WELCOME TO RUN FOR THE WALL
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s)
Run For The WALL (RFTW) leadership welcomes you to RFTW. If the question you have is not answered sufficiently in this location, please feel free to email route leadership under the CONTACTS Link at www.rftw.org
RUN FOR THE WALL QUESTIONS:
On the Merchandise Store once you click on an item, you go directly to the shopping cart. You can continue shopping, put in your zip code to calculate shipping, and when you’re ready to pay, you will be taken to payment options, using a credit card, echeck or PayPal. If you prefer to order by phone, or by printing an order form and mailing a check, there is a .pdf file at the top of the Merchandise Store home page. Any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How fast does the pack ride?
A general guideline is the pack will ride at about five miles an hour below the posted speed limit, sometimes less.
Can I register for Run For The Wall on-line?
Yes. Click on REGISTRATION to complete a registration and print an emergency form.
Ontario, CA 91761
Additional FREQUENTLY ASKED REGISTRATION QUESTIONS:
What if I’m not starting in Ontario, CA?
Each evening and each morning Registration is set up for those joining the pack beyond the starting location in CA. When the Daily Itinerary (day-to-day booklet) is published on the web you will have the opportunity to determine your best location to register and join the pack.
What do I need to have with me if my passenger is under the age of 18 on the Run?
There will be an additional form, "Minor Release Form," that will need to be completed at the registration table if your passenger is under the age of 18. If you are not the parent/guardian of the child riding the motorcycle with you, you will need to have a letter that is notarized by both parents, stating you have permission to take the child on Run For The Wall 2015, including the name and address of the parents a phone number, and the dates the child will be riding.
If I pre-register will I receive a packet in the mail of my registration information?
No, your only receipts are the two (2) emails you receive when you complete the registration. The PayPal receipt and the email@example.com email that says you’ve registered and reminds you to pay if you haven’t, yet.
All payments are processed for RFTW by PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can still register for RFTW with a credit card, and PayPal will process the money to RFTW’s Banking Account.
At your designated registration location the registration team will have your pre-printed registration form.
What if I pre-register, but change my mind about where I will start the Run?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any changes to your registration. Changes can be made to your registration up until April 30th. After PRE-REGISTRATION IS CLOSED make changes at your starting location.
What do I need to have with me when I use On-Line Pre-Registration?
To pre-register on-line it is important to remember you will be paying $30.00 in advance on-line using a PayPal account OR a Credit Card that will be processed by PayPal, and you are filling out the form with your personal information.
You will need a credit card or your PayPal information, your current driver’s license with a designated motorcycle endorsement code, your current (valid through May) vehicle Insurance Name and Account Number, emergency information, phone numbers, an email address, etc and you will need to know what location you’re using to join Run For The Wall. Also it is wise to decide which route you’ll be taking before you register.
I think I registered, but I didn’t receive an email to confirm my payment?
Please check your spam or blocked emails for an email from email@example.com. This email address will send you a confirmation of your registration. RFTW Registration sends you an email to the email address you used when you fill out the form, please check your PayPal email address for your payment confirmation. Many people have a different email for communication than their email they use for PayPal. If you cannot confirm your payment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and your registration will be confirmed by the registration committee.
Can I still register on-site, at the location where I join the Run instead of on-line?
Yes. Please know that filling out the form on-line and paying in advance will allow you to skip the long line to pay. We are hoping to streamline as many steps as possible this year, and appreciate those who are willing to do this process in advance. We’re not guaranteeing no lines at registration, but are hoping to lessen some of the frustration of the past. Please bring $40.00 cash if you do not pre-register.
Whether you pre-register or register on-site you will need to do the following steps on-site at your registration location:
1. Review your registration form confirming the information you’ve submitted is current;
2. Sign your registration form and an AMA Release form with RFTW Registration Staff as witnesses;
3. Pick up a packet, wristband and additional information;
4. You will be assigned to a platoon if you’re riding on the Central Route;
5. If you are an FNG you will be advised of an Orientation meeting.
When is the cut-off for pre-registration?
April 30th is the last date to pre-register on-line.
RUN FOR THE WALL GENERAL QUESTIONS CONTINUED:
What is the best time to join the pack if I cannot start in California?
Registration is only conducted mornings before the Riders Meeting and evenings at the final destination, unless otherwise stated in the itinerary. Reference item: 3.2.2 Registration Revision D Standard Operating Procedures (S.O.P)
- Only registered riders are allowed to ride in the formation.
- Riders will show proof of insurance and MC endorsement, (if applicable) and current bike registration prior to being registered.
- Registration will only be conducted mornings and evenings (exceptions will be approved by the BoD).
- There will be a $40.00 fee for "walk-in" registration.
How does the pack enter the highway?
We work with local and state authorities to aid our entrance onto the highways. The lead element will slowly enter the highway and maintain a slow speed as the pack follows. There is no reason to ride fast to "catch up" with the pack. The lead element continues a slow speed until the last man vehicle reports he/she is on the highway. At that point the Route Coordinator will slowing increase speed in five mile per hour increments at the rate of about 2-3 mph increase per minute. This increase is communicated to the Assistant Route Coordinator who is leading the 1st Platoon; that person will then slowly bring the pack to the assigned speed. The Platoon Leaders will follow suit, and are responsible for maintaining the proper distance. As you can see, there is no reason to ride faster than the speed limit - follow these guidelines and the platoons will bring you up to speed properly and reduce "rubber banding."
