Safety-Group Riding & Updates

  • Blood Drives are generally held at the RI Blood Center, 405 Promenade St. Please remember to mention our Chapter number so we get credit for your donation, HOG #4751.

  • Renewals: Please be sure to renew your Local and National memberships. Include a copy of your National card and sign the release form with your local renewal.

  • If you are a National Life Member and have previously submitted a copy of your card, no further copy is needed. Road Captains and Chapter Life Members need to sign the release form and submit a copy of their National Membership card each year.

Saftey and Group Riding

  • Staging
  • Staggered Riding
  • Single File Riding
  • Fast Lane Passing
  • Slow Lane Passing
  • Group Stopping
  • Group Parking

    Hand Signals


    With your right or left arm extended, move your index finger in a circular motion.


    Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow fully extended.


    Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow bent 90 degrees vertically.


    Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle and point towards the hazard.


    Extend your left leg at a 45 degree downward angle to signal the hazard.


    Extend your right arm at a 45 degree angle and point towards the hazard.


    Extend your right leg at a 45 degree downward angle to signal the hazard.


    Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your index and pinkie finger extended. This indicates that it is safe to return to staggered formation.


    Position your left hand over your helmet with your fingers extended upward. This indicates the leader wants the group in a single file formation. Usually this is done for safety reasons.


    Raise your left arm up and down with your index finger extended upward. This indicates the leader wants to speed up.


    Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle and move your hand up and down.


    Raise your left arm and repeatedly move up and down in a pulling motion. This indicates the leader wants the group to close ranks.


    Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle with the palm of your hand facing rearward.


    Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow bent 90 degrees downward, cross your index and middle fingers, and raise your hand up and down rapidly, simulating crossing your legs and jumping up and down!


    Extend your left arm straight out with your elbow bent 90 degrees. Carefully extend your middle finger to clearly demonstrate your dissatisfaction with the other guy.

    NOTE: It is not recommended you do this when you are alone.

OSHOG Group Rides - RIDE HOT LINE 401-228-7332

We want you to know how we organize and operate our rides. There are a few things you need to know before you show up for a ride.
  1. Arrive prepared: full gas tank, proper gear (helmet) and a good attitude
  2. The posted run times are the departure times! Please get there at least 30 minutes before the departure time.
  3. Always check the hotline 1 hour before the ride for last minute changes.
  4. As a member you are allowed one guest, who MUST sign an Adult Waiver form prior to going on the ride.
  5. Non-chapter members need to make the notation that they are a guest.
  6. Minors have two special releases:
    One to be signed by a parent or guardian.
    Second (for minors between the ages of 12 and 18) a Minorís Assumption of Risk to be signed by the minor involved.

OSHOG group rides function under the following general guidelines:

  • All rides are led by a Lead Road Captain assisted by other qualified Road Captains. (if available)

  • The Road Captain riding at the back of the pack is called the Sweep Road Captain

  • The Lead Road Captain will give a pre-ride briefing which will include the route, gas and rest stops, a review of riding rules, an introduction of Road Captains for the ride, mention of any hazardous conditions discovered on the pre-ride and the destination plan.

  • The Lead Road Captain will also review the group riding guidelines.

  • OSHOG rides in a double row, staggered formation Ė the Lead Road Captain will ride in the left hand side of the lane and the next rider in the right hand side and so forth. All Trikes and Motorcycles with Side Cars will ride in the back of the group behind the last motorcycle and directly in front of the sweep.

  • Riders will maintain at least a 2 second distance from the rider directly in front of them and 1 second behind the rider to their right or left. The actual distance will increase as speed increases Ė Note: if you cannot see the face of the rider diagonally in front of you in their mirror, you are too close. You are in their blind spot.

  • You "own" your entire lane - if a rider needs to swerve to avoid an obstacle or use another line through a corner the lane must be clear. Do NOT slide up on the bike in front of you!

  • If gaps occur in the formation, move to the other side of your lane (turn your head and look, then use your directional before moving) - do not "slide up" and pass the rider in front of you - this is illegal and unsafe. If you are not comfortable moving from side to side, maintain your position and at the next stop it will automatically sort itself out.

  • Hand signals will be used as appropriate Ė these will be demonstrated at the pre-ride briefing.

  • No Road Captain or rider will wear any type of headphone. You will be asked to leave the ride if not removed. Itís important to be aware of your surroundings.

  • Riders should try to maintain their starting position in the group for the entire ride. This will allow them to become comfortable with the riding style of those riders around them.

  • No one will be expected to ride beyond his or her comfort level.

  • Do not run red lights or stop signs in an attempt to remain with the pack. The Lead Road Captain will be aware that the ride has become separated and will either slow down or stop and wait until the ride is reunited.

  • If a rider has any problems they are encouraged to approach either the Lead Road Captain on a ride or any other available Road Captain. A problem cannot be solved if it is not addressed.

  • Ride your own ride: do not be tricked into being a lemming & blindly following the rider in front of you. Remain aware - you are responsible for your own safety!

  • All rides end at the destination (unless told otherwise). Every effort will be made to ensure that all riders know where they are and how to get back from a destination. However itís always a good idea to carry a map of the local areas in case you are separated on the return.

  • If there is a problem or a breakdown the Sweep Road Captain will stop with the disabled bike and all other riders will continue on with the Lead Road Captain to a safe location before stopping.

  • Ocean State Hog rides are drug and alcohol free.

  • HOT LINE: 401-228-7332

Always remember!
The aim of our chapter is to:

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