Homoto Motorcycle Club

Member’s Manual

Welcome to Homoto Motorcycle Club!

Homoto was founded with the idea that motorcycling should be fun and safe, and that motorcycle clubs should be about meeting new friends, building skills, and having great experiences on a bike. We strive to provide a safe place for our queer and queer-friendly motorcyclists  to learn and ride with like minded people.

Homoto’s mission is:

The purpose of this manual is to provide you with the history of our club, how you can become a member, describe what you can expect as a member, and present important advice on how to prepare for and safely participate in our rides. We are happy you have found us  and look forward to seeing you at a ride or event soon!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

WHO WE ARE        3

Our mission and history        3

Club leadership and Bylaws        3

How to join Homoto        3

What to expect as a member        4

RIDING WITH HOMOTO        4

Homoto’s calendar of rides and events        4

Guidelines for Homoto Rides        5

Homoto’s Rules Of The Ride        5

Before Homoto Rides        5

On Homoto Rides        6

After the ride        7

In between rides        7

Motorcycle Gear Guidelines        8

Preparing yourself and your motorcycle for a ride        9

APPENDIX        11

T-CLOCS detailed inspection list        11


WHO WE ARE

Our mission and history

Homoto Motorcycle Club was founded in 2009 by a spirited group of riders looking for camaraderie on the road.  Skilled, safe riding has always been an important focus of the club.  The 2019 Board would like to acknowledge the founding members of Homoto MC.  They were Jay Larson, Gaylen Gunther, Patrick Van Amringe, Keith Foote and Keegan Paterson.  The 2019 Board has unanimously awarded each of them the status of Legacy Member to thank them for starting the club that we are all enjoying today.

Club leadership and Bylaws

Riding is the most important thing we do as a club, and Homoto has a dedicated team of board members elected yearly who insure our club runs smoothly and our calendar is filled with rides and activities. Should you wish to learn more about the bylaws governing our organization, feel free to review them at this link, or reach out to any Homoto board member with your questions.

How to join Homoto

Homoto is a membership-based organization, and new members make our organization stronger and more diverse. We welcome like-minded motorcyclists with a valid motorcycle license to pursue joining Homoto, and we value the friendship and riding experience that new members bring to our club. While we encourage scooter riders to join us at our social events or maintenance classes, you must ride a 250cc or larger motorcycle with 16” or larger wheels to join our rides and pursue club membership.  Here are the steps to follow if you’re interested in joining us.

  1. Join our meetup group, after which you’ll become a guest of Homoto, with twelve months to try us out and attend our events.
  2. Join us for at least three rides, or two rides and a social event, so both you and our members can decide if we are a good fit for each other
  3. After we all get to know each other, you may ask to become a member, or may be approached regarding membership. A full member can nominate you for a membership vote during one of our monthly meetings

What to expect as a member

Our club membership fee is $50 per year, and the fee is collected near the end of calendar year for the following year. Since Homoto is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, this membership fee is tax deductible. This membership grants you full privileges as a member governed by our by-laws (review them at this link). You will also receive a Homoto email address, which is used for all internal communication. Every new member also receives one Homoto T-shirt and one Homoto badge, and additional patches or t-shirts are available for purchase by members.

As a member, you are welcome to join, propose, or even plan a ride. Homoto hosts two regular monthly rides on a Saturday and a Sunday, and we also plan several multi-day rides yearly, for a total of up to 30 rides and events planned through the year. The club members will occasionally receive discount from shops and service centers as a way for businesses to engage with our community members. These are shared over email with full members.

RIDING WITH HOMOTO

Homoto’s calendar of rides and events

All of Homoto’s rides are listed on .com. To access the rides, you must join the meetup group (https://www.meetup.com/Homoto-Motorcycle-Club/). The number of rides vary based on season and availability of ride leads. In general, each month we have one club meeting which may include a ride or lunch after, as well as a Saturday day ride and a Sunday day ride. Summer months see over three rides - one multi-day ride and two local day rides. The club has had four overnight rides per year historically. These are planned months in advance and members are provided with recommendations on hotels and room sharing. We also occasionally list rides from other friendly clubs (like Gay Sportbike Riders) as well as track days that some members might be attending. These are not club official events, but are listed to share information. You can also find some of this information on our website homoto.us, which sources information from meetup.com.

