Below are the basic club guidelines for our rides. We don't go rule crazy, as
each rider is responsible for their own ride.
We can't stress enough that you should ride at YOUR own pace and within YOUR
skill levels. Pushing to keep up with a superior rider is foolish. No one can
make you ride over your head, only YOU can do that. NO ONE in our group gets a
trophy at the end of the day. So, that said, no one on our rides is the 5th
wheel or slowing the group down. You are riding at your own pace and the leader
of the group will wait for you. You will not be laughed at or ridiculed, you MAY
get some pointers, you WILL meet great folks and see some terrific scenery.
The rides are open to all that want to come. We usually post up a meeting place
and anyone who shows up is in, even some fellow at the gas station on a Suzuki
who has no one to ride with. The other members even bought him lunch. Come on
out for a ride, and if you don't like it, peel off and head for home. Hasn't
happened yet and I doubt it ever will.
Guidelines for DESMO Rides
DESMO rides are spirited rides with
emphasis on safety and fun!
Proper full body protective riding gear is STRONGLY SUGGESTED! Dress for the
RIDE AND for the SLIDE.
Ride at your own pace and skill level The lead rider of your group will
always wait at end of road, intersection or direction change for the tail
end (sweep rider) of group to catch up before heading off again. If the
group gets away from you, DO NOT ride beyond your limits to catch up. The
group will wait.
Rides with larger than 8-10 riders may be broken up into multiple groups A lead
rider and sweep rider will always be designated. New riders will be placed
in the middle of the group.
Before starting the ride, the group as a whole will discuss the following:
a. Route Lead rider will inform the group as to planned route along with
describing type of road and conditions to expect.
b. Pace Will be discussed at the beginning of a ride. Ride your own.
c. Skill levels Discuss in open whether group should be divided into
smaller groups for different skill levels or desired pace.
d. Hand Signals and Etiquette Repeat any signals from the rider in front
of you to any riders behind you.
e. Riding Formation Good following distances will be discussed; allow
"buffer zone". Staggered formation allowing for lead rider to see rider
behind him/her and for that rider to see behind them.
f. Buddy System Keep an eye out for the rider(s) behind you. If you
suddenly dont see rider behind you slow down to wait for them to catch up
or if necessary flag lead rider(s) to slow down and wait for sweep rider to
inform you of situation.
All riders are encouraged to speak up if the pace is to quick. DESMO rides
are not races!
Everyone is expected to have fun and to ride home in one piece. No one gets