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  • Themz the rulz

    We all know these and don't really need to be told, but out of tradition and mutual respect here's our guide to riding as a member of this group.

    1. Wear the gear. Armoured textile jacket, draggins, boots, gloves and a good hat as a minimum, leather preferably. Griff once turned up to our rides and was scared off by all the leather clad warriors. Personally I'm scared of people who turn up at rides in civvies - we don't want to be responsible for that. Country rides have their risks, it's our responsibilit to protect ourselves as best we can.

    2. Brung the right bike. We'll be doing distance at a decent pace, so these rides aren't for 250s (unless you're Mex or Marco Simoncelli), goldwing-esque tourers, 'tards and crossers (limited fuel range) or cruisers (we're out for corners people). Have a well maintained bike (Grant gets a pass) you trust and you're confident will go the distance - ensure decent tyres and tyre pressures, and one that won't blow something in the back of beyond.

    3. Respect the riding. When it's necessary to overtake another vehicle, pull in to the left wheel track as there'll be someone else overaking right behind you - leave them space. And don't 'double overtake' where a rider is poised to overtake and you glide past the both of them (guilty as charged, apologies) as this can spook a rider. Wave through the faster riders and enjoy their lines - but don't go beyond your abilities trying to keep up - see next point.
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    4. The limit. ALWAYS ride with plenty to spare - at least 10% - because one day there'll be a roo, emu (we've been there), gravel, decreasing radius corner, random vehicle pulling out or filling the road, or temporary brain fade. Ride well but with the next ride in mind - why bin it when you can do this month in month out until you're old like...

    5. Keeping the group together. It's more fun when we ride together - the camraderie, the learning, the laughs. We'll do rolling corner marking, so always wait for the next bike to appear before taking off on the next section. We've rarely had to sweep up, and when we do it's a little unnerving in case something has happened, so keep your buddies in sight. There'll be a TEC who'll indicate they're the last through, so make sure you know who that is at the start of the ride.

    6. Weather - it happens. We're lucky enough to mainly have decent, dry weather. Riding in the wet isn't the point of this ride, but showers are different to downpours. If there's the chance of isolated showers the run will be on and we'll check the radar, but if it's cold, windy and nasty let's all go have brekky instead. We'll always aim for a full day, but if there's afternoon showers forecast we'll do a morning run and come back for a social lunch.

    Please feel free to add anything as I have to go to work now :o
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    Team KL 2011. Round 3 - the biggest yet

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      7. Have Fun! Probably most important of all. We are all here to have a great time, meet up with mates and enjoy each other's company doing what we love. A lot of the enjoyment comes down to what Nick mentioned in his first paragraph - RESPECT.

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      Our group for former HRCA riders (not all Hondas!). We're keeping this invite only not to exclude others but maintain a manageable and predictable group of quality riders who we trust and enjoy riding with once a month.
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