Guidelines for Homoto Rides

Safety is important to us. That’s your safety, the safety of all other riders on a Homoto ride, and the safety of all other people sharing the road and air with us.  

Homoto was founded on the idea that riding should be fun, and safe. Skillful riding is a precondition for safe riding. The better your skills are, the more you can enjoy each and every ride. Worry less, enjoy more.

Homoto rides are designed to be joyful group riding experiences in the great scenery of California and adjacent states. Typical Homoto rides offer plenty of opportunity to have fun, hone your riding skills, socialize with riders you can ask for coaching, or exchange riding tips with.    

By participating in any Homoto ride, you accept and abide by Homoto’s Rules Of The Ride and accept this Homoto MC release of liability form. Read them, know them, apply them.

Homoto’s Rules Of The Ride

Before Homoto Rides

On Homoto Rides

After the ride

In between rides

You can learn these and more skills in Alameda County Sheriff Academy Civilian Motorcycle Basics, or all over the US at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Homoto offers dedicated skill-builder workshops. Check out the Homoto calendar on Meetup.

If you always wanted to add some variety to your riding, and were looking for a great pretext to get another bike: “Dirt skills improve your street riding!”  Here are some dirt riding drills your road riding can benefit from:

You can learn dirt skills regionally at Doc Wong’s Dual Sport riding clinics, or at Rich Oliver’s Mystery School, or for more adventure bike oriented folks, at Raw Hide BMW Off-Road Academy

Motorcycle Gear Guidelines

Gear should be protective and comfortable in any weather. Homoto believes in wearing all protective gear on all rides, “All the gear, all the time.” Protective gear consists of

For further recommendations and considerations on gear ask a Homoto member, and check out this detailed pamphlet of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Preparing yourself and your motorcycle for a ride


APPENDIX

T-CLOCS detailed inspection list

WITH BIKE ON STANDS / ENGINE OFF
Tires Condition: Tread depth, wear, weathering, evenly seated, bulges, embedded objects.
Wheels (Spokes): Bent, broken, missing, tension, check at top of wheel: “ring” = OK — “thud” = loose spoke.
Wheels (Rims): Cast cracks, dents, out of round/true = 5mm. Spin wheel, index against stationary pointer.
Bearings: Grab top and bottom of tire and flex: No freeplay (click) between hub and axle, no growl when spinning.
Seals: Cracked, cut or torn, excessive grease on outside, reddish­-brown around outside.
Brakes Condition: Check pads and discs for wear.
Levers & Pedal Condition: Broken, bent, cracked, mounts tight, ball ends on handlebar levers, proper adjustment. Pivots lubricated.
Cables Condition: Fraying, kinks, lubrication: ends and interior. Routing: No interference or pulling at steering head, suspension, no sharp angles, wire supports in place.
Hoses Condition: Cuts, cracks, leaks, bulges, chafing, deterioration. Routing: No interference or pulling at steering head, suspension, no sharp angles, hose supports in place.
Battery Condition: Terminals; clean and tight, electrolyte level, held down securely. Vent Tube not kinked, routed properly, not plugged.
Lenses & Reflectors Condition: Cracked, broken, securely mounted, excessive condensation.
Wiring Condition: Fraying, chafing, insulation. Routing: Pinched, no interference or pulling at steering head or suspension, wire looms and ties in place,connectors tight, clean.
Oil Levels: Gear oil
Shaft Drive Transmission: check rear drive, shaft.
Hydraulic Fluid: Brakes, clutch, reservoir or sight glass. Coolant Reservoir and/or coolant recovery tank — check only when cool. Fuel Tank or gauge. Leaks Engine Oil Gaskets, housings, seals. Gear Oil, Shaft Drive Gaskets, seals, breathers. Hoses, master cylinders, calipers.
Coolant: Radiator, hoses, tanks, fittings, pipes.
Fuel: Lines, fuel valve, carbs
Frame Condition: Cracks at gussets, accessory mounts, look for paint lifting.
Drive Chain or Belt Tension: Check at tightest point.
Lubrication: Side plates when hot. Note: do not lubricate belts.
Sprockets: Teeth not hooked, securely mounted.
Fasteners: Threaded Tight, missing bolts, nuts.