I like keeping my hand on the grips, so I just lift my four left fingers straight up. I wave at all bikes, and the return rate's pretty good at 75% or so. I know, though, if I see ape hangers, leather vests and half helmets, or leather tassles blowing in the breeze it's a lost cause.
Last edited by at-home-daddy; 08-28-2010 at 01:28 AM.
I wave to everyone unless I'm in a spot where I need both hands- shifting, tight turns, etc. Even the Vespa riders. They always look surprised.
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I think it's not that different in Holland, Belgium or France than at your place.
Here it's just as good a snob thing.
Some BMW riders don't wave because they snob the summer sunday riders.
Some Harley riders in packs snob cause they are supposed to snob Jap scoots.
Occasionally some supersport riders don't wave, cause they think they will be snobbed by choppers.
You could put apes like I did, then everybody will greet you..even grandmothers and infants.
Also a big plus is, that nobody will bother you and...you can save on deodorant.
Ehm..don't you live in Europe by the way?
Or are the British Isles a continent?
Last edited by deanevo; 08-28-2010 at 02:17 PM.
As has already been mentioned, nodding appears to be the norm in the UK. I'm still not used to it but waving with the left hand is wasted effort when the oncoming rider can't see it.
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Actually got waves from 2 HD guys today.
96 ZX 11
SuperSport-Tour de Force
My general rule of thumb is:
Scooters/Vespas get a wave to the side if they wave at me first.
Sportbikes get an under the handlebar open hand if they wave first.
Cruiser bikes I give the peace sign pointed down toward the road (meaning peace on the road/be safe) and if not returned, I tuck in the index finger
I think the waving thing varies by region in the US. Most people wave around here. When I rode to Pittsburgh last year I had waves in Tennessee and in western Kentucky, very few in eastern Ky, and I mean NO ONE waves in Pennsylvania, at least not around Pitt. I rode all over western PA for several days, got one wave from a guy on a crotch rocket.
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I would be happy to have the kind of push button for signalling like sportsbikes have..
No more waving, just push the button..
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