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kerrsys
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Is it true?

Postby kerrsys » Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:28 pm



Harley riders are afraid to ride one-handed. That's it, right? Cos' none of 'em seem to be able to give a wave back to me when I'm out there riding. Thoughts? ;)



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Re: Is it true?

Postby wally » Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:05 pm

I've noticed a few that won't wave, now I know why, they can' let go!

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Re: Is it true?

Postby themainviking » Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:23 am

Sorry, but it is because they do not like anyone who is not riding a Harley. The occasional Harley rider who has matured past an emotional age of fifteen will wave. I waved when I was riding a Harley. My emotional age was probably about sixteen, :lol:
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Re: Is it true?

Postby kerrsys » Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:22 pm

OK...So, it's not me. It took a guy from Yale AND Viking to set me straight. Thanks!

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Re: Is it true?

Postby Sally » Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:42 pm

This is very instreading.. I have a good friend we rode all over together took one day a week off work to go find a different BBQ to eat at. I was the one to get him riding. Now he has bought a HD I think he forgot my name I'm not sure..He still rides with other HD riders. Really kinda FUNNY to see what an A## he is..They HOG rally was here 3 years ago and again this past summer tried to get in but no HD .. I have stopped to help two of them now won't stop again.. PISS on all of them.. SALLY

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Re: Is it true?

Postby Al Waters » Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:22 pm

From what I understand, we should not be so hard on the Harley riders. Statistics have proven since 1992 that 90% of all Harleys are still on the road. The other 10% made it home. ;)

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Re: Is it true?

Postby starfleetengineer » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:10 am

Hate to say it but it's true. My brother-in-law bought a 883 sportster and I have my wing. He is also on the fire dept. here in town. Well we set up a blessing of the bike at our church and it was going good, then he found out that the fire dept had thier onw thing, but with only Harleys. He decited to drop the blessings and go with that. He rides all over with them, and well this year we might have ridden 150 miles together. I would guess that 90% of them are in the group, if you don't ride a harley, you don't have @%#! I am really glad we as Goldwing riders don't do that. I always like to say, if it has 2 wheels and you don't act like an idiot.... Lets ride!!
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Re: Is it true?

Postby ka4yqi » Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:23 pm

Not going to say it always true. One of my riding buddies has a Harley streetglide and one has a 1800 Goldwing and a Harley softtail. The bunch will ride with anything and 90% will put the hand out. Our bunch will riding with anybody on anything. We figure if it got 2 or 3 wheels, its a motorcycle. We are in it for the ride and thrill.

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Re: Is it true?

Postby themainviking » Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:13 pm

ka4yqi wrote:Not going to say it always true. One of my riding buddies has a Harley streetglide and one has a 1800 Goldwing and a Harley softtail. The bunch will ride with anything and 90% will put the hand out. Our bunch will riding with anybody on anything. We figure if it got 2 or 3 wheels, its a motorcycle. We are in it for the ride and thrill.



Well, your buddy sounds like he is me.... I have an 1800 Goldwing and a Harley Softail, and I rode with anybody who wanted to ride - AND I have been in the clubs. Don't have to act the badass just because I is one, Hawwwwwwww. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Is it true?

Postby kerrsys » Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:57 pm

I'm with you...Motorcycles are motorcycles. Two wheeled or Three. None of us have a cage, airbags (some do, but, you know what I mean) or bumpers to protect us. We're all in it together. Why not a wave?

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Re: Is it true?

Postby rono24 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:35 am

About 8 or 9 years ago I had a 750 honda and my brother and his freind had a road king we all headed for the honda hoot 2 up. The 2 harleys had a hard time keeping up with me as my 750 had more horses than their road kings. When we got back my broyher bought a honda

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Re: Is it true?

Postby WA9FWT » Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:12 pm

I'd say 95% bikers wave back when I wave first.Recently we had a Harley rally poker run down on the lake shore.Of coarse it was Sponsored by the local Harley and Yamaha stores.I was hesitated to show up, but saw in the paper all bikers were welcome.Our local Honda dealer was not there. :(
I did show up with my trike conversion and had many that came over to look at my system.I sure got into
a lot of conversations that afternoon, and made a few new friends. Not many Hondas did I see there.But they sure welcomed me and I felt good.I even had my picture in our local paper of me and the wife sitting
on a park bench. :D

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Re: Is it true?

