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View Poll Results: Do you participate in "The Wave"?
Yes 66 76.74%
No 2 2.33%
Ony if someone else initiates "The Wave" 12 13.95%
Sometimes (But not to Boozer Cruisers) 6 6.98%
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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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Post The Wave....

So being a somewhat new rider I'm a bit puzzled by "The Wave".

"The Wave" being that thing some people do when they see another rider on a motorcycle. You know.. where you wave at another person because you share something in common... two wheels and a motor.

What partially puzzles me is why it's done. I don't wave at other people driving Honda Civics (my four wheel transportation). I don't wave at people that shop at the same grocery store as me. I don't wave at people that are right handed. Not to mention using one hand to wave while operating a motor vehicle that should be operated with two hands seems somewhat unsafe.

I understand though that there is some camaraderie with other riders because we are all putting are lives on the line as we go out and battle to be seen by "cagers".

Now some things I have noticed:

- Harley riders tend to only wave at other Harley riders (not all, but most), and I'm okay with this.

- Anyone driving a 50cc Moped (we call them Boozer Cruisers round here) should NOT be waved at, and at all possible look the other direction.

- Most riders that participate in "The Wave" do so by extending their left hand at a downward angle. This confused me until I participated one time by raising my hand at an upward angle and nearly got my arm ripped off by the wind.

So that leads me to my poll. Do you participate in "The Wave"? Do you shun it?

I personally hardly ever initiate "The Wave". I will respond to someone else waving at me though (unless they are on a Boozer Cruiser of course). The few times I have initiated "The Wave" has been to other "Adventure" type riders and Dual-Sports. None of them returned the wave.

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I do the "The wave" to anyone on a motorcycle, including scooters, unless It's dangerous to do so, heavy traffic, mid-corner, etc.


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Newby's, guess you don't know the 5-0 flash or signal either?

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I wave if safe to do so to all bikes & scooters too. A lot of times i get a glimpse of someone waving at me but i'm too focused on the idiots around me "LA Traffic" to wave back.

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I wave and generally murmur "Hey man" in my helmet unless I'm busy and conditions don't permit. No biggie if they don't wave back....most do. It means a little more when it's to one of the few all year riders when it's really cold or really hot. See a yellow goldwing guy almost every morning and he and I wave like long lost friends though we've never met.

When I accidently wave to a scooter that looks like a goldwing or sportbike they generally don't wave as they're seemingly 'out on their own'.

I also helmet tap to give someone a head's up if there's radar/laser set-up and they're headed toward it.

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I generally initiate the wave to other motorcyclist except Harley and Gold Wing riders, providing conditions are appropriate and I see them.

From my experience about 5% of Harley guys wave or initiate the wave, I assume they have other bikes and enjoy the ride on a Harley from time to time. 0% of Gold Wing riders wave, so I don't even bother anymore.

I have a Jeep Wrangler and I do the Jeep wave as well.........sometimes when I'm in my Grand Cherokee I forget and wave at other Wranglers.
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I wave at all bikes as long as it is safe. Most riders wave back out here. Even the guys on Harleys that really should keep both hands on the bars.

The best ones are the scooters. Not sure how many almost accidents I have caused by waving at a scooter. It really locks them up when they have no idea what to do.
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Yes here as well (except when I need the clutch of course). I don't wave to scooters though unless I mistake them for a bike early on.
I've never experienced any glaring issues with Harley riders and don't know if I've really passed any Gold Wings.
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Always willing to wave. I will wave to scooters, I put over 7500 miles on mine. Ride one for a while, it will change the way you look at other drivers.
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You guys who ride on the right side of the road have it a little easier. With the throttle being on the right, you can wave, salute, put two fingers up or whatever with your left hand in view of the oncoming bike(s). Riding on the left side of the road genearally means a 'nod' is the way of acknowledging a fellow motorbicyclist..! I noticed this in France, Belgium and a Germany this year when I drove to the Nurburgring. But over here (in my experience at least) there's no point in giving the 'nod' to a Harley rider if you're on a Jap or Euro machine - they won't acknowledge you...! They're obviously on a higher plain than the rest of us...!
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I do the "The wave" to anyone on a motorcycle, including scooters, unless It's dangerous to do so, heavy traffic, mid-corner, etc.
+1 I also typically wave to farmers, old folks on porches, cops on bikes or horseback or on foot, people out in their yards when I'm riding through their neighborhood, and most importantly KIDS. I sometimes toot the horn at kids, too. If a kid walks up to me when I'm parked with my bike, I always find a little time to say hello and wave to the parents to put them at ease. Never hurts to give people a reason to associate motorcycles with friendly people. Amish farmers are reliable wavers, so are guys riding on really cold days.

As far as the rationale behind the wave, I find people in some other vehicle types wave to each other: Miatas, Jeeps (CJ/Wrangler especially), antique cars in general (and people driving the same make or model in particular), etc. 30 years ago I had a buddy who drove an MG who waved at everyone else in an MG...they all waved back.

Here's an unscientific observation based on nearly three decades of riding motorcycles (and waving to my fellow riders): people wearing helmets, whether in states that require them or not, are much more likely to wave back than those without helmets. This is reliably the case with Harley riders. In Massachusetts, for example, (helmet law) I find Harley riders wave more often than not. Cross down into Connecticut or up into New Hampshire, however, (no helmet laws) and Harley wave rates plummet. Maybe they're feeling too badass to be friendly? Among Harley riders who do wave, I especially like the ones who "wave" by pointing one finger towards the ground. ("Yup, there's the road, I see it, too.")


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I'm a waver... Sometimes I initiate the wave... sometimes I return the wave.
Just this afternoon I waved at a fat dude on a Razor electric scooter doing like 3mph on the paved shoulder headed my way...
He didn't wave back.
Must have had a sticker that says "My other bike is a Harley"


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almost always do the wave or initiate it, but yeah, I've definetly noticed most harley riders only wave at other harley's.

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I prefer to lift my martini in a toast to passing riders (with my left hand as my right is on the throttle -safety first).
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When I see another V, I would wave or flash my head lamps and would certainly get a respond, if traffic conditions allow. Other big bikes, it depends on the mood and traffic condition. Most would wave back unless they are focusing in a tight traffic condition, like having to clutch up. Sometimes I can't wave with my left so I would nod my head. It works too.

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Do you wave at cops in cop cars? I always wonder if they understand it is a friendly wave or if they wonder if I've just flipped them off. The last one I waved at turned around and followed me for about five miles before I got him off my butt.

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Definitely a fan of the wave, unless I'm clutching, then you'll get a nod. The wave rocks because it is a connection, not just because you have two wheels and a motor, but because everyone is feeling the love of the ride. In my opinion, if someone can't acknowledge the awesomeness and bad-assery of pounding the pavement with his fellow riders, then he can get a bus pass. I love my bike, I love all the fellow riders I've met, and I love the feeling of brotherhood. In that case, I'm gonna wave an upside down peace sign at every rider I meet. Thanks for sharing the road with me, guys! It'd be lonely out there without ya!

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Do you wave at cops in cop cars? I always wonder if they understand it is a friendly wave or if they wonder if I've just flipped them off. The last one I waved at turned around and followed me for about five miles before I got him off my butt.

If i see them look at me i wave. Most all of them have waved or nodded back.

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Do you wave at cops in cop cars? I always wonder if they understand it is a friendly wave or if they wonder if I've just flipped them off. The last one I waved at turned around and followed me for about five miles before I got him off my butt.
I wave at everybody all the time, cops too! Unless they are try to pull me over and I'm try to get away. But thats all in the past now!

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