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    Off shore and glassy calnalu's Avatar
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    Waving at Scooters

    There have been many threads about waving at fellow motorcyclists on the road over the years. I wave at everyone including HDs and LEOs. But what about scooters?

    I work on a university campus and pass dozens of students on scooters as I commute to and from work. From a distance, a scooter rider looks like a moto rider and my left hand starts to rise to give them a wave. But as they get closer, I see it's a scooter and don't wave. Then I feel bad.

    Am I a pretentious BMW rider who is too good to wave at little Vespas or mopeds?

    Who waves at scooters?

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    I do

    2 wheels, motor I wave. It keeps things simple.
    YMMV
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    Wave at the rider, doesn't matter what the rider is on.
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    Wave at the kids on bicycles and tricycles.

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    I'm a friendly guy. If someone is on two wheels and I'm not doing anything with the clutch lever, I wave.
    Wherever you go, there you are.

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    I'm always using handlebar mitts, so I tip my head to acknowledge my fellow riders.
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    90% of my riding in on two lane rural roads that go through farming and
    ranching country, I not only wave to people on bicycles and farmers on the side
    of the road, but I have waved at cows that are standing at the fence watching
    me go by. To me, the ride isn't to get somewhere, it's just to enjoy getting
    through my second childhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeemoKat View Post
    I'm a friendly guy. If someone is on two wheels and I'm not doing anything with the clutch lever, I wave.
    Likewise
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    Quote Originally Posted by MLS2GO View Post
    2 wheels, motor I wave. It keeps things simple.
    YMMV
    Same here I just don't wave at Harley's... ................

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    I wave at scooters, little kids on tricycles, return waves to cagers and just about anyone else. The only people I don't wave at are unicyclists. I am just too much in awe to risk taking a hand off the bars.
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    Wave or don't wave. It's your choice and no one needs to ask permission to do either.
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    Due to potholes, windgusts, and inattentive cagers, I no longer wave to anyone/thing.
    But in my F-150, I wave at my fellow Ford owners.

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    Styles of Your Wave --

    Once you've decided to wave...what is it: 1) LH with index finger, pointing at the road..or 2) LH sort of held horizontally, no wrist motion, and 1, 2 or 3 fingers extended 3) LH still on grip, but fingers splayed in a fan? Seems to me that anything above horizontal, that is, above the grip, is something I've never seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    Once you've decided to wave...what is it: 1) LH with index finger, pointing at the road..or 2) LH sort of held horizontally, no wrist motion, and 1, 2 or 3 fingers extended 3) LH still on grip, but fingers splayed in a fan? Seems to me that anything above horizontal, that is, above the grip, is something I've never seen.
    it depends on who it is...we have a fun chicken wing wave to the GoldWings.( sorry Hugh!) The BMW's get a hand off the bar end cool wave, The sportbikes do it so fast and go back to the bars it's hard to tell if you even moved a hand... the Cruisers get a horizontal finger point like a Fonzi AAAAYYYY if they look like they are gonna reciprocate...if not it's the ADV salute at times...... Why do it the same everytime
    We see first time wavers really giving it the Prom Queen/Parade wrist poppin elbow bent wave at times... all good fun.

    OK...just havin' some fun so don't get in a snit ...except the Goldwing one It confuses the heck out of our Winged riding friends.
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