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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #30 on: June 06, 2011, 02:39:11 pm »
If I notice another bike and am able to do so I acknowledge them.  Be it a wave, pointing my left fingers up or a head nod.  I have done this on BMW's, a pan head hard tail (from the time I got that bike I was looking to sell it  :) ) Jap bikes etc.  There are a lot of riders around that think another bike is not worthy but I couldn't care less about any of that.  I once rode from Bradenton Florida to North Eastern Ohio for the 18th annual Sly Fox beast roast in a short weekend with a guy who had nearly no experience and was riding a hondamatic 400 with what I think were original chen shin tires throwing rubber the whole way.  Good times, good times.
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #31 on: June 06, 2011, 02:46:38 pm »
If I notice another bike and am able to do so I acknowledge them.  Be it a wave, pointing my left fingers up or a head nod.  I have done this on BMW's, a pan head hard tail (from the time I got that bike I was looking to sell it  :) ) Jap bikes etc.  There are a lot of riders around that think another bike is not worthy but I couldn't care less about any of that.  I once rode from Bradenton Florida to North Eastern Ohio for the 18th annual Sly Fox beast roast in a short weekend with a guy who had nearly no experience and was riding a hondamatic 400 with what I think were original chen shin tires throwing rubber the whole way.  Good times, good times.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #32 on: June 06, 2011, 05:55:27 pm »
I always return a wave from anyone--if I see it in time!  I don't know if I zone-out more these days or if I'm just really focused on the road ahead, but it's not uncommon that I find myself going past riders and catching their wave out of the corner of my eye after it's too late.  I'm always curious what they think my motive was for not waving...

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #33 on: June 07, 2011, 08:35:27 am »
I used to not wave at scooters, but now I wave at everybody on less than 4 wheels no matter what because the hell with them.  It's become a principle thing for me.  I told the SO that her two jobs are to whack me every time the speed limit changes and wave at all oncoming motorcycles.
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #34 on: June 07, 2011, 09:59:43 am »
I wave sometimes. I always return a wave if there is time. .... Harleys never wave at metric bikes, but after they pass me I notice they will wave at other Harleys.
Living in the state of Harley's home, I don't get many waves back but I do initiate when possible.

Less waves from men, 30-40, wearing only sunglasses for a windshield, no helmet.  Some H-D cruisers will wave, fewer initiate.

I always return a wave from anyone--if I see it in time!  I don't know if I zone-out more these days or if I'm just really focused on the road ahead, but it's not uncommon that I find myself going past riders and catching their wave out of the corner of my eye after it's too late.  I'm always curious what they think my motive was for not waving...
Road construction zones are where I usually don't wave as I try to follow lane changes.  But I wonder the same thing about unreturned 'waves'.
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #35 on: June 08, 2011, 08:36:17 am »
To wave or not to wave...

I'm taking the back roads on the way home yesterday. Not a car in sight and I'm enjoying my ride, doing about 70 on a 2 lane through farmland. Up ahead I see a bike heading in the same direction and I'm catching up to him quickly. As I get closer I see that it's a pirate on an HD. He sees me in his rearview, downshifts and I hear him nail it. I drop down 2 gears and I nail it myself, blowing past him like he's standing still. I get back over into the right lane and check him out in the mirrors, dropping back pretty quickly.

Should I have waved at him?     8)
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #36 on: June 08, 2011, 08:51:48 am »
I wave almost always to any other motorcycle. On my Suzuki DR650 I get about 30% of the HD types to wave back. On my C14 about 50%, if I'm using my highway pegs about 70%. When I had my Valkyrie it was about 90%.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #37 on: June 08, 2011, 08:53:38 am »
Oh and the comment I read about the rear end of a group waving more often then the lead is absolutely true.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #38 on: June 08, 2011, 04:05:30 pm »
When I ride I try to wave at every motorcycle I see on the road. I have made this a part of my rides, it is my personal form of entertainment during my rides. I have noticed that not everyone returns the wave. When I wave I make a loose fist and point with 2 fingers towards the oncoming riders front wheel. I also noticed have that there are several forms of return waves, some just raise their fingers without ever removing their hand from the handlebar, some wave straight out to the side, some raise a hand up, some do like me and put their hand down and out...most interesting is the people hwo refuse to return the wave...this amuses me the most. I have noticed that if it is a large pack of Harleys that the leader (probably the alpha of the pack) will seldom wave, but the last in line most likely will (probably hopes that none in front of him notice). The most perplexing for me is when passing a large group of riders, do I do a wave for each rider...I finally adopted the technique of one long continuous wave till they are all past me...I live in the Pacific Northwest and I was able to ride most of the winter and spring and during the cold weather riding I noticed that everyone regardless of M/C type returned my waves...interesting, I guess the snobs are a bunch of candya** fairweather riders. I am curious to know how others feel about this topic, and your experiences???

