Social Riding
Drop- Off system explained

The Drop-Off System is really intended for use when a larger number (upwards of 5) of motorcyclists wish to ride together on longer rides (ARNY Social Rides). Understanding the system is important, but not difficult,  as every rider needs to do their part to avoid anyone getting lost.

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Here are some tips and a further explanation to help ensure a fun and safe group ride:

 

One rider, the leader, will stay at the front and is responsible for navigating the route. Another rider, the sweeper, will stay at the back in last position. These are the only two riders who maintain their position in the group.

 

Where necessary, at junctions, the rider immediately behind the leader stops as close to where the leader indicates (ensuring it is safe to do so) and marks the junction and indicates the route which the other members of the group should follow. All other riders pass the marker except the sweeper. The marker then re-joins the group in front of the sweeper.

 

This approach involves the entire group and the marker gets rotated from front to back and naturally moves up to the front again. The method works provided everyone makes clear, safe markings and doesn't forget they are in the No.2 position, when it is their turn to mark.

 

If you want to leave the group for any reason you should pull in to the left in a safe, visible position and wave other riders past. When the sweeper arrives he will stop and help.

Some further pointers:

  • Always arrive for a group rideout with a full tank of petrol and ready to ride for an hour or so.

  • Petrol stops will be determined on the lowest tank range of participants. You are advised to fill up at these stops.

  • The leader and sweeper might wear some kind of distinctive vest, if not they will make themselves known. If you are in the number 2 slot, don’t get too close to the leader, they may only slow for a junction whereas you will have to stop.

  • A roundabout should be marked by parking in a safe visible position on the exit.

  • When going straight through at a crossroads where you don't have right of way you may mark it if the leaders indicates. The default action in such a case is to continue straight through. Therefore if there is no marker when you arrive you should proceed straight on. If you do decide to mark such a junction you should do so by parking in a safe visible position on the far side of the crossroads.

  • When you are marking a junction make sure you park in a position not to obstruct any other road users.

  • If necessary point in the direction that riders arriving at the junction should proceed in. Give clear directions with arm signals.

  • There is no need, when using the drop off system, to keep the rider behind in your mirrors.

  • There is no need to play catch-up. With the drop off system there will be a marker waiting for you at the next junction.

  • Everyone should keep a safe and comfortable distance behind the rider in front when following.

  • Be considerate to other members of the group and all other road users

  • When you are the marker, wait for the sweeper to arrive, even if this takes a long time. There may be a breakdown further back of which you are unaware. 

  • If you are unsure as to whether you should mark a junction and do not see a clear indication from the Leader, mark it anyway. It is better to mark a junction that doesn't need marking than not to mark one that does.

  • If someone has gone the wrong way, stop the sweeper and let them know.

  • Ride your own ride, don't allow yourself to be pulled or pushed along.

  • Enjoy yourself at your own pace.