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OK. I've only been riding a few months and only about 150 miles so far. The few times I see other riders on the road, most have given me a friendly little wave, and I tried to wave back if my hands weren't busy, and give a nod if they were. So today I was riding around town and saw a bike coming on the other side of the road. My left hand went up for a wave, then stopped when I realized that it was a police cruiser. No big deal. I'm just being friendly. But I'm wondering what's the common etiquette with police cruisers. Should I wave?

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When I see the highway patrol on their bikes I wave and they wave back. Can't see any reason why not, they're out there on two wheels havin' a good time and dodging idiot cages just like I am! Same reason I wave to everyone else.

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My eyes aren't what they used to be, well okay, they never were very good, but I don't ususally realize its a cop until I've already waved and almost passed by them.
I have waved to cops a few times and they never waved back. I think it is fine, shows some camaraderie and there isn't a law against it.
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I live in Germany, and was surprised the other day when a German police bike waved. Especially because Germans tend for sport tourers, as opposed to cruisers with noisy pipes.

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Why not wave? Cops are people too. Maybe Im a little biased cause I was one for 27 years.
Riders have to have their head on a swivel looking for all the hazards while riding. Police bikes have the same hazards, along with actively looking for violators and monitoring the police radio which is usually going nonstop, so their attention is usually split in multiple directions. Maybe they're responding to a call and while enroute, they're thinking of specifics for when they arrive as to the course of action they might have to take. We're taught to think things out before arrival to a call. It could save a life.
If they don't wave, maybe they're just too occupied otherwise to notice. Then maybe not. There are all kinds (back to "cops are people too") and some can be Aholes just like the general population, but those are not the general rule.

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OK. I've only been riding a few months and only about 150 miles so far. The few times I see other riders on the road, most have given me a friendly little wave, and I tried to wave back if my hands weren't busy, and give a nod if they were. So today I was riding around town and saw a bike coming on the other side of the road. My left hand went up for a wave, then stopped when I realized that it was a police cruiser. No big deal. I'm just being friendly. But I'm wondering what's the common etiquette with police cruisers. Should I wave?
They are regular guys and gals who enjoy riding just like we do - give them a wave. If you think motor officers aren't bikers too, then you have never been around any members of the Enforcers MC)

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When you wave - just make sure to wave with all five fingers . . . well - at least wave with two as a minimum . . .

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Well It all depends on the law enforcement in your area IMO. I'm in a MC and I wear my cut everytime I get on the bike..... In my local area I get pulled over min of once a week because they want to screw with me and show me they are there. Where my club is out of the police like us, I never get pulled over, They wave at us.

So in my area I wave with one finger.... where my chapter is I wave and sometimes have very nice conversations if I see them somewhere

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So in my area I wave with one finger....
And you wonder why they keep messin' with you?
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I wave to them. They almost always wave back. I've even had motor cops sitting by the road with radar guns in one hand wave friendly with the other... 'course I'm going legal speed.

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