June 30, 2009 5:26 AM PDT
i have noticed here in arkansas that patting the top of your head indicates that the police are up ahead
i'm guessing this patting gesture means roof lights but i do know it works
June 30, 2009 6:07 AM PDT
Here is Washington, patting the top of your head means Police. I though maybe "top" rhyms with "cop"... Oh well... In our travels we have noticed riders wave with there hand in the air and there index pointing up. Talking to a few folks we were told that in means, They are thanking GOD......
June 30, 2009 1:09 PM PDT
I was told that it is a friendly wave to all bikers, but if your hand is downward it is a sign for downed biker, or if riding in a group there is crap in the road.
July 22, 2009 5:12 AM PDT
I have heard that Harley riders wave low - Sport bike riders wave higher, not to sure that it means anything, I think it just has to do with the possition that they sit on the bike.
I have a friend that started riding her own bike a couple years ago. She would always forget to turn off her turn signal. So her husband would tap his helmet a couple times to remind her. After a while of riding with them, it seemed like he had a bang his helmet tick.
July 24, 2009 2:50 AM PDT
I asked Richard if he knew about the hand gestures. He explained that back in the day, 1960s or so, that the Harley riders were a "click" it was a basically a hard core Harley greeting at the time. People not in the click were not to wave as if they were.
So the Attitude was definitely a contributing factor.
July 24, 2009 1:40 PM PDT
I took the MSF course in May of '07 my instructor taught the class the 'wave'. I liked the idea and so waved at everything (hand low two fingers extended), A week after my course I went to bike week in Laconia, NH. BOY did my arm get tired!! I did see in the beginning not many of the Harley riders returned the gesture (I ride a crotch rocket). Since then things have changed, now 99% of the people wave back but if I'm at a bike week or when I was on the dragon... I didn't wave half as much unless someone initiated and I wasn't on a curve demanding my focus. :)
July 25, 2009 1:51 AM PDT
We often use the circling of the index finger pointing down as a reference for upcoming police. As so not to let them see you patting yourself on the head!!!
July 25, 2009 1:56 AM PDT
I've noticed a lot of the so called yuppie riders don't have a clue as to what any of the gestures mean. When riders do, I figure they've been around the lifestyle at least for a while. Not ALL of us were born into it the way I was.
July 25, 2009 10:10 AM PDT
we have a 03 yamaha 1100 V star classic, most of the people we ride with are HD riders we wave at anyone on 2wheels so as long as your knees are in the wind its all goodsometimes i think goldwing riders dont wave because there is no button for it ha ha ha ha ha
July 27, 2009 5:35 AM PDT
Guess I'm gonna have to learn all of these. All they taught me in class was left, right and stop!
July 27, 2009 5:48 AM PDT
here are some of the hand jestures from a passing bike, i've learned from my time rideing. granted these may not be true for every where but they all make sense to me:
the friendly hand out with two fingers down is for keeping the rubber side down. i usually do two fingers down with thumb for the saying -- keep the rubber side down and shiny side up!
if you pass some one and they have there palm down like patting the ground that usually means slow down. speed trap ahead.
and as mentioned earlier patting the head usually means they passed a cop car so beware.
ride hard and keep the shiny side up!!! :)
July 27, 2009 7:03 AM PDT
just like tootall says
He forgot the middle finger tho which is a favorite of mine with the drivers we all put up with.
August 20, 2009 1:36 PM PDT
I try to way to every motorcycle rider I pass. I have no particular wave, just depends on the mood I'm in and how lazy I am that day. Sometimes I just kind of roll my hand of the left side of the grip, other times I give a full wave.
September 20, 2009 2:40 PM PDT
Only one no one mentioned that we use around here is pinkie finger and index finger extended up from top of helmet(think rocker gesture) means deer/cow/elk...you get the idea!Dont wanna hit them!
September 20, 2009 4:09 PM PDT
Great subject, as a relative newbie, I've been wondering about it.
I usually get the top two fingers or open hand, mid or low, mostly harley riders, but also a lot of metric cruisers and some crotch rockets. I usually try to return a wave unless I'm braking or in a turn, then I just go for the head nod). As for what someone's riding, if they're on a motorcycle of any kind, I'm happy to wave or return a wave (unless the in a turn or braking as before), however I have mixed feelings about scooters and mopeds and such, I have mixed feeling there, with the exception of little kids on bicycles, some times they get a kick out of seeing a motorcycle roll by.