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post #1 of 7 Old 05-03-2015, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Hardly any waves

While riding I'm never the first one to put out my hand to wave, but if they wave I wave back, and that's how it goes on my voyager, but I noticed on the KLR nobody waves at me, I've even stuck my hand out and nothing, I bet I seen 20 bikes and maybe 3 waved back, what gives, maybe I'm ugly and wear a green jacket, who knows.
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-03-2015, 10:30 PM
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I think we should chalk it up to jealousy: they automatically assume since you're on a dualsport you're a much better rider than they are and they are unworthy of offering a wave. After passing you, they spend the next 15 minutes thinking about where you can go and where they can't.

I usually freak out wavers by offering an upraised kind of"Black Power Fist Pump" with my left hand that lets them know I don't need to do the Low Wave because I'm not afraid of losing control of my bike if my arm and hand jut out into the airstream.

I must say I have no problem returning a friendly wave, but never initiate one and don't care if a wave occurs at all.

If you're feeling particularly adventurous, make a finger-pointing, jabbing motion that makes them think there's something seriously wrong with their bike that they aren't aware of. If your rear-view mirrors aren't shaking too badly, you'll see them turn around and look back at their rear tire.

Vehicle waving is weird. Where I live, the occupant of every vehicle that passes you waves at you: doesn't matter if it's 4 wheels or 2. It's the only place I've ever lived where people do this. I thought about alerting the university sociologists so they could do some kind of study on it.....



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A buddy and I were out running the Victoria Trail a couple of weeks ago on our 250's (his a Sherpa and my WRR) and we met a bunch of other like minded dual sport dudes, all of them waved. Lol, the only guy that didn't wave was some big fat guy on a loud Harley that had those tassely things on his levers. We even met up with a group of KLR guys on brand new shiny bikes with clean new gear and chatted with them for a few minutes.

On the highway it's hit and miss. I'd say about half of the people wave, the non wavers being guys on hogs and guys on Goldwings... Though the guys on the Goldwings might be waving, could just be hard to see their hand past the fairing. lol!

Like you guys though, I almost never initiate the wave, but will wave back if waved to. I just find it kind of a pain on a busy traffic day with lot's of bikes to be constantly waving... Plus I like to keep my hands on the bars in heavy traffic, never know when your going to have to dodge a cage.


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post #4 of 7 Old 05-04-2015, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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Yep that's the guys who don't wave, the big fat Harley guys who think that the Harley makes them bad ass with their sons of anarchy patch on the back of their vest and all their pins and patches on the front. I really don't care, its just funny to me,
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To Wave or Not to Wave

By Shalom Auslander

I love motorcycles, and I love riding. Like many of you, what first drew me to bikes was not just the experience of riding, but the feeling that I'd become part of a special community, a brotherhood, really. Nothing calms me more than a long ride down the interstate, waving to the members of my beloved clan. Except when I pass Harley guys. I hate Harley guys. Hate, hate, hate. When they pass me on the highway, you know what I do? I don't wave. With their little tassle handlebars and the studded luggage and the half-helmets?God, they drive me crazy.

You know who else I hate? BMW guys. Oh, I do hate those guys. I don't wave at them, either. They think they're so great, sitting all upright, with their 180-degree German engines. God, I hate them. They're almost as bad as those old bastards on their touring motorcycles. You know what I call those bikes? "Two-wheeled couches!" Get it? Because they're so big. They drive around like they've got all day. Appreciate the scenery somewhere else, Grampa, and while you're at it, I'm not waving to you.

Ducati guys?I don't wave at them either. Why don't they spend a little more money on their bikes? "You can have it in any color you want, as long as it's red." Aren't you cool! Like they even know what a desmo-whatever engine is, anyway. Try finding the battery, you Italian-wannabe racers! I never, ever wave at those guys.

