Harley Riders Too Cool to Wave?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Merf88, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Merf88

    Merf88 Adventurer

    Jun 5, 2009
    Northern Arizona
  2. Kranky

    Kranky Adventurer

    Dec 27, 2009
    I did the same one time and noticed that once you get more then 30mins from 'town' just about everybody waves.
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  3. RuckedUp

    RuckedUp Long timer

    Jun 21, 2010
    Hunstsville, AL
    I ride a Harley and I stopped waving to anyone. I don't understand the whole wave thing to begin with. Now I will give a head nod if I happen to be stopped at a light and its safe to do so,(I'm not a total dick) but I have seen people throw up waves across interstates in heavy traffic, going thru intersections and in just about any situation that would require the full attention of the rider for the task at hand. Why they teach this crap at MSF courses (thats where I was told about it) is beyond me.
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  4. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

    Feb 10, 2010
    Spudville, Idaho
    I was riding a borrowed Yamaha Roadstar to St. George UT a few years back. It happened to be the same week as the Laughlin river run. I passed lots of nice bikes on trailers and in pickups, plus a few actually being ridden. I passed one guy in particular who had a real nice looking softail custom in a pickup. As I went by him he gave me a big thumbs up, a wave, and a smile, I waved back. A few miles later, on a steep grade(first year production star was WEAK) he passed me looking pissed and flipped me the bird. WTF? The only thing I did that could have pissed him off was to give him a few minutes to realize the bike I was riding was metric, not a harley. What a snob! At least I was RIDING my bike.

    I have also noticed a disproportionate number of Harley riders not waving back. I Think they have a superiority complex. The Victory and Discovery Channel chopper riders are even worse.

    I always try to wave and return the wave, but occasionally I am preocupied wht the traffic arround me and fail to wave or return a wave.

    P.S. The borrowed Roadstar was my father in laws. He has since traded it in on a newer version of the same bike and it has LOADS more power and better handling than the first gen model. He also has a Harley night train and the Yami is a much better built bike IMHO, but neither is as good as my KLR:lol3
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  5. DNCN

    DNCN n00b

    May 4, 2009
    I don't care if they wave back, But since I traded my V-twin for a bike that is clearly not a Harley at any glance (V-strom). They seem to think I'am some kid on a rocket bike and I have actually been fingered twice by Harley riders in the last two years. I noticed that they then wave to the wife behind me on her Harley. I guess I should have kept my old bike. Most people still wave out of town.
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  6. cybrdyke

    cybrdyke In the Dark

    Dec 4, 2010
    way back up in the woods among the evergreens
    Jump on a Harley and do the same test. You'll get the opposite results.

    Is this another Harley bashing thread disguised as a waving thread?
  7. HotChilliColdBeer

    HotChilliColdBeer Human Swizzle Stick

    Mar 4, 2007
    I find the BMW riders don't acknowledge when I'm on the DRZ, and the Harley folk don't when I'm on the Stelvio.
  8. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

    Mar 18, 2007
    Begin Op Zoom
    The spasmatic arm syndrome makes me laugh. If you don't know me don't wave to me. If I don't know you I won't wave to you. If you are pulled off the side of the road I will stop to see if you might need assistance... But just because we both choose two wheeled motorized transportation does not mean I am your brother.
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  9. CZP01

    CZP01 Been here awhile

    Oct 17, 2010
    Well aren't you just a bucket of grins :huh
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  10. abhibeckert

    abhibeckert Long timer

    Feb 15, 2010
    Cairns, Australia
    Here in australia, crotch rockets and cruisers never acknowledge one another, unless you count flipping the bird. I hate both styles of bike (why ride a high performance bike outside a racetrack? If you push it hard even in 1st gear, you're already over the speed limit. Why ride a comfortable bike with poor handling when you could take a car and be even more comfortable?) but I don't hate the *riders* of a bike I'd never buy, that's just stupid.

    Any other combination of bikes, and you'll usually get a wave or head nod from the other rider, unless riding in city traffic. The more "remote" you are the friendlier, on dirt trails we often stop to chat!

    I used to wave, but now just nod my head since it's safe in any situation (even dragging my knee in the twisties I nod while flying past another bike). I only use my hand for signaling to slow down for some hazard.
  11. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

    May 28, 2008
    Huntsville , Al
    My experience is that most riders will wave back regardless of what I am riding or what they are riding. I guess people in Georgia and Alabama must just be friendlier than some other parts of the country.:D
  12. Steelybeast

    Steelybeast Been here awhile

    Jul 14, 2007
    Ellijay & Suwanee, Georgia

    :wave klaviator
  13. TheDogWeed

    TheDogWeed Adventurer

    Sep 8, 2010
    Morehead, KY
    Haha! I have been wanting to vent about this....

