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Offline fartymarty

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2011, 09:46:27 am »
I don't really have a point. I was trying to get to one, but it just got more diffuse and less coherent as it went on. I... whatever.
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I have noticed some lack of waving by Harley riders in the city but the return waves seem to increase in rural areas. It seems to me that
the chances of a Harley rider returning/initiating a wave go up if he is wearing a helmet and go down with a do rag or shaved bald, anybody
else notice that?

When my brother-in-law and I were riding in Big Bend Nat'l Park on Honda Trail 90s with Chinese clone engines, every single bike (mostly cruisers
and at least half of those were Harleys) waved back, that sorta surprised me. Maybe the proximity of urban centers is a factor?

If I see them in time, I wave at all 2 & 3 wheeled bikes including Beemers, Harleys, and scooters.

I don't seem to have a consistent plan when overtaking or being over taken wave, somtimes a helmet nod sometimes a cross body wave, I need to
work on that I guess...I..whatever.


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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2011, 09:57:49 am »
When I do wave, I usually point at ya... "I saw you!'.  I've been caught off guard the last few days... I've had several Vtwin riders wave at me for no good reason... LOL!!!  Must be the nice weather... but it put a smile on my face.  8) 
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2011, 10:00:50 am »
They are not saying 'Baaaaaaaaaaab!, they are saying Daaaaaaaaaaaad? :o

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2011, 11:29:00 am »
I told my wife that the reason the Harley guys don't always return waves is because the bike is vibrating so bad it might be a dangerous thing to remove one hand while moving...ever notice how all of the taverns have a bunch of Harley's parked out front, I guess that's as far as they could go before the vibrations got to them...then off to the next tavern
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2011, 11:55:00 am »
I find it interesting that almost everyone waved at me on my Valkyrie but mostly only sport bikes wave at the C14. I wave most of the time but not all of the time. If I am thinking about something else I don't  worry about it. I do try to return a wave to everyone who waves at me.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2011, 12:17:17 pm »
When I have my 13 y/o daughter riding with me, she waves at everybody... and I mean WAVES  :hail:  It is so funny watching those "I ain't goin to wave at that jap bike!" guys when they see her waving at them... her all dressed up in aggressive pink!  :rotflmao:
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2011, 12:28:16 pm »
I will always return a wave or head nod.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2011, 05:59:14 pm »
I usually wave unless I need both hands at the moment. I rode the Cherohala Skyway a couple of weeks ago and almost everyone waved except BMW riders (almost none) and any Harley rider who had tassels on his handlebars. (Do the tassels mean they still need both hands all the time?
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2011, 06:51:46 pm »
I wave all the time. If they wave back, cool, if not, that is cool too. It is their issue, not mine. I just make sure I'm not the dick. ;)
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2011, 09:46:40 pm »
I used to wave, just a left hand straight up an inch or so off the grip. Most of the responses tended to be strangled. I think they are confused. I ride a red BMW 650 with knobby tires. I wear a yellow helmet and black jacket and brown pants and EMT boots.

Since I don't have a "real" BMW, the Beemer crowd is confused. Cruiser guys usually give the down low wave but I'm not sure if they are flicking their butts or stretching or waving, since they rarely make eye contact. Big tourers wave or adjust the XM antenna, I can't tell. Connies, STs, FJRs- that crowd are the constant wavers. They also are the ones that will turn around and ask if I am okay when really I'm waiting for traffic to thin so I can pee. Or take a picture. Or both.

And of course, women riders wave at everyone.

There is also confusion since I don't wear "the uniform". No one piece Aerostich. No chaps and vest. I'm poor. And cheap. A lethal combination. I wear what I have and spend my money on important things. Like whores and cocaine.

The only riders that see me, and get it, are my fellow CARs*, the KLR guys. They smile and wave enthusiastically.

These days, I care less about other riders waving and more about awful traffic so I do the turn and nod.  But I will return a wave if I get one.









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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2011, 09:59:10 pm »
I wave all the time. If they wave back, cool, if not, that is cool too. It is their issue, not mine. I just make sure I'm not the dick. ;)

+1   It's their problem if they don't wave back, not mine.
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2011, 09:08:09 am »
I wave at everyone too!  I really like when you wave at a scooter, and they wave back.

I will say that when I ride my Yamaha (HD look alike)  I get alot more cruiser wave firsts, and when on the C-10, more sport bike wave firsts.

I always point at other Connies....  C-10 and C-14(althought I don't spot those as early).  I also will ussualy slow down for C-10's  too.  I even wave to C-10s when I am standing outside, or in my cage....

I guess I am just wierd  :o
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2011, 09:32:58 am »
I come from a part of the country where everybody waves at everybody. And I mean EVERYBODY! 2 wheels, 4 wheels, tractors. It don't matter. You just wave. You probably know half of them anyways.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2011, 10:09:12 am »
I pretty much wave at everybody. The HD crowd when in groups (3 or more bikes) seem the least likely to return the wave.

Having met, talked to and hung out with a lot of the HD crowd recently at Bike Nights at a local restaurant, I'd have to say that a very large proportion of them are not really bikers. They show up to be the center of attention courtesy of the latest piece of chrome/loudest pipe/custom paint, and the stories you hear are rarely about actually RIDING someplace.

They drink several large beers, start up their obnoxiously loud sickles and then totter on their way the 5 or 10 miles home. Rarely more than that. Distance for them is home to nearest tavern and back, with maybe another tavern thrown in. The GF or wife on the back is usually wearing stilletto heels and a tank top. Not exaggerating.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #29 on: June 06, 2011, 02:10:20 pm »
I'm really sorry that you guys have had all these poor experiences with Harley riders. When I did own one, I hung around with the HOG group at the stealership. We went on rides every single sunday. Usually a hundred miles or so, round trip, sometimes more. Rain, Cold, Heat, didn't matter, we were out riding, and certainly more than 5 or 10 miles to the local brew. You know, those RUBs and FWRs and PubCrawlers ride all kinds of stuff.