- by Eagle Leather
- Feb 10, 2019
Pros Reveal Life-saving Insights at Eagle Leather
October 26, 2012
How do you ride in groups?
Side-by-side, offset or in a train?
She went on
to say “I learned [from Chris Johnson] that it is possible to take a
bike out of a slide. Jon German added: “[I] learned about rolling off of
the throttle instead of quickly shutting it down. Plus I enjoyed the
demo on how to correct a breaking skid.”
“[It was] good info.”
Gordon Bellevue said. “[It] reinforced my satisfaction with the heated
and rain gear that I own. Perhaps if I had attended something like this
years ago, I would not have gone through so many inferior sets before I
found what works well. “
Offset is Best for Groups
Tkacs says when you ride side-by-side you eliminate every opportunity
you have for safely recovering from a problem. "You eliminate your
Chris Johnson added that with proper offset riding and more space, you feel safer and enjoy riding more.
example, Tkacs explained, if the guy next to you has a blowout, chances
are you are both going down. If the guy behind the one with a blowout
slides a bit to try to avoid what's happening in front, he's probably
going to take out the guy next to him.
He said it's very easy to
fall into a group mentality when you are out with others. We tend to
lose sight of our regular riding techniques because we subconsciously
think, well if everyone else is doing it, I can too. But the fact is,
when you let your thinking slide that way, you put yourself and the
people you are riding with in danger.
Offset is the best way to
ride in a group. It preserves the rider's cushion, and the ability to
react and respond to the issues that we face on the road. But keep in
mind, even in an offset formation, you must preserve a safe amount of
distance when riding at higher speeds. Even with the mandated "2-second"
space, there's not a lot you can actually do in that 2 seconds on a
bike. Increase your following distance to 4 or more seconds to give
yourself optimum reaction time.
And in the rain, expand that distance even more. Slippery surfaces require more room to stop and maneuver.
overall experience at the clinic? Bill Johnson said “Great presentation
and thank you all for putting it on.” Phoebe Thompson went on to say,
“I loved it. It wasn't the first time I had been there [at the Auburn
store] nor was it the first time I had purchased items either. The staff
is ALWAYS helpful at both stores. The giveaways were really impressive,
too! This was the first class I had taken through E.L. and would take