In a staggered motorcycle formation when riding with a group, the third rider should be how many seconds behind the lead rider?

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In a staggered motorcycle formation when riding with a group, the third rider should be how many seconds behind the lead rider?

  1. 1 second.
  2. 2 seconds.
  3. 3 seconds.
  4. 4 seconds.

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Answer

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The answer is: B. 2 seconds.

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Explanation: Motorcycle Group Riding

In order to pass your motorcycle permit exams and to become a safe rider, it’s important to know why a particular answer on the motorcycle written test is correct. 

The staggered formation for motorcycle group riding is the best way to maintain the ranks and provide each rider with adequate space to maneuver. 

It is important to maintain safe following distances while riding in formation. 

Under good conditions, a 2 second following distance is a good rule to follow. 

So, for group rides, this would put the 3rd rider 2 seconds behind the lead rider in the same left-side lane position. 

To set up the staggered formation:

  • The first rider takes the left portion of the lane.
  • The second rider takes the right portion of the lane and follows about 1 second behind the leader.
  • The third rider takes the left portion of the lane about 2 seconds behind the leader and about 1 second behind the 2nd rider. 

If conditions are less than ideal, you should increase the following distance between riders. 

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