By Brand Of Motorcycle. Top Ten Reasons Why Riders Don’t Wave Back.

If you can’t laugh at yourself you must not have a sense of humor! 😉

Published by Cyril Huze June 21st, 2011 in Editorial.

1- Top Ten Reasons Why Harley Riders Don’t Wave Back.

10. Afraid it will invalidate warranty. 9. Leather and studs make it too heavy to raise arm. 8. Refuse to wave to anyone whose bike is already paid for. 7. Afraid to let go of handlebars because they might vibrate off.  6. Rushing wind would blow scabs off the new tattoos. 5. Angry because just took out second mortgage to pay luxury tax on new Harley. 4. Just discovered the fine print in owner’s manual and realized H-D is partially owned by Honda. 3. Can’t tell if other riders are waving or just reaching to cover their ears like everyone else. 2. Remembers the last time a Harley rider waved back, he impaled his hand on spiked helmet. 1. They’re too tired from spending hours polishing all that chrome to lift their arms.

2- Top Ten Reasons Why Gold Wing Riders Don’t Wave Back.

10. Wasn’t sure whether other rider was waving or making an obscene gesture. 9. Afraid might get frostbite if hand is removed from heated grip. 8. Has arthritis and the past 400 miles have made it difficult to raise arm. 7. Reflection from etched windshield momentarily blinded him. 6. The espresso machine just finished. 5. Was actually asleep when other rider waved. 4. Was in a three-way conference call with stockbroker and accessories dealer. 3. Was distracted by odd shaped blip on radar screen. 2. Was simultaneously adjusting the air suspension, seat height, programmable CD player, seat temperature and satellite navigation system. 1. Couldn’t find the “auto wave back” button on dashboard.

3- Top 10 Reasons Sport bikers Don’t Wave At All.

10. They have not been riding long enough to know they’re supposed to. 9. They’re going too fast to have time enough to register the movement and respond. 8. You weren’t wearing bright enough gear. 7. If they stick their arm out going that fast they’ll rip it out of the socket. 6. They’re too occupied with trying to get rid of their chicken strips. 5. They look way too cool with both hands on the bars or they don’t want to unbalance themselves while standing on the tank. 4. Their skin tight-Kevlar-ballistic-nylon-kangaroo-leather suits prevent any position other than fetal. 3. Raising an arm allows bugs into the armholes of their tank tops. 2. It’s too hard to do one-handed stoppies. 1. They were too busy slipping their flip-flop back on.

4- Top Ten Reasons Why BMW Riders Don’t Wave Back.

10. New Aerostich suit too stiff to raise arm. 9. Removing a hand from the bars is considered “bad form.” 8. Your bike isn’t weird enough looking to justify acknowledgment. 7. Too sore from an 800-mile day on a stock “comfort” seat. 6. Too busy programming the GPS, monitoring radar, listening to ipod, XM, or talking on the cell phone. 5. He’s an Iron Butt rider and you’re not!. 4. Wires from Gerbings is too short. 3. You’re not riding the “right kind” of BMW. 2. You haven’t been properly introduced. 1. Afraid it will be misinterpreted as a friendly gesture

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26 thoughts on “By Brand Of Motorcycle. Top Ten Reasons Why Riders Don’t Wave Back.”

    1. Well, you’re on the wrong side of the road to wave with your non-accelerator hand – so you have a good excuse.

      1. Haha you’re onto something there! I’d never really given it much thought… in the city no one acknowledges anyone, even at traffic lights, but once you’re in the country people tend to be much more friendly.

  1. Thats so funny! Some motorbike riders (old skool) in australia,dont wave…they nod there heads to acknowledge the other riders.
    But occassionally you get a wave back or nothing at all.

    1. In NZ we waved, in Australia we do tend to nod the helmet, sports bike riders, at least. Our roads are a little twisty and potholed to let the bars go 🙂

  2. From What I Remember – In the 60’s when I first started riding, we all did the raise your Left Arm over your head, “Fist” salute thing, sort of to say “Ride On – I agree with you on why we ride. That is except for a few folks that had the throttle on the left side (Norton Commandos Perhaps? – That Fist signal would eventually be taken over by some athletes in Mexico at the Olympics. No Problem… In the 70’s we shifted to the Anti-War Peace Sign. Arm slightly up, elbow bent, hand forward toward the on coming rider, flashing them “V” Peace Sign. or for those who rode back in WWII, the V for Victory sign. In the 80’s we jumped to the Sign Language hand message for “I Love You”, but it wasn’t a Broke Back Biker Sign, it was because we were coming out of the 70’s “Love Generation”, who knows for sure what it actually meant other than “Hello Fellow Rider”. In the 90’s we morphed the I Love You sign into the “Hook-em Horns of Texas” hand signal. That remained popular with a lot of road riders for most of the 90’s. When I transitioned to a Harley (Mistake or Not) I started my waving by holding my arm level with my index finger pointing toward the oncoming rider. Sort of See You ! By the end of that decade I had copied (transitioned) to just holding my arm half extended and pointing downward toward the street at something like 45 degrees as I passed the other rider. It was the Harley Thing… LOL Now as we blend into 2013, and with some 700,000 miles and about 50 years with my ass perched just in front of the rear wheel I may change my riding habits one last time. My 2013 Resolution: I will wear a full face bucket from now on no matter what the laws of the state or Provence permit, as I have learned….. OK recently admitted to myself, that I am no longer invincible nor immortal (that One Sucks) and coupled with the Helmet, I think I’ll just nod my head as other riders pass by and keep BOTH my hands on the handle bars as I am getting Freaking Old, my reflexes are slowing down and my memory..well,, My Memory…Ah.. . Why am I writing this ? ….. Peace ! Love! Joy! and Ride Till Ya Can’t …… Ride Safe… J

  3. I’m surprised this one doesn’t make the rounds more often,

    “Dual Sport – These are a strange breed. They will wave, but are just as likely to salute or give you a rear view mirror mooning.”

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