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    **Please Read** Everything about Group Rides

    First, the list of things you can expect on a ride with us. . .



    1) A GREAT group of guys and gals. You'll always have at least two people looking out for you, and even more that are willing to help you along with anything you may need.

    2) A wide range of rider experience, ranging from ex-pro racer to brand-spankin' new riders.

    3) A wide range of rider’s paces. Keep in mind that this is Louisville Sportbikes. It's perfectly okay to bring up the rear though, if that is what you need to do to feel and ride safe. Even the most relaxed rider may pull some slightly less than legal speeds though.

    4) 80% of the time some GREAT roads. There are times we have to hit a straight stretch of backroads to get to the next set of twisties.

    5) A good time. Out of all the rides we’ve had we’ve only one person go home un-happy on his own accord. Not counting the unfortunate few that have wrecked and even most of those were smiling by the day’s end.


    Keep in mind folks these are rides, not races. When you ride the only pace that should matter to you is your own.
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    Guidelines

    1) ALWAYS wear your gear, this means a full face helmet, motorcycle gloves and jacket, and jeans at a MINIMUM.

    2) If you've never done a group ride with us, you won't know where you'll fit in the group, until we start rolling. It is best to start out with the towards the back of the group and go from there. Leave pride out of it and fall into a place where your own safety and comfort level puts you and you'll have a great time.

    2) If there is a turn off, or a fork in the road, the group will always wait.

    3) Keep your head on straight. Don't do anything that puts any of the other riders in danger. Keep in mind the safety of innocent bystanders too.

    4) We're not at the racetrack folks. Always leave enough room to correct for surprises. It is about getting home in one piece.

    5) If you want to plan a ride post of the date in the title of the thread. In the text post the date, time, meeting place, and the general route (do not post the exact route).

    6) Just because you plan a ride doesn't mean you have to lead the ride.

    7) All rides are considered opened to all, unless specified otherwise.

    8) Show up with a full tank of gas and air in your tires.

    9) A short pre-ride brief will be given and known hazards addressed.

    10) No Endangering other riders… general douche baggery, passing in the corners, wheeling past the group, following too close, etc.

    a) Ass-packing i.e. hitting another bike… Depending on the circumstance you may be asked to not ride with us for the rest of the year. Pay attention at all times of your surroundings.

    11) No Passing someone in the straights and then parking it in front of them in the corners.


    12) If you do feel the need to pass, give a little beep to make sure that rider knows your intentions.
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    Click on the links for maps to the ride starting points:

    McDonalds on Blankenbaker

    A&W on Dixie Hwy.

    Thorntons on 111

    Chevron on River Road/Zorn Ave


    Elk Creek BP 55/155 Junction

    Crestwood Valero 329/Hwy 22

    Thorntons Bardstown Rd


    PM the mods with the URLs to other meeting places, and we'll keep this updated.
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    Info for Group Leaders

    When leading a ride make sure you know who your sweeper is before hitting the road.

    Do not do lead the group at triple digit speeds on the straights, so to avoid 8 tickets at once.

    The person running sweeper keeps an eye on everyone to ensure they're not pushing too hard.

    If someone is endangering other riders, STOP and address it immediately.

    Check when you can that your sweeper is still in view. Obviously on a section of curves this isn't possible, but as soon as you get a chance to look back. If your sweeper has disappeared, slow down or stop, to see if there is something wrong.

    Wait for everyone when turning onto a different road or at stop signs.
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    Some more information for riding in a group, some things to keep in mind:

    1. Be alert, it's easy to get in trouble even riding in a group, and besides the cars out there, you need to worry about the other bikers.

    2. Slower/Faster. There will be slower and faster riders. You will get people that PARK in a corner, and then twist the wrist in the straight. You WILL get frustrated with them on a ride, and will want to pass them. Keep your cool. We stop often on rides, pull up next to the person and let them know you want to pass them as you are a bit faster than them in the corners. Tell them they are faster on the straights, but you aren't comfortable behind them in the corners.

    3. Level headed. OUR RIDES AREN'T RACES. There is no trophey at the end of the ride. Be smart when you ride, don't pass each other stupid. Leave the ego at home. Even if you THINK you are fast, fall in line where you start, if you can pass safe, put your blinker on, and pass safe. If not, TALK to the people in front of you at the next stop and move ahead of them, don't jump the line at stops. By mid-ride, you will usually have a comfortable spot in the group and stay there.

    4. Don't jump the line. On larger group rides especially, stay put in the line at a stop, UNLESS you have been waived up, or you talk to the person in front of you. There have been MANY rides I have been on when someone who THINKS they are faster jumps in front of someone else, and then holds up the group. Some people are faster following than leading. And sometimes it is better than slowing up more people behind you. Jumping the line does nothing but piss off other people. Unless you are someone leading the group, someone who EVERYONE knows should be in the front, don't do it. The other reason you don't jump the line, people get used to following a certain person and get in to a groove. You get in between them at the straight you can mess them up. Some people are late brakers for the corner, some only use engine braking. So stick to where you are in the line, UNTIL you talk to those you want to pass. Sometimes a group of people will let you pass because they want to ride together and you get to move up even more...

