CA Run guidleines...

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CA Run guidleines...

Post by Prof » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:09 pm

Run guidelines and organisation ...

Organising...
Try to organise major run dates and times well in advance, so details can go on the website and also so blokes can organise work/family schedules etc
Length...
Rigids can be punishing over longer distances especially with passengers. Some runs should be organised especially for rigids... and be shorter, with regular stops. Classic choppers usually have small tanks so need refills every 80km...

Food...
Some of the riders will not be too keen to buy sit down meals, so the two best options are a pub with outside eating facilities so riders can bring their own or takeway shops with a nice park near by. It's really cool to be able to eat at least with the choppers in view... security and a good feeling...

Weekend runs are really fanastic and one every year or so perhaps with the destination as a rally run by a cruiser club etc. is a good goal. If the CA riders have their own ride schedule it enables you to keep you speed down and stops regular... and a great way to get to know each other.

Speed...
When on the run, the blokes who like fast rides should remember that some of the guys are on rigids and 80-90km is their maximum comfortable speed. A good way to do it is to have one of the rigid riders initialy up or near the front to set the pace...

Finding the way...
With larger groups, make sure the riders know where you are going. A mud map is not a bad idea. For insurance reasons try to avoid one leader. Swapping the lead and swapping position is much more interesting and allows everyone to ride with all the diferent bikes. Be aware of each other so none goes missing. On some of the larger patch runs, intersections are often blocked til all are through. You are asked not to do this.

Language and behaviour...
We are a G rated family club, a stand that is highly valued by a large number of our members and the prime reason many have become members.

Many of our members like to have their families (including children) involved and we want to encourage this. The general public are watching us... so our behaviour is important. Attitude and competition has no place in CA or at its events. Our attitude is to encourage and promote one another. Watching your language and attitude in public and around families is important and will save embarrasment and attract more members. "They remember when we do wrong and forget when we do right..."

Colours on runs...
Due to an incident early on, CA members are asked not to wear insignia of other clubs they may belong to... only wear CA shirts, cloth badges etc. If members of other clubs are riding with you, ask them before hand to leave their club back patches behind.

Run variety...
One of the basic concepts of CA is recognising that chopper heads are...
1. spread over wide areas,
2. have different styles of riding,
3. or are able to to only ride at certain times (eg some week days only, some weekends only etc)

So our aim is to give you all an opportunity to do what you love, when you can, but all with a common purpose and connection.

As a result, over time we will see two or three groups in each state having CA runs over a month then coming together for a monthly or bimonthly run where most are able to make it and where the chopper riders, fast and slow can enjoy the day.

Those who do like to go fast and who have the apropriate bikes, can get together every so often specifically for a fast run.

Then a once a year Muster, where all make a special effort to get together.

CA Chopper Musters...
The musters were set up with two primary aims...
1. a PR exercise for the public
2. an annual meet for a state's chopperheads

Photos...
A picture tells an thousand word. Photos on CA runs are especially important for both motivational reasons and as a historical record... Organiser of the run should try to arrange someone before hand with a digital camera and try to get the following pics...

1. a group photo of owners standing with their bikes. Important for the reports page and also to use on our website home page.
2. Any "knees in the breeze" shots (only cruiser & chopper riders can do that!) will be cool too...
3. Posed photo of any new rider with their chopper for both the newsletter and website.
4. A few fun pics...

Video footage is fantastic but takes a brave soul on the back of a bike, plus a bit of organisation to make it interesting... riders starting their bikes and moving off, choppers sweeping through a nice curve, fottage from in front of the group and shots from alongside each chopper 'in the breeze'.

Video is not a good idea every ride because of the disruption it makes to the ride.

Run reporting...
All our members enjoy reading of runs and are encouraged to get together by them. those still builidng their chop, especially the more isolated ones need that sort of encouragement to get their project finished.
Send your pics through to Prof full size, and have someone organised before the run to write up a report to be emailed through.

Finally...
There's no cooler way to ride than head up, laid back, feet forward on your chopper with a couple more by your side... and it's cool, it's fun, it's exhilarating...

So, I like to think of most of our CA rides in 70's terms... a few guys together going for a ride no great structure or control, just a lot of fun being together on your bikes...

Your comments, questions, suggestions welcome...
Chopit'nrideit... Prof

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Post by Bearcx » Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:58 pm

Well, Andrew, I don't think anything more needs to be said. You nailed it.
If everyone lived by these rules...the world may be a better place.

Catchya at the Muster. Bear.
The brave may not live long, but, the cautious do not live at all.

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