What makes a good motorcycle group ride group leader? Is it the fastest, the most experienced, the rider with the loudest pipes, flashiest apparel or brightest headlight …or is it just the obsessive/compulsive motorcyclist?
This is a question motorcyclists often avoid. It’s a little like the subject of actually teaching parenting classes in school. No parent wants to admit that they are not the perfect parent by nature and teaching a course about it to their kids would probably show that most everyone has something to learn about parenting.
To begin with, a motorcycle group leader has to want to be leader because they will take complaints from some of the group riders for one thing or another during the course of virtually every ride. It is definitely a thankless task and a leader is only as good as the group they are leading. Having ridden with many good and bad leaders and keeping in mind that the leader is a guide, not a god, here are some group riding tips, a group riding 101 of sorts on…
A) what makes a good leader
B) a few tips for leaders to increase their effectiveness and
C) some thoughts on how a group rider can assist the leader.