Social Rides


About Social Rides

Group social rides  are great fun, a chance to make new riding friends and an excuse to get the bike out to practice those new skills you’re acquiring. The Run Leader will give a full briefing before the ride starts to make sure everyone is familiar with the day's plan.


Generally, the routes are interesting roads from a motorcycling perspective, without too much traffic most of the time and often through beautiful areas. There are stops for refreshments and a natter (social, see?). The destination may or may not be interesting, but to be frank, most of the participants are along for the ride, not to be a tourist when they get there. Some food and drink, a chat to the people you’re riding with and then we’re discussing the route home. 


Who can come along?

Unless otherwise stated, any member of the group can attend. that’s the point.


Any current Full motorcycle member of RoSPA who isn’t a member of our group is more than welcome to come along to meet us and participate in the ride.

Anyone who has passed their IAM motorcycle test in the last three years is also welcome.

Please bring your membership card with you.


However, you should contact us in advance. We want to meet you, but we also want to make sure the ride is appropriate for your riding experience. 


Social Ride Etiquette

Social ride etiquette is a tiny set of rules that allows us to:

  • Ride together as a group, safely
  • No-one gets lost
  • Everyone rides at their own pace


Removing all of the worry of keeping up, not getting lost, remembering the route, etc. really does allow you to relax, and helps to make our social rides so enjoyable. Even if you are temporarily out of sight of anyone else, you know you can just follow the road ahead confident that any turning will be marked for you and that Tail End Charlie will sweep you up if there’s a problem. 


Ride Your Own Ride

No matter what anybody else is doing, do not feel any pressure to do anything you feel to be unsafe or inappropriate. The person ahead of you may be a better rider, on a better bike or on better tyres. Conversely, they may be a worse rider, taking risks and making misjudgements. Always make your own decisions. No-one is going to judge you or criticise you. 


The Players

In a social ride, there are three people to be aware of.

Run Leader - usually the person who planned the route. They will lead the ride and follow the route, stop at the right stops, etc. 

Number Two - is the person currently following the run leader. Who it is changes, as the run progresses.

Tail End Charlie - is the person at the back. 


The Rules 

  • Never overtake the leader
  • When a junction isn’t marked by a rider, follow the main road
  • If you are marking a junction, recognise the Tail End Charlie when they arrive and ride off in front of them


How It Works

The Run Leader leads. When we get to a junction and are not just following the road ahead, they will clearly point at the junction so Number Two understands they have to mark it for the others. They stop in a safe place and point out to the following riders which way they should go. The person at position three is now the new Number Two. When Tail End Charlie appears, the person marking the junction rides off in front and continues at their own pace. 


The Benefits

  • Nobody can get left behind, because the leader will stop at a turn-off and wait for the next rider. The number two rider will wait for tail-end Charlie to make sure that everyone is still together.
  • Nobody can get lost, provided that they always stick to the main road except where otherwise directed.
  • There’s no need to ride close together, because it doesn’t matter if you lose sight of the person ahead of you.
  • You won’t get stuck behind a slower rider, because you can overtake anyone except the leader - providing you are safe & courteous. 


And that’s why it can be such a lot of fun. Click here to look at the Events page and why not come along to the next one?


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