LONDON MOTORCYCLE RIDERS CLUB

GENERAL POINTS

Bringing your friends

Members are asked not to invite friends to join them on these rides by simply turning up at the start point as they will not be allowed to join the ride. The numbers are set by the organisers with everyone's safety and enjoyment in mind. Larger than expected groups will have a negative effect on the days timings, arranged parking and rest /fuel stops, it will also mean the other members of the group will spend more time marking corners which is not fair to them.

Armbands

LMRC Armbands are compulsory on all of our riding events, they are used to distinguish our group from other groups who may be riding the same route as us and to ensure that we have access to your I.C.E information. Armbands may be purchased at a cost of £4 from members of the Leadership Team on your first event.

Cornermarking System

This club uses the cornermarker system. LMRC awards informal qualifications in the form of a Cornerman System Qualified Title beneath you member name when you successfully complete a ride with us by demonstrating that you understand and can use the system. Only members who have attained this title will be allowed to attend the large season opener and closure events. Please read the appropriate section below and familiarize yourself with it before coming on the ride. 

Buddy System

Some rides (often smaller group, quick paced) will use the buddy system. This is different to the cornerman system and if your ride leader stipulates the usage of the buddy system, it is imperative to have a good understanding of it in order for the ride to be successful. 

Pre Ride Briefing

You must attend the pre ride briefing, it is very important that you understand how the ride has been planned and what is expected of you, organizers reserve the right to not allow riders to join the ride if they fail to attend the briefing.

Full Tanks at Start

Please ensure you fill your bike's fuel tank before the ride begins at a petrol station near the start point. We will arrange fuel stops according to the smallest tank size.

Pillions Welcome

Rides are suitable for Pillion members who would like to get on the back of another member's bike with their agreement, or for members to bring their own pillions with them.

Photographs - We love photos, please try and take lots and upload them after a successful ride and be prepared to share them, lots of members like to copy potentially good photographs and post them to their Facebook.

Event sat nav files

Often, ride leaders will upload the sat nav file for the journey but this will not be always available and some ride leaders may prefer not to upload the route. When available, you may download these to use for guidance only, members should always follow the corner markers as different sat navs route differently.

Ideas & Suggestions

If you have an idea for a destination or event you think members would enjoy, post it up in our Message Board so it can be discussed.


24 HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY

[This Rule Applies To All LMRC Events]

Please be aware, organizers will always apply these rules sensibly and not blindly, the intention is not to punish individuals but to improve the club for everyone. 

Members are required to give 24hrs notice if they are unable to make an event and to change their RSVP accordingly. If cancelling within 24hrs please pm the event organiser.

Failure to do so will result in a two week ban 

Failure to do so for a second time will result in a three month ban 

Failure to do so for a third time will result in a club ban. 

A live record will be kept which all event organizers will have access to, therefore if you receive a ban and are already booked on to an event during your ban period you will be removed from that event by the organizer.

Bad weather exclusions for riding events only 
It is accepted that some members are not comfortable to ride in wet or adverse weather conditions and that this may not be apparent in the preceding 24hrs weather forecast. In the spirit of fairness organizers will accept 12hrs notice if cancelling due to weather conditions. It is also understood that the weather may change dramatically overnight and not become known until the morning of the event. Some members may not feel comfortable riding in those conditions, in these cases please just post a message on the event to say you are withdrawing due to weather conditions and change your RSVP. Organizers will not penalize anybody for withdrawing under these circumstances at short notice. 


The whole point of this system is to halt the practice of simply not showing up with no regards for the rest of the group, organizers are not looking to penalize members and will always use their discretion. 

It should also be noted that if an organizer decides to cancel an event for safety (Bad Weather) reasons they will always aim to give a minimum of 12hrs notice, this is not always possible though so members are advised to always check the status of the event before leaving home.


THE CORNERMARKING SYSTEM

LEAD RIDER: In charge of the ride, he determines where each Cornerman will mark a spot, the direction of ride, stopping points and what to do when there are problems. He will set the pace for the ride, and will ensure he always has enough riders behind him to fill the Cornerman positions. 

TAILGUNNER: The last Rider in the group, he is in charge of "sweeping" the ride, waving each Cornerman on, helping to locate missing Riders, helping with any breakdowns or injuries, and for informing the Lead Rider of any problems. The Lead Rider and the Tailgunner are kept in contact via mobile phone where necessary.?

WINGS: There will normally be between one and four Wings on a ride, depending on the size of the group, Wings are there to assist the Ride Leader in keeping cohesion and tightness within the ride group. They will also help out in any emergency situations, where traffic control is required, or for the relaying of any communication between the Ride Leader and Tail Gunner.