When will itineraries be available?
Daily itineraries will be finalized and posted a few weeks prior to departure. Please understand the incredible amount of work that must be finalized before this information is locked down. The notices and itineraries will be posted to the web site. A printed itinerary will be a part of your registration packet.
How do I reserve my spot in the pack?
There are no reservations of riding spots in the pack. We ride two columns, side by side as conditions allow, and positions in the pack likely adjust as we do fuel stops. If you want to ride near someone ride in front or behind them, not to their side as those positions will adjust if riders fall out of formation.
How much does it cost to go All the Way?
Cost of lodging, meals and gas to ride All the Way is largely a matter of personal preference. If you camp, some sites are free or reduced prices. Hotels will be indicated on our Route Itineraries (see 1 above) and we often get a modest group discount from the standard rack rate. Gas is sometimes provided by supporters, but given the current state of gas prices the level of future support can not be certain. Most meals are provided free by local volunteers. Allow enough funds for emergency repairs and maintenance of your vehicle. Also, there will be a modest pre-registration fee of $30 ($40 for walk-ins), with much of the cost going towards our AMA insurance premium.
Can I ride with the Run in my car (cage)?
Our number one goal is safety of the Run participants and the public. Personal vehicles can travel a few miles ahead or behind the pack, but can not intermingle with the pack at any time. Due to limited space at most of our gas stops we ask you to proceed to another station or skip a gas stop. Our gas stops are spaced from 70 to 125 miles apart so "cages" will not need gas as often as the pack.
Do I have to ride a certain brand of bike?
No, all bikes are welcome as long as they are safe, licensed and insured in accordance with your state’s laws. If you go All the Way you will likely ride more than 5,800 miles depending on your home town. Be sure your bike is up to a ride of this length, and allow for routine maintenance during the trip. Plan for tire and oil changes as appropriate.
What special skills are needed to ride with the pack?
Riding with the pack requires good skills, and you must be a competent, safe rider. Courses such as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Experienced (Advanced) Rider’s Course will help you sharpen your existing skills.
Any information about shipping my bike to Ontario, CA?
I have received several questions about shipping bikes to the Ontario, CA area, and I will respond to all here. This topic is a courtesy to those interested, and is not an "official" RFTW guide on the subject.
I ride my bike from near Columbus, Ohio to Ontario, but have researched the subject for some friends. I will not make recommendations, but will share with you what I have found.
1) Shippers: Most motorcycle magazines have advertisements for such services. Check with your brand’s riding club such as HOG, GWRRA or STAR touring, to name a few. Also, check the AMA magazines - there are normally a few shippers advertising each month.
2) Shipping Duration: Varies with origin and company. Most companies "roundup" bikes that are being transported to a specific part of the country, then fill up a truck/van to make the trip profitable. You can’t blame them for that, but it does add time and at least a few additional transfers. The last check I made for a trip from the Midwest to LA was estimated at four to six weeks.
3) Costs: Varies greatly, and is especially driven by your location. When you seek quotes from shippers ask about insurance coverage, and coordinate with your insurance agent, too; you may need a rider for your policy. After all, your bike is "out of sight" for up to six weeks and will be transloaded at least a few times, probably without you present. Consider airfare and ground transportation costs, too. These costs are partially offset by hotels, gas and meals not expensed if you were to ride west.
4) Discounts: If several riders from the same location are considering shipping, check on a group discount. Ask about rider club, AMA or other discounts.
5) Luggage: Most companies will not allow you to ship a bike with luggage on the bike or inside of an enclosed crate. This includes T-bags as well as saddle bags or tour packs.
6) Preparing the Bike for Shipment: Fuel must be drained from the tank. (Some shippers will "unofficially" allow you to leave a bit of gas in the tank if you have a fuel injected motor.) The crankcase and transmissions can remain "wet." You may want to remove mirrors, for the obvious reasons. Take extensive pictures or videos of the bike and accessories from all angles - again for obvious reasons.
7) Shipping Skids: Harley dealerships used to give away the wooden shipping skids on which new bikes were mounted. Those are long gone since Harley started using metal skids that are reusable and closely accounted for. Some shippers require a full crate, or they will supply one for a fee. Others will simply use tie-downs and shipping pads. Check this closely with the shippers. Also, most shippers will need access to a fork truck or loading dock/ramp. Ask your local dealer to work with you.
8) Receivers: Most dealers will receive a bike for you, but they must agree prior to final shipping arrangements. Harley dealerships sometimes receive and store a bike short term for free. Others will perform these tasks if you have their shop perform basic service like an oil change. Verify with the dealer.
9) Documentation: Keep a log of who you talk with, date, time and accurate discussion notes. If possible, log a backup contact person for the shipper and receiver since employee turnover (or inaccessibility) is often high. In order to claim your bike, bring the shipping manifest, government issued photo ID (with all information matching the manifest), and bike registration papers. Understand - and be thankful - the receiver is unwilling to just turnover a bike without proper proof of ownership. Bring copies of your pre-shipping pictures. Finally, verify arrangements then verify again.
I hope this note helps you get started in evaluating the shipping process.
Ron "Hammer" Young
"Until they are home ..."
What items should I pack?
RUN FOR THE WALL PACKING LIST (As listed in the Standard Operating Procedures (S.O.P.))
Several FNG’s have asked for suggestions on what to bring on the Run. Tailor this checklist to your own personal needs.