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Offline DesertDragon

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Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« on: November 05, 2017, 03:06:49 PM »
Being an avid "waver" myself, I couldn't pass up this link..
An oldie, but a goodie.. (IMHO)
 haphap
http://www.viewfromthecloud.com/2006/08/secret-motorcycle-hand-greetings.html

If you take a look, be sure to check out the comments...
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P.S. Assuming "reciprocity", I generally go with the "Backhanded-out Big-One" (which is actually a big-two...)
      My take on it was my bottom line slogan - "Keep the rubber on the bottom" 

 
Keep the Rubber on the Bottom!

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2017, 05:51:15 PM »
I also think the two fingers pointing down means "Keep the rubber on the bottom". A wave signifies we are all in this together. Beware of the cagers and be safe.
 From my research the riders who are least likely to wave back (reply) are Harley riders. Specifically the ones with the huge batwing fairings. The reply rate is so low in fact that I no longer wave to them (initiate).
 What about 3 wheelers like Can-Am? For a couple of years I didn't wave because they are not TRUE motorcycles. They looked so pathetic waving at me crying out for attention and acceptance that I have started waving back.

Offline Larry Fine

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2017, 06:59:32 PM »
Way too many comments to read.

My wave is hand out at 7:00 with palm forward. Anything else requires thought and effort.  2cool

From my research the riders who are least likely to wave back (reply) are Harley riders. Specifically the ones with the huge batwing fairings. The reply rate is so low in fact that I no longer wave to them (initiate).

I concur.

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2017, 08:04:24 PM »
I am so new I just thought everyone does their own type of wave, or none.  I do find it pretty sweet to be "in the club" now.  hehe
I don't wave at three wheelers, mopeds, scooters, bicycles, joggers, cagers, airplanes or cows. 
My wave of choice so far seems to be hand down and out in the "hang loose" thumb and pinkie out with the back of the hand forward.  Enjoy the ride and be safe is what I'm saying.  If I am in a turn or see a rider at the last minute do to traffic or just not having the time or being comfortable taking the hand off the handle bar I nod.
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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2017, 05:41:45 AM »
I was 'initiated' to what the wave was all about ("keep the rubber side down") about 10 years ago and have been doing it ever since. Harley riders are the worst. I have yet to have a sport bike rider not return a wave. I agree with the batwing comment; worst offenders!
Nicest comment I got on the NH was pulling up next to a grungy, hairy 'thing' on an ironhead Sportster; he looked over at my S and shouts "BITCHIN' vintage bike, dude!"
I was stunned.
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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2017, 06:37:57 AM »
The same snobbery exists in the bicycle world. I ride a trail/road (hybrid) bike for exercise. Has the flat handlebars...etc. I was on a black top trail doing some casual wheeling and a guy on a road bike with all the fancy riding clothes and trimmings was out with his son. I gave him a nod and all he did was smirk.  Oh well...

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2017, 08:37:28 AM »
I live outside of a town where everybody waves at everyone (dirt road rules). 
Out on the interstate, there are a lot of Harley riders, many of whom are renting bikes in Vegas and driving to the Grand Canyon.
I know because I talk to them at the gateway town of Williams.
Maybe that skews my results, because I get both initiation and reciprocation from riders on Harleys,
Or maybe it's the Dragons on my bike...
For the guys wearing colors - Yep - The "Great Divide" is there.
That's OK. 
If someone doesn't reply, it doesn't bother me, as I feel like I've done my part. 
If they don't respond - Their loss - Not mine.
One of the best waves I've seen initiated was from a guy who gave me the "double handed rotational geek".
Yes, it requires a high confidence level, a throttle positioner, good tires and commitment, but the effort was appreciated.
Hmm. Gives me an idea for a new thread...
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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2017, 09:16:36 AM »
Maybe this could be instituted for the new secret wave


Offline Larry Fine

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2017, 10:15:21 AM »
If someone doesn't reply, it doesn't bother me, as I feel like I've done my part. 
If they don't respond - Their loss - Not mine.