SUMMARY 

The Lead Rider indicates to the Rider behind him to become the Cornermarker at any point where there is a change of direction (roundabout, corner, t-junction, etc.); 
• The Cornermarker will stop safely and signal to other Riders the direction taken by the Lead Rider; 
• The Cornermarker will remain at that point and keep an eye out for the Tailgunner, and will then rejoin the line only when he is waved on by the Tailgunner; 
• Always follow the line in front of you and do not take any deviations or shortcuts unless indicated by a Cornermarker; 

• Where possible please try to keep the Rider in front of you in sight, i.e. try not to allow long gaps in the line. If you are not a confident Rider, or you are on a slower bike, then move to the left and motion for the Riders behind you to pass until you have only the Tailgunner behind you, that will take any pressure off you to go any faster than you want to. The same applies if you don’t want to be a Cornermarker, just stay near the back of the line and others will pass you and take on the Cornermarker positions. If you become separated from the group, remain where you are and contact the ride leader, he will then safely stop the ride and send back a wing or tailgunner to collect you, please have your exact location ready. 


Leaving The Group Early

If leaving the group early and to stop other riders following you thinking they are following the direction of the ride, please follow the routine described here:
Slow down or pull over if safe to do so ensuring you are positioned so as not to have other members of the group think that you are marking a corner. Wave them past if necessary, When you see the tailgunner approaching ensure you wave him/her past, this is the signal to identify you are leaving the group. You are now free to take another route without the risk of being followed by other members of the group. 

Average Wait Times

Depending on the nature of the ride, you can wait on a corner anything from 20 seconds up to 30mins+ in very busy rides or technical routes. Whatever happens, it is important to WAIT there until the tailgunner instructs you to move on OR you have been told to move on via a wing or possibly the ride leader posting on the event page. Below are some expected times to wait on your corner. This is a guide for expectations only and every ride is different, if a problem arises which makes the tail gunner stop and solve, your corner wait time will be extended.

Typical twisty weekend route with 20-30 riders;
2-4 minutes.

Progressive group with 10-20 riders;
1-2 minutes

Big rideouts with 100 or more riders;
15+ minutes

Bagel runs (evening filtering ride);
5-15 minutes

Please click HERE for a video demonstration.


EVENT TYPES EXPLAINED

LMRC likes to cater for all speed preferences that are dictated by machine power output, rider comfort zone and of course, how you as a rider feels on the day. Events of all paces will always be run with the safety and enjoyment of members being the main priority.

We understand that group riding is more than "one fits all" and through experience and demand, have come up with 3 different categories which cater for all members of all preferences. Not all will appeal to everyone but whatever pace you like to ride - we have an event for that. Please see below for a more detailed description on ride pace and for any more information, please contact your ride leader directly. 

Please note that Standard Events are the only events where you can get your Cornermarker System Qualification, and that is essential to ride with LMRC. If it is your first ride with the Club, make sure to join a Standard Event and inform the Ride Leader you are after your qualification.

STANDARD EVENT

Standard Events are for those who are most comfortable under or just at the posted speed limits. These are for people who aren’t concerned if they’re sat in traffic, not forcing an overtake, perhaps thinking about lunch a little more than someone riding flat out. These rides are for people who are happy having plenty in reserve and are happier chatting at lunch, feeding some ducks, than they are being the best rider on the day. And let’s be honest, we all love those sorts of rides, whether it be all the time or even simply once in a while. On these rides we’ll take everyone but look to the more experienced riders to respect those less experienced, less confident members and give everyone space and time to ride their own ride. And those new to group riding, new to LMRC, well here is where you’ll learn more about the club, learn the intricacies of group riding and learn the Cornerman System, which is at the core of pretty much every LMRC Event.

EVO EVENT

To attend these events, you need to first attend a Standard Event and be cornermarker qualified. We evolved this Event from the Standard with Progressive Lead, and it is the half way between. We know there are plenty of members who want to ride with others who set their own personal targets of good, respectful riding. With good overtakes, good positioning, concentration and awareness being more important than lunch, they still want to have room to ebb and flow on the day. We want to make sure members know the ride leader will be sticking to the posted limits and expected you to do the same.

It’s about being sharper, for longer, giving to the group, but still having the scope to chill out for a bit if needed. It is more about how you ride, than the speed you ride at. 

PROGRESSIVE EVENT

On these Events we demand you take your elevated machine handling skills, your awareness, concentration, your ability to make clean overtakes when they’re on and know when they’re not. We want you to be an example of what LMRC is about, bikers enjoying their bikes, but not at the expense of others. These rides are about riding to the posted limits and conditions throughout the day, with group progress being more import ant than group grub. We bring our A game as a group, we compliment the riding skills of each other, and we arrive at the end point, having given our best for each other. Anything less is not good enough. Think ‘Standards’, not ‘Speed’. Think ‘Focus, Judgement, Concentration, Respect, Group Progress’. 

To ensure group safety and enjoyment, this group will be vetted by the ride leader and members must have attended a minimum of two standard paced events with a progressive lead for the purpose of familiarity with LMRC paced rides and the Cornerman System.

