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what happened to the motorcycle community
« on: 07/12/16 05:06PM »
i dont usually rant, i like keep my mouth shut, BUT

was out riding the busa this weekend, and i only think about maybe 2 people waved out of the hundred motorcycle riders i waved at.

maybe a new generation???? maybe they dont know the rules, maybe all a$$holes.

i dont know, was just an obvervation.

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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #1 on: 07/12/16 05:23PM »
I experience the same thing all the time. Maybe a new generation of rider. When I started riding the wave was the norm, then it appeared to be from only those who rode a similar type of motorcycle, now you're lucky to even get a head nod.
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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #2 on: 07/12/16 05:59PM »
I wave and I might even flash you a tit if I feel like it. I'm a male btw
« Last Edit: 07/12/16 06:21PM by TOMOS »

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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #3 on: 07/12/16 06:01PM »
Also depends on where you are riding, I rarely get a wave on the freeway, but usually get a wave anywhere else. Unless they are on a HD or sumo...

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« Reply #4 on: 07/12/16 06:16PM »


I rode to Prescott this weekend and got waves from the opposite side of the divided 10 freeway. Once in AZ the wave to helmet ratio was about 20:1

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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #5 on: 07/12/16 06:22PM »
Also depends on where you are riding, I rarely get a wave on the freeway, but usually get a wave anywhere else. Unless they are on a HD or sumo...

^ That.  About 95% of riders wave here.  The ones that don't are usually from out of town.

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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #6 on: 07/12/16 07:28PM »
I'd say it's about 50-50 when riding along Santiago Canyon, most non-wavers are on Harley's/cruisers.  In town, I'd say waving is more frequent to the tune of 75% or so.  I'd wave on the freeway but the median tends to block the view  :26:, otherwise I'll let faster riders pass and usually receive a wave, and do the same when I'm passing.
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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #7 on: 07/12/16 07:46PM »
On the freeway it's also easy to miss an oncoming rider if you are paying attention to a possible traffic situation on your side.

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« Reply #8 on: 07/12/16 07:49PM »
I could be one of those a$$holes not waving.  I try to but sometimes I'm just too focused on my ride.  Going around a corner, I like to keep both hands on the bars.  The further away from the OC you are and the deeper you get into the countryside and the more waves you get. 

But out here in the OC, the wave is about less than 50% practiced, even by commuters.  I've seen commuters repeatedly and the same guys don't even look my way to acknowledge a wave even when we are sitting side by side.  Seriously.  There's a guy who rides a Monster at work and this dude is an asshole.  Always frowning, never waves, oh well.  He may as well be invisible as far as I'm concerned. 

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« Reply #9 on: 07/12/16 07:53PM »
once on pch i watched a friend almost plow into the back of a van that had stopped in traffic because he took his eyes of the road to wave at an oncoming rider.  after we pulled over and he cleaned his underwear i decided to shift more attention to the road.  haha even just now thinking about how close call it was and the look on his face when he took his helmet off cracks me up to this day
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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #10 on: 07/12/16 08:36PM »
I only wave at police hiding out in wait and police helicopters.
I'm paying attention to the flow of 5,000 to 80,000 pound vehicles and also splitting lanes,every day..
I choose not to wave,speak or even glance over. Not trying to be rude while hearing "dude,hey dude,is that a GoPro,dude,hey dude!"
I'll happily say hello at gas station,bike night,Rock Store,etc.
The above post scenario is why.

If you come up behind me anywhere and see me pull over abruptly,motioning vigorously to pass,it's because I don't appreciate passing in my lane. DMV teaches me singe file and staggered motorcycle positioning. I'm not CHP and I don't know you!
Had a police officer exit the commuter lane on the 134 WB, just as it opened, in my lane at 20 mph faster than me and exit at Glendale Ave, years ago. I first thought he must have thought himself cute and then remembered all the motorcycles I passed the same way if not the same speed of course. I now pass fellow motorcyclists the next lane over.
Thank you for the venting of a personal rant.
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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #11 on: 07/12/16 08:45PM »
IMO it is the new generation who are keen to not be old mannish. My now 21 year old sons term. There is another culture of I am too cool to weenie wave. Want to be biker gang sport bike riderz. Some newbies are just clueless in general too busy being auper squids. Unless I am white knuckling lane splitting I wave to all bikers. Especially Harley bikers. I even got a full patch wearing Mongol to wave back in fact I think it made him remember why he rode motorcycles to begin with. Euro guys are starting to realize their bikes are as common as Japanese bikes and more of them may have just traded a Yamaha in for that new Tuono factory. We just have to keep doing things the biker way and eventually these newbs and clique snob or safety riders will catch on that it is an empowering gesture we share keep each other encouraged.
Even guys who piss me off get a wave although there may be some sarcastic exageration in it.
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« Reply #12 on: 07/12/16 09:58PM »
Cool thread Mr Chicken hope all is well, Most the kncklfks never learned respect ( I blame the parents) you passed were afraid to take a hand off the bar being some kid at the Ducati dealer sold him a way over powered bike he couldn't handle........... Lets be careful out there its summer time and dealerships are offering crazy financing rates :36:
« Last Edit: 07/12/16 10:03PM by RdTodd »

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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #13 on: 07/12/16 11:09PM »
I think the practice comes from an earlier time.  A time when you pretty much had to be a mechanic to ride and that drew us all together.

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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #14 on: 07/12/16 11:24PM »
freeway, not really so much...around town, more yes

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« Reply #15 on: 07/13/16 12:38AM »
I think a lot has to do with the time of year... It's squid season. So I guess I'm on board with the new generation theory.

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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #16 on: 07/13/16 08:40AM »
I believe the term "new generation" might be confusing.  Sure it means riders under 25 years old, but let's not forget the lawyers and doctors who don their Harley gear and ride on weekends.  I feel many of those older, "new generation" riders are also guilty of not returning the wave. 

Maybe they're afraid they'll lose control of their hogs from all the unwanted vibrations...  ;D
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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #17 on: 07/13/16 09:44AM »
"New generation" means exactly that, those "new" to riding regardless of age. I partially blame myself, I have not taken anyone under my wing and shown them what riding is all about. This is how I got into it, now the media and marketing are bringing people into motorcycling without providing any culture!

I half joke but Todd is a good example of what I'm talking about. His children, as well as himself, were raised on motorcycling, so his kids are new riders of the older generation.
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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #18 on: 07/13/16 09:56AM »

People seem to wave at me for the most part.  Of course, the Daytona looks so sweet it's hard to miss  :32:

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Re: what happened to the motorcycle community
« Reply #19 on: 07/13/16 05:35PM »
If I have enough time I will wheelie instead of wave LOLOL

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