Motorcycle Hand Signals

  • When riding with a group communications between riders can be difficult. The following is a list of hand signals for communicating between motorcyclists. Use them as you see fit. Note that they all require that you take a hand of foot off of the controls and this may not always be a good idea, so only do so when it is safe. All hand signals use the left hand.  Remeber that not all motorcycle riders know all of these motorcycle hand signals, so many may not heed the warning or information you are attempting to pass along.  If you are riding with a group of motorcyclists it is a good idea to go through these hand signals so everyone in your riding group gets the message.


    Right Turn - Left arm out and turned up 90° at elbow

    Left Turn - Left arm straight out to left

    Stop - Left arm straight at a 45° angle with palm of hand facing backwards


    Slow Down - Waving arm in quick downward motion, with palm down and parallel to ground - Often used to warn riders in the opposite direction to slow down

    Speed Up - Waving arm in quick upward motion, with palm up and parallel to ground

    Hazard in Road (left side) - Point toward the ground with left hand

    Harzard in Road (right side) - Point toward ground with right foot

    Pedestrians on Road - With arm curved point over your head toward the right side of road

    Police Ahead or Nearby - Tap top of helmet

    Need Gas - Point toward gas tank

    Need Restroom Break - Point toward hip or groin

    Need Food Break - Pat stomach

    Pull Over Now - Point at other rider and then point to the side of the road

    Your Turn Signal is On - Arm out, open and close hand in a "flashing" motion

    Single File - Arm and index finger extended straight up

    Double File - Arm with index and pinky finger extended straight up

    Go Past Me - Arm out, forward waving

    Come Along Side Me - Arm back, pointing rear - sweep arm forward till pointing to your left then point down

    Stay Behind Me - Arm out, palm back

    Your Too Close - Arm out, fingers down, palm back with a fore and aft motion


  • TBarr1955
    TBarr1955 Very good information..thanks

    December 10, 2009
  • GoFur
    GoFur Never saw this... good info
    November 7, 2011
  • blurplebuzz
    blurplebuzz Just stumbled across this old post doin a search,and now I have a good refresher on group hand signals,also now I am curious who else use's these hand signals? are they worldwide? Anyone else have any variations on the above hand signals mentioned?
    May 9, 2012
  • fishtime
    fishtime thanks for the info-didn't know all those signals
    July 12, 2012