Hand Signals

The following hand signals allow the Leader of the ride to communicate with all members of the group.

Learn these signals and you too will know what’s going on at all times.

The first responsibility of a rider is to pass all signals back so they are seen by all riders in the group and especially by the tail gunner.

Left Turn Signal

LEFT TURN: Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow fully extended.

Right Turn Signal

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

Hazard Left Signal

HAZARD LEFT (LEG): Extend your left leg at a 45 degree angle and point towards the hazard. (Rider may not be pointing directly to hazard, only indicating it is on this side.)

Right Hazard Signal

HAZARD RIGHT (LEG): Extend your right leg at a 45 degree angle and point towards the hazard. (Rider may not be pointing directly to hazard, only indicating it is on this side.)

Speed Up Signal

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

Stop/Slow Down Signal

SLOW DOWN: Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle with the palm of your hand facing rearward. This indicates you are slowing or stopping.

Single File Signal

SINGLE FILE: Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your index finger extended.This indicates the leader wants the group in a single file formation. Usually this is done for safety.

Stagger Formation Signal

STAGGERED or SIDE BY SIDE: Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your index and pinkie finger extended. This indicate that it is safe to return to staggered or side-by-side formation.

Tighten Up Signal

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

Fuel/Rest Stop Signal

REST STOP: Raise your left arm and point to your tank with your left hand. Used by any rider in formation in need of a rest stop

Move To Right Signal

MOVE TO RIGHT: Raise left arm and motion toward the right. Used when Emergency vehicles need to pass, or when formation is split by a car and the Leader is trying to regroup the formation by allowing the car to pass. (Used at Leaders discretion.)

Law Enforcement On Shoulder

LAW ENFORCEMENT AHEAD: Raise your left arm and tap the top of your helmet with the left hand. Used by any rider in formation.

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