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post #1 of 121 (permalink) Old 02-16-2015, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Do You Wave To Other Bikers While Riding ?

I'm one of those bike riders who likes to wave to other bikers when riding. Considering how much motorcycling has grown, is this something that will continue, or are there too many of us now ?

Bikers have an interesting camaraderie in that they tend to wave in acknowledgement of other riders . Having ridden since the 1950's it appears to me like that good willed biker gesture has evolved over the decades as much as the bikes and riders themselves. Way back in the 50's and 60's when there weren't a lot of motorcycles it seemed like all the riders waved to each other.

Into the later 60's, 70's, and 80's, as the One Percenters became more prominent on their Harley's they rarely would wave, at least to those of us who rode European or Japanese bikes.

Then, for whatever reason, later, somewhere around the late 90's or so, most Harley riders took up waving and today they are one of the more dedicated groups who take the initiative to wave. Today, with the plethora of younger riders it seems like sport bikes to a large degree have largely fallen to the wayside of waving. Still a lot of riders of various steeds tend to wave particularly when riding on the countryside back roads--- that's nice.

And hats off to the Harley riders for their social activity involvement, more so than European or Japanese bikes. For example, I've been riding the Nevada City, CA Christmas Toy run since just about its inception in the early 1990's, and it now has thousands of riders who show up even when the weather gets a little dicey. Clearly it is a run what you brung type of event, with all types of bikes welcome.

Given that, it always pleasantly surprises me that probably around 90 percent of the bikes are Harley's with now a few Indian's sprinkled in --- good for them to combine their riding enjoyment with the social value of the Toys for Tots program. I'm still not sure why, but Triumphs, other European and Japanese machines, and their increasingly ubiquitous sport bikes always are a privileged few.

To the grizzled older Harley riders credit at these runs, they also are very generous with their appreciation of Triumph bikes with lots of nice acknowledgements, including spirited waving, perhaps harkening back to some of their prior rides.

So my questions are whether anyone else waves, will the practice fade as there are more bikes, and anything else pertinent to the currently time honored waving among bikers.
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Generally wont wave. It gets tiresome on a warm day waving at all the bikes out. Im trying just to get to work or a destination, and don't like the bother. Could make lots of logical reasons against waving, taking my hands off the controls is no. 1.
So, generally no, don't do it. There's times when pumping gas, and someone pulls in next to me or next to me at a light, I'll say hi.
Half the time even then, the other rider will be wearing his Harley face and just ignore me anyway.
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To wave or not to wave. Let's hope this question fades into the sunset, never to return.
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Not always wave etc.., what I do Always is tell them if there is law enforcement up the road as they pass no matter the bike, brand etc.... People who do not do this are scum.
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Always wave except in corners or at speed, always have. Even some Harley riders wave here. In some countries they stick out their leg.
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I always wave, unless I'm on the clutch. Even then, I tend to nod my head a little. If I'm at a moto event, surrounded by bikes, then I don't. But on the open road, I like being part of the community. I don't feel slighted if my wave is not returned. I get that some aren't in to it, or are busy riding safely.


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FINALLY A WAVING THREAD! I was beginning to lose hope!
I usually wave. Even to scooters.


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I usually wave to anything on two wheels. I have noticed that the majority of Harley riders do not wave back.
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