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post #1 of 54 Old 04-11-2010, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Snubbed on the Strom?

Hey everyone, I'm kinda new to the site but I wanted to run something by everyone to see if they agree or if I'm way out in left field.
Anyways, I went for a nice 100 or so mile ride today on the V-Strom as it was such a nice day. I did mostly two lane roads and there was quite a few bikes out. I'm a huge bike fan and will "wave" to anyone on a bike, but I noticed roughly 75% of the time on the Strom I never have it returned.
I commute with this bike a lot and first thought it was just coincidence or that I was on larger roads where people had other things on their minds, but after today I'm convinced it's the bike.
I probably wouldn't have noticed so much but I have two other sportbikes I have been riding for a little over 3 years in the same area and this never happens on either one of them.
I love my V tremendously but I guess it's not quite as popular in the bike world, haha. Oh well, it makes me happy and that's all that matters.
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post #2 of 54 Old 04-11-2010, 07:08 PM
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There are quite a few threads about waving. It seems to mainly be something that older riders do.
Generally I find HD and BMW riders tend to ignore waves and crouch rocket riders if they response tend to do so with a nod rather than a wave so I have started nodding at them as well and that seems to increase the frequency of responses.
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post #3 of 54 Old 04-11-2010, 07:19 PM
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Not here...I passed (and waved to) about 20-25 bikes today, and I think 3 or 4 didn't wave. Two of them were on crotch rockets, and they nodded instead.

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post #4 of 54 Old 04-11-2010, 07:37 PM
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I've go to stop waving. My arm is getting tired.

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post #5 of 54 Old 04-11-2010, 08:28 PM
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That will happen. I stopped waving also. I'll occasionally return a wave with a nod. I never acknowledge helmetless riders.

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post #6 of 54 Old 04-11-2010, 08:33 PM
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Wow, nearly everyone out in these parts wave. I get it all the time from sportbikes and cruisers.

Only person I haven't had a wave returned from was a guy on a sparkly-new jap faux harley doing 45 in a 55 with his eyes as big as saucers trying to keep it on the road. Man that guy spent a lot of money on his pirate getup and clearly didn't have a lot of cockpit time. I laughed out loud in my helmet when I saw the "oh shit!" look on his face when I waved at him. Poor guy was too afraid to do anything but look at me as I passed.

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post #7 of 54 Old 04-11-2010, 08:33 PM
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In WV you will get some form of arm gesture from just about everybody.....except H-D riders.

I noticed in Arkansas, EVERYONE include riders, those in cages, pedestrians, folks mowing the yard, even cops. It was wild!

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I wave, heck if it is nice out and I am riding why not? Most wave back too, except HD riders. The GW riders riding in a caravan yesterday and it was like a waving parade , they were having a great time. It started to get me tired all the waving back, this looks like a interesting approach

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post #9 of 54 Old 04-11-2010, 08:56 PM
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Waving is overrated, I could care less.

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For the most part everyone waves in so cal. Even on the freeway! Sometimes the HD and BMW riders don't though. I almost don't wave to the HD s because they don't appreciate everyone on two wheels.

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