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This weekend I was in my first poker run with my 2 HD friends. I was asked to be a road captain and help block intersections as the 180 bikes went by. Being my first run, i was told what to do. The first two riders would go the location, the next 6 riders would be the road blockers. This was enough so you would not have to race up to the front of the pack once everyone passed to block the next intersection.

When we lined up the bikes 98% were HD .9 crotch rockets and my 650 scoter. Everyone started to laugh, but just like the other forums I had the last laugh and earned the respect from many riders.

Question for the group, is it typical for the road blockers to race to the front of the pack? I thought it would make more sense to place the leader in the center lane and when a road needed blocked on the right the second biker can cut out and block the intersection. the biker in the right could just block the intersection as as they arrived and the pack could shift up one. What is the norm or best practice?
 

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I've been on tons of group rides and not a big fan of blocking traffic. But i understand the need with really large groups.

I always thought it would be a good idea to count the number of turns, have that many blockers at the front, and drop one off at each turn. They could join the ride at the end of the pack and avoid all this racing to the front thing.

But that's rarely the case. Most every large group ride has maybe a dozen blockers and they have three blocking each intersection, then they race up along side of everyone for their next assignment.

I suppose its a question of man power. Blockers are usually very experienced group riders and know the routine. So that is the norm. Whether or not its best practice is, I'm sure, a matter of debate.
 

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Time to find another group to ride with.
The only people that should be blocking
intersections are the local police dept.
 

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I don't like the sound of that... First off, you're the new guy? And you're being asked to perform a front man duty? It sounds fishy and I would just tell them no thanks for now.

Secondly... Since when do motorcycle clubs get to block off traffic and have to right-of-way? Are they more important and paying more taxes?

Who gave authorization for you to block the highway by law?

Most poker runs are alcohol driven, and when the Highway Patrol show up to ask you what the hail you're doing blocking traffic? there going to breathalyze you. It sounds like the guy that runs the show know this?

Don't take orders from anybody when you're new, you watch, you listen you learn, and most of all you look out for number one!
 

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I don't like the sound of that... First off, you're the new guy? And you're being asked to perform a front man duty? It sounds fishy and I would just tell them no thanks for now.

Secondly... Since when the motorcycle clubs get to block off traffic and have to right-of-way? Are they more important?
I've seen scooter groups do it too. It's not limited to HDs.

I don't do blockers on my rides, but then again I have at most only 40 or so bikes. I rather like the turn-marker method. You have riders in the front that stop and just mark where the turn is, not actually block traffic. He just sits by the road side and flags the riders to turn left or right. When everyone has passed, he re-joins the group.

But again, I've never seen this method utilized on large rides.
 

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True class as always Liamjs, that's sounds very professional with the marker system.
 

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I might be different but I don't do Poker Runs. I think 7 is the largest number that should ride together for safety and maintaining a reasonable speed. I generally lead and want to be able to see everyone on the straight stretches. I don't like to ride with people whose abilities I don't know. Also, I ride to get away from crowds and to enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains.
 

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Pretty much anywhere there are poker runs, most people go in groups of 3 or 4.

Blocking traffic is never legal, unless the police are doing the escort.

Newbies to group riding should always be near the front, that way the yo-yo effect is minimized.

Me personally I hate riding in a group, it's way to restrictive for me. Riding is the ultimate freedom to just go do what ever. In a group, fugedabooouuudit.

I've been in a 1200 ride group broken up to 100 bikes. No police escort, but carfully planned to be almost all backcountry roads, with just 4 turning intersections. So when we "broke the law" and blocked the intersection, there actually wasn't anyone we were holding up.
And a 400 bike group not broken up. We were easily 4 miles long on the interstate, and we had police escort at the intersections, again carefully planed to only have 4. The police were pre staged at the intersections for us all to buzz through.
 

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I've did many pokers runs with the So Cal Motorcycling Assoc (SCMA) and I prefer their policy of smaller groups of riders. Anything much over 5 riders is an absurd train, especially if they try to stick together. I find those rolling trains of riders, and intentionally blocking off traffic, incredibly rude.
 
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