HAND SIGNALS

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When riding in a large group, communication between riders via hand signals are critical to staying safe at all times. Here’s a useful infographic to help serve as a refresher for some of the more common hand signals.

Most motorcycle hand signals are fairly intuitive, especially when combined with appropriate body language; however, new riders may be confused upon first seeing them.

Proper signaling is crucial to safety, when in large group rides, important hand signals should be communicated during a pre-ride meeting.

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Hand Signals


Left Turn LEFT TURN
Make the signal by extending your left arm straight out with your palm facing down.
For letting the group know you are turning left. The signal can be used to break from or to lead the group, depending on whether you are leading or following.
Right Turn RIGHT TURN
Bend your elbow 90 degrees, then point your clenched fist at the sky to complete the signal.
Let the group know you are turning right. Use this signal to lead or to break from the group, depending on your status in the group (leading or following)..
Stop STOP
Make the signal by bending your arm 90 degrees, keeping your palm open, and pointing your fingers down at the road.
When the leader of the group makes the “stop” signal, it should cause a chain reaction going all the way back to the last rider in the group.
Speed Up SPEED UP
Extend your arm and swing your palm in an upward direction to give the signal.
Inexperienced groups will benefit most from this signal. Experienced groups rely more on body language. Use it to tell the rest of the group to match your pace by increasing their speed.
Slow Down SLOW DOWN
Extend your arm and swing your palm down toward the road to tell everyone in the group to slow down.
This signal is useful because motorcycles generate intense engine-braking forces, which do not activate the rear-facing brake light.
Follow Me FOLLOW ME
Make the signal by extending your arm forward at the shoulder with your palm facing outward.
Used to announce a new, often self-appointed group leader. Also used to segment a large group into a smaller group.
You Lead YOU LEAD/COME
In one motion, point to their bike and then swing your arm forward. Repeat this motion until the other rider understands.
AKA the “YOU! Follow me!” signal. It has 2 distinct parts. Start by pulling up alongside the rider you want to follow or lead.
Hazard In Roadway HAZARD IN ROADWAY
The signal is different depending on whether the hazard is to the right or the left. If the hazard is on the left, point with your left arm. Point with your right foot if the hazard is on the right.
This is a “2 in 1” signal.
Single File SINGLE FILEAn easy gesture. Extend your left index finger and bend your arm up to the sky. In other words, pretend the riders behind you are asking “How many?” and then indicate the answer by gesturing with your left pointer finger.
Double File DOUBLE FILE
Bend your left arm at the elbow and point to the sky with your index and middle fingers. Do not forget to include your index finger.
Comfort Stop COMFORT STOP
Poke your arm out to the left and shake your fist using short, up-and-down movements – as though shaking a can of paint. Make this stop only when the road or shoulder is debris-free and there is ample room to pull over.
Refreshment Stop REFRESHMENT STOP
Indicate your intention to stop at a gas station or restaurant. Make a “thumbs up” with your left hand and gesture toward your mouth (or the front of your helmet) as though your thumb is a straw poking up out of a glass of water.
Turn Signal On TURN SIGNAL ON
To make a “blinking” gesture using your left hand, alternate between extending your fingers and making a fist. Use this signal to let another rider know he left his blinker on, allowing him to save face during the next comfort or refreshment stop.
Pull Off PULL OFF
Indicate to the rest of the group to pull off of the highway, either immediately or at the next exit. The pull off signal is given when the reason for the stop is something other than a comfort or refreshment stop.
Cops Ahead COPS AHEAD
Let your fellow riders know about police activity up the road by patting the top of your helmet with your left palm. Keep our communities’ police officers and other first responders safe. Use caution and respect all laws when riding your motorcycle.
Fuel FUEL
When riding with most groups, running out of gas will earn you a nickname you probably won’t like. Communicate your need to refuel by pointing to your fuel tank using your left index finger.