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post #1 of 6 Old 04-24-2014, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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was so "distracted" that didnt say hi

My first day riding in the street, just trying out the bike in Main street towards Heritage rd. Chula Vista Ca. in a stop light a motorcyclist honks and says hi (thumb up), I just leaned my head without moving my hands from handlebars.... Realized he had a kLR just after he took off.

Couple of days after, noticed some motorcyclist in my direction and passing me put their hand down to their left.... I was like looking for debris in the road or something!, now I know.

In conclusion, if you see someone who does not say hi back at You, and rides, he's not an ass, he could just be distracted or a newbie .

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-24-2014, 09:28 PM
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Congrats on riding on the street. You'll have plenty of opportunities to wave. It is my experience that most of the riders that do the low wave (pointing towards the ground) are Harley or cruiser riders.

Enjoy the ride.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 06:54 AM
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I never understood the "Low Wave" and don't care to. I've always construed it as "I'm riding so fast if I raise one of my arms it will cause me to lose control or might even rip my arm off."

I utilize the "Upraised Fist," myself, usually brandished with a slight shake for emphasis. Like most hand gestures, it has multiple meanings but is generally accepted as a gesture of solidarity and support.

Some times I'll counter the Low Wave with a wild, exaggerated waving motion like a parent trying to wave to their kids in a crowd to get their attention.

"Do The Motorcycling World A Favor: Don't Be A Low-Waver."

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Better to concentrate on controlling the bike and watching traffic than to worry about the wave. This whole wave thing seems stupid to me. I don't wave at every pickup that comes my way just because I drive one too. But in this day and age it's almost the friendliest thing strangers do so maybe it's not so bad. When I'm riding my Goldwing it's the wife's job to return the wave.


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post #5 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 12:27 PM
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Great video. I have a friend who has a hand shaped piece of metal on a spring mounted on his left handlebar. He puts a glove on it to take care of the waves.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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makes me want to install the two finger on the left handguard, only thing that if one does not work I'll be giving the finger to everyone.
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