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Old 01-05-2008, 03:53 AM   #1
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... if you're gonna flip me off because i ride a HD

at least have the "fortitude" to do it to my face....
Tonight was the fifth time I waved at a fellow rider and got the one finger salute back from a sportbike rider... (this isn't directed at anyone here, unless you are the offending rider)

I'm an older rider and grew up believing anyone on two wheels is you're friend, I got nothing but friendly waves (or no waves) on my GSXR amd the one time I actually stopped by the side of the road, I was passed by many a HD rider among others.

I guess I'm trying to figure out if the "brotherhood" still exists, regardless of what you ride.. (I've only been fliped off since I got the HD) I realize everyone has stories about "this or that type: of bike rider, but WTF???

did I do something wrong???

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no you did nothing wrong. 99% of us will wave at anyone on two wheels. , i wave at mopeds. the guys that flip you off i can guarantee will never ride with me or anyone here.
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no you did nothing wrong. 99% of us will wave at anyone on two wheels. , i wave at mopeds. the guys that flip you off i can guarantee will never ride with me or anyone here.
+ a million!!! For the guys that felt it necessary to give u the one fingered salute....those bishes can suck it!!

I wave at everbody on the road too, but I especially love the waves the peeps on mopeds return...it's like they're all kinds of excited that they've been acknowledged.
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:12 AM   #4
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Those guys givin the bird are a-holes. We're all in the same boat together. If a car hits me on my sportbike, i'm gonna be jacked up the same way as if you get hit on your cruiser. Its us against the cagers. The wave is acknowledgement that we both realize we're in the same danger out there.
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:14 AM   #5
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If you had really loud pipes I could see it, but he shouldn't have been able to tell that unless he was behind you.
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:05 AM   #6
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maybe something fell off your HD and hit his bike....

jk, i agree with azylum
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:49 AM   #7
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I don't even bother waving unless somebody initiates. Many of the Harley riders I wave to ignore me.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:46 AM   #8
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i've flipped off a harley rider.... i extended my hand in a wave for a good 2 secods, he looked right at me and turned away, so i flipped him off. he turned around a sped to catch up then called me on it at the stoplight... he asked why , i told him... he said he didn't want to wave at me, and i told him , well i wanted to flip you off then
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i've flipped off a harley rider.... i extended my hand in a wave for a good 2 secods, he looked right at me and turned away, so i flipped him off. he turned around a sped to catch up then called me on it at the stoplight... he asked why , i told him... he said he didn't want to wave at me, and i told him , well i wanted to flip you off then

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Old 01-05-2008, 09:28 AM   #10
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I WAS NOT ME !!! if a cruiser waves at me i WAVE BACK !! we can all get along !!
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I only give the bird to HD riders who are too cool to wave back...I usually throw the duece and then if I get nothing in return, I send em a little birdie while standing on my pegs so the group of 15 or so that didn't see my wave the first time don't have an excuse if I'm acting a fool
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:34 AM   #12
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I wave at all riders. Most of the time, they wave back. If they don't wave back, so be it. No need to flip them off.
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:43 AM   #13
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the people who flip you off are probably helmetless,jacketless,bootless,gloveless,etc.... popping wheelies in traffic.... doing 150 mph on 610.... gettting scrapped off the pavement....

in other words, braindead morons.

if your on two wheels i'll wave at ya!
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:52 AM   #14
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at least have the "fortitude" to do it to my face....
Tonight was the fifth time I waved at a fellow rider and got the one finger salute back from a sportbike rider... (this isn't directed at anyone here, unless you are the offending rider)

I'm an older rider and grew up believing anyone on two wheels is you're friend, I got nothing but friendly waves (or no waves) on my GSXR amd the one time I actually stopped by the side of the road, I was passed by many a HD rider among others.

I guess I'm trying to figure out if the "brotherhood" still exists, regardless of what you ride.. (I've only been fliped off since I got the HD) I realize everyone has stories about "this or that type: of bike rider, but WTF???

did I do something wrong???

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I love motorcycles, and I love riding. Like many of you, what first drew me to bikes was not just the experience of riding, but the feeling that I'd become part of a special community—a brotherhood, really. Nothing calms me more than a long ride down the interstate, waving to the members of my beloved clan. Except when I pass Harley guys. I hate Harley guys. Hate, hate, hate. When they pass me on the highway, you know what I do? I don't wave. With their little tassle handlebars and the studded luggage and the half-helmets—, they drive me crazy.

