Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association
Nebraska Chapter 16-1
Vets helping Vets
1. Ride in a Precise Formation: Depending upon road conditions, the 3 second rule may apply. A staggered formation will be used unless otherwise required.
2. Execute hand signals properly: Know the hand signals for left and right turns, obstacles in the roadway, etc. When possible both hand signals and bike turn signals should be used. Riding Positions: While on any run, the Ride Captain or his assistant will ride in front. The chapter commander and CVMA state representative may ride beside or just behind the ride captain depending on the formation in use. In the absence of the ride captain or the assistant, the ride captain or chapter commander may appoint an individual to ride point.
3. The assistant ride captain will ride at the rear unless otherwise directed by the ride captain. The assistant will be responsible for holding a lane open while making a lane change. He will also assist any member who may break down or otherwise fall behind. The ride captains and assistants will operate as a team and watch for problems within the group.
4. Ride order should be as follows: ride captain, commander, CVMA state representative, full members, auxillary members and supporters followed by the sgt-at-arms, and non-members. Bringing up the rear are; the assistant ride captain and tail-end-charlie. Once you are in a position, please keep it for the remainder of the ride.
5. The ride captain will give instructions to all riders prior to the start of a ride. This will include, if known, the name, address, and phone number of the destination. When you arrive at the destination point, check in with the ride captain.
6. Each member should ensure that he or she knows the destination and the route to be taken.
7. Use common sense at all times.
8. Anticipate your next move as well as those of the group.
9. We are all aware of the proper safety procedures and the need for them. Let's exercise caution, and obey all traffic regulations. If you do not feel comfortable riding in close formation then try to take up a position at the rear of the pack.
10. Please remember that the ride captain may, from time to time, be giving hand signals to execute a maneuver (eg. pass a slow moving vehicle, make a turn, etc.). The ride captain will take into consideration the size of the group and the distance necessary to get the group from one lane to another safely. Rear ride captains will help the group by getting out into the new lane following the forward ride captain's signal. By doing this he will help ensure the maneuver is executed easily and safely.
11. Leaving The Group: If you need to stop, try and let your intentions be known to the ride captain or his assistant so that the group can then enter the nearest and safest rest area. The ride captains and/or members he designates will return to the stopped rider as soon as possible. After determining the problem, the ride captain will then decide when to get the group on its way and may make arrangements to further assist the stopped rider.
12. Gas Stops: Get to know your machine's cruising range. Running out of gas or making gas stops with large groups is time consuming. We ask that everyone arrive at the start of the ride with a full tank of gas. If possible everyone should top off their tanks at every gas stop, no matter how small the amount. This will avoid staggered gas stops and possibly save time.
13. Bike Maintence: Loose wires, shorts, dead batteries, worn tires, or worn chains/belts, can take away from the pleasure of the CVMA ride.
14. Wearing Apparel: The Nebraska CVMA requests that on any CVMA ride each member will wear their CVMA patch. Helmets are preferred, but not required unless mandated by state law.
DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF CLOTHING OR CLUB MEMBERSHIP IS ILLEGAL Any person whose exercise or enjoyment of rights secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States has been interfered with, or attempted to be interfered with may institute and prosecute a civil action for injunctive and other appropriate equitable relief including the award of compensatory monetary damages. The Supreme Court ruled in the case of Cohen vs. California, 403 U.S.15 (1971) that individuals have the constitutional right under the First Amendment to wear clothing which displays writings or designs. In addition, the right of an individual to freedom of association has long been recognized and protected by the United States Supreme Court. Thus, a person's right to wear the clothing of his choice, as well as his right to belong to any club or organization of his choice is constitutionally protected, and persons or establishments who discriminate on the basis of clothing or club memberships are subject to lawsuit. Modified 11/11/2008