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post #1 of 41 Old 05-28-2014, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle Hand Signal Confusion

For many years I thought that by tapping your left hand on the top of your helmet meant " High Beams On"........then a friend said it meant "Cops Ahead".
So, which is it?

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Back when there were headlight switches on bikes, the signal meant something needed to be done about the headlight, usually to turn it on. Since bikes have pretty much had their lights come on with the ignition for decades, the meaning changed.

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Back when there were headlight switches on bikes, the signal meant something needed to be done about the headlight, usually to turn it on. Since bikes have pretty much had their lights come on with the ignition for decades, the meaning changed.
That may be so, but I see allot of riders ride with the high beam on for visual purposes, including myself under certain circumstances.

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Ive always used it as a Heads Up something ahead to be aware of.
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I thought it was this:

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That may be so, but I see allot of riders ride with the high beam on for visual purposes, including myself under certain circumstances.
I said nothing about using the high beam in daylight, even though I am against the practice.

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I see a lot of riders ride with the high beam on
That can be important for some bikes with a dim or poorly aimed single headlight. It can be too much for bikes with excellent dual headlights. I find myself looking away from the too-bright lights before I have time to automatically estimate the distance and closing rate.

Here in the west I haven't seen any of the hand signals except that tiresome wave. Yes, I'm tired of it and do not feel a connection to a waving rider.

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The sport bike crowd around here taps the top of the helmet for "cop".
Back in my day we would point index finger skyward & twirl, like a whoop-de-do thing.
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I said nothing about using the high beam in daylight, even though I am against the practice.
I didn't say you said......aw....never mind.

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