You know who else I hate? BMW guys. Oh, I do hate those guys. I don't wave at them, either. They think they're so great, sitting all upright, with their 180-degree German engines. , I hate them. They're almost as bad as those old bastards on their touring motorcycles. You know what I call those bikes? "Two-wheeled couches!" Get it? Because they're so big. They drive around like they've got all day. Appreciate the scenery somewhere else, Grampa, and while you're at it, I'm not waving to you.

Ducati guys—I don't wave at them either. Why don't they spend a little more money on their bikes? "You can have it in any color you want, as long as it's red." Aren't you cool! Like they even know what a desmo-whatever engine is, anyway. Try finding the battery, you Italian-wannabe racers! I never, ever wave at those guys.

Suzuki guys aren't much better, which is why I never wave at them, either. They always have those stupid helmets sitting on top of their stupid heads, and forbid they should wear any safety gear. They make me so mad. Sometimes they'll speed by and look over at me and you know what I do? I don't wave. I just keep on going. Please, don't get me started on Kawasaki guys. Ninjas? What are you, twelve years old? Team Green my . I never wave at Kawasaki guys.

I ride a Honda, and I'll only wave at Honda guys, but even then, I'll never wave at a guy in full leathers. Never, never, never. Yeah, like you're going to get your knee down on the New York Thruway. Nice crotch, by the way. Guys in full leathers will never get a wave from me, and by the way, neither will the guys in two-piece leathers. And I'll tell you who else I'm not waving at—those guys with the helmets with the loud paintjobs. Four pounds of paint on a two pound helmet–like I'm going to wave back to that! I'll also never wave at someone with a mirrored visor. Or helmet stickers. Or racing gloves. Or hiking boots.

To me, motorcycling is a like a family, a close-knit brotherhood of people who ride Hondas, wear jeans and a leather jacket (not Vanson) with regular gloves and a solid-color helmet with a clear visor, no stickers, no racing gloves and regular boots (not Timberlands). And isn't that what really makes riding so special?
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I even wave to bicycle riders ... those that don't wave back are just ... don't give them any mind but pitty.
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well you see if i dont get a wave back , you might catch the bird in the mirror, but if you wave back your alright in my book and we go our ways.
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at least have the "fortitude" to do it to my face....
Tonight was the fifth time I waved at a fellow rider and got the one finger salute back from a sportbike rider... (this isn't directed at anyone here, unless you are the offending rider)

I'm an older rider and grew up believing anyone on two wheels is you're friend, I got nothing but friendly waves (or no waves) on my GSXR amd the one time I actually stopped by the side of the road, I was passed by many a HD rider among others.

I guess I'm trying to figure out if the "brotherhood" still exists, regardless of what you ride.. (I've only been fliped off since I got the HD) I realize everyone has stories about "this or that type: of bike rider, but WTF???

did I do something wrong???

Jeff

It all started when you purchased the Hardley. Yes. There is only one logical course of action. Get a nice Titanium and Kevlar stuntsuit, get your Harley rolling as fast as it can go under it's own power, if it will start, get it high into the double digits on the feeder of 59 south, point it towards Eximport, hit the ramp and do a flying Jesus off the bike seconds before it impacts into the lobby. With any luck you'll take out most of the staff on the impact, since they all tend to hang out by the front counter, and you'll be able to get a real motorcycle at a good discount afterward.

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I wave at everyone also. My v-max from the front could be mistaken as a hardley i guess as a lot of young sportbike riders think that ALL cruisers are hardleys. i have to look for a radiator to tell the differance myself.
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I wave at everyone also. My v-max from the front could be mistaken as a hardley i guess as a lot of young sportbike riders think that ALL cruisers are hardleys. i have to look for a radiator to tell the differance myself.
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Heh, my Vmax either scares the out of people or makes them stare as if they can't quite understand it.
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Get a nice Titanium and Kevlar stuntsuit, get your Harley rolling as fast as it can go under it's own power, if it will start, get it high into the double digits on the feeder of 59 south, point it towards Eximport, hit the ramp and do a flying Jesus off the bike seconds before it impacts into the lobby. With any luck you'll take out most of the staff on the impact, since they all tend to hang out by the front counter, and you'll be able to get a real motorcycle at a good discount afterward.

this sounds like something you've been pondering for a while now.
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