Wanderers Key Riding Rules!

When riding with the Wanderers, we ask you to ride responsibly,
for your own safety and the safety of those riding with you.

We ask that you keep up with the man in front, and ensure the man
behind knows, where you are going at all times.

Because of this we don’t ask our marshals to go charging down the
outside of the group, which can be un-safe at times.

The “Group Leader” and the “Back Door Man” control the group.

Below you will find our basic guide/rules, which we use for all
our ride outs, in the UK and Europe. They are their for your safety and to
ensure your enjoyment of our ride out. Should you have any questions, please
ask Barry or Derek they are there to help.

Group Riding Guide

Don’t be frightened of group riding, it’s enjoyable,
otherwise we wouldn’t do it! Group riding is done for companionship; it should
never be allowed to develop into a competition and especially not into a race.

You remain responsible for your own safety while riding
your bike, so don’t allow group riding to encourage you to do anything which is
unsafe. Listen to the Group Leader’s briefing and try to remember at least the
basics of the route and the location of any planned refreshment stops; this is
information you will need if you do get separated.

Maintain all round vigilance, as you would normally
do to ride safely. Other riders in the group could be a source of risk to you
as well as other traffic, so keep your eyes peeled. Frequent rear observations
are particularly important. Other road users can look upon groups of
riders as an irritating obstruction and they may try to overtake the group

Don’t allow yourself to ride faster than you can cope with
just to avoid losing touch or a navigational turn; getting lost
is much easier, quicker and less painful to recover from than an accident. The
Group Leader and his Back Door Man will be constantly in touch with each other
regarding the speed, as it can vary greatly at times between first and last
bike believe it or not!

A staggered riding formation is often used on main
roads and motorways because it allows the group to ride together safely. Each
rider still has a two second gap behind the bike in front of them, each rider
occupies half of the lane in a staggered position. It is not necessary or
desirable to ride very close to your side of the lane. It’s not advisable to
use the staggered riding formation on narrow country roads or on poor roads,
(especially Italian mountain roads!) it is better to pick your own line around bends.
Instead leave this to the likes of ROSSI, STONER and PERDOSSA please!

At roundabouts or junctions it is advantageous to
close up into pairs, slightly staggered so when it’s your turn to pull out you
can see both ways, pulling out quickly and safely, this also allows the group
to keep its cohesion.

Drop off – APPY WANDERERS as a
rule don’t use the “DROP OFF SYSTEM”.  However, if we were to adopt
the system it would be mentioned on the briefing before we set out off on the
days ride. Please read on to see how it works….if you find yourself immediately
behind the Group Leader at a turning point on the route you might be “dropped
off” to act as a marker for the turn.  The Group Leader will indicate with
an outstretched arm, pointing to where he would like you to stop. You must make
your own assessment of whether it is safe to stop and if so where, the Group
Leader is inviting you to do so by his arm signal, not ordering you. Normally
the safest place to stop is at the nearside kerb, either well back from the
junction or roundabout for a left hand turn or just beyond a right hand turn,
where riders approaching the turn will be able to see you across the junction
or roundabout. Sometimes, at complex or obscured junctions or roundabouts, the
Group Leader might drop off more than one marker…..Rejoining Group after
Drop Off
when you stop after being dropped off at a
turning point you should wait until the Back Door Man approaches, he and
partner should be noticeable by different coloured bibs, their windscreen could
be marked too. When you see the Back Door Man approaching, prepare to move off
just in front of him; he will slow down, beep the horn and/or wave to alert

8 Bike-to-bike communications by all means enjoy
chatting during the ride if you wish but please don’t prevent the Group
Leader communicating with his Back Door Man.

9 Group
riding on motorways
requires a different approach and needs everyone
to try to keep up with the bike in front; the group needs to ride at a similar
pace if not faster than most other traffic in order to be able to ride
defensively, to avoid being at increased risk from other motorway users (this
is especially true in Germany). If you don’t feel comfortable doing the pace
the Group Leader is setting on a motorway you should consider leaving the group
as soon as practicable and make your own way instead. Whilst the staggered
group riding is advised, you should allow other motorway users to break into
the group in order to change lanes, especially in order to enter or leave the

10. Overtaking
on Motorways
– although it is preferred that we keep our positions in
the group whilst on the motorways, we will meet vehicles that are slower than
us and will need to overtake them, follow the Group Leader and overtake as you
draw closer to the vehicle. On occasions there might be heavy traffic, the Back
Door Man will on the request of the group leader pull out at the same time,
this is to make the overtake maneuver easier for YOU. LOOK OUT
for him and move quickly, he is effectively holding up the traffic momentarily
for you!

11. Mobile
– it is advisable to carry a mobile phone and have at least the
Group Leader and Back Door Man’s number, don’t forget to give them yours too!
You might want to put the number of your holiday travel/medical insurance firm,
breakdown recovery and consulate in your phone too.

12. Breakdown
– If anyone sees any winger from the group broken down please alert the Group Leader,
he will bring the group to a halt when safe to do so. If a breakdown occurs
on the motorway,  again alert the leader he will halt the group  at
the next service station or motorway turn off and contact will be
made via mobile phone. The Back Door Man
may stop briefly with the broken down vehicle.