Rider's tips

  • Last Updated: 01/30/2016
Dee’s Ride to fight hunger on Long Island, is the oldest and biggest ride of its kind on the Island. It is a true demonstration of the generosity of the motorcycling community and our desire to help our neighbors.

Please note that this ride is not a race and safety is our foremost concern. Enjoy the amazing ride on Ocean Parkway and the show of solidarity and generosity that we present to non riders!

We have prepared some riding tips below that we ask you to review for the ride.

Arrive prepared. Arrive on time with a full gas tank and an empty bladder!
Ride in formation. The staggered riding formation (see diagram below) allows a proper space cushion between motorcycles so that each rider has enough time and space to maneuver and to react to hazards. The leader rides in the left third of the lane, while the next rider stays at least one second behind in the right third of the lane; the rest of the group follows the same pattern. A single-file formation with a minimum 2-second following distance is preferred on a curvy road, under conditions of poor visibility or poor road surfaces, entering/leaving highways, or other situations where an increased space cushion or maneuvering room is needed.

Avoid side-by-side formations, as they reduce the space cushion. If you suddenly needed to swerve to avoid a hazard, you would not have room to do so. You don’t want handlebars to get entangled.

If a rider leaves during the ride, the rest of the group should re-form the staggered formation by cris-crossing into the next vacant position (see below). Although it would seem more efficient for the column directly behind the missing rider to move up, we do not recommend it because passing another rider within a lane can be risky.

If you’re separated from the group, don’t panic. There will be at least one motorcycle designated as a “sweep” to assist any rider stopped for any reason.

For mechanical problems, wait for the “sweep” vehicle.

For Medical Emergencies or Accidents call 911, make sure your motorcycle is properly registered and inspected and you have your paperwork with you.

Don’t break the law or ride beyond your skills for any reason. Respect your fellow rider and the other motorists on the road.

Thank you for participating in Dee’s Ride and helping our less fortunate neighbors!

Ride Safe!

Team Dee

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