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Offline Sea Level

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #45 on: June 09, 2011, 06:03:56 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)

I'd say you did.    :)

On a long ride, it can get tedious watching approaching bikes to see if they are going to wave, or look like they are waiting for me to wave, or what. I don't like to be rude, and I definitely feel an affinity with my fellow motorcycle riders, whatever they are on, so I tend to raise the fingers of my clutch hand. What the hell, I get a little stretch out of it, and a little credit for being friendly.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #46 on: June 10, 2011, 03:28:51 am »
Why were you in Bradenton?

Here is a visual.  Thought it would be more interesting.

Between 17th ave west, 51st st west and Manatee
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #47 on: June 10, 2011, 06:43:29 am »
As long as traffic allows be to safely be distracted an wave, I am open to wave at anyone.  I do not consider my self a bike snob of any proportion.  I even return waves to scooters and mopeds.  If people do not wave back, I figure it's their problem.   No worries.  These days I confess I am having trouble with trikes.  I got rear ended by one who could not stop, I had a trailer towing trike turn left in front of me.  I got forced over double yellows by a trike going the same way on a 4 lane turn who entered the turn too hot and couldn't hold his lane.   Recently I had one of those Can Am Spyders come through double yellows heading straight towards me on a two lane curve.  I am glad the roadside was pretty smooth as I had to loose some speed riding through the weeds.  The guy didn't even stop.  He had to know that he just ran a biker off the road.  I am growing prejudiced, if you need three wheels, you better drive a car.    Checking myself, I find that I am hesitating to wave at trikes. 
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #48 on: June 10, 2011, 07:59:49 pm »
Here is a visual.  Thought it would be more interesting.

Between 17th ave west, 51st st west and Manatee

I grew up in a duplex on the lower left corner of that image...

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #49 on: June 11, 2011, 08:11:18 am »
Proof positive that it's cool to wave.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #50 on: June 11, 2011, 04:43:48 pm »
Having come from Australia I found it strange that no one returned my Helmet nod, I figured everyone was just plan rude or riders didn't acknowledge each other where I live, then I started to see a wave and I'd nod back. Took me a while to break the habit.

Why nod, we ride on the left side of the road and you can't wave.

As for waving...I wave to everyone, their choice if they wish to wave back. I especially like it when the girls on the back of the HDs and Goldwings wave back, but the riders don't.
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #51 on: June 11, 2011, 06:03:59 pm »
today I was snubbed by a Goldwing...who says you meet the nicest people on a Honda
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #52 on: June 12, 2011, 10:13:26 am »
Helmet nod for me......
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #53 on: June 12, 2011, 11:15:40 am »
I especially like it when the girls on the back of the HDs and Goldwings wave back, but the riders don't.

I get that a lot too.  I just chalk it up to Connie Envy.
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #54 on: June 27, 2011, 08:40:57 pm »
Nod usually gets it done.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #55 on: June 27, 2011, 08:49:17 pm »
I got snubbed for the first time ever (that I noticed) today. An HD rider waved at me, then 15 minutes later a Vulcan ignored me. I know he saw me, because we were on a two lane road, we passed within eight feet of one another. Huh.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #56 on: June 27, 2011, 09:43:10 pm »
Back in the late 70s-early 80s it seemed anyone on a bike would give you that - not a wave, but a shoulder height fist salute. No brand prejudice, if you were riding, you were in.
Now that I'm riding again this wave thing is confusing. 75% of the bikes I encounter are Harley's.The under 50 crowd on them seem to have a dead arm, yet the older guys wave. Sport-bike guys wave or nod at least. I wave. If you ride, your in.

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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #57 on: June 27, 2011, 10:49:07 pm »
I too wave at all 2,3 wheels and also top down cages. Agree that if I'm using my highway bars more H-Ds return. I get alittle gitty when meeting a sport-tourer and if its a Connie I try to speak (unless I need to spit) When meeting Victorys I do the two finger V, seems to always get a reply. Alot of turns, the head nod works. Let it be raining and it's almost 100%. I also stop for all stranded bikes........blanton
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #58 on: June 28, 2011, 01:19:04 am »
Otp we tend to just nod at other bikers. HD owners seem to have the same views here as over where you chaps are, perhaps its in the owners manual?  :-\
                                    Love riding in France where lifting the left hand is enough and pretty much everyone returns it. Waving at a biker as he/she overtakes recieves a right leg being kicked out( i'd love to wave back but cant let go of the throttle) 8)
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Re: Waving to other motorcycles
« Reply #59 on: June 28, 2011, 04:23:36 am »
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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