***Progressive rides operate an immediate wait list + approval system in addition to members having attended a minimum of two standard paced events. Please RSVP waitlist and await confirmation from organiser***. There will be 3 possible outcomes;

  • RSVP "yes": the ride leader has ridden with you before and comfortable you will fit in just fine.
  • RSVP "no": the ride leader has ridden with you before and is confident this ride will be outside of your comfort zone and in the nature of safety, has declined your request.
  • PM from lead rider; the ride leader may need clarification on some points.

OFF-ROAD RIDE EVENT

All off road events are strictly "ride your own ride". Trying to keep up with someone who is more skilled off road is the fastest way to have an encounter with a tree, and for this reason, ride for yourself is heavily stressed.The lead at the front will always be a decent pace, whilst appropriate to the environment. Busy green lanes will be set at a more cautious pace, especially on corners, but when appropriate, the throttle will be fully opened. The emphasis on off road events is always on skill rather than speed. Good lines, ability to make the bike do the work and control far outweighs speed. That said, few will keep up the pace set at the front so don't feel it will be a slow lead! In contrast, there is NO minimum pace to keep up with - only what you set yourself. This should be either within your comfort zone or only slightly outside it. If you find you're falling off more than a couple of times throughout the day, you need to slow down (but won't be penalised for it).


P.O.W.D.E.R.S.

Petrol – have you got a full tank? Are there any leaks?

Oil – have you got enough? (get someone to hold your bike upright while you check).

Are there any leaks? Just a thought - Do you know what type (grade) of oil your bike needs?

Water – if you bike is water cooled (believe it or not, I've had people who don't know), is the water level OK (and if it's winter, does it have antifreeze in it – do you know what type of antifreeze it needs)

Damage and Drive – check all round your bike for any damage, loose bits,cracked bits, broken indicators etc. For those with chains, check chain playand if it's well oiled\greased. Check your ScottOiler is working if you have one.

Electrics – Check all your lights and horn work. You should be able to hold your left hand by the rear light whilst operating the rear brake with your foot to check that one.

Rubber – VERY important one this as it's the quickest thing to wear out. Check you have enough tread left for the whole journey and for the type of journey. You might be just about legal with your tyres but if you are planning a 500 mile trip in Wales up gravel roads with rain and mud I'd tend to make sure I've got LOTS of tread left. Check also for nails and cuts in the tyre (it's good practise to glance at your tyres every time you walk up to the bike. Over time you'll have checked the whole circumference).

Suspension and Steering – is the suspension leaking oil? Is it set up for the extra load for luggage or pillion? Do your handlebars move easily from lock to lock (no notchiness or cables\tank bags in the way)


VIDEO CLIP SHARING

If BikeRNick is making a video of the ride you were just on and you have some video footage you'd like included, please send your video to Nick. The problem of course is getting all your good footage to him and also so he doesn't have to wade though hours and hours of boring "back of a bike" or "empty road" stuff. So please follow the instructions below to reduce the footage you send him. Footage from the big LMRC events, Season Openers, Season Closures, Toy Runs and Charity Runs is especially welcome.

Instructions

1. Please don't send 100's of Gb of boring stuff. Please cut down your RAW video footage into just the interesting stuff (see below for advice on how to do this).

2. Split you files into 2Gb or less chunks (or zip lots of small files into 2Gb chunks)

3. Send your files to BikeRNick_LMRC@outlook.com using the free file transfer service MailbigFile
Note: keep your own copies since he will eventually delete the files you send me.

Editing your video

Here's some hints and tips for reducing your 8 hours of video to some interesting short clips that can then be sent to include in a ride video:

1. Download "MPEG Streamclip". It's free, just google it, there's even a MAC version.
2. Open your MP4 file in it

Spacebar to start\stop playback
Cursor keys right and left to scroll forward and back
Cursor keys up and down for fast forward and rewind

3. When you find the start of something interesting (see below), press the "I" key (for "In")
4. Play or scroll forwards until it's less interesting and press to "O" key (for "Out")
5. Press Ctrl+T (trims the clip to only what's between the In and Out
6. Press Ctrl+S (to save the clip)
7. Press CTRL+Z to undo the trim and return you to the place you marked with "I"
8. Fast forward to the end of the grey section of the location bar (that's where you pressed "O")
9. Play or scroll to the start of the next interesting bit and repeat from step 3
10. When you reach the end of the file, Press Ctrl+O to open the next file

Saving clips
If the clip is of a particular incident or place, use that in the name and add a counter (e.g. "in the castle 01", "in the castle 02")
If it's just general on the road stuff I just number the clips 01, 02 etc (it's the quickest way to save the file without typing a long file name)

What to save
Hours and hours of the back of someone's bike is boring. Look for overtakes, junctions, all the bikes passing you when you are marking a corner, arriving at a stop and leaving a stop, anything off the bike like lunchtime. The back of someone's bike on long sweeping bends with nice scenery are also good though.

Thanks in advance to all those who send us their footage to be included in LMRC videos.

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