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The Biker Wave...

Post by Choctaw » Wed May 09, 2018 8:35 am



I'm finding the biker wave to be a bit distracting and frankly annoying. Anyone else ever feel this way?



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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by 823JIM » Wed May 09, 2018 9:04 am



NO! I don't feel that way at all. I find it refreshing that people with a common interest can be civil and friendly to each other. There is far to little civility these day. Too many people won't do anything to make someone else feel good or excepted unless there is something in it for themselves. So if you meet me on the road expect a wave and sorry if your annoyed. :D
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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by DarthJ » Wed May 09, 2018 12:11 pm

Not at all. If you don't want to do it, then don't worry about it. I wave at every bike I see, unless I need to clutch, then a nod suffices.
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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by WingAdmin » Wed May 09, 2018 12:24 pm

It's interesting that when I am riding up in Canada, EVERYONE waves.

Down here in Ohio, almost everyone waves...except for Harley riders. They're too cool for that, or, more often, they will only acknowledge other Harley riders.

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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by Good Hondog » Wed May 09, 2018 12:43 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 12:24 pm
...except for Harley riders. They're too cool for that, or, more often, they will only acknowledge other Harley riders.
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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by DaveO430 » Wed May 09, 2018 3:23 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 12:24 pm
It's interesting that when I am riding up in Canada, EVERYONE waves.

Down here in Ohio, almost everyone waves...except for Harley riders. They're too cool for that, or, more often, they will only acknowledge other Harley riders.
I get the snub a lot from harley riders, you can tell, they turn their head away. If someone just doesn't wave I think nothing of it.

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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by C-dub » Wed May 09, 2018 4:28 pm

I usually always wave or make some type of hand gesture, not obscene, but sometimes I miss another biker. Sometimes it is prudent to take my hand of the grip. I've never snubbed another biker and haven't noticed being snubbed. Even if I were it wouldn't bother me. That's their issue, not mine.

I've waved at Harley riders and they've waved back or initiated the wave.

Some of those that I've noticed that haven't waved back in some way always seem to be the younger riders.
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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by mterraci » Wed May 09, 2018 5:15 pm

Pretty much all of the bikers in central Florida wave. It's part of the brotherhood.

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Post by themainviking » Wed May 09, 2018 9:05 pm

We get all kinds round about here. We get the HD riders that wave, those that just open their hand on the handlebar grip, and those that refuse to wave and stare straight ahead. All the "other" brand riders wave, with the possible exceptions of the CanAm riders and some of the really junior sport bike riders. They seem to feel that nobody recognizes them as riders of motorcycles, and must snub in advance of being snubbed.

That said, when I ride my Harley, all the Harley riders wave without exception, but a lot of the "other" brand riders seem confused when and if I initiate a wave, and then wave back. The CanAm riders almost have accidents when I wave to them from the seat of a Harley, so I am really careful with them.

I find the whole scenario a tad bizarre as I have no clue what any of them are going to do. I do, however, know what I am going to do. I am going to wave at everyone, even when after waving, I realize it was someone I personally do not like. Better to get em all, than miss someone who might be offended. I hate to be the harbinger of another persons pain.

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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by larryc » Wed May 09, 2018 9:39 pm

If my left hand isn't busy and the traffic is reasonable, I wave. Sometimes I miss a bike, but not too often.

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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by dingdong » Thu May 10, 2018 7:28 am

I try to wave at everyone and I go out of my way to wave at all HD riders. lol
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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by PedroTQ » Thu May 10, 2018 5:23 pm

G'day to All! :D

Here in the Oz we ride on the wrong (or left) side of the road, this makes it difficult to wave properly so we have to open our throttle hand in a gesture of a wave or just nod our heads.

I find the only reply comes from grey/white bearded men (as i have a white Goatee), otherwise i get snubbed. I wave to anything on two or three wheels.
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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by Corkster52 » Thu May 10, 2018 5:33 pm

I wave to everyone I have time, and a spare hand to do so. I thought it was funny, a while back when I was taking a class to get my license, the instructor said "I wave to everyone on two wheels!" Guess he didn't care for trikes.

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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by golden highway » Thu May 10, 2018 6:04 pm

I always wave and most wave back if they are able. I have come across a few that I know saw me wave but choose to ignore other bikers. If they could only hear what I am saying about them as they pass. Maybe if they could text me as they pass they would participate.

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Re: The Biker Wave...

Post by prtfndr » Tue May 15, 2018 12:37 pm

I will wave when i can. I never do it in corners however and I never go out of my way to catch it everytime



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