The scooter and the biker's wave

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Houndguy, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. Houndguy

    Houndguy super noob!!!

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    I had a run in a few weeks ago with some Harleys. We are all traveling down a 3 lane highway and they pull out in front of me and head to the center lane. There are about 50 of them. They move into the far left lane and I move into the center lane from the right lane to pass slower moving traffic. Within a few minutes the whole group decides to merge into my lane. I'm suddenly stuck in the middle.

    At a light I lean over and yell to one of the Harley riders that "I don't think I belong here!" He just laughs. Traffic starts to move and the Harleys start to pass me in my lane. It's not a comfortable place to be as I have to stop up short to avoid hitting one that cuts in front of me at the next light.

    "Screw it" I mumble, I zip into the right lane and pass them all. Giving each of them a biker wave. :wink:
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  2. S/W

    S/W Been here awhile

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    In New England it doesn't matter what you ride , most people will wave to you or wave back no matter what you ride. On busy weekends when everyone is out riding their bikes I think people wave less because they are sick of waving. I have noticed that small scooter people don't wave much. I think is because they are to scared to let go of the handle bars!!

    Of course when you stop your scooter, HD riders are always friendly , crotch rocket riders seem a little uppity, and a lot of BMW riders act down right unsociable!
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  3. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    Around here we do. We're friendly like that.

    Most people even talk to each other.

    Generally they use colorful language, and single digit waves though :lol3
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  4. minimotos95

    minimotos95 what bike is next?

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    i wave at everything on 2 wheels with a motor.... most of the time the scooters without a helmet are the ones who don't wave back. i get more thumbs up from cagers then waves or nods from scooters. harleys and sportbikes are next lowest on the wave return... dual sports, touring bikes and adventure bikes are over a 90% return rate...

    only if they're ATGATT


    Jerry, what you're forgetting about those "law biding" harley riders is if you piss off the wrong one you will be in a hospital or 6ft under. it still happens just not as much as it use to.
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  5. Jaseun

    Jaseun Been here awhile

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    I like to give the most macho motorcycle wave I can muster to the HD guys when I'm on my Zuma. Some wave back, some even begin to wave and recoil, most ignore you.

    During the brief times I've been on a 'cruiser' type bike I got waves all the time from the fellow cruisers. I think now that more and more are riding the wave is being held back to just like styles of bikes. Around town here in Annapolis, we sub 50cc scooterist usually give a friendly toot of the horn when passing.
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  6. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    A long time friend of mine commented when I posted a photo of us with the PCXes... "Oh, no, you guys bought crotch-rockets!"

    I explained, "No, they're small, friendly scooters - more like crotchless-rockets!" :rofl

    Wave, don't wave... to paraphrase the philosopher Cindy Lauper: scooterists just wanna have fun. :D
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  7. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    Be glad it was not a gaggle of crotch rockets. I have ridden in groups of 50 or more, on PGR missions (did they have flags on their bikes?) No matter how hard you try, somebody is going to mess up occasionally, especially in a turn. We've had 2 riders actually crash into each other. They are not used to riding in tight formation. Most of the bikes are cruisers and Goldwings. Most of the cruisers are Harleys. I've seen maybe 7 or 8 crotch rockets in the past 6 years.
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  8. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    I agree. Someday, riding with one hand on the bars, you could go down waving. Try nodding, it is polite and keeps your hands where they belong, on the controls.
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  9. vt1099ace

    vt1099ace Been here awhile

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    When I rode the cruiser (a 1100 shadow ace) I Got waves from other cruiser most of the time, crotch rocketeers about 1/3 of the time, the 'wing couples with bike/suits (his and hers) all color coordinated about 3/4 from the misses on the back and when I waved to a pair of CHP out on a back road they didn't not only not wave but body language was huh? WTF!?
    But on the Stella scooter so far I got some smiles and an "it's so cute " from the lady at the local market deli and one monotone 'it ain't no harley' from one of the guys at my dads assisted living residence... but then the Stella only has <30miles on it.
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  10. Jim Moore

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    I'm with ya! A car just went by playing that goddam rock and roll music, really loud! I hobbled outside and waved my cane at 'em. Wippersnappers!
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  11. hippiebrian

    hippiebrian Long timer

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    It's funny, I've ridden everything from ratty harleys to sport bikes. Been riding since I was 10 or so (about 40 years). Currently have a klr and a Kymco People 150. If anyone here is from socal, you've heard of the Rock Store.

