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Signal riders there are police in front

Around Los Angeles/ Orange county area, we signal other riders by tapping on our own helmet with left palm if they are heading into the area we saw police just minutes ago... If no police, we gave them a thumb up using left hand.

Wondering what other states are doing???

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Flash, I mean the headlight

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In New Zealand most vehicles will flash there lights if a cop is sitting on side of road to warn you especially if they have a radar gun
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In New Zealand most vehicles will flash there lights if a cop is sitting on side of road to warn you especially if they have a radar gun

Same here in the South-East Europe.
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Same in Spain - light flashing.

In the UK you would hold your arm horizontal to the floor and wave up and down.
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Flashing high beams to alert a passing motorist is illegal in some states and countries... In Ontario Canada, the Highway Traffic Act prohibits "flashing head beams". Some have brought tickets to court, claiming the law only regulates the use of alternating lights in an attempt to impersonate emergency and law enforcement vehicles, and not a driver's manually flashing his car's headlamps to communicate with other drivers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headlight_flashing

Nice technique with the subtle hand signals, LAVersys... (note: left handed smiley still has his right hand on the throttle)
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It is illegal to alert drivers/riders in NY too. However, most cars flash the lights around here and most places I have been motorcycle riders tap the top of the helmet with the left hand, palm down as you described.
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Pretty sure tapping the helmet is the US way. Somewhere I found a site with all the hand signals used commonly in the US. Need to find that again....
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In Wisconsin, I've found that car drivers alert other car drivers of a radar/lazer cop ahead by flashing their high beams. Motorcyclist here tend to use the tapping the top of the helmet as a warning, but I've seen the horizonal arm, too. I once saw a motorcyclist tap his helmet and then swirl his left hand over his head, like a rotating red light! So, now I take any type of motion or signal (other than the 2 fingered wave) as a reason to slow down for a few miles.

Also, just to add to the confusion, if you are into white-water rafting, tapping the top of your helmet is a way to communicate that your are OK, after you've have fallen out of the raft in the rapids.
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Around Los Angeles/ Orange county area, we signal other riders by tapping on our own helmet with left palm if they are heading into the area we saw police just minutes ago... If no police, we gave them a thumb up using left hand.

Wondering what other states are doing???
Tapping the helmet with the left hand is also good in the Central Valley of California.
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Like Fastoman mention, we flick our high beams here.

Then when I see the policeman, I slowdown and give the Guy a friendly wave.
He always waves back or nods his head.
Maybe he and me knew I was speeding back there. Guilty as charged, NO FEAR!
But honestly, I think traffic cops here have a soft spot for bikes.
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Flashing high beams to alert a passing motorist is illegal in some states and countries... In Ontario Canada, the Highway Traffic Act prohibits "flashing head beams". Some have brought tickets to court, claiming the law only regulates the use of alternating lights in an attempt to impersonate emergency and law enforcement vehicles, and not a driver's manually flashing his car's headlamps to communicate with other drivers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headlight_flashing
That's good to know, since it would also affect those of us in Ontario anyone considering a headlight modulator.

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Also, the motorcyclist you're trying to warn may actually be a police motorcycle.



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Head taps or flashing head lights are used in Texas.

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Also, the motorcyclist you're trying to warn may actually be a police motorcycle.



Ha Ha... One of my friends was giving signal to other riders coming from other direction... He didn't know that the officer got on his bike and follow right behind him... Officer past him after that and smile at him...

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