Ride Safety is
Important to Us
Biggs HOG Road Guard Qualifications
- Road Guard Ride Positions:
- Three Road Guard positions have been established:
- - Ride Leader
- Requests for Road Guard Applications:
Periodically, requests for applications are made to the general membership for Road Guard positions. Applications will be normally accepted in the November to February timeframe. Applications are available from the Road Captain or can be downloaded from the website. Road Guard Applicants are called Road Guards in Training (RGIT’s).
- Road Guard In Training (RGIT) Classes:
Two Classes are developed that cover each of the three Road Guard positions of Ride Leader, Mid-Pack, and Sweep, as well as general Road Guard requirements and techniques. Classes will be given at the beginning of the training cycle and prior to riding on the RGIT Practice Rides.
4. Road Guard In Training Practice Rides:
After the RGIT Classes are held, three Road Guard Practice Rides are conducted. Each practice ride focusing on each position of Ride Leader, Mid-Pack, and Sweep. These official rides will be conducted at structured times within the year and will not be in conjunction with any other type of ride.
Additionally, you will ride as a Ride Leader, a Mid-pack, and a Sweep on actual chapter rides under the supervision of a Road Guard.
5. Road Guard in Training Evaluation Ride:
Upon completing the RGIT Practice Rides and riding as a Ride Leader, a Mid-Pack, and Sweep for the required number of rides a final RGIT Evaluation Ride will be conducted. On this ride, you are evaluated on your ability to be a Road Guard in all three positions. Upon the successful completion of this ride, you will be voted in as a Road Guard.
Candidates for Road Guard Must:
- Be a member in good standing of both Biggs and National H.O.G.
- Have submitted a written application to the Road Captain stating a desire to become a Road Guard.
- Have ridden with the Biggs Chapter for a minimum of at least the previous 12 months. (This can be waived by the Road Captain.)
- Have attended at least one Formation 101 within the previous 12 months.
- Have participated in a minimum of 24 Chapter rides, including a minimum of 6 Get Acquainted Rides and 6 non-Get Acquainted Rides to ensure a good mix of Chapter riding experience.
- Click here to download the Road Guard Application.
The Requirements to Retain Road Guard Status
Road guard commitment to improvement:
Road Guards agree to work toward the improvement of each other as Road Guards, their personal riding skills, and judgment by providing constructive feedback to each other as appropriate. Road Guards agree to accept and give input in a constructive manner for growth both personally and as a group, without ego.
The Road Guard Panel is made up of the Chapter Director, Assistant Director, Road Captain, Safety Officer, and a minimum of one Road Guard at large who is in good standing within the Chapter and the RG Team.
Tips for the Rider Carrying a Passenger:
A proper seat large enough to hold both of you without crowding is suggested not only for the safety value but also for the comfort value.
Foot pegs, a firm footing prevents your passenger from falling off and pulling you off too.
Adjust the bike suspension and tire pressure if necessary (check your manual).
While your passenger is sitting on the bike with you, adjust the mirrors according to the change in the motorcycle angle.
Start the engine before your passenger gets on the bike. Squeeze the front brake while the passenger mounts and dismounts.
Tell your passenger to tighten their hold on you when approaching surface problems or when starting from a stop.
A 400-pound motorcycle with a 150-pound rider and a 110-pound passenger creates a vehicle where the passenger represents more than 15% of the vehicle's total weight.
Even at the opposite extreme, an 800-pound motorcycle with a 220-pound rider and a 120-pound passenger, the passenger represents 10% of the total vehicle weight.
When the motorcycle is at highway speed, a weight shift of a few pounds will cause the motorcycle to turn. At low speeds, the same weight shift could cause the motorcycle to topple.
Only experienced riders should carry passengers. Carrying a passenger changes the way the motorcycle handles. It affects balance in a straight line and when turning, accelerating, and braking. It is advisable that before taking a passenger on the street, you should practice away from traffic.
Please don't try to impress your passenger with your skills or boldness. For a new passenger, the best experience will be a smooth relaxed ride with, No Surprises.