to move at 75 mph for four seconds, not two, to catch up. The fourth bike will have to accelerate to 80 mph!

In a group of only six motorcycles, the last one will find the gap between himself and the fifth bike has grown to 143 feet before it begins to close, once he starts to speed up, given these average reaction times. And it will be at least 11 seconds after the Lead Bike first began to accelerate before the sixth bike does so.

Now, imagine what happens in the group if, while this is taking place, the Lead Bike must apply his brakes! This rubber-band effect becomes extremely important if the Lead Bike happens to make an abrupt and major change of speed at certain critical moments, such as when approaching a sharp turn or a tricky curve. Those who ride as Lead Bike, or near the lead bike for their group should be aware of the importance of avoiding sudden changes in speed if at all possible, so as to reduce the risks to those following.

The rubber-band effect can be reduced by following these guidelines:

Lead Bike changes speed more gradually

All riders watch farther ahead than just the bike immediately in front of them in order to notice and to react quicker to changes in speed

All riders restrain the impulse to “crank it up” in order to quickly re-establish normal spacing.

Lead Bike does not increase speed within 15 seconds of entering a curve which may require braking or some slowing down to maneuver it safely.

All riders abandon the one-second spacing rule when riding twisties.



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