FOR ASB RIDES WE WILL USE THE SECOND MAN DROP-OFF SYSTEM
Many of you will know this method of group riding but it may
be new to some riders.
UNDERSTANDING THE "SECOND MAN DROP-OFF SYSTEM" IS IMPORTANT, AS EVERY RIDER NEEDS TO PLAY THEIR PART TO AVOID ANYONE MISSING A TURN OR GETTING LOST.
How It Works
Each group will have a designated ‘Ride Leader’ and a ‘Tail End Charlie’ or Sweeper. The positions of these two riders will not change throughout the run.
They will be introduced to all the riders in the group at the start of the ride, when the leader briefs the group on the ride. Ideally, they will both wear hi-visibility clothing or be conspicuous in some other way.
Whenever or wherever there is a change of direction at junctions, and at all roundabouts, the rider, immediately behind the leader ( referred to as the ‘Marker’) will indicate the direction taken by the leader. The leader may signal that this action is required but the rider in second position should decide whether to stop and mark the junction. If there is any doubt the marking should be done anyway.
He stays as a Marker for all the following bikes.
To do this, the Marker should pull in at the side of the road, in a safe place where he/she will be visible to the rest of the riders, so the direction can be indicated to all the following riders.
It is most important that the Marker stops in a position where -
The Marker should clearly indicate the direction taken by the leader, using hand signals.
When the Sweeper approaches the Marker, the Marker should move off and take up position in front of the the Sweeper. The Sweeper should leave enough space for this to happen. If it is not safe to pull out in front of the The Sweeper, then the Marker should re-join the traffic when possible and overtake the The Sweeper as soon as it is safe to do so.
The rider now in second position behind the leader will now be the next marker.
This approach involves the entire group and the Marker gets rotated from front to back and naturally moves back up to the front until it is once again time for them to mark a junction.
Some points to be noted:
These are general guidelines published by the Motorcycle Safety Federation and it is suggested that we follow their guidelines in order to keep our rides safe and enjoyable.
Most importantly RIDE FOR YOURSELF. You are of no use to anyone if you end up in a heap worrying about what everyone else is doing.
Have fun, take care and enjoy the ride but remember Portugal has a Zero Tolerance
Policy with regard to Drinking Alcohol and Driving and any accident caused by drinking would reflect badly on the reputation of all ASB members.
The organisers, lead riders, markers, and sweepers accept
no responsibilty whatsoever for any event or ride.
All riders and passengers taking part in any event or ride do so entirely
at their own risk and take full responsibility for their own safety.
All riders taking part should wear approved safety riding gear
and bikes must be road legal in Portugal.