Rider Safety

Riding Comfort with Safety Alex

Ride Instruction

Training is essential for every rider, whether new or experienced. There are several ways to get or stay current. Harley-Davidson® offers Riders Edge courses suitable for every experience level. Instruction is also available through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. For more information on when and where classes are available, please visit their websites at:

Harley-Davidson® Riders Edge

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Group Riding

Riding safely is the responsibility of each rider in the group. Each ride will be lead by a road captain. The road captain will review safety rules before every ride. Each rider is expected to follow the safety rules. The safe riding rules are detailed in the Chapter Ride Policy. You should also become familiar with the group riding information in the HOG® Chapter Handbook, starting on page 84.

Chapter Ride Policy

The chapter ride policy contains everything you need to know about the rules of a chapter ride.

Road Captains

All St. Paul H.O.G® Chapter #2454 Road Captains are volunteers and are present on our Chapter rides to help assure the safety of all ride participants. On each ride, the Road Captains have the following responsibilities:

  • Help the Ride Leader facilitate rides and be comfortable in leading a ride safely from start to finish
  • If you will be the Ride Leader design a safe ride route
  • All participating Road Captains should pre-ride routes prior to ride date
  • Help make sure all riders and passengers have either signed in or, if guests, signed waivers
  • Demonstrate hand signals during the pre-ride briefing and point out any safety considerations along the route
  • Serve as mentors to Assistant Road Captains
  • Discretely provide constructive tips to participants on the rides, as may be necessary
  • Help position riders on ride based on their preference
  • Do NOT block intersections
  • Others duties as assigned by the Head Road Captain

The Chapter encourages anyone wishing to become a Road Captain (or RC) to:

  • Have a valid Driver's License and Motorcycle endorsement
  • Be a current St. Paul H.O.G.® Chapter member
  • Serve as an apprentice to a Certified Road Captain for six or more rides (be assigned to a Certified Road Captain by the Head Road Captain two days prior to each ride)

To continue as a Road Captain in subsequent riding seasons, you are encouraged to:

  • Maintain current St. Paul H.O.G.® membership
  • Commit to and lead or assist in 2-3 St. Paul H.O.G.® rides per season

Accident Scene Management Training

Accident Scene Management (ASM) is the leading International motorcycle trauma training organization. They were established in 1996 and are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists through first response education. They teach bystanders and EMTs what to do in order to prevent injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists. To learn more, visit their website.