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Old 09-12-2009, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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The weirdest thing...

I've been seeing a lot of KLR's lately. And they are the only group of riders that pretty much NEVER give me the wave (or return it). How weird is that? At first I thought the older bikes didn't like my crappy plastic fairing, but I've seen a bunch of 09s the last few weeks.

Cruisers: probably 60% wave
Sport Bikes: about 80%
Tourers: 90%
KLR's: one or two total

Shit, even the BMW guys wave when they're not watching their mounted flat screens.

Interesting...




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Old 09-12-2009, 02:52 PM
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Lockjaw,

Down here in El Paso, I'd have to say that my numbers pretty line up with your own. It's mainly cruisers & crotch rockets around here though. I've only seen two dual-sports in the last three months, and they were both beemers, so I can't speak to the KLR numbers. I did have two Harley riders wave on my way back from Lowe's about an hour ago though. That always surprises me.

I saw a couple of KLRs last weekend between Gallup, NM & Sedona, AZ, both were of them looked liked they had been ridden hard & put away wet. I was cage-bound (purpose of the trip was to keep me in the good graces of the spousal unit), so I can't say whether they would have waved or not.

Interesting phenomenon, though... I wonder what others have been seeing?

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You know now that you mention it there are two other KLR's around here and those bastids never return the wave. I usually give the ADV wave (thumb and index finger to form the V held straight out). If they don't wave back they get the more common ADV wave (middle finger up at 'em).

Had a sport rider give me the clenched fist a while back, gave it back while we were in a tight turn. And while I'm on it, what's with the wave the harley riders always give, you know, the index and middle forming a V way down low? Is that cool or something?

Sometimes when I'm of a mood I'll give a loser hand signal at my forehead then start pointing to my helmet to those not wearing one.

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

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Old 09-12-2009, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Flash, I have heard many different explanations for the wave you describe. Most common being: "keep both wheels on the ground". Rubber side down kind of thing. I kind of do that, but it has more to do with the fact that I am used to covering the clutch with two fingers, so my hand kind of gets "stuck" in that position.

Sometimes I point. Sometimes I blow kisses. (not really, but I might start)

At least I'm not the only one getting the KLR snub...what's up? Isn't there some rule about guys who ride big, ugly pig bikes sticking together????

I will say pretty much everyone waves when I'm on the Honda, but she's a looker.




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Old 09-12-2009, 07:46 PM
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No big deal for me, waving. Here in Texas it is some unwritten law that you must wave while driving a car or truck IF you are on a country road, especially if you are in a truck, whatever, I do it cuz' I'm such a nice guy and it makes me feel good! Same on two wheels.

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

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Old 09-12-2009, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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I do it because I rode thousands of miles on the back of my Grandpa's Harley and it was my job to wave. And pretty much everyone waved back. Never stopped doing it.




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Old 09-12-2009, 08:38 PM
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Just had another sport fag haul ass around me and swerve a few cars... I came up right behind him at the light. He looked back, but I never moved my head so I would appear not to acknowledge him, just let him sit there looking like an asshat. Light changes and now he's in cruise mode not attempting to haul ass or anything. I even passed him going my standard 5 over the limit about a mile later while he was in the center lane and I still didn't acknowledge him. Looks like he realized a schooling on motorcycle etiquette just took place and he received an F.
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Give them the Finger or a Fist and they will return...something.

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Waving

What's the accepted signal for warning other bikers that Cop or dangerious road condition is up ahead?

Not knowing, I use a lower wave ( moving arm/hand up & down )
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What's the accepted signal for warning other bikers that Cop or dangerious road condition is up ahead?

Not knowing, I use a lower wave ( moving arm/hand up & down )
A palm down wave (as in pushing something down) or hand pat on the head is also a slow down warning.
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