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What happened to the two fingers?
« on: 02/07/16 01:52PM »
Took a ride through Ortega this morning, busy with cars earlier in the day than typical.  Great ride, great scenery etc. etc.

While riding I noticed something.  As I passed by riders going the opposite direection I gave the peace sign for being clear up ahead as usual.  What was unusual was the response I received.  Riders were not giving me the two fingers, instead they were giving me thumbs up.  When did we move to a thumbs up/down system for bikers?

I saw Javier up there on his CBR1000RR at the look out.  I don't think he noticed me though.  Also, backside, just a bit passed the look out was a CR-V (old model) or something similar pulled over with the front passenger side bumper torn apart and two bikes pulled over just after it; we passed by before the fire even got there.  As we passed I couldn't tell if the bikes were a part of the accident or just stopped becasue they saw something.  Anyone hear anything while they were up there today?

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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #1 on: 02/07/16 02:20PM »
Took a ride through Ortega this morning, busy with cars earlier in the day than typical.  Great ride, great scenery etc. etc.

While riding I noticed something.  As I passed by riders going the opposite direection I gave the peace sign for being clear up ahead as usual.  What was unusual was the response I received.  Riders were not giving me the two fingers, instead they were giving me thumbs up.  When did we move to a thumbs up/down system for bikers?

I saw Javier up there on his CBR1000RR at the look out.  I don't think he noticed me though.  Also, backside, just a bit passed the look out was a CR-V (old model) or something similar pulled over with the front passenger side bumper torn apart and two bikes pulled over just after it; we passed by before the fire even got there.  As we passed I couldn't tell if the bikes were a part of the accident or just stopped becasue they saw something.  Anyone hear anything while they were up there today?
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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #2 on: 02/07/16 02:27PM »
I get what the thumbs up means, but why?  When/why did we transitino from the peace sign/tapping of the helmet?

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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #3 on: 02/07/16 03:48PM »
I get what the thumbs up means, but why?  When/why did we transitino from the peace sign/tapping of the helmet?
Tapping of the helmet means there is police presence, peace sign is usually just as a passing gesture on roads more for transit rather than for "fun" or "spirited" riding spots. The thumbs up is used to let you know it's OK to let loose, for the lack of a better term.
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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #4 on: 02/07/16 08:41PM »
Someone forgot to tell me we transitioned to the peace sign.  LOL


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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #5 on: 02/07/16 10:28PM »
It seems to me the general rule of thumb is "peace sign" means "hello fellow rider", thumb up means road is clear and OK to go for it, and helmet tap means "slow down for cop".  In my experience the thumbs up started within the last 10 years or so.

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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #6 on: 02/07/16 10:29PM »
It seems to me the general rule of thumb is "peace sign" means "hello fellow rider", thumb up means road is clear and OK to go for it, and helmet tap means "slow down for cop".  In my experience the thumbs up started within the last 10 years or so.

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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #7 on: 02/08/16 10:26AM »
It seems to me the general rule of thumb is "peace sign" means "hello fellow rider", thumb up means road is clear and OK to go for it, and helmet tap means "slow down for cop".  In my experience the thumbs up started within the last 10 years or so.
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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #8 on: 02/08/16 01:45PM »
It seems to me the general rule of thumb is "peace sign" means "hello fellow rider", thumb up means road is clear and OK to go for it, and helmet tap means "slow down for cop".  In my experience the thumbs up started within the last 10 years or so.
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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #9 on: 02/08/16 02:05PM »
Tapping of the helmet means there is police presence, peace sign is usually just as a passing gesture on roads more for transit rather than for "fun" or "spirited" riding spots. The thumbs up is used to let you know it's OK to let loose, for the lack of a better term.
Thats my understating as as well.

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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #10 on: 02/08/16 05:51PM »
Yah, I get what the signs mean.  My inquiry was geared towards when the transition took place.  Anyways, ride safe out there, it's going to be a hot one this week.

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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #11 on: 02/08/16 08:01PM »
Yah, I get what the signs mean.  My inquiry was geared towards when the transition took place.  Anyways, ride safe out there, it's going to be a hot one this week.
I moved to the OC fron the SFV back in 1998 and I recall the thumbs up hand gesture being used back then. I use to get the thumbs up when riding up in ACH, Malibu and just about any canyon I happen to be on.
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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #12 on: 02/09/16 04:20PM »
Correct me if I'm wrong, but there is also the thumbs up as a way of asking a fellow rider if he's okay or needs assistance, and for that rider to respond that he's okay, such as when stopped on the side of the road.
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Re: What happened to the two fingers?
« Reply #13 on: 02/09/16 09:31PM »
I usually just give the middle finger, for some reason it gets their attention :p. To be honest, it is how it is. More technology we gain through the years, the more occupied our minds become.

 

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