Last weekend, I met up for the first time with the SoCal Sport Bikers Meetup group and we did a long run through Angeles Crest National Forest, on the Angeles Crest Highway and Big Tujunga. I was really impressed at the quality of the riders and the way the group was run will feature in an upcoming blog post on group rides as it really set a great standard. Even though I don’t ride a sports bike and am only on a Versys 650, I’m experienced enough to hold my own alongside the faster, bigger bikes thanks to years of experience and techniques I teach as part of my rider courses.
One of the biggest components covered by the Road Strategy umbrella is “following distance”. Simply put, this is the distance at which you are “following” the vehicle directly in front of you. They talk about this in various highway codes as the “2-Second-Rule” which means the suggested minimum gap between you and the car in front should be two seconds of time. Or as long as it takes you to actually say “only a fool breaks the two second rule”. The rule is more a guide to reaction times and safe stopping distances. When applied to motorcyclists however, the 2-second rule is somewhat inadequate, largely due to a motorcycle’s small size and greater reliance on rider visibility and positioning. Let’s look at why such a premium is placed on following distance for us bikers.