Rider Guidelines

Statement of Responsibility

  • You have voluntarily entered a motorcycle road-riding event. Run For The Wall® (RFTW) does not indicate that the facilities or course have been inspected, nor does it indicate that RFTW officials have been trained or accredited by any motorcycle association, nor does it indicate that your safety has been warranted by RFTW.
  • To some extent, all motor vehicles are inherently dangerous. You should take part in this event based on your own assessment of your abilities.
  • The route will traverse public highways and RFTW is not responsible for their condition or the actions of other individuals using the public highways.
  • Regardless of State Law, RFTW REQUIRES YOU WEAR A DOT-APPROVED HELMET and urges you to wear other appropriate safety apparel.
  • RFTW also urges you to receive professional instruction before operating a motorcycle.
  • RFTW does not provide medical insurance. We urge you not to operate a motorcycle without personal medical coverage.
  • If You: “Have any doubts at this time about your personal ability to participate in this event”, or “Have not adequately prepared yourself and your equipment”, or “Question the condition and safety of local public highways”, or “Believe your personal insurance coverage’s are not adequate to compensate you for any loss that might occur”… Then We STRONGLY RECOMMEND you withdraw from the event, and notify the RFTW Registration Team and your Route Coordinator. RFTW will immediately refund your registration fee.
  • RFTW Animal Policy: All animals, regardless of their designation or status, must be on a leash at all times when around others. All animals are the sole responsibility of their owners. Any damage caused to people, other animals, hotel rooms, etc, are the sole responsibility of the owner. RFTW will NOT be responsible to maintain, rescue, control or help any animal at anytime. Failure to follow the RFTW animal leash policy or control your animal will result in removal from the run. (For animals & owners.)

No. 1 Rule of the Run: No Attitudes!

STANDARD OF CONDUCT from the Run For The Wall Board of Directors:

All riders must remember that while participating in RFTW, they serve to represent the Veteran Community as a whole. As such they must control their behavior and emotions to the best of their ability. Be patient at the Host Hotels and Fueling and Lunch and Dinner stops along the way.  Altercations, either verbal or physical, will not be tolerated. Incidents of unruly or hostile behavior will be handled by the route coordinator, and he/she will determine what actions need to be taken to ensure the integrity and safety of the Run.  This may include requiring an individual(s) to terminate their participation.

RFTW FUELING GUIDELINES

Many of our stops are 30 minutes and are noted as Gas-N-Go on the daily itineraries. Please be aware that although we do a quick staging during these stops, there will be occasions when you will be directed to stage in a location away from the gas station. During a Gas-N-Go ALL Riders will stay on their bikes. These are not restroom/hydration stops. Usually, we are within 5-15 minutes of getting off (or just getting on) the bikes for an extended stop. Always remember: YOU are responsible to be on your bike and ready when the 5-minute horn sounds. Sometimes you may miss the opportunity to go to the hydration truck or use the restroom. Be prepared. Use facilities when breaks are long and have hydration in your tour pack or bags for easy access.

Platoons are directed to the fuel station by the Road Guards and/or Advance Team, then to the pumps by the Fuel Team.

Prior to approaching the fuel pumps, riders MUST fold up their highway pegs. PEGS UP! Pegs are a safety hazard to all personnel due to the closeness of the motorcycles, since we fuel bikes two at a time, side by side.

  • No Smoking (Mandatory Safety Requirement).
  • Be alert and watch for directions from the Fuel Team Members.
  • Riders need to be aware of their surroundings due to extremely close quarters and high noise level.
  • Road Guards have priority and shall be moved to the front of the line. Please be patient as this is critical to The Mission.
  • Riders and passengers must not dismount motorcycles until after leaving the fueling area.
  • Motorcycles are fueled two abreast, on both sides of the pump.
  • Unlock and stow Fuel Cap Covers BEFORE reaching the pump. Remove fuel cap. Have a place to hold or put the cap. You will need both hands free.
  • Motorcycles must be shut off prior to fueling. (Mandatory Safety Requirement).
  • Only premium grade (highest octane available) fuel is pumped.
  • Do not top off fuel tank. This is unnecessary, as fuel stops are approximately 100 miles apart. This helps prevent fuel spilling on a hot engine. When finished, give the fuel hose back to the Fuel Team Member.
  • Payment for fuel is ~ CASH ONLY ~ Have $1s, $5s, $10s, and $20s readily accessible. ¨ NO CHANGE IS GIVEN!! Example: Cost of fuel is rounded to the next higher dollar amount. If your fuel cost is $8 and you pay with a $10 bill, no change is given and you have made a $2 donation. Overage donations are used to fuel our chase and support vehicles.
  • Depart pumps, making sure you watch for other motorcycles, and follow directions to Staging.
  • Not Fueling? – You must go through the fuel line do not break out of the pack and follow directions to Staging so you are not a safety hazard to others.

