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Guenther
05-10-2010, 12:45 AM
Today I saw two BMW riders on the other lane tapping with their hand on the top of there helmets to give me a secret sign. I guessed right a few miles down the very pleasant remote mountain road was a radar gun toting cop.

So, is this a known sign/gesture?

Are there others I may have ignored day-dreaming through wonderful mountain roads?

/Guenther

alanrd
05-10-2010, 12:50 AM
Yep, that's a know gesture.
I was following my son when he gave the sign to some non helmet wearing harley riders and they returned the gesture with a single finger salute. I guess they thought he was making a comment about their right to ride helmet less.

Trickster
05-10-2010, 01:09 AM
Today I saw two BMW riders on the other lane tapping with their hand on the top of there helmets to give me a secret sign. I guessed right a few miles down the very pleasant remote mountain road was a radar gun toting cop.

So, is this a known sign/gesture?

Are there others I may have ignored day-dreaming through wondeful mountain roads?

/Guenther


No secret, just a courtesy, well known for many.
Someone posted some charts awhile back with many different motorcycle hand signals, was good educational material.

4thekidz
05-10-2010, 01:24 AM
I was taught tapping the helmet means "heads up". I use it when riding in groups to point out roadway hazzards. Tap the helmet then point out the problem, debris in the roadway, large pothole, etc. Let the riders behind you know whats coming.

gussie54
05-10-2010, 04:32 AM
Tapping the helmet and pointing skyward means "Cop Radar by Airplane":thumb

Visian
05-10-2010, 11:59 AM
Tapping the helmet and pointing skyward means "Cop Radar by Airplane":thumb

and here i thought that it meant a car with a bubblegum machine on its roof. :scratch

fracture
05-10-2010, 04:35 PM
In some areas, flashing the high beam has been a signal to oncoming traffic that they are about to encounter a speed trap. I have never heard of tapping the helmet or other gesture as a type of warning.

amiles
05-10-2010, 05:09 PM
Tapping the helmet and pointing skyward means "Cop Radar by Airplane":thumb

I wonder in this day and age what with the expenses involved if traffic surveillance by aircraft is much of a factor anymore?

roborider
05-10-2010, 05:42 PM
When driving a car, flashing your headlights 3 times indicates radar cop or traffic cop of some type. With some cars, daytime running lights has made the signal morph into flashing your brights 3x.

On a motorcycle, you don't have a lot of time to mess with lights, and most of them don't allow you to turn your headlight on and off. The accepted signal is tapping your helmet.

The MSF has take helmet tapping to mean something, probably as a previous poster described. When I took the MSF, I asked the instructor how they could take an accepted and well known underground signal and use it for that purpose. He replied that he would think "cop" if he saw a helmet tap.

So yeah, it's well known, pass it on!

BobFV1
05-10-2010, 06:23 PM
If you guys don't quit posting about this it is not going to be secret any more.

f14rio
05-10-2010, 06:38 PM
looks like there's always something new to learn. thanks!
:)
:usa
http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/AWA1/001-100/walk070_F14/images/Doc1-301.jpg

535IS
05-10-2010, 07:25 PM
Tapping the helmet and pointing skyward means "Cop Radar by Airplane":thumb

Strictly speaking, that ain't radar ...

marchyman
05-10-2010, 08:35 PM
http://www.a3hog.com/HandSignals/HandSignals.html

Visian
05-11-2010, 12:45 AM
http://www.a3hog.com/HandSignals/HandSignals.html



http://www.a3hog.com/HandSignals/Start.gif

This means cop ahead.


http://www.a3hog.com/HandSignals/Left.gif

Hey... look at that!


http://www.a3hog.com/HandSignals/Right.gif

Right on, bro... you ride a Hog.


http://www.a3hog.com/HandSignals/Hazard%20RightA2.gif
Watch me kick this dog.


http://www.a3hog.com/HandSignals/Hazard%20RightB.gif

Moron! You just got chew all over me.



http://www.a3hog.com/HandSignals/Tight.gif

Either Woo-hoo! or a request for a semi to blow it's horn.

http://www.a3hog.com/HandSignals/Pissed.gif

Hey, what's your ADV handle?

Anyname
05-11-2010, 12:48 AM
I wonder in this day and age what with the expenses involved if traffic surveillance by aircraft is much of a factor anymore?

It can be a great fund raiser for the state that owns the aircraft.

mika
05-11-2010, 12:50 AM
I am shocked and disappointed! I always thought H-D a friendly lot and were telling me there was gas and food a mile ahead.

http://www.a3hog.com/HandSignals/Pissed.gif

:dunno

35634
05-11-2010, 01:00 AM
making a quacking sign with your thumb and fingers meant "hey dufas, you left your blinker on!"

OHScot
05-11-2010, 02:52 AM
Tap your head cop ahead. :lurk

criminaldesign
05-11-2010, 03:05 AM
I would think headlight with a repeated tap on the helmet/head.

OHScot
05-11-2010, 03:10 AM
I am shocked and disappointed! I always thought H-D a friendly lot and were telling me there was gas and food a mile ahead.

http://www.a3hog.com/HandSignals/Pissed.gif

:dunno

People tell me I am number 1 all the time. :scratch

OHScot
05-11-2010, 03:11 AM
I would think headlight with a repeated tap on the helmet/head.

So tap head and flash light, I would fall off the bike. Ah I just running up my post count now..:whistle

35634
05-11-2010, 03:20 AM
There is a speed trap right by my house. Cars flash their lights all the time there. If someone was tapping their head I would think they are complimenting my helmet.
These things have to be intuitive or you just look like some kind of weirdo. :stick

Guenther
05-13-2010, 04:48 AM
Actully before I saw the BMW ghostriders with the secret sign I saw two Yamkahozukis which showed the "slow down" sign. That already preped me to watch out for a car from the "race track organizers". But could have been anything else.

/Guenther

beemergirl
05-14-2010, 02:39 AM
I wonder in this day and age what with the expenses involved if traffic surveillance by aircraft is much of a factor anymore?

About 2 years ago I was on I-15 through the CA desert going about 90mph when a rather LOW flying plane buzzed me. Scarred the heck out of me and yes I slowed down for the rest of that trip.

darrylri
05-14-2010, 01:29 PM
I've been buzzed a couple times in the Panamint Valley, on my way to Death Valley -- by the Navy fighters based at China Lake. I gave them big waves and they waggled their wings. Even with earplugs in, there's a sudden, all enveloping WHOOSH! and then this big chunk of metal zooms past...

But I haven't seen a CHP plane in ages, and heaven knows I've been on I-5 too much for my own good in the last couple years. Bleagh.

ghostrider1964
05-14-2010, 05:01 PM
Never seen the tap the head thing...flashing high beams is popular here...