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    Secret warning signs/gestures

    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?

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guenther View Post
    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.
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    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.

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    Tapping the helmet and pointing skyward means "Cop Radar by Airplane"
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99511 View Post
    Tapping the helmet and pointing skyward means "Cop Radar by Airplane"
    and here i thought that it meant a car with a bubblegum machine on its roof.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99511 View Post
    Tapping the helmet and pointing skyward means "Cop Radar by Airplane"
    I wonder in this day and age what with the expenses involved if traffic surveillance by aircraft is much of a factor anymore?

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    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!
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    If you guys don't quit posting about this it is not going to be secret any more.
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    spent 30 years running radar

    looks like there's always something new to learn. thanks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 99511 View Post
    Tapping the helmet and pointing skyward means "Cop Radar by Airplane"
    Strictly speaking, that ain't radar ...

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    they got it all wrong!

    Quote Originally Posted by marchyman View Post




    This means cop ahead.




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    Quote Originally Posted by amiles View Post
    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.

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