Postby Sally » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:35 pm

well here I would say it's more like 5% of HD riders wave.. SALLY

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Re: Is it true?

Postby 1grouch2u » Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:03 am

In all fairness here in N. Texas the Harley riders (except the obvious a-holes) almost all will throw a low- hand out in passing- most- but the ones I've found who won't are people on scooters- maybe I shouldn't encourage them to be letting go of the handle bars, but them and crotch rocket riders seem more stuck up than the Harley riders- of course my old '76 must be a sight approaching all Vetter-dressed and old, old, old-school!

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Re: Is it true?

Postby Al Waters » Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:20 am

A little off topic but since we are on the subject of hand waves, I learned something last week. Maybe this has been the thing to do for many years but this was new to me as I just purchased a 2009 Gold Wing after not owning a bike for 15 years (an 1100).

A motorcycle rider passed me going the opposite direction. He was waving his hand/arm horizontally above his helmet. Almost a minute later, the same thing occurred with another biker. One was a Harley rider and the other a Gold Wing rider not that this should make a difference. I couldn't figure it out but it must of meant something.

Best thing I could think of doing was to make sure I was doing the speed limit and pay extra special attention to the surroundings.

Sure enough, I came up on an officer of the law along the road side. I assume that this is the universal hand sign to warn other riders as in the old days, we used to hit our high beams.

Thanks, Al Waters

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Re: Is it true?

Postby Pam » Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:58 am

I have noticed that one HD rider alone will wave. If there is two or more no chancy on the wave

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Re: Is it true?

Postby themainviking » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:38 am

Well, I don't care who waves and who don't until they don't, :lol: I wave to everyone and the ones who do not wave back get a transformed wave as they pass, :lol: to let them know that I think they are indeed number one....... :twisted:
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Re: Is it true?

Postby 1grouch2u » Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:22 pm

Right on Pam! Yeah, I meant to add that (about the 'group' HD riders) With 'real' biker gangs if the leaders wave you can be sure that others will- in fact packs are more likely to wave than solo riders (in my experience) . There are lots of riders in this neck of the woods and it's encouraging to know that if you're stuck on the side of the road (I learned this the hard way-) don't take off walking- somebody will be along to help in no time- and more HD riders than you can shake a stick at!

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Re: Is it true?

Postby kerrsys » Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:59 pm

I'm with the Viking on this one -- I wave at everyone and when they don't, my wave turns into a one finger salute...Gee, and, I thought I was the only one that did that!

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Re: Is it true?

Postby Steve F » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:52 pm

kerrsys wrote:I'm with the Viking on this one -- I wave at everyone and when they don't, my wave turns into a one finger salute...Gee, and, I thought I was the only one that did that!
Problem with that is they're usually past you by the time you realize that they ain't gonna wave back. :idea: Maybe we should be proactive, and assume they won't wave back and give them the finger when they can still see you, and not in the mirror! That'll be fun.
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Re: Is it true?

Postby 86GW1200 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:36 pm

I wave most of the time and get one back most of the time...some pretend I am invisible. I'm 6'3" and depending on what was for lunch - go about 285lbs. Also, I'm uglier than the south end of a north-bound Yack. I don't care, I will keep waving and I have yet to give the 1 finger salute. yet....

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Re: Is it true?

Postby themainviking » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:42 am

Steve F wrote:Problem with that is they're usually past you by the time you realize that they ain't gonna wave back.


Just makes me feel better is all. I admit to getting a tiny bit pissed off when they think they are too good to wave, and the "number one" indication allows me to channel that rage away. (and yes :lol: I know it is childish, BUT, I do ride a motorcycle, right :oops: )

It is also pretty easy to tell if they don't even see you, and then they continue to be number five, :lol:

The thing is - I have had HD riders refuse to wave, and stick their noses in the air while I am on my Harley too, so it ain't just Hondas that they won't wave to. My Harley is a Softail Custom tho, so maybe some stuck up newby Harley riders do not recognize it as even being a Harley. Need a light bar with two honkin huge extra lights on it to look like a Harley maybe, :lol:
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Re: Is it true?

Postby kerrsys » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:56 am

Ever have one take his hand off the grip and put it on his lap, instead of waving? What's that about? Anyway, this was fun to talk about. Thanks to all that humored me on this one. Ride Safe!




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