Suzuki guys aren't much better, which is why I never wave at them, either. They always have those stupid helmets sitting on top of their stupid heads, and God forbid they should wear any safety gear. They make me so mad. Sometimes they'll speed by and look over at me and you know what I do? I don't wave. I just keep on going. Please, don't get me started on Kawasaki guys. Ninjas? What are you, twelve years old? Team Green my ass. I never wave at Kawasaki guys.

I ride a Honda, and I'll only wave at Honda guys, but even then, I'll never wave at a guy in full leathers. Never, never, never. Yeah, like you're going to get your knee down on the New York Thruway. Nice crotch, by the way. Guys in full leathers will never get a wave from me, and by the way, neither will the guys in two-piece leathers. And I'll tell you who else I'm not waving at?those guys with the helmets with the loud paintjobs. Four pounds of paint on a two pound helmet?like I'm going to wave back to that! I'll also never wave at someone with a mirrored visor. Or helmet stickers. Or racing gloves. Or hiking boots.

To me, motorcycling is a like a family, a close-knit brotherhood of people who ride Hondas, wear jeans and a leather jacket (not Vanson) with regular gloves and a solid-color helmet with a clear visor, no stickers, no racing gloves and regular boots (not Timberlands). And isn't that what really makes riding so special?


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post #6 of 7 Old 05-04-2015, 11:47 AM
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I wave at all the bike regardless of make color or creed. Half the bike people in my neck of the woods wonder who that whacked out rider that keeps waving is. The other half wave back.
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To Wave or Not to Wave

By Shalom Auslander

I love motorcycles, and I love riding. Like many of you, what first drew me to bikes was not just the experience of riding, but the feeling that I'd become part of a special community, a brotherhood, really. Nothing calms me more than a long ride down the interstate, waving to the members of my beloved clan. Except when I pass Harley guys. I hate Harley guys. Hate, hate, hate. When they pass me on the highway, you know what I do? I don't wave. With their little tassle handlebars and the studded luggage and the half-helmets?God, they drive me crazy.

You know who else I hate? BMW guys. Oh, I do hate those guys. I don't wave at them, either. They think they're so great, sitting all upright, with their 180-degree German engines. God, I hate them. They're almost as bad as those old bastards on their touring motorcycles. You know what I call those bikes? "Two-wheeled couches!" Get it? Because they're so big. They drive around like they've got all day. Appreciate the scenery somewhere else, Grampa, and while you're at it, I'm not waving to you.

Ducati guys?I don't wave at them either. Why don't they spend a little more money on their bikes? "You can have it in any color you want, as long as it's red." Aren't you cool! Like they even know what a desmo-whatever engine is, anyway. Try finding the battery, you Italian-wannabe racers! I never, ever wave at those guys.

Suzuki guys aren't much better, which is why I never wave at them, either. They always have those stupid helmets sitting on top of their stupid heads, and God forbid they should wear any safety gear. They make me so mad. Sometimes they'll speed by and look over at me and you know what I do? I don't wave. I just keep on going. Please, don't get me started on Kawasaki guys. Ninjas? What are you, twelve years old? Team Green my ass. I never wave at Kawasaki guys.

I ride a Honda, and I'll only wave at Honda guys, but even then, I'll never wave at a guy in full leathers. Never, never, never. Yeah, like you're going to get your knee down on the New York Thruway. Nice crotch, by the way. Guys in full leathers will never get a wave from me, and by the way, neither will the guys in two-piece leathers. And I'll tell you who else I'm not waving at?those guys with the helmets with the loud paintjobs. Four pounds of paint on a two pound helmet?like I'm going to wave back to that! I'll also never wave at someone with a mirrored visor. Or helmet stickers. Or racing gloves. Or hiking boots.

To me, motorcycling is a like a family, a close-knit brotherhood of people who ride Hondas, wear jeans and a leather jacket (not Vanson) with regular gloves and a solid-color helmet with a clear visor, no stickers, no racing gloves and regular boots (not Timberlands). And isn't that what really makes riding so special?


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