Must be a PNW thing, as this exactly matches my observations as well.  I return waves to anyone / everyone, even scooters (it's getting harder to ID them from the oncoming profile).

I initiate a wave at all 2 & 3 wheelers, except HD riders, unless they wave first.  Too many of them are stuck up, and ruin it for the rest of them.

The other snob group I have noticed are LEO's.  They wave at each other, but rarely wave back to me.  Once, one initiated a wave (going other direction), but given the double take he did, I think he thought I was a LEO too.  I waved back anyway. :)
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #39 on: June 08, 2011, 04:07:16 pm »
To wave or not to wave...

I'm taking the back roads on the way home yesterday. Not a car in sight and I'm enjoying my ride, doing about 70 on a 2 lane through farmland. Up ahead I see a bike heading in the same direction and I'm catching up to him quickly. As I get closer I see that it's a pirate on an HD. He sees me in his rearview, downshifts and I hear him nail it. I drop down 2 gears and I nail it myself, blowing past him like he's standing still. I get back over into the right lane and check him out in the mirrors, dropping back pretty quickly.

Should I have waved at him?     8)

Of course you should have waved, but in a condescending way to indicate how funny you thought it was that he would downshift and accelerate for you to make the pass interesting.   ;D

 
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #40 on: June 08, 2011, 08:40:36 pm »
Met another Connie C-10 late today  on 985 in GA and got an enthusiastic "Hi 5" from across the interstate median. (it was black and the rider was all in black. It was obvious he was glad see another Connie!). Great to see. but I wonder if he/she is on here.
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #41 on: June 09, 2011, 10:59:51 am »
To wave or not to wave...

I'm taking the back roads on the way home yesterday. Not a car in sight and I'm enjoying my ride, doing about 70 on a 2 lane through farmland. Up ahead I see a bike heading in the same direction and I'm catching up to him quickly. As I get closer I see that it's a pirate on an HD. He sees me in his rearview, downshifts and I hear him nail it. I drop down 2 gears and I nail it myself, blowing past him like he's standing still. I get back over into the right lane and check him out in the mirrors, dropping back pretty quickly.

Should I have waved at him?     8)

I'm sure he waved to you! Of course, staying in control of such a monster machine as his Hardly, he could only spare one finger and one hand. But it's the thought that counts.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #42 on: June 09, 2011, 11:45:21 am »
Of course you should have waved, but in a condescending way to indicate how funny you thought it was that he would downshift and accelerate for you to make the pass interesting.   ;D

That's true, he did make my pass a lil more interesting than it otherwise would have been. I should have thanked him in some way for that at least eh?


I'm sure he waved to you! Of course, staying in control of such a monster machine as his Hardly, he could only spare one finger and one hand. But it's the thought that counts.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #43 on: June 09, 2011, 12:31:21 pm »
I will always return a wave and only initiate about 50% of the time. LMAO...I rarely ride in groups, but went out w/ about 8 guys one Sunday. The leader was a little full of himself and gave everyone a 15 minute dissertation on his hand signals. Fair enough, however when we were on the slab...two lanes each way w/ a huge median, he was killing himself trying to wave at opposing biker traffic. At first I was like...."what the hell hand signal is that?". Then I realized he was almost getting out of the seat to wave at guys going the other way more than 100 feet to the left. It was a beautiful Sunday and I bet our leader didn`t have his hand on the controls for 50% of the ride!

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #44 on: June 09, 2011, 05:54:40 pm »
I love "wave" threads.   :D

If I'm paying attention, not at risk, or putting the other rider at risk, I wave.

Not everyone waves.  Get over it.  My anecdotal evidence indicates that there is no real pattern.  We just assume that there is.  Up until 3 weeks ago, I would have said that motor officers don't wave.  But lately, they all have been.

I ride with friends who are great people, and have no motorcycling prejudices, but they just don't wave much.  And it doesn't seem to make much difference what bike they are riding either.
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