In the interest of safety and in consideration for other road users, a group will usually consist of five bikes. Maximum bikes per departure are limited to six.
If there are more than six bikes at a tour, they will form different smaller groups of three or four bikes, each with a leader and a tail-gunner, preferably who are qualified. If the total number of bikes is not divisible by 5, the decision to go with groups of four or six will depend upon the route to be ridden.
In the northern mountainous areas, smaller groups are preferable.