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Bloody hell if you're not capable of safely executing a simple wave with your left hand you sure as hell shouldn't be on a bike.

If you can't do this safely how in the devils name can you scratch your nose on an itchy arse for that matter without stopping to do it.

Come on fellas be practical.........
 

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NomadsUsR said:
Bloody hell if you're not capable of safely executing a simple wave with your left hand you sure as hell shouldn't be on a bike...
You never rode a sidecar rig did you?

NomadsUsR said:
If you can't do this safely how in the devils name can you scratch your nose on an itchy arse for that matter without stopping to do it.

Come on fellas be practical...
.... and the practical answer is that you can CHOOSE when to scratch your arse.
 

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mightydog said:
guess my question was either not worth answering or just didn't pour enough fuel on your fire, which?
Sorry MT, Nope - just realised pretty quickly after I put the sidecar on that I shouldn't be trying to wave in the twisties.
 

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Why does it have to be a controversy? Somebody posts a nice story. Jeez, what the heck kind of biker planet are you people from?

We know who you are, do the wave. Yep, sidecarists can't wave in a turn; I've ridden a lot of hacks. But I can wave going in a straight line or push my hand away from the grip and wiggle my fingers.

If I couldn't do that I nod. If I can't do that, Id go home and work on my rig, cause it should ride pretty straight.

Krikey, that article is right. Some people get the whole thing and some people don't.
 

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With a cruiser, the pegs are usually more up front than dirt bikes. So....how do you scratch your a$$ if it itches while riding along? don't you just hold on, with both hands, to the handlebars and wiggle around?
 

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I started riding motorcycles in England in the 1960's.
Up until 1963 there were more motorcycles than cars registered in the UK.
There are still a lot of motorcycles used for commuting there today. Waving to other motorcycles there would be like waving to other car drivers when you are driving your car.
The waving thing is one of many peculiarly American practices - no need to make a big deal of not waving - the first concern is to watch the road, especially in traffic.
 

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I started riding motorcycles in England in the 1960's.
Up until 1963 there were more motorcycles than cars registered in the UK.
There are still a lot of motorcycles used for commuting there today. Waving to other motorcycles there would be like waving to other car drivers when you are driving your car.
The waving thing is one of many peculiarly American practices - no need to make a big deal of not waving - the first concern is to watch the road, especially in traffic.
Well, that's because they're from England. Bad food, worse weather, fish, chips, Bob's your uncle... no wonder they don't wave. Its smaller than West Virginia. I could ride across England in about 16 minutes. I mean, what's the use. I'd see the guy at the local for a pint on the way back for unfinished, warm, yeast ridden burned malt beer. I could buy him a pint, get back on the bike and be in Paris in 4 hours... And you know I don't want to ride there if I'd rather ride in France.

I've ridden across Wyoming by myself, all night. Fuel pressure dropping with the temperature, fuel dwindling cold, hungry and just plain silly for riding across Wyoming by myself. But there was a high probability of happiness at the end of the trail.

Anyway, the sun comes up and higher temps made for less sputtering and gas was only 60 miles further and I had at least 60.2 miles in the reserve...

And another rider came up on the other side of the road. I could see him two or three miles away and he was just puttering up the miles on an old shovel. And that is when you learn the meaning of the wave. I waved like he was my brother, or some long lost relative, or the Swedish Bikini team.


The wave was born out of the need for bikers to explore this vast country of ours and ride great distances for a bowl of chili. Of course I'm not going to wave if I ride on crowded roads to go to an overcrowded office and eat rancid fried cod and greasy chips for lunch and baked beans for breakfast. Follow that up with bad dentistry... which is why noone smiles there.

Motorcycling in America is about travelling the past least chosen on a dangerous motor vehicle by choice. It is uniquely American and we invented the darn wave.

Now in comparison to having leaky bikes, bad electrics, awful teeth, the worst food in the universe (even worse than planet Zurg) and roads you could travel by tricycle, I'd say the wave was harmless.
 

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Well there's a Point of View!!

I really miss the fish and chips (with mushy peas and the fish is FRESH 'cos it's only travelled a few miles and never been frozen) and a decent pint of beer (unlike the german brewed cat pee available here) and not too cold so you can really drink it from a pint mug instead of sipping it too cold from the little sippy bottles like a bunch of sissies - and I would wave if I was in the middle of nowhere but you should see the River Road north of Alton Illinois on a Sunday afternoon - more bikes than cars (Really)
 

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I bought my c50t in April of this year, after being out of riding for the last 20 years. When I had my CB750 20 years ago I did'nt understand the wave, I knew that's what bikers did. On my way home from Durango, CO the chain came off as I was heading down the east side of Wolfcreek Pass.....A guy on a bike (don't remember what kind) waved as he drove by..I waved with a greasy hand. 2 minutes later here he comes...to help me with my chain...not to difficult but it sure made me feel good to know I wasn't stuck on the side of the road, with no help at all.

I wave at everyone. And ya know when someone waves at me it reminds me that I'm not out there all alone if I need help.

It only takes a second.
 

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A nice story.
I have noticed a different mind set between motorcycle riders wave and scooters riders wave. Most, if not all motorcycle riders wave is nothing more than putting the hand out, nothing fancy with no waving involved. The other day I gave the typical motorcycle wave to what I thought was another motorcycle rider and expecting the same in return. What I received was a much more friendly energetic wave, something akin to how a child would wave, hand about shoulder level and waving. It seems to me that scooter riders have a different mind set.
 

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bnation said:
A nice story.
I have noticed a different mind set between motorcycle riders wave and scooters riders wave. Most, if not all motorcycle riders wave is nothing more than putting the hand out, nothing fancy with no waving involved. The other day I gave the typical motorcycle wave to what I thought was another motorcycle rider and expecting the same in return. What I received was a much more friendly energetic wave, something akin to how a child would wave, hand about shoulder level and waving. It seems to me that scooter riders have a different mind set.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA "Different" mind set! HAHAHA You guys ever seen the Movie with Bill Murray called "What about Bob"? HAHAHAHA
 

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Any JEEPers out there. Same program. I bought my first jeep and everyone was waving. "Hey, I didn't know that guy/ gal etc." It's a comraderie pact. Unwritten and passed on by experience. Even hardcore old JEEPers don't wave to square headlights.

I try to wave, nod acknowledge every biker I see. It's courtesy, friendliness and part of the unwritten code. I have pulled over many times while in the cage to help a biker on the side. Or should I say motorcyclist. Would want to offend anyones delicate sensibilities.

Brian
 

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I confused myself once at a stop.

Guy going the other way waved and I started to wave back until I realized I was in gear with my left hand holding the clutch.

Did manage to wave with my right hand.

:D :D
 

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There are some funny youtube bits on waving.
 

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They don't wave in England because if you use your clutch hand to wave the passing biker would not even see the wave....the wave would be on the wrong side of the bike for the passing rider. :lol:
 
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