    Last week we had a warm day, High 60's. Boy, did the Harley's come out and a couple of those pre-built customs. I waved at a few of them - they all ignored me. I even tried talking to a seemingly nice couple. The husband didn't even know what the "evolution" engine was! Nor the wife. Once I told them I rode a v star 650 (a metric) they literally stormed off.


    Even people of Japanese bikes get uppidy when they get their bikes out the first warm day of the year. Maybe they feel like they are hard core for riding in February when it is 60+ out.

    This pisses me off because I ride year round - 15 degrees, snow, rain, ice - and I do all of my own bike maintenance. So don't act like you are a "hardcore" rider when you put your Bugless, Salt-free, Never been wet, Black, Leather, Harley Davidson Jacket on.

    Disclaimer - Not saying if you don't ride year round your are a sissy, but unless you are "hardcore" don't pretend. I'm not and I certainly don't try to be - I'm just too damn poor to afford a car after it quit running.
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  14. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

    Aug 19, 2008
    New(er) Mexico

    On topic, I get waves from probably half the HD crowd in NM, regardless of whether I'm in town or not. FWIW I never initiate waves -- I got tired of it years ago. But I will return one thrown at me.

    I've gotten pretty good at predicting who is NOT going to wave though (on an HD):

    -not wearing any real gear except big black boots
    -wearing a bandanna on head or over face
    -scowling (if mouth visible)
    -loud pipes
    -sleevless shirt showing off ugly tattoos
    -fingerless gloves or no gloves at all
    -"vato" hispanic type
    -no fairings
  15. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

    Feb 15, 2005
    Cypress, Texas.
    I wave at everybody, whether I am on the bike or in my cage. God damn my arm gets tired.
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  16. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore The Real Deal

    Dec 24, 2001
    Jax, FL
    I have been riding a 50 cc scooter around the neighborhood for the past month or so. I wave at all the bikes. Everyone has waved back so far but they look at me funny, like I'm trying to trick them. I just laugh and laugh.
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  17. oldturtle

    oldturtle Been here awhile

    Mar 20, 2006
    Martinez, Calif.
    After many, many years of this subject I have developed into a FU attitude to the Harley riders. I will never wave to anyone under any condition on a MFing HD. To all others I will only respond to their wave with a head nod but almost never initiate the wave to anyone.

    I suppose the main issue with my attitude is related to intense hatred of loud motorcycles and all riders who disrespect my rights and rights of others. So F loud motorcycles and F all riders of loud motorcycles. So even though a few Harley owners may keep bike quiet they are all guilty by association.
  18. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

    Sep 8, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    I wave and I don't, but I think I will give it up.
    I always stop and see if anyone needs help, but there are to many bikes out most days to be waving.
    Its often hard to tell what someone is riding so the bike someone is on has no impact on me, although I can usually spot a dual sport and will wave at them all the time.
    I don't know when the waving started, I don't remember doing it 25 years ago...
    But maybe I just don't remember?

    I see some nasty looking people on Harleys that don't wave back, they are much too tough for sissy stuff like that, but they do NOT look like they are having a good time. Maybe the pain and lack of suspension puts them into a bad mood?
    I seem to smile a lot when I ride (like a fool), but the sportster does tend to eliminate it if I am on it very long.
    On the TU, its all grins.
    I guess some people get bikes so they can be a badass, not for fun?
  19. riddare

    riddare Adventurer

    Jul 9, 2007
    louisiana usa
    I have a harley dyna wide glide, a klr, and a zr750 sport bike all bases covered I guess . But will allways recieve more greeting from all oncoming riders if I am on the harley. I could care less what one rides as long as he acts civil and not like some want a be thug..go figure my 2 cents worth. Alan
  20. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

    Oct 29, 2009
    I have given up on waving, pain in the arm, spring time especially, when all the bike's come out of hibernation, i'll still give a wave back, if i am not to busy hanging on to the bar's. I noticed year's ago that Hardley riders were to good to greet mere mortal's on lesser motorcycle's, and i couldnt really understand it then,and i still dont. They must be a special breed.