The International Motorcycle Display Team Chart of Standard Formations

Whilst new and innovative displays are being created all the time, they are all variations of the six basic motorcycle formations.  The following chart will help you to recognise these formations as you encounter them in and around your local neighbourhood.

Formation One

Formation 1: The Classic Kitchener Formation

Based on the original WWI formation, this structure offers the greatest stability and is often used to support bridges and monuments.

Formation Two



Formation 2: The Reverse Kitchener

Used towards the end of the war, when a reversal of fortunes led to shortage of men and a surfeit of bikes.

Formation Three

Formation 3: Motorbike Juggling

A highly specialised skill, requiring great strength, timing and a sturdy helmet.  Skilled jugglers can often handle up to nine bikes at a time.  In 1957, legendary Russian bike juggler, Gregor Ivitchovitch managed a record-breaking sixteen, before being killed by a falling Suzuki.

Formation Four

Formation 4: The Sleeping Mongoose

Based on a traditional yak formation employed by the Chinese during the Pang dynasty.  Requires some degree of levitation.

Formation Five

Formation 5: Stealth Formation

Currently employed by the Royal Artillery.  The top section is detachable and is effectively invisible to radar.

Formation Six

Formation 6: Elephant Pyramid

This formation has no military or strategic value and is rarely used in shows as it is cumbersome, ungainly and causes significant damage to both men and machinery.  It is, however, a fairly effective way of transporting elephants across reasonably short distances.


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