Road Captains

Road Captains and Sweep

Road captains organize a ride by going over the plan of the ride and safety information.

The main thing to remember about group riding is to be aware of what the road captain is doing and signaling. Every rider needs to be responsible for themselves. Still, the Road Captain will signal and ride in a way to keep the group safely enroute to the next way-point.

The sweep is the rider in the back doing just what the name suggests -- sweeping up the ride. The sweep stays back behind all the riders.

If a rider has trouble, it's the sweep's job is to stop with the rider and help figure out what to do. Riders leaving a group ride should give the sweep a "thumbs up", the sign if all is OK. Sweeps and Road Captains will recognize a rider "tapping" their own helmet as a sign of trouble. This can be anything from need Gas, mechanical problem, or anything else that requires the Road Captain or Sweep's attention

Riding in a group is a thrilling experience. From the rumble of the engines, the view of the bikes, or the unique feeling of riding as a group, all make group riding an enjoyable way to ride.


Reference documents for Road Captains and Sweeps

Road Captains should have a copy of each of these documents on hand before a ride.

Road Captain Pre-Ride Worksheet  (PDF file) 

Road Captain Guide  (PDF file)

Adult Release

Minor Release

Injury Report

Minor Risk Acknowledgement

Leading rides and Ride planning slide decks and forms

Leading rides (PDF)  

Planning a ride deck (PDF)

Ride Planning Form 2021 (PDF)




Eastside Chapter #5389 of H.O.G. was formed to bring together Harley Davidson motorcycle owners that share a love of riding. The primary activity of the Chapter is group rides. Road Captains provide leadership for group rides and promote safe group riding in a fun atmosphere. If you are interested in becoming a Road Captain, Contact the Head Road Captain

Road Captain Responsibilities (National) The Harley Owners Group national organization has specified responsibilities to be performed by the Road Captains. These are as follows:

  • Assist the sponsoring dealer and chapter director in upholding the Annual Charter for H.O.G. Chapters
  • Assists in planning routes for chapter rides
  • Assists in keeping the chapter informed of all H.O.G. programs
  • Educates chapter members about group riding techniques
  • Informs chapter members of any hand signals used by the chapter on group rides
  • Assists in obtaining signed release forms for chapter rides
  • Acts as a guide for organized chapter rides

Kevin K.


Sheri A.

Assistant Director

Tad T.

Head Road Captain