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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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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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Cop.

It comes from the action of the cop putting on his or her cop hat when emerging from the cop vehicle.

(It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks...)
 

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I used to do headlight flashes, but I was told with modulators out there, the meaning can be lost.

Local sportbikers schooled me on the helmet tap, it means Cops to them....

somtime I just use the Team America secret signal instead... :yesnod:

"Do The Signal" - YouTube
 

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Always known it to mean cop, here in Ga...



But, then there's these:

Deleted due to language beyond PG13 GW
 

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Hand signals, way too involved for me. Can't imagine riding in a herd that needs it.
Tap the helmet, da Po-lice is present!
Guys stick their feet out at rocks or debris sometimes.
 

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Although most often used for signaling that Leo's are ahead, the helmet tap is in general, a signal to slow down. Weather it be for Leo's, or a cautionary signal for danger ahead such as stopped or stalled traffic, debris or wildlife, etc..
 

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Sometimes it means, "I've got a bee in my helmet".
 
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