Going on my first "organized ride"


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Going on my first "organized ride"

Postby tflanders » Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:30 pm



I am getting nervous, especially after looking at pictures of the "Patriot Ride 2012" with what looks like a thousand bikes in one place! I am going on a 75 mile ride benefitting the fallen service men and women and also supporting current members of the armed forces. I have not been to one of these before and was hoping I could get tips, advice or stories from you people that have been on them. I signed up online, so I am registered. I know where and what time to be there. So what happens? Do I need to go to some booth or something with my receipt that I pre registered? Where do you go in line with your bike at? Are there any rules on these rides I need to know about? Any common courtesy type things? Do's and Dont's? Any feedback would definitely make me feel better!



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Re: Going on my first "organized ride"

Postby themainviking » Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:51 pm

Most rides like this that I have been on, you need to take the receipt to a booth to sign the waiver stating you will not sue them if they hurt you. Sign it, as it is not worth the paper it is printed on. They should be used to new riders and should be prepared for it.

Now, decide if you are more comfortable near the curb/road edge or the centerline, and try to get your bike into a space conforming to your comfort zone. Watch for others, but ride your own ride. If at any time you are not comfortable, slow down just a bit to give yourself more space in front of you. Don't do anything iffy, and do not try to do anything you have not already learned to do.

Most important of all - relax and have fun.
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Re: Going on my first "organized ride"

Postby ct1500 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:10 pm

Have fun. There will be a large lot where everyone will meet, when riding into the lot there will be a line to pay your donation or show the receipt, keep it close by for easy access. Follow the other bikes and park in the next space.

Hop off your bike and wander around to another like minded individual (GW OWNER) introduce yourself and strike up a conversation. If you have any questions, ask them to the new acquaintance.

When it is kick stands up you pretty much have to take off with who is around you as you are not going to be able to jockey too well for a different slot. That is why it is good to show up with some other riders as you know each other and will be right in front, to the rear or side of you.

It is all for a good cause though, the police escort bikes will be passing on the left to block the next intersection, leap frogging back and forth. Ride staggered and hold your line with some space in front of you. Did I say have fun and then find another ride to do with some new found ride buddies and show up at the next one as a group. :D
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Re: Going on my first "organized ride"

Postby Oddbirdwithbrokewing » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:24 pm

Good advice from the other guys. Most "organized" rides are just that, organized. As soon as you pull in the lot every step from that point should be obvious. Park, sign in, mingle. And feel good that you are with a great bunch of people for a great cause. :)

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Re: Going on my first "organized ride"

Postby Oddbirdwithbrokewing » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:27 pm

I just wanted to add...keep your eyes and ears open and "when in Rome, do as the Romans do".

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Re: Going on my first "organized ride"

Postby tflanders » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:15 pm

Sounds easy, thanks for the feedback! I guess a Blackhawk helicopter takes off to signal the beginning of the ride. I cant wait!

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Re: Going on my first "organized ride"

Postby HALBUDD » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:26 pm

I just did IN.PGR ride a few weeks ago It was my first PGR ride I met up with some of the other riders.And introduce my self to a couple of them,and then to the ride captain for my region. When we arrived at a final meet up before the ride I listened to the ride briefing for what was expected of me and the other riders. Just take it easy and relax keep your eyes on the riders in front of you and beside you if you are not staggered (and always look a head). And again have a safe ride and glad to see that you are now a member of a group of riders that stand for those who stood for us. _________________________________-Hal Indiana patriot guard rider


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