Same here.

Maybe this could be instituted for the new secret wave.

I like it!  :claps:

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2017, 09:06:50 PM »
One of the best waves I've seen initiated was from a guy who gave me the "double handed rotational geek".
Yes, it requires a high confidence level, a throttle positioner, good tires and commitment, but the effort was appreciated.
Hmm. Gives me an idea for a new thread...


I googled it and came up empty, I'll be waiting for that thread I guess.

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2017, 09:46:01 PM »
Today, by sheer coincidence, I passed (in opposite direction) a motorcycle cop and gave my customary salute. He gave me a full hand up wave back, as if to say "Howdy!".

Struck me as funny.  whoohoo1

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2017, 08:49:07 AM »
The "double handed rotational geek" was my invention on this thread to attempt to describe the action of the guy who:
- Did the "Geek Wave" (aka Hi Mom!)
- Did it with both hands, and
- Rotated his wrists so that hands oscillated, describing an arc of appx 100 degrees

The other way to describe it, is the guy waved at me with both hands...
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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2017, 09:00:22 AM »
of course there's always the royal and papal waves to be considered...

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2017, 09:05:19 AM »
Thanks DD.

Norm I reserve the 'Royal wave' for batwing Harley riders.

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2017, 04:34:54 AM »
Hmmm, apparently I'm still a newb.  Oh well, I recall a time when it was the raised fist of "power to the people".

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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2017, 06:21:02 AM »
I must admit that when I was just returning to riding (2009), I did the "GeeK" because (as the author describes) I was so excited to be part of the group.

Now for the most part, I do the "2-finger flip", and I don't discriminate as this would be hypocritical to my belief that as long as you like your bike, and you won't try to kill me, I don't care what you ride and we can ride together.  My one disclaimer would be loud pipes - they got to get behind me.

When I'm riding areas that are full of bikes (Deals Gap, for example), I just skip the waive all together because it's just too inconvenient.  If I happen to cross another FJR, I might wave because I probably know the rider.  :) 

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2017, 08:00:51 AM »
The wave at a bike convention, is like a "high-five" for a baseball player after a home run.
By the end, the enthusiasm is gone, and he just needs to sit down...
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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2017, 08:44:14 AM »
I've had others wave at me when I have a fistful of throttle and clutch and can't reciprocate. I always feel like crap afterwards. However, there are many, many times when I will give the wave to a Harley rider (or riders; worse yet) and just get totally blown off. Must be my helmet and gear; "real bikers don't wear helmets" Or it could be that I'm either on a Japanese bike or a Buell, both appear to offend many Harley riders.
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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2017, 09:51:44 AM »
I wave because it is something that I like to do.  Response is not required.  I live in northwestern VA near the WV border, and here nearly everyone waves, including the Harley Guys!  I even have folks initiate the wave while on their riding mowers and pickup trucks (and there are a LOT of pickup trucks here) or just give a "thumbs up" as we approach each other. 

RAVEN:  You feel free to criticize the Harley Guys but refused to wave at the Can-Am riders?  Seems to me you can't have it both ways.  And I am qualified to make this observation because I have/ride a '95 Nighthawk 750, AND a '11 Can-Am RT.   Doesn't make any difference if it is a "true" motorcycle or not.  I neither crave anyone's attention nor need their approval.  Different strokes for different folks.  But if I happen to see you in my travels while riding on the Can-Am, I will be sure to wave to you just because. heya2 heya2 heya2
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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2017, 11:18:02 AM »
I even have folks initiate the wave while on their riding mowers

Yep! I always wave at people on riding mowers.   heya2  Good times.

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2017, 04:17:08 PM »
Hey,
People on riding mowers need love (and waves) too...
Keep the Rubber on the Bottom!

DD

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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2017, 06:05:07 PM »

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« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2017, 10:11:56 PM »
I'd so wave at that! 
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Re: Secret Motorcycle Greetings... Revealed...
« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2017, 02:03:12 PM »
I'd wave as it passed me....  bkr3

 

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