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.