SCSR Rules of the Road

1) Ride in a Precise Formation as road conditions permit.
   
2.) Execute Signs and Turns Properly .
     
3.) Do Not Fool Around (horse play) when riding with the group.  Any member observing another member fooling around when in formation should discuss it with that member and attempt to clear up the situation.   If it should persist, bring it to the attention of the Road Captain or one of his Assistants.
       
4.) The Road Captain shall have the unchallenged right to terminate a members participation in a given ride or event for the clubs safety or image. Upon request of the Road Captain, President may suspend the member pending the lodging of official charges against the member.
     
5. ) Riding Positions :
   
a.) SCSR's default riding formation is the "staggered formation."  Like this: - _ - _ - _.   The formation requires riders to stagger themselves on the left and right sides of the lane, with at least 1 bike's length between you and the rider in front of you.   You always want to see the face of the rider in front of you in their mirror.   If you can see them, they can see you.  At stops lights, side by side positioning is allowed and encouraged to shorten up the length of the formation.  On mountain roads, or when road conditions require, the club will increase the distance between bikes and ride in a single file formation.
   
b.) While on any run, the Road Captain or his assistant will ride in front.  The President may ride alongside or just behind the Captain depending on the formation in use.   In the absence of the Road Captain and the assistants, whoever the Captain appoints will ride point.
   
c.) The assistant Road Captain will ride at the rear unless otherwise decided by the Captain.  The assistant Captain will be responsible for holding a lane open while making a lane change.  He will also assist any member who may break down or fall behind. The Captains will operate as a team and watch for problems within the group. Watching for all signals and seeing the need for changes are major parts of the assistant road Captain's job.
      
d.) Line up for a ride is as follows: Road Captain, President, full color wearing members, then by prospective members, non-members and bringing up the rear the assistant Road Captains and the Tail Gunner (may be one in the same). Once you are in position keep it for the remainder of the ride.
e.) The Road Captain will give instructions to all riders prior to the start of a ride. This will include, if known, the name, address, and phone number of the destination. When you arrive at the destination point check in with the Road Captain.
    
f.) Each member shall make it his business to know the route to be taken.  Ask before we leave, not after you're lost.
      
6. ) Use Common Sense At All Times :
    
a.) Anticipate your next move and those of the group.
     
b.) We are all aware of the proper safety procedures and the need for them.  Let us exercise caution at all times and obey all traffic regulations.
      
c.) With regard to remaining alert, as one of a group, you must remember that the Road Captain from time to time will be giving a hand signal to execute a maneuver (pass slow moving vehicle, make a turn, etc.) He will be taking into consideration the size of the group and the distance necessary to get the club from one lane to another safely.  Each members assistance in executing the maneuver safely and smoothly will be of great assistance.
    
The rear Road Captain(s) will help the group by getting out into the lane following the forward Captain's signal. By doing this he will help secure the chance to execute the maneuver freely and safely.  Stay in position during any lane change or direction maneuver. 

If you want to move up or back in the formation to ride with a particular member, do it as the group pulls out and allow everyone to adjust.  If someone moves into your slot in the formation, give them room and then re-stagger yourselves so the formation adjusts fully to the back of the pack.

   
7.) Leaving the Group - If stopped, let your intentions be known to the Road Captain or his assistants. The convoy will be pulled into the nearest and safest rest area and the Captains and/or members he designates will return to the stopped rider. After ascertaining the problem, the Captain will then decide to get the group on its way as soon as possible and make arrangements to have the stopped rider and his bike taken care of.
    
8.) Gas Stops - Get to know your machine's cruising capacity with regard to gas.  Running out of gas or making gas stops with large groups is time consuming. Therefore everyone will arrive for the rides with a full tank of gas and will top off their tank at every gas stop, no matter how small the amount. This will avoid staggered gas stops and possibly save time.
    
9.) Bike Maintenance - Maintain it carefully, this is considered a must. Because one failed to check for loose wires, shorts, dead batteries, worn tires, or worn chains/belts, this can take away from the pleasure of the club ride. Bike maintenance will be the responsibility of each member.  Bring necessary tools and parts for your machine.
    
10. ) Wearing Apparel - It is strongly urged that on club rides each member wear his club colors. He/She should also wear the proper clothing when riding.  Leather jackets, gloves, chaps...they were just made to look "cool", they serve a purpose.  Helmets are a must !!

Strict adherence to these guidelines will provide for a long, successful and safe riding season.

Comments from the Road Captain:

These rules of the road were adapted from several different MC clubs, primarily the Choir Boys and the Blue Knights (two Peace Officer MC Clubs). 

Make no mistake that "fun" takes a back seat to safety on SCSR rides.  Riding a motorcycles WILL get you killed if you don't respect them.  I know, I lost my father to a MC accident in 1979 and he was an extremely careful rider.

If you're a loner that wants to impress everyone with your "on the edge" riding skills, the SCSR Club is probably not the club for you.  However, if everyone understands and observes the rules, the fun just falls in place.

Note that the single most dangerous time in any ride is during lane changes.  At that time, a dozen to two-dozen motorcycles start moving around the freeway and the chance one bike can hit another rockets up...the cars around you can become confused/panic and do something stupid, and for the time it takes for the formation to complete the move, the riders themselves distracted from concentrating on the road ahead of them.  For this reason, we keep the lane changes down to a minimum.  We pick a lane and we stay in it.  If cars are consistently "whizzing past" I'll move us over to the next outside lane, if we are consistently waiting on vehicles in our lane I'll eventually move us to a higher speed lane.

But when to make that lane change is the Road Captain's decision...not the members in the formation.  This is a sacrifice riders make when they choose to ride with a group.  If you keep hopping from one lane to the other, racing ahead, falling back...in general, ignoring the formation, you'll be asked not to ride with us.

Lastly, drugs and alcohol are very much unwelcome on our rides.  If you involve yourself with drugs and alcohol that's your decision, but there are 28 other days of the month for you to indulge...our rides are not the time and place.  If you drink alcohol during our rides or we find out you're stoned, you will be asked to separate yourself from the ride.  We realize we're being harsh here.   But we will not have someone jeopardizing the other riders in the group with impaired reactions, alertness and balance.

Be well, and keep the rubber down.

Brett Lathrope,

SCSR Road Captain