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I apologize if there has already been a topic posted about this.

When I was on the freeway today a guy on an R6 tapped his helmet twice and pointed forward. Hindsight I think he was telling me that there was a cop ahead.

Are there any ride gestures that I should know about (I am new)? Thanks in advance!
 

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well i'm not sure about that but when i tap my helmet and point to a guys its because i'm pissed off about my insurance rates going up because that jack ass isnt wearing anything but sunglasses.
 

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Left index finger tapping the side of the helmet means "THINK!" and is usually proceeded by shaking of head/helmet.

Then I do the "pull phone off ear & slam down" gesture when people are oblivious to traffic and talking on their cell phone pulling into my lane.

The I use my middle finger as well...:twofinger
 

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Tapping the helmet is ussually a way to get your attention. sort of like "request to send" followed by "be on the look out" (pointing ahead) ussually this means cops.
Other common signals
Palm flat, hand low, moving up and down. slow down
Tapping gas tank - need fuel
Leg pointed out to one side- hazzard on that side of the road (gravel or dead animal)
Both legs pointed out - hazzard over the entire lane
Finger pointed to either side - Going to change lanes, this is the spot I'm going for. Most after market turn signals arent nearly bright enough so this helps
Hand in a fist pointed up at an elbow- going to stop, ussually by leader to the followerd.
Hand wrapped around an imaginary can, moving toward helmet- want to stop for a drink?

Thats all the ones I can think of at the moment
 

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Palm flat making a lifting motion up and down (usually done by cagers) = do wheelie.

\m/ Metal sign made in above mentioned motion = do spreader

tapping helmet on top then pointing = police over there

waving at waste level motioning aroud yourself (often done to cagers) = go around me dickhead so you can get the ticket!

There a ton of them. But you get the point. all pretty much common sense
 

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I had my girl on the back one day and looked down at our shadow, stretching away to the left. I though it would make a great photo, so I held out my left hand as though I was holding a camera, pushing the shutter button with my index finger.

Try it.

Somehow, my girl took that to mean, "Snake".

:laughing:
 

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Not a hand signal, but around here we usually just flash the high beams a few times to let others know about police ahead. :2cents:
 

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jeffmorton said:
Not a hand signal, but around here we usually just flash the high beams a few times to let others know about police ahead. :2cents:
Would you believe that's actually illegal here?! Doesn't stop anyone, but I've seen people get pulled over for it.
 

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It's illegal around here too. Although we also don't seem to pay much attention to it.

I think it should be illegal to have cops pose as construction workers in construction zones! If they were that interested in safety, wouldn't they make themselves as obvious as possible to slow people down? No they just want to write those double fine tickets. And lots of them. Or motorcycle cops at intersections HIDING behind some cars or a building so they can chase down some light runners. Geeze it's all just about the money! Isn't it? Sorry about the rant.

I'll stick my leg out to warn people behind me about stuff in the road. Also use the stop signal alot. Then point if it's something (deer) off to the side. I'll also point AT other people just to get their attention. Sometimes it works.... Sometimes it doesn't.

When it comes to riding on the roads TRUST NO ONE!!!!!
 

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In my riding group, tapping your helmet with your index finger is "think" and pointing forward means "ahead". This would be done in response to a question about where the group is turning or changing roads. " I think its up here."

Most of my time is spent on a bike, so the people I ride with all have our own language. Even when we are stopped at a light, you wont hear us hollaring back and fourth. We just use hand signals.



BTW, the signal we use when giving other riders shit for not wearing helmets is knocking on the side of our helmets. You know... "anybody home?"
 

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Unfortunatly I have slick & this RCMP m/c Constable hates my guts, because I have been riding for so many yrs & he knows a bit about my history of competition from some of the chaps that worked in our shop.

So he would stop me, demand my DL & say now he has that on record. Finally dinged me for claimed 117kph---65mph on an 80kph--50mph hwy though actually some nice downhill twisties only I was simply gurggling along as I knew there were several cages ahead of me probably struggling to do 50kph---30mph on said twisties. So I was in no hurry for only a single lane downhill. But finally he was able to fine me.
 

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Open hand close hand, making a fist = Your blinker is on doofus!

Helmet tap on top of head = Cop!

Stand on pegs, making thrusting motion = cute girl :D (ok, so I made the last one up) :twofinger
 

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mac020 said:

I think it should be illegal to have cops pose as construction workers in construction zones! If they were that interested in safety, wouldn't they make themselves as obvious as possible to slow people down? No they just want to write those double fine tickets. And lots of them. Or motorcycle cops at intersections HIDING behind some cars or a building so they can chase down some light runners. Geeze it's all just about the money! Isn't it? Sorry about the rant.
I think the point is to expect a cop at every corner so you DONT SPEED. what good does it do when everybody slams on their brakes and goes 20mph slower than the speed limit, then as soon at they're far enough past the cop they're back to 20mph over?
 
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