SAFETY INFORMATION2017-10-25T06:34:21-07:00

General Safety Guidelines for the Women's Motorcycle Summit

Your safety is our first concern. Please review the safety guidelines below.

General Safety Guidelines

General Safety – Alcohol2017-10-25T05:30:33-07:00

We love our riders!  For that reason, we want to keep everyone as safe as possible while we are on the road.  The riding events will be alcohol-free, but when we are done for the day there will be plenty of opportunities to let your hair down and have a good ol’ time…and a nice cold adult beverage!  Drinking and riding will not be tolerated.

Anyone caught drinking during a WMS riding event will be prohibited from further participation in the event and, if competing, will be disqualified.

General Safety – Exposure at Altitude2017-10-25T05:31:15-07:00

The Rocky Mtn. Women’s Motorcycle Summit takes place at high elevations (6,000 to 10,000+ ft) and can see high temperatures during summer months.  Dehydration, sunburn and Altitude Sickness are serious risks but are preventable.  Riders are asked to carry water at all times, be diligent about keeping up water intake throughout the day and use sunscreen or other protective clothing to protect from sunburn.

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness / Dehydration include:

  • Headache

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Increased thirst

  • Dry mouth

  • Tired or sleepy

  • Decreased urine output or urine is low volume and more yellowish than normal

  • Dry skin

  • Dizziness

  • Dry eyes.  Few or no tears

General Safety – Follow the rules of the road2017-10-25T05:29:59-07:00

Dangerous, unlawful, or otherwise inappropriate riding behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  Anyone found to be riding in an unlawful manner or in a way that jeopardizes the safety of other motorists will be prohibited from participating in WMS riding events.

General Safety – Gear2017-10-25T05:32:05-07:00

It is strongly recommended that all riders wear appropriate motorcycle gear when riding.  This includes a helmet, motorcycle jacket, long pants, boots, gloves, and protective eyewear.  Helmets are not required by law in Colorado but are strongly recommended.

Mechanical Safety – Pre-Trip Inspection & Preparation2017-10-25T05:28:22-07:00

Tires: Before the event, make sure that your tires are in good condition!!  Check your tread depth.  If you will be riding on new tires, it is important to break them in prior to the event so that you have optimal traction on curvy mountain roads.  Bring a tire pressure gauge with you so that periodic pressure checks may be performed.  Altitude can affect tire pressure and this should be checked daily.

Before the event, make sure that your tires are in good condition.  If you need new tires, it is important to break them in prior to the event so that you have optimal traction on curvy mountain roads.  Bring a tire pressure gauge with you so that periodic pressure checks may be performed.  Altitude can affect tire pressure.

Wheels: Check for loose or broken spokes.  Check bearings.

Shocks: Check for leaks and spring adjustment

Fluids & Lube: Make sure that your bike has oil and the filter is good and that all other necessary fluids are at appropriate levels. Grease appropriate linkages.  Look for and repair broken seals and leaks as needed.

Battery: Make sure your battery is working reliably.

Brakes: Check brake pads for wear.  Check rotor for loose or missing fasteners.  Check brake drums for proper adjustment

Chains/Belts: Check tension and look for damage.  Adjust/replace/lubricate as required

Clutch/Brake: Check and adjust levers and cables as needed.

Lights/Signals: Make sure that all lights and signals are working.

Foot Pegs / Floorboards: Check for wear; replace anything uncomfortable or worn out

Crash bars: Check mounting hardware and examine welds for cracks

Saddlebags: Check locks and brackets to assure proper attachment and functionality.

Tool Kit & First-Aid: Pack a first-aid and basic tool kit on your bike.

Owner’s Manual: Bring your owner’s manual in case unexpected technical issues arise.  This will help get you back on the road as fast as possible.

General Safety – Group Riding Guidelines2017-10-25T06:26:28-07:00

Tips for riding in groups:

Arrive prepared with a full gas tank and after daily TCLOCK inspection has been performed

Designate lead and sweep riders

Keep the group a manageable size (up to 7 riders) 

Ride Prepared: At least one rider in each group should carry a first-aid kit and full toolkit, and all
riders should carry a charged cell phone, so the group is prepared for any problem that they might

Hold a riders’ meeting. Discuss things like the route, rest and fuel stops, and hand signals.                                                                                                                                                                              Assign a lead and sweep (tail) rider. Both should be experienced
riders who are well-versed in group riding procedures. The leader should be aware of each
rider’s skill level before the ride and monitor the riders during the ride.

Ride in a staggered formation:  The staggered riding formation (see diagram below) allows a proper space
cushion between motorcycles so that each rider has enough time and space to maneuver and to
react to hazards. The leader rides in the left third of the lane, while the next rider stays at least
one second behind in the right third of the lane; the rest of the group follows the same pattern.
A single-file formation with a minimum 2-second following distance is preferred on a curvy road,
under conditions of poor visibility or poor road surfaces, entering/leaving highways, or other
situations where an increased space cushion or maneuvering room is needed.

Avoid side-by-side formations, as they reduce the space cushion. If you suddenly needed to
swerve to avoid a hazard, you would not have room to do so. You don’t want handlebars to get

Periodically check the riders following using your rear view mirrors. If you see a rider
falling behind, slow down so they may catch up. If all the riders in the group use this procedure,
the group should be able to maintain a fairly steady speed without pressure to ride too fast to
catch up.

If you’re separated from the group, don’t panic. Your group should have a pre-planned
procedure in place to regroup. Don’t break the law or ride beyond your skills to catch up.
For mechanical or medical problems, use a cell phone to call for assistance as the situation

If a rider leaves during the ride, the rest of the group should re-form the staggered formation by
criss-crossing into the next vacant position. Although it would seem more efficient for the
column directly behind the missing rider to move up, we do not recommend it because passing
another rider within a lane can be risky.

General Safety – Rocky Mtn. Summit Emergency & Roadside Assistance2017-10-25T05:33:30-07:00

For the Rocky Mountain Summit, in the event that you break down or need assistance:

Doolie Smith – 505-330-1943 (Roadside assistance)

Durango Harley Davidson: 970-259-0778

Fun Center Cycles: 970-259-1070 (Polaris, Suzuki, Can-Am, KTM, Kawasaki)

Handlebar Motorsports: 970-247-0845 (Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha, Beta, Husaberg, Husqvarna, Zero)

In case of emergency or late return to base camp, please contact:

Joan Krenning: 608-335-0852

Mechanical Safety – Daily Inspection2017-10-25T05:29:14-07:00

Prior meeting your riding group each day, please remember to gas up and perform this inspection: TCLOCK

T – Tires

C- Controls

L – Lights and Switches

O – Oil & Fuel

C – Chassis

K – Kick-stand / side-stand

A daily inspection of your bike is recommended.