Rookie Rrror Avoidance Guide
Loud ain’t proud: You’ll be on your bike a long time, so the louder it is, the unhappier with it you (and your riding chums) will eventually be. Dan’s exhaust was so loud he was made to ride at the back the whole time, so the rest of us didn’t end up deaf – not even ear plugs made much of a difference.
Stick, don’t twist: Unless you have a specific and detailed pre-planned journey (or a long range intercom) where everyone knows each step to the letter, if you lose the leaders then for the love of Pete stay put! The lead rider will notice someone missing and, after waiting a bit, should turn around to retrace the steps and find you. If you’re not there, then this will cause delays, consternation, worry and eventually (probably) some anger.
Keep up: If you’re on quiet motorways do try and keep the lead rider in sight if you’re at or near the back of the group. Obviously, if there’s dozens of you this could be tricky. Should you drop back, the leader will drop back and everyone will slow down (this doesn’t count on twisty roads, though).
Mirror fascination: If you’re right behind the lead rider, do try and keep out of his mirrors. In Europe, this means staying out of the left-hand mirror mostly, so the leader has the best view of the pack as possible. Secure stuff: From tail-packs to rear seats, make sure everything is tight each time you head off. If your tail-pack isn’t solid, you’ll just worry about it. Keep your passport safe:
ALWAYS know where your passport (and phone) is at all times. Dan’s was either mislaid or robbed, which meant while everyone else got on the boat in Spain on the return leg, he had to ride up through France on his lonesome. Sad face.