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Hand signals

Hand signals are always important to use, to ensure safety while riding.

The following hand signals are required knowledge in Group Rides.
Ensure that you know them and relay all hand signals you see!

Quick note of caution: Beware what you're doing with your hands when riding, huh? Sending false hand signals because your head itches is really annoying to those around you.

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START ENGINES

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

LEFT TURN

Raise your left arm
horizontal with your
elbow fully extended.

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Right.gif (5445 bytes) RIGHT TURN

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

HAZARD LEFT

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

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HAZARD RIGHT A

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

HAZARD RIGHT B

Extend your left arm upward
at a 45 degree angle with your
elbow bent to 90 degrees and
point towards the hazard over
your helmet.

speed.gif (17197 bytes) SPEED UP

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

SLOW DOWN

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

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Stop.gif (5502 bytes) STOP

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

SINGLE FILE

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.

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Stager.gif (5474 bytes) STAGGERED
FORMATION

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 formation.

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.

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Pissed.gif (7800 bytes) PISSED OFF

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.

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