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Which rider should set the pace when riding with a group?

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Which rider should set the pace when riding with a group?

  1. The last rider.
  2. The first rider.
  3. The least experienced rider. 
  4. The rider in the middle. 

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: A. The last rider.

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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. 

When riding with a group of motorcyclists, communication and organization is key to everyone’s safety. 

The most experienced riders should have the roles of being the first and last riders. 

The last rider, or the sweep rider, is an experienced rider who should set the pace for the entire group. 

The lead rider’s responsibility is to keep watch for changes in the road, traffic, weather, and hazards and to communicate with the other riders. 

The inexperienced riders in the group should ride behind the leader. This ensures that the more experienced riders in the back can watch them from the back and keep the group together. 

When you are preparing for a group ride, remember to have a meeting to go over the plan, the route, the destination, and the rules beforehand. 

Remember, when riding with a group there should be no competitions, no passing, and no tailgating or crowding. 

You can find more information about this topic in the motorcycle rider’s handbook.

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