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Offline SimonS1KR

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Re: Acknowledging other riders
« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2016, 09:10:32 AM »
In the UK, I always give a nod to any bike coming in the opposite direction and a left hand wave to any bikes that I overtake.  I'd say my response rate is zero with anyone riding cruisers (could be H-Ds or Japanese clones, I try not to look too closely) and only about 50% with everyone else.  Times have changed, when I started riding 20+ years ago, just about everyone acknowledged one and other.

On the continent, the boot wiggle seems to be more de rigeur as a greeting and acknowledgement seems far more commonplace.

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Re: Acknowledging other riders
« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2016, 11:06:48 AM »
I always nod except to HD riders. They're too cooooool  :150:
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Re: Acknowledging other riders
« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2016, 09:34:14 PM »
*Originally Posted by andy tims [+]
I usually nod.

Except to Scooter, Harley or Gold Wing riders  :008:

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Re: Acknowledging other riders
« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2016, 03:46:49 AM »
*Originally Posted by miles [+]
I always wave, and here in SoCal, the only ones who don't wave back are some of the Harley guys.  1%ers wave back, but not the RUBs.

I also always stop, or at least slow down for bikers on the side of the road and give the "thumbs up" question.  If I get a thumbs up in return, I'll resume speed.  If not, I'll stop and offer what assistance I can, no matter what kind of bike the other guy has.

It used to be that if you had problems, you'd put your helmet on the ground near your back wheel to signal that you needed help, but I think that's gone away now that we all ride bikes that are reliable most of the time*.

*IE, not made in England.

I kid.  Modern Triumphs are excellent in this regard.

Alright, you must tell me, what are 1%ers and RUBs?

I try to always wave unless I'm really focusing on my ride. Although, I've found that the more I ride, the more I like to focus on my bike and my ride, and the wave becomes somewhat of a tedious formality.... Oh no, am I becoming one of THOSE guys?? :(

Anyway, to answer the OPs question, most of the time I'll get a wave-back, including about 50% of Harley riders and/or their pillions. There are some Harley riders that don't wave back, and you can kind of tell which ones they are as they are approaching: they are the super bad-ass looking, F the establishment, bring back the confederacy (ok, maybe that one is an exaggeration), Sons of Anarchy types.

And agreed, Modern Triumphs are remarkably reliable.

 

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Re: Acknowledging other riders
« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2016, 11:45:35 AM »
*Originally Posted by andy tims [+]
I usually nod.

Except to Scooter, Harley or Gold Wing riders  :008:

Same here, although I don't meet all that many Harleys in Ireland - maybe our shitty roads shake them apart prematurely or something.

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Re: Acknowledging other riders
« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2016, 11:51:52 AM »
*Originally Posted by CaliforniaS1KR [+]
Alright, you must tell me, what are 1%ers and RUBs?

A 1%er is a member of an outlaw bike gang, like Hells Angels, etc.

Named after a quote to the effect that 99% of motorbike users are law-abiding.

 


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