Bikers don't like rules. We like freedom. That's why we ride bikes. More so with Dual Sport bikers. We don't even like to ride on tar with other traffic. We prefer to be doing our own thing and even though DS bikers sometimes go on organized rides we tend to dislike "formal" rides with road captains and all that.
That said, when riding in groups there has to be certain agreed upon criteria to ensure every rider's enjoyment and safety.
So I am going to touch on some issues here. They are not cast in stone, each group of friends tend to morph these into something that suits them best. This is what works for us. A lot of it is common sense, others are agreed upon behavior that ensures a safe and pleasant ride for everybody. My post will be out of a Dual Sport perspective and may vary largely with the road guys.
My hope is that you will find these guidelines logical and useful and that it may contribute to the success and enjoyment of other rides. Feel free to comment about any of these on this blog. Other suggestions will also be welcomed.
I hesitate to use the word "rule" but for lack of a better word here goes:
Rule nr.1: Be considerate.
If you adhere to this rule you are 90% there.