Hand on knee question

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Biomed Guy, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. Biomed Guy

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    So I'm on a DR650, ATGATT, and I wave to every rider I see, I'm just a happy guy.:wave However, this has happened on more than one occasion and was wondering what it meant, if anything? When I wave, they remove their hand from the handlebar and place it palm down on their knee. I'm not bashing anyone, just asking if there is a meaning. The riders that have done this are the H-D, no gear guys, although one rider today had mirrored sunglasses, if that is any consolation. Is it a suble way to say I see you but I don't formally acknowledge you? Wave or no wave, don't care, just wondering if there is a meaning. Educate me, I'm a noob.
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  2. henshao

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    The way you describe it, seems like they are snubbing you. They might not consider your dirtbike in street's clothing a 'real bike.' Wouldn't worry about it.
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  3. sdmichael

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    Or... they just don't wave. Why be bothered if someone doesn't wave? It isn't a requirement. If it is such, it rather dilutes its original intent and takes away the meaning. I really don't care if I wave, nor if someone doesn't wave back if I do. All the "he snubbed me", "I don't count", or fill-in-the-blank politics crap doesn't belong on the bike. I'm there to ride and have fun!
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    The best thing to do in that case is to wave like a maniac, like you're thinking, "I guess they don't see me. I better REALLY wave." Or I let go of both handlebars and give them the two-hand, six-gun, "you-da-man!" wave.
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    If you're just not waving, why do anything besides leave your hand where it is?
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  7. Rgconner

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    As a BMW rider, we are the royalty of bike riders. The proper wave is to hold the palm inward and turn the forearm in place.

    Wave to the peasants... check the pearls... wave to the peasants.... check the pearls.

    [​IMG]
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  8. henshao

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    As a Buell rider, the proper wave is to indicate with one's fingers how many of one's parts have vibrated off and landed in front of oncoming traffic.

    Wave horizontally if leaving no oil slicks, and vertically if leaving oil slicks.
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    They are only out when the sun is shining, anyways. I guess their 'real bikes' don't like to get wet.
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    Who is to say the other isn't enjoying their ride? Why assume that? Again, maybe they don't wave. Just because they don't doesn't automatically mean they are "mean", "dissing you", or are unhappy in any way. You seem to be turning a "friendly gesture" into a requirement.
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    The time to worry is when they place their hand on your knee!:evil
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    Lighten up, Francis....:D
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  14. Biomed Guy

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    If they don't wave, that's fine, a lot of riders don't, as I said before, I don't care. The intentional movement of the hand to the knee is not 'not waving' it is an intentional move to possibly diss (not a mind reader). That move in itself possibly demonstrates an attitude on their part. Perhaps it also displays an attitude on my part, also. Maybe I wave just out of spite.:dunno
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    If they ignored him it would be one thing, but they are instead deliberately making a gesture of disrespect.

    Rather than making an issue out of it I'd suggest just ignoring them. If that's their attitude they're not worth your time.
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    True, or it was something completely misinterpreted. If that, then it really isn't worth the effort. Maybe they were scratching their knees... who knows! Even if they did "diss" the guy, who cares? Is that really worth the effort either? Just ride and have fun instead of pushing values and perceived "attitude" on others. I've had plenty wave at me even when they were being asses, so a wave doesn't really have much meaning to me in the first place.
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    I came her with a question about the meaning of the hand movement. In one post I stated at least one of us is enjoying the ride. Note: should've clarified, due to interweb misinterpretations, At least one, should be taken as one, possibly more. Perhaps, 'at the least, one of us' would have been more appropriate, my bad. Like I said, not a mind reader, I don't know intentions, just wondering the meaning. Jokingly mentioned returning a diss, apparently that is offensive to some in an otherwise unoffending world. Sorry, question answered. You all may continue on your way.

    P.S. : sdmichael, in another post you were talking about splitting a group of H-D riders, and you appeared, in the words you used in your post, to be upset they didn't even acknowledge you. Maybe your rant is not about me, but about you? Projecting a little, are we?
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  18. sdmichael

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    Umm... no. In that case, they (the guys on cruisers not necessarily HD) were blocking me (even when aware of my presence) and yelled at me when I finally got by. It was also in heavy traffic where I was splitting lanes and they were not (and were riding in a manner that made it rather difficult to pass). Either way, it has nothing to do with someone waving or not waving.
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    What about this is eluding you?

    -OP waves.

    -Other rider sees him wave.

    -Other rider moves hand from handlebar to knee.

    -This happens repeatedly.

    This is different from just not waving...
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  20. Biomed Guy

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    Can't we all get along? Peace, love and all that other crap. Tell you what, if you are even in Michigan, let me know, I'll ride out and buy you a beer. :freaky Hell, I won't even wave, either.
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