Why riders don't wave back

Top Ten Reasons Why Harley Riders Don’t Wave​
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.​
Top Ten Reasons Why Gold Wing Riders Don’t Wave​
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.​
Top Ten Reasons Why Sport Bike Riders Don’t Wave​
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.​
Top Ten Reasons Why BMW Riders Don’t Wave​
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 acknowledgement.​
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, and talking on the cell phone.​
5. He's an Iron Butt rider and you're not!​
4. Wires from Gerbings are 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.​
Top 10 reasons Triumph riders don't wave...​
10. Don't want to spill their tea.​
9. Waiting for a call from the queen.​
8. Signaling to turn into Long John Silver's for fish and chips.​
7. Too busy counting their money for an over priced crappy bitter warm beer.​
6. Might be waving, only using just the pinky.​
5. Too busy looking for people on the wrong side of the road.​
4. Too hurry to reach home dont know when it will breakdown on road​
3. Looking for a store to buy a quart of oil to replace the one that leaked out.​
2. Already enough shaken because of the vibration in handlebar and footpegs​
1. Too busy dodging underwear that the ladies are throwing at him​
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Ha! Some good ones there.

When I holiday in Western Australia a friend of mine generously lends me his Road King and I make a point of waving at EVERYONE!


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I too wave at everyone. I find better responses during inclement weather, winter and times when the wannabe brigade are tucked up in their cages. I especially like waving to Learners and welcoming them to the brotherhood.

Kim Leeson

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Does that include scooters/learners? I do, I think they need encouragement that they're not alone...I try to encourage all bikers, were a very, very small percentage of road users...any 2 wheels in my opinion...but I draw the line at those without motors!!! :rolleyes:


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Ok, confession time, how many of you have tried to do the biker wave when your in your cage and a bike goes past? I admit I've done it a few times! The other day I had a guy do it to me, he was driving a jeep, I was riding my bike, suddently an arm sticks out and he gives me the biker wave. In my mirror I see yellow 'Watch for Motorcycles' stickers on the back of his car, yup, another rider stuck in a cage :)