Harley Riders Too Cool to Wave?

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

  1. liberpolly

    liberpolly Nu, shoyn, nudnick!

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    I wave to all, except to those gigantic ape hangers. I am just afraid if they take their hand off the bar to wave back, they'll fall off.
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  2. odotb

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    I had a harley dyna and a goldwing. When I rode the goldwing I got a lot of waves from harley riders. When I rode the harley, I got very few waves from other makes. Doesn't really bother me, wave or not, I got better things to worry about.
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  3. BetterLateThanNever

    BetterLateThanNever Long timer

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    For me, the issue is less about the wave than about what it means. The less solidarity there is among riders, the more fragile motorcycling's future becomes.

    If there's anything emotional in my reaction to not getting a wave returned, it's that I can't imagine being so self-important that you're willing to snub someone like that. Things are uncivil enough these days.
  4. Photosmart

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    I was going to pile on in the slow group passing etiquette thread, but the last sentence in your response made me feel a little guilty. I got stuck behind more than my fair share of slow moving, grouped up H-D clusterphuks on Sunday. They are the wavingest bunch of people I've ever encountered. They top all categories just because there are so many of them. Anyway, once we ALL got past the Amish buggy carrying several children ( waving at us as we all passed by) I picked those miserable cocksuckers off one to three at a time until I was done with them. They are so busy waving at each other they've either forgotten to look in their mirrors, or they just don't care. A little civility on their end would go a long way.

    For the record, I waved at every one of them as I went by.
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  5. johnpma

    johnpma Been here awhile

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    On Sunday I was out for a quick ride back roads Rt 8 here in W-Mass. Came around a corner and saw a few bolts in the road then some kind of metal guard. There was a Harley Rider on the side of the road looking at his bike. Pulled over told him his parts were back on the corner a 100 feet or so. He walked back and got them I dug out my tool kit and we quickly got him back on the road.......just the kind of guy I am. He gave me a handshake and thanked me and on I went.

    About 4-5 mile further up the road here comes another "Ape Hanger Special" honking along down Rt 8 I give him the wave and get zilch in return.........this just proves that not all Harley Rider's are bad guys but I agree with one of the previous posts.......maybe because the bikes shake and rattle so much they feel if they let go they will fall off:jack:jack:jack:jack
  6. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    This is an important point. I'm convinced that the riders that ride in these traffic blocking parades simply cannot accept - or refuse to accept - that they are doing 1000 X more harm to overall motorcycling than any "charity" contribution they have convinced themselves is only achievable by riding in these annoying packs.

    There are many, many other ways to raise funds for charitable causes, and all would be much less harmful to the public perception of ALL motorcyclists as selfish, self absorbed buffoons. Soon someone will respond to this, and to that I say: For every ONE single "pack" that is well behaved, properly spaced, etc., there are hundreds of others that block traffic, and pee people off. Find a different way to raise money.
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  7. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    And to add to your "charity ride" point- there is an annual local ride here that begins and ends at a BAR, and is sponsored by the city fire department! How ironic is that? I can't believe city attorneys haven't shut it down yet. :hmmmmm
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  8. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    Agree, I have no idea what or how the "pack" riding effects the Charity contribution, as I would think the riders are "sponsored" via a cash contribution either individually or collectively. Certainly the action of riding in a traffic blocking parade has zero to do with anything.

    It could easily be arranged in a more traffic friendly way, by separating the entire crowd into smaller, say 5-6 rider groups, and providing the individual groups with individual, totally different routes to take to the final destination, as well as widely spaced start/finish times, with points given for accuracy of arrival time. That way no one is blocking traffic, everyone gets to ride, no one speeds or rides recklessly, and no non-participant vehicle gets delayed, blocked or pee'd off.

    Simple.
  9. DR Donk

    DR Donk Been here awhile

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    The ones who never wave are in order: Gold Wings, BMW, Fair weather, weekend warrior Harley riders, as opposed to those every day riders, who sometimes wave, Metric cruiser riders and dual sport riders, even when I'm on the DR650. They look at me like who are you?! :lol3 I usually get waves from sport bike riders especially if I'm on the Kawasaki Versys. If it's late in the riding season or early with still end of winter, cold temperatures, no matter the brand that's when you get the biggest waves. :wave
  10. mglsite

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  11. Oldschoolrocker

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    Seems to me most people wave. Some dont and some forget or dont see you til last minute. I'm guilty of that. I always try and wave for sure..I agree its a unity type thing. But yeah we are all different, some of us have attitudes at times, dont like certain brands..thats evident on here..but you will find that in all forms of subjects and life. As many times i've mumbled "dick" to myself when someone didnt wave who am I? I've done it so I think its funny we all talk about this. Crackin' up here!! When i'm not on my bike and driving i'll even pretend i'm on my bike and give a fake wave they cant even see sometimes! Haha!! I think its cool if you do and ok if you dont because we all have at some point. Main thing is that we are riding!! And we all have the best motorcycle better than the other guy. Thats human nature. Hard not to judge sometimes and we all need to work on that. IMHO!!! Love it!!
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  12. racetrash

    racetrash Been here awhile

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    Where i ride, most Beemer and Harley dickwhistles don't wave...no fucks givin'..don't care at all. Usually ride alone, but sorta funny is the only other person i can ride with is my nabor Seaweed (riding a new Harley "Breakout")...we have done a shitload of trips...yup, KLR and a Harley...doing death valley again this fall...no end in sight!!
  13. MR X

    MR X Been here awhile

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    I got a Harley and wave at all bikers :clap :clapand I'm cool :D 2012 HARELY 001.JPG
  14. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    I have a Sportster with the quick detach wind shield. Put the shield on and wear a 3/4 helmet and most HD riders wave but the rocket boyz won't. Take the shield off and wear a full face, HD riders won't wave but the rocket boyz do. Go figger.
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  15. ZCarFan2

    ZCarFan2 Been here awhile

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    I'll agree with that. When I lived in central Maryland, riders were cliquish. Harley guys especially, but sportbike people too. Moved to NW Georgia in 2000 and immediately noticed less of this BS. Pretty much everyone waves and I didn't hear any more of the "buy a real bike" nonsense.