RFTW Safety Briefing

Safety is of utmost importance to Run For The Wall. However, every rider must be competent and comfortable with their riding skills and understand that everyone is responsible for their own safety as well as the effect they have on the safety of the other riders in the pack.

The safety briefing and instructions below are an important part of our safety procedures and must be followed at all times:

NO use of alcohol or drugs during the riding day.  Remember:  This a Mission, not a party

  • Attendance at the morning meetings is mandatory.
  • Follow all Road Guard directions and instructions.
    (Should you have an issue with what you are being asked to do by Road Guards, follow the instructions and report your concern to your Platoon Leader at your next stop. Your Platoon leader will talk with the Road Guard Captain so that the issue can be addressed and/or explained to you.)
  • DO NOT USE your cruise control.
    (The platoons and pack must maintain consistent gaps between platoons and between riders. This consistency cannot be maintained using cruise control. Use very slow, small throttle adjustments to avoid causing “rubber banding.” Rubber banding greatly increases risk of incidents in the pack. Every effort needs to be made to maintain steady speeds with slow and small adjustments to maintain consistent spacing between riders.)
  • Use gears to slow down.
    (Avoid using brakes unless absolutely necessary. Hitting your brakes will cause your brake lights to come on causing a chain reaction of brakes being applied to the bikes behind you. This causes rubber banding and excessive speed adjustments.)
  • Stay off highway pegs as much as possible.
    (You must always be prepared to react defensively.)
  • Ride in the formation assigned to your platoon.
    (If you are in a side-by-side platoon, ride side-by-side. If you are in a staggered platoon, ride staggered. If you are not comfortable with your assigned platoon riding formation, notify your Platoon Leader and he/she will assist you.)
  • Do not cross tracks.
    (Riders shall NOT change lane position either to the Left or Right unless an emergency.  Move forward to fill in spaces. • Always check mirrors and do a head check before changing lanes. Ride in your track and stay off “zippers” (painted lane dividers) and “fog lines.”)
  • Pass back all hand signals.
    (Passengers are NOT to give hand signals.)
  • Do not “dive bomb” vehicles when changing lanes.
    (Make sure you have plenty of space before pulling in front of another vehicle. Give extra space to 18 wheelers.)
  • Watch for and yield to merging traffic.
    (If cars want in, let them in. Do not try to cut them off.  Cars may need to take an exit and they will most likely get out of the platoon as soon as they can.)
  • IF you are uncomfortable, feel tired or have an issue with your bike, “tap out” and leave the pack.
    (Always signal, establish eye contact, and make sure the bikes around you know that you are pulling out before moving out of your track and cutting in front of them to get out of the platoon. Once on the side of the road, if you are okay and do not need assistance, give the thumbs up signal until the entire pack has passed you.  If you need assistance, wave your hands until the chase truck stops to assist you.)
  • If you leave the pack for any reason, do not try to get back to your platoon.
    (If you catch up with the pack, remain behind the Rear Road Guards until the next stop. There, you will be able to stage with your platoon again and may join the pack again at any of the scheduled stops.)
  • Make sure that everything is secured well on your bike at each stop.
    (An object falling off your bike is a hazard to all the bikes behind you.)
  • Helmets (DOT Approved) are required and are to be worn at all times regardless of State Law.
    (Helmets must be worn anytime the bike is in motion to include repositioning in parking lots.)
  • Do not stop for accidents.
    (Stopping will increase the risk and danger to the pack. We have teams in place that will take care of the accident scene.)
  • Hydrate often and keep hydrated.
    (Hydration truck will provide fluids. Lack of hydration is a danger to you and the entire pack.)
  • Do not talk on the CB radio.
    (You may monitor the CB radio and listen to leadership. However, you are not allowed to talk on the CB radio. The CB channel must remain clear for leadership communication.)
  • Ride respectfully and always remain alert.
    (Be aware of the route’s departure times from our stops. Be on your bike with your helmets on ready to go.)
  • Do not park your motorcycles under any hotel porticos or in any fire lanes at the hotels or any of our stops.
  • Highway pegs are to be raised prior to entering fuel stations!