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post #1 of 46 Old 03-30-2020, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Nobody ever waves to the enduro riders

Just the Harley and rockets get the attention.
What gives?
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post #2 of 46 Old 03-30-2020, 11:16 AM
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I've not had a similar experience! The occasions that I don't get a wave seem to be from the younger riders who probably are not aware of the traditional motorcyclist wave.

Did you know there is also the Corvette Wave?
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post #3 of 46 Old 03-30-2020, 12:07 PM
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i do..... ;-)


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post #4 of 46 Old 03-30-2020, 12:48 PM
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I've found that the lonelier the road, the more likely for all types of bike riders to wave at each other.

So out here in the Wilds of Wyoming, that means most of the time to & from most riders, unless it is a 'Poker Run' or during the Sturgis Rally.

Solo bikes are most likely to wave. Groups of 3 - 5 often do. Groups of 6+ get tired of it fairly quickly.

I recon that there are a higher percentage of 'Enduro riders' or Adventure riders passing thru WY either singularly or in small groups, so that may reflect also.

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Groups of 6+ get tired of it fairly quickly.
What I've noticed in my parts some times, the lead rider of the group will wave, then the trailing rider will wave. I've always taken that as a group wave.
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post #6 of 46 Old 03-30-2020, 06:52 PM
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Don't forget the jeep wave, I have had 3.
Im not a big wave fan, unless I know the one or ones. I was part of a hard core Harley people, in NH, and not a club, but just because one was on a bike, did not make them a friend.
I have in the year and 1 month, I have had the klr, lots of waves and positive likes on it. ( and always wave or nod back and say thanks) ( I think people like my orange/yellow klr and its very, very quiet, and I ride polite, so get positive feedback)
I tend to be hardened by my last, 8 years working 9 years living in east PA, the river (Delaware) separated PA from Jersey. On the Harley, or a bike, on the weekends, we all be friends, but when they got in their car, your just another jerk on a bike in there way. So I didn't wave, and got flipped off a lot. I have found Texas very friendly, and where im going back to where I grew up in northern, Mn, friendly.
Depending on where one is, one cant take not getting the wave back personal.
Im more of a head nod person on the bike vs waving, when I do.
YA, got the high wave, the low wave, the one or two finger wave, the head nod, up or down, the side tilt head wave, the point wave if one knows the person, the thumbs up wave, the cool dude that the (beeaach) on the back, is in charge of the wave, and the one finger wave I get when 20 people take the Harley out 2 times a year and want a wave, and I didn't wave back. ha ha .
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post #7 of 46 Old 03-30-2020, 07:18 PM
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Top Ten Reasons Why KLR Riders Don’t Wave Back.

10. Wasn't paying attention to the other side of the road because he was trying to calculate if it was time to add oil or not.
9. He has 200 pounds of gear strapped on the bike in eight different bags and one of the bungee cords just popped and hit him in the groin.
8. Can't let go of the handlebars because the fender is catching the wind and makes the front end too shaky.
7. Had his hand in his pocket, looking for another zip-tie.
6. Was preoccupied with getting his feet on the highway pegs and butt slide back because the ass-hatchet seat is killing him.
5. The duct tape on the fairing has come loose and is flapping in the wind, distracting him.
4. Was trying to subtract 9.5% from the speedometer reading to figure out how fast he was really going.
3. Has been riding the thing for three hours straight and is numb from head to toe and is quite delirious.
2. Has his head cocked intently to the left, trying to figure out if all that racket means the engine is coming apart.
1. He was looking down at his left foot, trying to figure out why it wouldn't go into sixth gear. Again.

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post #8 of 46 Old 03-30-2020, 09:06 PM
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I agree with all of that. My last H-ley, wouldn't go over 82mph without the death wobble till I put a $270 fork stablalizer on it. the klr has no problem, ( with the wind, or no wind ) that is.
1, cant wave right now, as im 6:11 with a full face helmet and stock wind shield going against the wind.
2, waiting for the bike to die, because every time I work on it (I)mess something up.
3, To busy looking for a cool side road to get off the darn highway.
4, Thinking about how to get into the 300 mile club.
5, Looking at the ditch and wondering why im not ridding it, instead of the road.
6, Is the motor going to blow up, because I fill the oil till I can see it on the kickstand.
7, What the heck is loose now, as im almost out of locktite.
8, CRAP, I have my old BMW, ridding pants on, with an old Harley T-shirt.
9, ( CRAP) forgot to take the milk crate off the back rack wile looking for my next ex wife.
10, Do the paniers look cool.
11, Can I find a parking place that wont make the bike tip over , as it sits very high on the kickstand.

I picked up an new matress in a box last week and brought it to the camper with klr, and filled it with garbage and brought to dumpster on klr and didn't get a strange look at all with that 4 foot wide box on the back rack.
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You need a welder to help you shorten your kick stand at least 1 inch, possibly 2" if you have installed lowering links.

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post #10 of 46 Old 03-30-2020, 11:25 PM
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You need a welder to help you shorten your kick stand at least 1 inch, possibly 2" if you have installed lowering links.
Its a stock 2018, it sits up proud and tall, and proud on level ground. With, the wind hear coming off the ocean, I tie it to the front of the camper, when I put the cover on it, so it don't blow over. I pack heavy stuff in left side bag, so it wont tip over.
In a month or so, if I get back to my friends farm, I may cut and weld the kickstand lower.
OR, do the old street bike trick, torch and bend.
That's the coolest thing about the klr, is its an empty canvas. But still dressing up and undressing , a pig.
( darn thing is just starting to like me.)
It is interesting to go backwards from years of modern bikes, back to simple and basic, and as frustrating as it is cool.
( as always, thanks for your help. )
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