Nod or wave
March 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm #17320
The Harley guys definitly have the cool wave down. The one hand just off to the side as they go by relaxed as can be. Gotta say definitly not as cool on my sport bike just because of the posture, it’s not as realxed so it’s not as cool. On a sport bike it looks like I’m trying to wave, where the harley guy might just be feeling the wind go by as much as he might be waving, there’s no effort there, and thus it’s way cooler.
I have to make up the cool points hunkered down hugging the twisties like I was born doing it, thats how to look cool on a sport bike.
Damn, all this talking about cool makes me feel like i’m back in high school and i should be asking someone out to the promMarch 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm #17322briderdtParticipant
I have a sport bike and a bar-end mirror in the left side that sticks up a ways. So I have to really move my hand around it to drop down for the wave.
I never thought I was that much of a dork on the bike…. I’m not cool anymore… Oh, the horror…March 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm #17323
But cool is a big part of riding a bike. I mean the reason most of us throw a leg over one for the first time is because when we saw other people riding we said “thats cool, I wanna do it”
What kinda of cool you wanna be has a big part to play aswell. The leather clad dude cruising on a harley fat boy with the insanely loud straight pipes is every bit as cool as the cat on the hayabusa leaned way over in the turns, it’s all just a different kind of cool.
SO whatever you do wave or nod, cruiser or sport bike, you are way cooler than the dude on the 49cc scooter.March 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm #17325Jay TParticipant
While riding my Buell’s (kind of a HD but, considered a sport bike). I used to drop my hand low and way out, almost like reaching to get a five slap. Funny how many did the same in return. Of course I was an odd site. I was wearing black leather on a sport bike. That kind of threw people. I wave when I can, my passenger usually will (and gets a kick out of it). I will give a nod when I am busy protecting myself. What a great topic. In the class it is usually mentioned that KIA owners don’t seem to wave to each other. Sometimes old JEEP owners will. We are a pretty strong community (motorcycles in general). Just see what happens when you are broke down on a major highway on your way to a rally. EVERYBODY at least slows down to check on you.March 27, 2009 at 12:19 am #17334MunchParticipant
This I have experienced and look to see if I can pay it forward. When I had the unfortunate mishaps with the V500 every time I had to hit the side of the road someone stopped to make sure I was ok or if I needed some assistance. The first one was a mildly older lady… she actually got of the highway in the opposite side to turn around and check on me. Told me “Wanted to make sure your ok, I ride to and we have to look after each other out here”, after convincing her I was good she drove off. Wow …. the humanity that some people still care to stop. The next time I had 2 riders stop to check as they were on their way to the beach for a rally. After making sure I got it fired back up they rode off. Now every time I see someone off to the side I do my part to return the favor by checking on the “in stress” rider.March 27, 2009 at 3:04 am #17337kirkParticipant
Most of the riders here are pretty friendly and you get the left hand pointing down salute. I drive a sportbike but that doesn’t seem to matter. Most of the HD and sportbike riders salute each other.March 27, 2009 at 2:46 pm #17343MaritimeParticipant
I wave when safe, nod when hands are needed. I was at a light the other day on the first ride on my rebuilt bike(blown motor) when I saw a bike coming up behind me. I waved as I was in neutral waiting for the light. The guy waved back and before he got close enough to stop the light changed and off I went. I have a 450 cc CB450T. Has a few mods. The next light the guy has caught up and he is on a 2009 V-Rod Harley. He says ” What year’s that bike?” I said 81. He said “BS, what size engine?” I said 450cc. He said “No way, it sounds to good. nice bike.” The light changed and I went. He went, and we met at the next light. I told him I had just done a frame up rebuild over the winter and that is why the bike looked newer. I then told him I liked his bike too, although I like a standard bike over a cruiser for myself. He smiled and said he had just gotten it. I took the fact a Harley guy liked my little bike as a huge compliment. I know a few Harley guys who like all bikes, but I know a lot more who if it isn’t a Harley, then it isn’t a real bike. I am a wave at all bikes no matter what make model kind of guy, and a nice bike is a nice bike, personal preference aside.
Cheers.March 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm #17345Clay DowlingParticipant
You might want to keep it in first when waiting at a light. You may have need of a quick getaway if the person behind you isn’t stopping. Step-son had a friend killed in a cage that way, so I keep the same paranoid eye out when I’m in the car now too.
As for the guys who don’t think non-HD bikes are real bikes, I usually ignore them as they get smaller in my rear-view.April 4, 2009 at 11:32 pm #17524MadCowParticipant
“get’s his waving hand ready” ha ha, that’s funny. I assume that would be his left.April 4, 2009 at 11:50 pm #17525MadCowParticipant
You know it sounds lame, but sometimes the nod really makes my day. The other day I was out for a ride in West Los Angeles, and two different drivers intentionally tried to block me from lane splitting. And when I say intentionally I mean that they were looking over their shoulders at me while driving to make sure that they blocked me effectively. One even threw up her hands in a “victory” motion when she managed to block me all the way to the stop light.
Even though I think that they were just trying to get back at motorcycle riders in general and not me in particular, I was pretty PO’ed since I’m a pretty cautious and conservative rider. So I would have been really pissed and aggressive the rest of the way home except for the waves from the 6 or 7 bikers I passed. It made me feel like there were others out there who know what it’s like, and we’re all sort of pulling for one another.April 7, 2009 at 3:02 am #17559nau_lax21Participant
i wave when i can. its funny, im on a gs500f, and it seems the old cruiser guys are more likely to wave than fellow sportbikers
i dont wave at scooters tho lolApril 7, 2009 at 11:16 am #17562smokeizfireParticipant
…scooters need love, too…..LolApril 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm #17566
2 things that get no love from me:
2) Yankees FansApril 10, 2009 at 10:01 pm #17675Jay TParticipant
They are fun to watch in the course. We mix scooters in with the bikes. I love to tease them “Ok, make sure you downshift or Make sure you are only in second gear”. Hehehehehe. I wave at em, it makes their day.April 10, 2009 at 11:15 pm #17676eonParticipant
Actually even I rarely wave at scooters these days as it is rarely returned. Mostly they seem to be staring straight ahead oblivious. If they are ATGATT then the chances of acknowledgment are much higher.
But then I don’t really ride a scooter, it just happens to be a step through, automatic motorcycle :>
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