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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-18-2002, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question How come guys on Harley's don't wave?

I'm new to this sport. Tonight, I was out for a little cruise and passed six riders. The 5 guys on Japanese bikes acknolwedged me as I passed. However, I gave a wave to a Harley dude and he simply ignored me. Did he just not see me or is it because I'm riding a non-American bike (Honda).

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-18-2002, 05:51 PM
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Yep, Harley riders rarely ever wave. It seems to be the Japenese Vs American thing you talked about. The sad thing is, get used to it most of the time. I usually wait until they wave to me.
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Harley guys dont wave because...

They're dicks.

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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-18-2002, 05:56 PM
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you know those leather deallys on..

the end of their handle bars?? well when there moving, that means the bike is going forward, and the rider is probably worring if the friking thing will fall over if they let go to wave..
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this see this thread.

there's 260 responses to your question
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one thing i think is funny, is some big twin harley riders won't wave to sportster riders, but will to other harley riders. i figure it has a lot to do with why some lawyers won't let you play through on the golf course. it's all ego.


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I thought I already have answered this question somewhere, anyway:
I think they need all resources to stay put on that shamking thing.

Also, when you're really moving, they won't even see you passing by!

I think it is not just a US vs. Japanese bike issue. Here (Europe) I notice (most) BMW riders don't wave to sportbikes either.

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I think I'd be pissed off if I paid $25,000 for my bike and I knew that all those darn sportbikes performed far better in every way and cost $5,000 less than half as much.

What's so silly about the Japanese vs US argument is that a great part of the 'All American' Harley is made in Japan and other foreign countries. And the sportbikes are loaded with American made accessories and performance parts. So what's the big deal?
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It's all ego and image. I work in the construction industry and a lot of our field guys are pipefitters/steamfitters and welders, etc. Obviously Harleys are a big thing to many of them, and I know many of them that have ties to the Hell's Angels. The funny thing is that when you are talking to them by themselves most of them are the nicest people you'll ever meet. Something about once they get on their bike and get moving they become too cool to acknowledge you.

I know, perhaps that once they start that monstrosity up it is vibrating so badly that they really can't see much of anything. It's not that they are ignoring you, they simply can't see you. The only reason that they wave to other Harley guys is that they are so loud that they can't help but notice that someone else is there, and since nothing is as obnoxiously loud as a Harley, they know it's another rider, and wave accordingly.

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Depends on what you consider a wave

Harley guys around here usually wave back, but they don't always use all of their fingers.
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