    5. USE YOUR FREAKING MIRRORS. They are on the bike for a reason, and don't just assume since you are in a group that you don't need to look. People will give hand gestures for turn signals, or potential problems. Check your mirrors often to see who's behind you, and to make sure someone is behind you. It sucks following someone that has a blinker on for 20 miles, I have followed someone that has done this... Also when you get to a stop and someone turns to you and asks, where is the person behind you, and you don't know, you should.... So check the mirrors.

    6. Know the hand signals. Check over the stickies in the rides thread, learn the hand signals. Know what it means to give the blinker is on signal, as it's not a wave... Know the signal for police, know the signal for debris in the road. Learn them, it's hard enough trying to communicate with full gear.

    7. Signal your intentiion. If you want to pass a fellow biker, put your blinker on, flash your brights a couple of times, let them know, most likely they will wave you on, and if they followed suggestion 5, then they will see that you want to pass. If there is an upcoming turn off the road, put your blinker on, throw a hand up, do something to let the people behind you know the group is turning.

    8. Help out the other riders. If you know the route, make sure you help those that don't. Let them know about upcoming corners that can bite you. Either mention it at a stop, or give them the slow down warning (you did check out the hand signals right?). If it's a sharp blind corner, give them a slow down, and put your blinker on then turn it off. People see a blinker, they slow down a bit, and it gives them a heads up for a corner that could bite them.

    9. Check the wrecks maps. If we are doing an Indiana ride, look at the Indiana wrecks. If we are doing a KY ride, check out the Kentucky wrecks. People normally don't wreck unless it's something strange about that corner, be aware of them, as others to make sure you don't go down on those corners. Remember if you go down on a corner already named, you don't get it named for you.

    10. Leave some space. Leave a little distance between riders. Don't think this means you can pass the person because they can't keep up if you see this, they are being safe.

    11. Stagger at slow speeds. When cruising slow and the group bunches up, stagger your riding position. If they are in the left hand side, you ride on the ride hand side. Leave some space, don't ride beside the person. When you pull up to a light, pull up beside them to make room for others to pull up behind you.

    12. In an emergency, hold you position. If you have to brake hard all of a sudden, hold you lane, stay where you are unless you have to move fast to avoid hitting something. The people behind you have to make a choice of where to go, and if you are suddenly changing lanes, then you could cause another problem. Remember to look where you want to go. If you see debris and you fixate on it, you WILL hit it. Move your eyes, look where you want to end up...

    13. Don't feel pressured, ride at YOUR pace. Don't feel pressured to ride fast. Ride where you feel comfortable. I have more respect for people that ride at a comfortable pace than I do those that try and push themselves to be "fast". If you are riding too slow for someone, pull to the right side of the road, slow up a bit, and gesture for them to pass you, and let them pass in your lane, or on the center line. We aren't in a race, we all end up at the same spot when we get done. Ride where you feel comfortable...

    14. Passing. Some people when riding don't want to pass. You might feel you are holding them up, but really you are pacing them. Give them the option to pass you, and if you are the rider behind, give a signal that you don't want to pass if you don't want to. When passing, be safe about it, don't blast past the person, pass them at a strong comfortable pace, don't pussyfoot (I love that word...) as you go by, but don't blast... Signal your intentions (remember that from above), and slide by them. Don't double pass. If someone gave the signal for someone to pass, and they passed them, don't think it's an open invite for you to pass to. Wait until they signal you on the pass.

    15. Advice. Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one. If you have advice to give someone else, ask them if they want to hear it first before you offer it. If someone asks and you accept it, don't get pissed if they tell you something you don't want to hear. We are hear to help one another, and to be safe. NOW, if you are doing something STUPID and you could hurt the rest of the group, you WILL hear about it from someone even if you don't want to hear about it. We aren't trying to talk down to ANYONE, we are only trying to help, and become better riders.

    There are plenty more tips, I am tired of writing, maybe more later. Remember, keep a cool head, respect all of us that you are riding with, and leave the ego at home. We all end up in the same place, the fast riders just have to wait longer for the the rest of the group, that's all they get for getting their first. Ride at your pace, and enjoy the view...

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    for the season upon us......

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    @.Cheetah. ;
    Can you add the Thornton's on Bardstown RD. to the list please. When we meet for a fudge run to pall Mall Tn. or ride to deals gap we usually meet there by Interstate 265.

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    Got it Boog.

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    It's time to review a few rules for a safe early spring.
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