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post #1 of 127 (permalink) Old 07-25-2016, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Biker wave etiquette.

Hi everyone? I am a new rider and I am wondering my about the biker wave, do we wave to all bikers? Or is it per type of bike, i mean cruisers to cruisers only, do scooters count? People on vespas do not seem to expect or give waves for example... Some sports bikes do not do it either, sometimes I am concentrating on what I am doing and do not notice a wave until it is too late.

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I wave to everyone on a motorized vehicle of two or three wheels, and sometimes to law enforcement. Once I even waved to an oncoming Oregon State Police person and he misinterpreted it to mean that I needed to speak with him, so he did a quick turnabout! I wave to local police and they wave back. California Highway Patrol people seem to be more accustomed to bikers waving to them. In your situation of being a new rider it's best to put safety over courtesy until you gain more experience and confidence.

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I agree with Hot Cruiser. I wave at all. I don't care what you're riding. But as Hot Cruiser said, be careful out there. I nearly ran into the back of a truck that had stopped to make a left turn, no turn lane, as I was busy watching all the oncoming bikes, just in case someone waved at me. Made a quick swerve and cleaned out my pants later, well almost! I'm a little more careful now.

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I use to wave to everyone, now I only wave when the mood strikes me right. It may seem crass, but too many people don't wave back and it's not worth my effort anymore. I wave back, almost all the time, when I see it or my left hand isn't tied up doing something.

I never, ever, ever, ever waive to a scooter. You should lose your man card for waiving to a scooter.

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Anything with 2 wheels, and adult trikes. Especially kids standing, walking or on 2 or 3 wheels.
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Ditto on scooters!!! A head nod works as well as a wave & is sometimes a lot safer than taking 1 hand off the bars.
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Certainly a matter of safety and preference. If my left hand is free, I wave at anything with less than 4 wheels.
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Some sports bikes do not do it either

I think its easier on a cruiser with left hand free they way you sit, but on sports bikes their body weight is pressed forward on the left hand holding the grip by the way you sit making a wave harder
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I wave at anything less than 4wheels,if they don't wave back oh well,Irks me tho...wait I just say that?
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I wave at all bikers. Some don't wave back, but that's their problem. The old saying is, "you never get a second chance to make a first impression." As a former Gold Wing rider, I've noticed that Wingers give you a high wave and Harley riders a low one. Hey, a wave is a wave, so pass them on.
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