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Top ten reasons why a HD rider wont salute

As a new rider (got my new 2010 Versys a month ago), I am discovering all sorts of thing, including the biker salute ritual.

I think it's cool that riders acknowledge each other out there. Then I noticed that none of the many Harley riders I crossed bothered to respond.

Did a little research, and as it turns out, the web is full of examples from all over the place about the HD crew being a little too slick for their own good.

I saw a top ten list of why HD riders wont salute, and thought it was hilarious. Then I decided to make my own list. Enjoy:

1)They’re afraid to loose “street creds” for their Hell’s Angels hang around application.

2)You are not completely dressed in black.

3)They are rushing home to buff up a speck of dust on the exhaust pipe.

4)They can’t raise their arms covered with chromium dermatitis ulcers.

5)They are too pissed off that their credit score dropped 100 points when they bought their bike on a 2nd mortgage.

6)There is nothing about acknowledging a non-HD rider in the “week-end gangster manual”

7)The vibration from their bike affects their vision and they see a world where everyone is always sort of waving all the time…

8)They are “compensating” for all that time spend cleaning and dusting.

9)Their bone-dried eye socket can’t see beyond a 30 degree angle.

10)They are late on their bar-hopping tight schedule because they spend more time looking at their bikes then riding them.

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You missed one. They are too old to move their hands off the handle bar and wave.

Actually not true. Where I live everyone rides an HD and they are a very friendly crowd. Besides, thay are such an easy target for jokes that we have to be greatful
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Im a proud owner of a HD fatboy with a new Versys on order and must admit there is a sobbery thing going on with the wanabee biker groups who are middle classed and wealthy.

But then again as a HD rider I would hardly ever get a pocket rocket rider knod back.
Shouldnt be like this a rider is a rider in my book, what ever he rides.
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Where I live they are all a bunch of store bought cowboys riding to the walmart to buy a chinese made American flag, and pick up a case of Budweiser.
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Not all like that
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Funny how certain motorcycles can polarize a normally mellow group (motorcycle riders).

My best friend rides a 2009 Fatbob and loves it, but has absolutely no loyalty to HD. He wears a full-face helmet with a huge yellow glow-tape strip on the back, full gear and as far as HD riders go, he looks like a dork. He's as laid back as they come. He even has a honda Ruckus that he farkles. He keeps trying to ride my Versys to 'evaluate the seat' I always complain about.

I have another friend I ride with who absolutely refuses to think that any other motorcycle on the planet is in any way as good as a Harley.Yet he's only owned the HD two months and bought it out of desperation because every other motorcycle shop turned him down on financing

Unfortunately here in the mid-south there's an even split of both types. I prefer the former. I tolerate the latter. I wave at everybody. I have been left hanging by HD riders, but only when they're in groups. I had a whole group put their clutch hands on their legs when I rode by and waved. Their girlfriends and wives waved. I rule


Motorcycles make some people act stupid. Some wave, some don't. We're an eclectic bunch aren't we ?

I just peeved that I can never seem to get the Memphis Police Motorcycle Patrol officers to wave at me. I suppose they're just smarter than me. They keep both hands on the bike.

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So much drama, upright wave, nod, or low five?

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So much drama, upright wave, nod, or low five?
You put your left hand in, you put your left hand out, you put your left hand in and you shake it all about..

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All in good fun here. My brother in-law rides a harley, good people.

I discoved lately that Harley riders are like boogie boarders when your surfing, they are all over the place and always in the way.

Most wave back here, a few do not. Whatever.
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AZ is full of HDs.
Sometimes I get a wave, sometimes I wave back, sometimes I don't.
I suppose it depends on my mood and whether the other rider has gear on or not


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Ok, I'll pile on....

Maybe they're afraid this will happen if they take a hand off to wave to a non pirate......

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So much drama, upright wave, nod, or low five?
Depends on where I am in a curve. Mostly down low. I wave to any biker, even when I am in my convertible....most ( including HD guys ) wave back around here.

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Ok, I'll pile on....

Maybe they're afraid this will happen if they take a hand off to wave to a non pirate......

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2a3_1272417187
Jeez.... I watched that over and over, and still can not tell what made that first guy go down... let alone the second one who just seems to be following suit....


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and... maybe next time they'll try and wear some gloves eh?


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Ok, I'll pile on....

Maybe they're afraid this will happen if they take a hand off to wave to a non pirate......

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2a3_1272417187

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A lot of dosh and gravel rash thats formation riding for ya
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In Europe riders never wave at each other, they are taught better riding habits than we are here including to always keep both hands on the bars at all times.
After I found this out I don't always wave at everyone anymore as I think the European way of doing things makes more sense as it is obviously saver. I still always wave at anyone that waves first though out of courtesy except when I am negotiating a corner.
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we nod its cooler waves are for wooseys
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I wave at every riders on the opposite side... They wave back 90% of the time...

The one that normally don't wave back are scooters, they will stare at me wondering what's going on... : I guess they didn't know about the waving thing yet...

The other one that don't wave back are soup up all and chrome out chopper, either they think they got the most expensive bike on the road and don't bother with anything else, or they just can't wave back because of the awkward riding position they are in... Need to hang on to the $50k machine... They don't want to drop it...

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