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post #11 of 46 Old 03-31-2020, 07:31 PM
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I find the whole motorcycle wave thing very interesting: lots of unexplored psychological/sociological stuff going on there.

When I'd have visitors in a certain rural Missouri county where I lived, they'd always ask me, "Why is everybody we pass waving at us?" I'm not talking just motorcycles, I'm taking every kind of vehicle one would pass.

Only answer I had was "That's what people do here." I've been in other rural counties in Missouri and other states where that doesn't happen so the whole waving thing seems to be based on local social mores. Some country folks in certain locales wave at everybody, others don't. I always found the "universal wave" thing kind of charming and respected it.

I'm a waver on a motorcycle: more of a salute, I guess: left humerus horizontal to the ground, ulna/radius vertical with a palm-forward clenched fist. Fortunately it's never been interpreted as more than a friendly display of unity and solidarity. Some passing riders seem to be kind of taken back by it after offering the usual "low wave" and expecting one back.
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post #12 of 46 Old 03-31-2020, 08:58 PM
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I am neither a cool waver nor a laid-back waver. Not a down-low guy, nor a finger-lifter.

I have to admit to being a Gumper.


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I find the whole motorcycle wave thing very interesting: lots of unexplored psychological/sociological stuff going on there.

I'm a waver on a motorcycle: more of a salute, I guess: left humerus horizontal to the ground, ulna/radius vertical with a palm-forward clenched fist. Fortunately it's never been interpreted as more than a friendly display of unity and solidarity. Some passing riders seem to be kind of taken back by it after offering the usual "low wave" and expecting one back.
I well remember the "Motorcyclist Salute" from my early days of road riding. 1976 & up. And I miss it!

Maybe WE ought to attempt to revive IT?

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post #15 of 46 Old 03-31-2020, 11:21 PM
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I take it a step further. I wave at some pedestrians in the small towns we ride through. If some guys out in his yard I'll beep and wave like I'm his best buddy. People get this look on their face as they wave back like "who was that?" It's fun. Sometimes if we stop in a town at a light, I'll yell at someone ask them how their mom is like I know her, then I'll tell them to tell her I said "Hi" as I ride off. The look on peoples face is priceless sometimes. It's an AH thing to do but it's fun.

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post #16 of 46 Old 04-01-2020, 06:52 AM
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About a year ago I was riding in the Topeka, Kansas area. Noticed quite a few people in rural areas waving as I passed. Of course I waved back.

Another interesting experience was when I stopped for gas one afternoon at a gas station in a little 4-corners berg. I started digging for my credit card when I noticed this was a pump that did not have a credit card machine. So, I walked into the store and asked the nice lady if I needed to pre-pay. She says, no, just come back in when you are done and settle up. After paying, she asked where I was going and I said no where in particular, just out for a ride as I was visiting the area. She then begins to tell me of several picturesque routes and what to stop and see along the way! Turned out to be a better ride than I expected!!
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post #17 of 46 Old 04-01-2020, 01:42 PM
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There's also the Jeep wave.

I've been trying to make the really old beat up Saturn wave take hold, but so far no luck.
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post #18 of 46 Old 04-01-2020, 07:30 PM
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I’ve had the opposite experience from the OP. when I am on the KLR everyone waves at me including Harleys! When I am on my Concours I almost never get a wave from Harleys or Beemers.
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post #19 of 46 Old 04-02-2020, 03:12 AM
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Motorcyclists very rarely wave to each other in Australia.

Here we nod as we pass each other. It doesn't matter what motorcycle your on, we all nod at each other. Unless the bike is a Harley. Harley riders rarely nod at non Harley riders.
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post #20 of 46 Old 04-02-2020, 10:57 AM
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i do..... ;-)

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Hell, I wave at LEO Riders because I FINALLY no longer take it personally when folks don't wave back.

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