Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I have to be an experienced rider to join?
A. No. For many of our members, participating in SRC activities was their first experience in group riding.
Q. Do I have to have a particular size or type of motorcycle?
A. No. As long as it is street and interstate legal you are welcome to ride it with us. One of our long-time riders has a virtually antique Honda 250 and he has never let that slow him or us down! We welcome all brands of motorcycles.
Q. Can I attend a member meeting before joining?
A. Yes. You are welcome to come to our meetings. Our club meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month beginning at 7:00 p.m. We are currently meeting at the Sport’s Cafe in Bridgeton, 3579 Pennridge, Bridgeton, MO. It is located on the west side of I-270 and south of St. Charles Rock Rd, behind Bob Evans Restaurant. Most meetings last from thirty minutes to one hour.
Q. Can I go on a Sunday ride with the club before joining?
A. Yes. You are welcome to ride with us. You are welcome to ride with us and you may ride with us as often as you like before joining to get a feel for our group. The Shadow Riders would appreciate your membership so you can continue to ride with us. You can check our scheduled rides by clicking on Calendar.
Q. Where does everyone meet for Sunday rides?
A. We meet at Old Orchard Center , 14128 Manchester Rd. at Braeshire Rd. , beginning around 9:00 a.m. and start lining up around 9:30 a.m. The first group leaves at 10:00 a.m. Old Orchard Center is located less than a mile east of highway 141 on the south side of Manchester . We line up in the parking lot behind the Arby’s.
Q. How long are the rides?
A. Our “outward leg” averages about 2 hours including a “rest stop” for gas and other amenities at about the half-way point of the route to our scheduled destination. Many rides “officially end” there. Afterwards, small groups of riders will head home via any route that suits them. Often, this ride home is much shorter because we try to take the scenic route to the destination. Other rides have a “suggested route back” which is always a ride that is as interesting and exciting as the route out. It depends on the Ride Captain who planned the actual route.
Q. Where do you ride to?
A. On our Sunday rides, we ride to a different restaurant location for lunch, either in Missouri or Illinois . Some of our destinations have included Augusta , Bixby, Gasconade, Hermann, Moscow Mills, and Washington, in Missouri. Brussels, Chester, Grafton, and Hardin, in Illinois .
Q. Do I have to stay with the group for the whole ride?
A. No. If you can’t stay for the entire ride, before or after arriving at our scheduled destination, you are free to leave the group at any time, providing you follow the simple safety guidelines and let your group leader know why you are turning off the designated route.
Q. Are there any special riding rules?
A. Yes. You can read them by clicking on Riding Guidelines, which requires a PDF reader.
Q. Does the club have any Bylaws?
A. Yes. You can read them by clicking on Bylaws, which requires a PDF reader.
Q. Does the club have a newsletter?
A. Yes. It is available only to members. You will receive it by email (which requires a PDF reader) if you have a computer; otherwise it will be mailed to you. Monthly newsletters are archived on our website in the members area.
Q. Does the club have an email list?
A. Yes. This is how we are kept informed of any last minute updates on meetings, rides, etc. You may have your home and work email address listed.
Q. Does the club have a Buzz Book?
A. Yes. You may be included or not in the Buzz Book by checking Yes or No on the application. It is emailed regularly when new members join or when corrections are made. If you do not have a computer to receive emails, it will be mailed to you once per year sometime after the riding season begins.
Q. How much does it cost to join?
A. New individual membership is $24.00 per year. New joint membership (main member plus significant other) is $36.00 per year ($24.00 plus $12.00). Junior membership is $6.00 per year.
New membership is also pro-rated based on quarterly rates beginning with the second quarter of the year and determined upon application date received and not application date.
4th quarter membership will extend your membership through the next year.
Renewal membership after January 1st will be based upon 1st quarter rates only.
Q. How do I join?
A. Joining is easy. Click on membership. or the membership link on the home page. This will take you to our membership page. Scroll down and click on New Adobe Application link. This will open an active PDF file that will allow you to complete the application on your computer. (PDF reader such as Adobe Reader required, available on membership page.) Then print the application, sign and date it, and mail it with your check to the address listed on the top of the second page.
Q. Does the club participate in any charities?
A. Yes. Shadow Riders Club is involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation – Ride for Wishes & Hartbauer/McBride Memorial Foundation
Q. Does the club attend any rallies?
A. No, not as a club. There are members that plan and attend rallies on their own as a group.