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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. :grin2:
 

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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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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 usually wave back, but not to scooters or trikes. However, those rules don't apply when I know the other rider. I also do not waive back when I am busy with the clutch, no matter who the other rider is. I do use the nod when my hands are busy, but I don't know how visible that is.

It is funny how often my bike is mistaken for a Harley. I have to explain mine burns rice.
 

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I pretty much wave to all bike and trike riders...I wave to the scooter riders if they wave first..I find most riders wave back...I do not look at their hands for a wave, and just accept what I can see out of the corner of my eye. Safety.
Also, Head nod when left had is occupied.

Works for me,
 

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Thanks to all the common theme is basically, be safe, be nice, and understand that they may be busy too.

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First time rider? focus on the road, the curve and the cars around you. Waving can come with experience. Stay safe! Don't feel obligated to wave. Too many bikes on the road!!! Just raise your head slightly as a response, and keep your hands on the bars.
And don't look at chicks either!!! HAHAHAHAHA
 

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First time rider? focus on the road, the curve and the cars around you. Waving can come with experience. Stay safe! Don't feel obligated to wave. Too many bikes on the road!!! Just raise your head slightly as a response, and keep your hands on the bars.
And don't look at chicks either!!! HAHAHAHAHA
That last is easier said than done! :grin2:
 

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There's no rules in motorcycling (besides all the arbitrary rules everyone seems to have ;) ) Wave at whoever you want to wave at. I personally wave to anyone but scooters and those backwards trike things with the 2 wheels in front, just my thing. What I wonder is when passing a big group of bikers, do you hold your wave for the whole stretch (if it's safe of course)? Or just the leader or what?
 

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Biker wavee etiquet.

I use the same priorities as when I'm flying:

1. AVIATE- fly the bike. Top priority.
2. NAVIGATE- know where you're going...especially important in a group ride. Plan your turns, especially into and out of parking lots.
3. COMMUNICATE- intercom and hand signals to other group riders/passenger/oncoming bikes have the lowest priority.

That being said, I wave (when I can do so safely) at all bikes and LEOs. When I can't return a wave (traffic, at a stop light when my left hand is holding the clutch in or in a turn) I usually give a nod...they see it.

Ride safe!


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I ride a BV 250 scooter and a Kawasaki Vulcan 1500. I wave to all even though many bikers won't wave back. I try to figure how different I must be riding each because riding the one at 40 gets me a nod, while riding the other at 40 gets me nothing.
I do a low-hand signal because it's fast, natural and gets your hand off the bar the shortest amount of time. While stopped I give an exaggerated head nod. I believe saying "Hi" is part of the joy of riding. To me it says "Ah, a kindred spirit. Someone who knows the joy that is flowing in my blood. Hi, brother!"


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I just did a ride and noticed that some wave some don't but a few times I didn't when in a curve and when I didn't want to take my left hand off the grip, it doesn't bother me if I don't get wave back because sometimes I don't wave either
 

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I wave to all. I have noticed I do get waved to by Harley riders. Always be courteous.
 
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