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What is the bikers wave?

I got my 750 Aug. of 2005, my first bike. I want to know more about the bikers Wave. When I ride and a bike comes from the other direction He/she gives me this low pointing straight armed kind of wave or greeting. I do not know what I am doing, but I return the gesture. When 30 Hard Case riders come form the other direction it seems very wise to gesture back. I just copy what they do. Please help as I do not wish to piss off the wrong gang or any gang for that matter. Maybe someone out there can give me some biker manors training.

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your doing the biker wave....lol. i think most folks around here forgot how to wave, very few do the biker wave.

i knowthere is a web site that has hand signals to communicate to other riders, but i cant find it right now, ill keep looking.





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The way it was explained to me was that it's an indication to another follow rider that you're looking out for each other. Kind of like a secret handshake to an exclusive club. In other words, no waving to the cages unless they have you in the crosshairs and refuse to hang up. But then you have other problems to deal with.

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You`ve got it right. It is just a friendly greeting between fellow riders. It`s less wind resistance to point your finger or stick your hand out to the side, than it is to raise your hand up higher. At least that`s my reasoning for the very casual aknowledgement of the other rider. If you do a search on the biker wave, there are a couple of threads in the past 6 months or so, where members commented on the response they get from different types of riders: ie. sportbikers, Harley riders etc. It varied quite a bit, from getting a fairly equal number of waves from all riders, to some who felt that Harley riders only waved to others on Harleys too. You aren`t going to get beat up for waving, or neglecting to wave back, if you miss seeing a wave at you. Sometimes traffic demands more attention than waving back does. It`s not a gang sign, or anything of the sort.

It`s kind of like a truckers wave. Almost every trucker I pass will respond with 1 or 2 fingers just raised off the steering wheel as we pass. If 3 or all 4 fingers are raised, thats a big wave!! I think someone here mentioned that Jeep driver all wave to each other too. So enjoy your rides and feel free to give the bikers wave to to all the others when it`s safe to do so.

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here in texas, 90% of the riders wave at each other, the one that don't wave usually are to busy looking at the rode or just didn't see you. It seems like the riders brotherhood is pretty strong here....glad it is too.
eg: i stopped under a brigde on day, cause my wife has been buzing my phone for the past 20 minutes, while i was on the phone there were about 5 bikers driving by and slowed down to make sure i was ok...
I have heard that there are different way to wave, for Harley dude, they point down to the road and do the "peace sign", i just kinda do the same too, it's easier to point down instead of waving with your hand at shoulder level, especially on faster speed....
other like sports bikers just shake their heads down (twice) according to a fellow crouch rocket rider, others just don't wave

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a buddy of mine who rides a sport bike says he always does a quick beep beep on the hrn.... i see it as a sign of agnoledgment.... i see them and say whats up.. nice bike and say safe all in one hand gesture... i mean its been pretty well summed up by all the others so i can say much more... just no middle fingers.... big macho harley riders dont like that!!!
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The important one the helmet tap... remember this its sometimes acompinied with a hand down (like slow down) it means COPS I used to ride sport bike so the wave was below the handle bar and now the vulcan i just stick my hand out and give a rock on or thumbs up.... (its usulally below the bars out of habbit) we gotta look out for each other cause u know the other driver arnt...



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just no middle fingers.... big macho harley riders dont like that!!!
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two fingers down bro. BMW riders do not wave


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I got my 750 Aug. of 2005, my first bike. I want to know more about the bikers Wave. When I ride and a bike comes from the other direction He/she gives me this low pointing straight armed kind of wave or greeting. I do not know what I am doing, but I return the gesture. When 30 Hard Case riders come form the other direction it seems very wise to gesture back. I just copy what they do. Please help as I do not wish to piss off the wrong gang or any gang for that matter. Maybe someone out there can give me some biker manors training.
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I'd say about 60-70% wave up in NH. I usually do arm down and out to the side with the "hang loose" sign.

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