    Rode the scooter to the Rock Store about a month ago. A couple of Harley dudes came over as I was parking it. One dude, looking at the still creased chaps and the brand new Harley everything (shirt, belt buckle, etc.) I could tell was a 50 something year old midlife crisis who rode a few miles every Sunday and spent the rest of the week looking at his bike in the garage. The other dude was an old school biker who probably had been on Harleys his whole life.

    The wannabe started laughing saying "What are you doing on that thing? You shur have balls bringing it here!"

    The real biker looked at him and said "F*&k that, this guy knows how to have fun!" He started talking to me about gas mileage, how far I'd ride it at a time, about different bikes we both owned. He admitted he's wanted to get a scooter for a couple years "just for kicks" and that he just might do it!

    A real motorcyclist, hard-core Harley or not, will always wave back. A wannabe weekend warrior probably will not.

    Who cares? Wave anyways!

    BTW, it was a kick on Mullholland taking these two sport bike guys in a corner on a 150cc scooter! It's always cooler going fast on a small bike than on a fast one!
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  12. billtrout

    billtrout n00b

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    The Brotherhood of the wind, some have still to learn.
    Some never will.
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  13. Tarka

    Tarka Doesn't wave back.

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    Oh dear....pass me that sick bag.
    I`ll use it when I`ve stopped chortling.

    Some people really seem to believe in that 'brotherhood' bollox.
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  14. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    I haven't been into the bars I see their bikes parked outside of, but I can assume their is some drinking going on in there, and the stats do bear out that drinking is a causal or contributing factor in a LOT of accidents. So to answer your question, daily.
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  15. ScootTour

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    I wave at all two wheels, including bicycles (which I am not sure they understand why). What can really throw two wheelers off is when I am not riding and I still wave.
    Once I got a wave while I was on foot but I think that is because i had some gear on.
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  16. ScootTour

    ScootTour Long timer

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    I got so tired of saying 'scooter ride' and then having to explain that yes I can get on the freeway and yes its pretty much the same as any other 250cc motorcycle etc. That I finally decided to buy a motorcycle just so I can say 'motorcycle' when talking about what I ride.

    OK that is not exactly true. I got another motorycle primarly just because I want one.

    Never the less, my scooter = 12k miles, 1 one week tour, 4 weekend trips several hundern miles away and constantly commuting.
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  17. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    Let me put it this way. As a motorcyclist, I have absolutely no desire to be associated with the type of image sport bike riders have around here. I do not condone their behavior, and do not wish to be lumped together with them just because I ride motorcycles.
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  18. conchscooter

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    I see people wave all the time at me no matter what I ride, scooter or motorcycle, and I reluctantly wave back. Why reluctantly? Because waving is supposed to represent the connection between riders but what I see is a lot of bickering about who rides what and how. Furthermore I cannot tell you how many motorcycles I have found stopped at the side of the road and watched cretins ride by waving like it means anything. Stopping to help is what is supposed to follow on from the wave but waving these days just reminds me how old (and cranky) I am.
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  19. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    electric scooter, dew ragged, loud piped Harley, ner-a-car Gold Wing - the wind, rain and air temperature are the same. I wave at everyone as an expression of the sheer pleasure I'm deriving from riding. I assume they are experiencing the same.

    Nick
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  20. Crisis management

    Crisis management Latte riders FTW!

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    I never quite get the need for a waving thread and I'm breaking one of my forum rules by replying to this one (must be the non threatening scooter ambience!) :D. I've always seen a wave as the same as a "good morning" that pedestrians might share, something offered, a wish for the enjoyment of a good day, not something that demands or expects a reply.
    A wave is the same as a thumbs up, offered because you feel like, a gesture of good will, how can this be complicated?











    If you read this I waved at you too, suck it up!
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