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Today was our first day ride with the new VFRs and we discovered some very interesting facts. When we were on the Wings, everyone would laugh, point and wave when they saw the tiger ears and tail attached to my helmet. I know that a lot of people saw me on the bike because of that accessory. We always wave at every person on a bike that we see, no matter the brand and style of bike that they rode.

Today was very different. I know have a black and white cat ears and tail on my white helmeet. While some people still made eye contact with me, and smiled, it was very subdued. Since we continue to wave at every biker we see, the responses were very limited. I guess it goes to prove there are stereotypes for all types of bikes. Since there is a lot of Harley bashing on the board, I thought I would share my observations on what it is like to ride a sport-touring bike, that is more toward sport than touring.

Bottom line is that we are all bike enthusiasts who are out to enjoy our sport. You don't know who I am just by the type of bike I ride, just like I don't know you because of what you ride. Be careful of stereotypes because it just may come back and haunt you. JMHO
 

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I have lots of friends who ride Harleys and I love them like brothers (and sisters), but I bust their chops every chance I get and they dish it right back any chance they get. Truth is, my two Harleys were AMF era, and I won't judge any new bike by those standards, but I don't ever want to own another one.

I ride with and wave to everyone. If they choose not to wave back, so be it. I'm not going to let a grump ruin my day! :biker:
 

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I've been waved at, and ignored by, just about every make, model and style of bike out there, makes no difference to me as long as you are enjoying yourself and I'm doing the same.
 

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HiYoSilver said:
I've been waved at, and ignored by, just about every make, model and style of bike out there, makes no difference to me as long as you are enjoying yourself and I'm doing the same.
Same here and more than half i ride with have HDs and i have been shuned by more HD riders and waved at more by sport bikes that any other ! :)
 

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Funny ain't it???
I notice the same thing when I'm on the Triumph.. All the squids wave and a lot of others that would normally return a wave for a Wing, don't seem to know what to do!! It seems to confuse them that a squid bike would acknowlege them... Not that I care, but perhaps it's unusual for kids to initiate a wave???
 

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Please don't get me started... I've been in intensive therapy for the last 3 years because people never waved back at me when I waved to them.

I used to get so upset at the snobs that rode Harleys, Beemers, and sport bikes because they never noticed me on the gold wing, and always thought they were better than me.

I was often times so offended, that I would pull a U-turn, pass the offending bike, pull another U-turn, and then pass them again to see if they would wave at me.

If they didn't wave at me a second time, I would usually go bezerk and look for the nearest DQ and eat myself silly with buster bars.

I'm getting better now...:wink:
 

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i have been shuned by more HD riders and waved at more by sport bikes that any other !
Me too.....how should we interpret that? I'm not sure it makes sense....I mean I am happy for anyone tha can enjoy the two wheeled (with an engine ) experience. So why is it the impression I get is that some of those I meet don't share that feeling?
 

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2 years ago we were coming home thru Arkansas on Hwy 71 in June and the Christian Motorcycle Assc. were having a big rally at their headquarters. Now those are some people that just won't wave, not one of them and when we stopped for gas they would not talk or even smile, of course we didn't have the vest on.
Sweety said that was one of the scariest bunch of bikers we have ever encountered in our travels. later we saw some at a stop in the Quachita national forest and a couple of them talked but all they could talk was religion.
It was a real strange feeling, just like they felt we shoud not have been in their area. Now I am not putting them down as I'm sure they are as nice a bunch of people as any other motorcycle group, but that was just our feeling after we had passed through the area. This is just our take on these people and we might have just meet the wrong ones I don't know?
 

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Isn't that self centered to pre-judge someone because of the type of bike they ride ? and they call themselves "bikers"...

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Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that DETROIT IS GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!!! and your dressed like a fan in another area.

Ya think???

Pat
 
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What does it matter if someone waves or not?

There are many reasons people do not wave. Some feel that taking their hands off the bars is unsafe, some may not see you coming. Some may be distracted with more important tasks at hand.

I find that sometimes I am in a zone. I am concentrating so hard on what I am doing that I do not even see the on coming bike until it is too late to wave. Sometimes, I just do not feel like waving.

Please do not let the actions of others bother you. Waving has nothing to do with being a biker. It is just a gesture.
 
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azblackbird said:
Please don't get me started... I've been in intensive therapy for the last 3 years because people never waved back at me when I waved to them.

I used to get so upset at the snobs that rode Harleys, Beemers, and sport bikes because they never noticed me on the gold wing, and always thought they were better than me.

I was often times so offended, that I would pull a U-turn, pass the offending bike, pull another U-turn, and then pass them again to see if they would wave at me.

If they didn't wave at me a second time, I would usually go bezerk and look for the nearest DQ and eat myself silly with buster bars.

I'm getting better now...:wink:
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Most wing riders have quit waving because when they let go of the bars to wave they experience the dreaded "front end wobble". It not just because we can't find the wave button in time anymore. LOL could not resist.
Seriously - Waving - WHO CARES - If ya want to wave at people while riding your bike - Limit your ride to parades>

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azblackbird said:
Please don't get me started... I've been in intensive therapy for the last 3 years because people never waved back at me when I waved to them.

I used to get so upset at the snobs that rode Harleys, Beemers, and sport bikes because they never noticed me on the gold wing, and always thought they were better than me.

I was often times so offended, that I would pull a U-turn, pass the offending bike, pull another U-turn, and then pass them again to see if they would wave at me.

If they didn't wave at me a second time, I would usually go bezerk and look for the nearest DQ and eat myself silly with buster bars.

I'm getting better now...:wink:
:shock: What? ... you too? :shock:


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