motorcycle rally

 

Passionate riders wait for motorcycle rallies all year. Whether it is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally or the Laconia Motorcycle Week, motorcycle rallies are nothing short of festivals.

Preparation, planning, marketing and regulations are some of the aspects that make a motorcycle rally successful. However, just as all great actors never miss their cue, these rallies - in order to be successful - need both organizers and participants to hit their marks.    

A great motorcycle rally needs the following,

(1) The Rider’s Checklist; and

(2) The Organizer’s Checklist

A perfect combination of these two will give you a truly memorable motorcycle rally.

The Rider’s Checklist

Motorcycle rallies are not exactly a random event. They need planning and preparation. Riders need to consider the following before joining a rally.

What bike are you riding? - The bike you choose should be comfortable and reliable. Don’t get too excited and buy a new bike just for the rally – you are better off sticking with what you have – a tried and tested bike. You can, however, modify your bike to make it more suitable for rally riding. For instance, replacing the seats for greater comfort or adding a fuel cell (an auxiliary fuel tank) may help.

What equipment should you carry? - This includes everything that you will wear and carry with you. Whatever clothing you choose should be comfortable. Even a small patch of irritating fabric or a slightly tight helmet can make the entire experience unbearable. Make sure you are prepared for day, night and all weather conditions. In addition to clothing, make sure you are carrying essential bike riding tools as well. For this, you need to know your bike well. Think of what could possibly go wrong and be prepared for it. For instance, you might want to carry a flat tire repair kit, a can of slime tire sealant, spare bulbs, mini compressor, spark plugs, etc.

Be Prepared - Your physical fitness matters. The knowledge you have of your bike and your riding skills will also play a key role in determining how much fun you’re going to have.  

 

 

 The Organizer’s Checklist

Now that you’ve done your part in preparing for the rally, here are a few pointers for organizers,

  • Organizers should inform the participants what they should expect from the rally. Bikers need to know the what, how, where and when. For this purpose, there needs to be a detailed document (having a website would help) providing all the necessary information to the participants, including the route, the schedule, what to bring and what not to bring
  • Panel discussions on riders safety, including various aspects of riding, parking and keeping your bike up and running
  • Presentations on common riding mistakes and how to avoid them
  • An interactive session about riding for everyone – Since every rider’s skill set would vary, some would need tips to perform better
  • Quick and short updates on the latest happenings in the world of motorcycling
  • Experienced riders sharing wisdom and stories (invaluable education for young riders)
  • Guidelines on budgeting and how to keep your bike from getting stolen
  • Distributing copies of the route map
  • Workshops on healthy cooking while camping
  • Tutorials on safe motorcycle parking
  • Clean bathroom facilities with regular provision of fresh supplies
  • Protection against the weather – In case it gets too hot/cold or starts to rain, the participants should have some place to go to for shelter
  • A small informational pamphlet marking local eateries, bars and supply stores
  • A bulletin board to post all information, queries and messages
  • Opportunities to socialize – This is one of the major reasons why participants join a rally. The organizers therefore need to ensure that they create plenty of opportunities for the riders to sit together and socialize. Some socializing activities may include: Raffles and charity auctions, Games, BBQ, bonfires and musical nights.

A great motorcycle rally is the collective effort of both participants and organizers. So, as a rider, make sure you and your riding skills are fit to join a rally. And if you are an organizer, make sure you offer an enjoyable, learning and bonding experience to all participants.