Hand on knee question

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

  1. haystack

    haystack Just ride

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    5. The Geek - Left hand raised high in the air as if to say, "Hi mom!" This one is specifically reserved for the new rider, who is "SO excited to be one of the gang!" Also may be seen being used by Moped or scooter riders. Recommendation: Just don't.
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  2. Biomed Guy

    Biomed Guy Socially Inept

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    That is the one I use for the little kids riding their bikes on the sidewalks when riding through town. Just trying to send out some happy vibes. Like when I drove truck, let the air horn go for the kids in the car. A little acknowledgement goes a long way.
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  3. AldoM

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    Watching so of these guys mid turn take there hand off the bar just to wave is just stupid.

    When i leave the house for my ride ill wave to everyone. On the way home when im tired i dont wave to anyone. Im worn out and couldnt give a shit. Im riding in northern nj and the only people who dont wave around these parts are the tough guy harley riders.

    The guy usually holding up a line of traffic. :wink:
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  4. PlainClothesHippy

    PlainClothesHippy Waitin' for the revolution.

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    The Wave is a conundrum. Some people enjoy it, some are indifferent, and some don't like it (or see a point to it.) I don't want to spoil the fun for the ones who like to wave and I don't want to be a pain in the ass to those who don't like to. Simple solution I've adopted is, if they wave I return it. If they don't, I don't. Everyone is happy, and if everyone would follow my ever-so-wise lead, no one would be waving and we could just ride.

    I do initiate the wave to any and all scooters and moped simply because they so often look pleasantly surprised. Also, kids get a wave if they are staring, especially Amish kids.
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  5. moreair

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    It is disrespectful, but necessary to uphold their Son's of Anarchy fantasies.

    Or, maybe they snub you, because your loan payment isn't as high as theirs. You do know the ability to sign loan paperwork at a HD dealership makes you an instant bad azz?
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  6. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I've been riding most of my life, but only about 15 years on the street. I ride in areas full of other riders because we have a shortish season I suppose. There is a lot of waving going on. Sometimes even across the Interstate center barrier!

    Frankly I rarely return a wave to anybody. I don't have an 'attitude' about it. I don't really want to be rude. But I don't want to be spending my seat time looking for other motorcyclists who might wave at me.

    At least most of the pirates ignore us dual sport riders, so to me that is a gift. Totally guilt free non-waving. :D
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  7. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    I wave if I'm not busy and see the other guy in time. Don't really care what they do. But will admit a return wave is nice.
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  8. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Towards the end of a long distance solo trips I start waving like that:lol3
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  9. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    I was stranded on a stretch of desert highway last week, minus a rear wheel while my buddies took it to the nearest town to get air; i would estimate at least a hundred "bikers", maybe much more, passed, tunes and loud exhausts blaring, and only one , a German guy on a KLR, offered assistance...

    the brotherhood of bikers? pulhleeze...

    tinybrainedanimalfoodtroughwipers, I wave at no one, unless they wave first, screw 'em.
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  10. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    I wave just to see who's gay and who's not! Most gay guys ride Harleys:freaky
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  11. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    this>>>
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  12. tiki01

    tiki01 Adventurer

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    :rofl
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  13. henshao

    henshao Bained

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    The time to worry is when they place your hand on their knee.
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  14. Midnullarbor

    Midnullarbor Been here awhile

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    Not much waving by me, if the road's heavy traffic.
    But mostly try to reply . . . if it's not too late.

    Way, way out in the remote country, where you're lucky to see a bike every couple of hours . . . sure, initiating a (minor) wave is polite policy.
    But I only get a reply two-thirds of the time.

    Where I do give a major & unmissable [geek] wave there, is if I'm riding a pipsqueak trail bike or scooter [scooter is best] and I can see that the rider coming the other way, is on a Harley.
    I know I'll never get a wave back [even if I'm likely to be the only other rider he sees that morning or afternoon].
    But there is a small glow of satisfaction & amusement, in knowing that he knows my ultra-friendly wave of fellowship is a sign that I regard him as a brother, an equal.

    .
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  15. ozmoses

    ozmoses Ride On

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    Is this like touching toes in the toilet stall?
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  16. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

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  17. Tenerefeller

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    The pirate could have had a rough day at Microsoft, then to top it all off they messed up his venti Carmel whatever at the star bucks. I mean really what would you do?
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  18. TheProphet

    TheProphet Zen Rider

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    Try to just ride... and enjoy the ride.

    It seems like some riders worry waaaaaay too much about image, what others are doing, what others are riding, why they are riding and doing what the ride and do, and so on.

    Who cares?


    Just ride, and quit generating threads about "waving"...

    :wave:wave:wave:wave:wave :lol3
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  19. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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    Way too much time spent thinking about nothing. Pay attention to riding and less to other riders. Be safe and have fun.

    And the website referenced is silly.
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  20. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    I get waves fairly often,from all types of riders, probably because I ride an antique. I am usually inhibited from returning the wave by the likelihood of irregularities in the pavement and my left hand bar end mirror. I like to have both hands on the handlebars. So I nod. [​IMG]
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