Rookie Rr­ror Avoid­ance Guide

Motorcycle Monthly - - Fast Riding -

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.

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