Welcome to the "Message Board" for Chapter 523 of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club
The purpose of this "message board" is to keep members and guests aware of upcoming rides, events and activities, along with a photographic gallery of past events.
You are invited to comment on any of the entries posted by clicking on a "comment" box. Also please browse through the various items of interest such as the Orillia weather, News from the Packet & Times and Friends of Chapter 523.
Shown at the top right of this page is our Orillia Chapter 523 Patch which was designed by 2 nd. Officer Pete Randle in the fall of 2009 shortly after the Chapter was formed.
The City of Orillia is commonly known as the "Twin Lake City" and the "Sun City" both which are depicted on the Patch by showing the sun rising over the Twin Lakes of Couchiching to the north and Simcoe to the south.
Staggered formation with the lead rider in the left tire track, subsequent riders alternating between right and left tire tracks, of the driving lane.
On secondary roads, a one second count will separate each rider, which will be a two second count to the rider immediately in front of you. On major highways where the speed will be increased, this count may be increased accordingly. Riding through towns at slower speeds, ranks will closed up to try and avoid splitting the group up. Traffic lights must be obeyed even if this splits the group.
Riders that require a larger separation than outlined above, for any reason especially for those members riding with a passenger, three wheeled , trikes or sidecar, motorcycle please ride toward the rear of the group but IN FRONT of the designated "Tail Gunner" of the day.
Right and left turns will be indicated by all riders using indicator lights and also hand signals as outlined by the MTO.
Slowing down or coming to a stop will be indicated by a hand signal as outlined by the MTO, this signal will be at the discretion of the Ride Captain.
Additional hand signals initiated by the Ride Captain will be used for riding in single file.
Pointing with the right foot or left hand to indicate an obstruction in the road such as a pot hole, debris or road kill that the rider behind you cannot see. (Pointing with your right or left foot would also be acceptable).
Also use a hand signal to the rider behind you if they have accidently left their blinker light flashing.
Designated Tail Gunners for Chapter .NOBODY WILL RIDE BEHIND THE TAILGUNNER. The tailgunner is the "Eyes" of the group and their primary function is to protect the group as a whole from traffic approaching from behind. This is no small task.
We do have several experienced Ride Captains headed up by Steve Shane. Their duty is to provide us with a safe and enjoyable ride within the limits of the law. It is important for the group to ride at a speed that keeps pace with the general traffic around them.
You may be asked at any time to fill in for either of the above positions and we ask that you respect this request by honoring all of the above.
To download a picture from this blog, first "click" on one of the Photo Galleries listed above. Find the picture you would like to download and "click" on it. Next "click" on Download at the top of the picture which will open up a window DOWNLOAD PICTURE, "click" on this window. Now down at the bottom of the page "click" on SAVE. Picture will now be in your "download file" on your computer. HAPPY CLICKING.