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Old 02-05-2018, 07:12 PM   #1
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Is it a faux pas to wave at a motorcycle officer in passing?

I gave one the peace sign the other day, but I don't think he noticed.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:16 PM   #2
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Not at all. Wave to them often. Wave to park rangers in the hills too. Only cagers that wave back.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:38 PM   #3
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:08 PM   #4
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Old 02-05-2018, 11:30 PM   #5
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Wave to al cops. It’s refreshing when people are kind to us. Just make sure to use all five fingers!
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:21 AM   #6
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Wave to al cops. It’s refreshing when people are kind to us. Just make sure to use all five fingers!
What if you've had a horrific accident which caused you to lose 4/5 of your fingers?
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:20 PM   #7
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I wave at them and they often wave back. Especially SFPD.
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:27 PM   #8
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:19 PM   #9
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I wave to the local ranchers when out in the country so they all don’t think we are asshats. And you never know if you or another rider will need their help some day. It could be you!
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Old 02-07-2018, 10:11 AM   #10
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I wave at everyone on two wheels. Even scooters.
Bicycles too?

I often ride a mountain bike around Pleasanton and Dublin and try to wave to everybody on the bike paths - pedestrians and bicyclists. The more serious looking the bicyclist, the lower the chance that I'll even get a nod back. I don't quite understand the mindset there.

I'll generally wave to motorcycle cops if traffic isn't heavy, and I'll wave to the guys running radar units too, in the rare cases I see one of those. Sometimes they'll give me the slow down signal, even when I've been at the speed limit the whole time. Haven't figured that one out either.
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Old 02-09-2018, 12:33 PM   #11
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I wave at all LEO's on bikes. Only about 1/3 acknowledge it. I realize that someday they may be the one giving me the ticket....but there is also a chance that they make be the first responder too.

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Old 02-09-2018, 01:37 PM   #12
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I gave the head tap to one once before I realized it was a LEO.

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Old 02-09-2018, 08:43 PM   #13
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I always try to wave back but sometimes I’m looking for someone, or something, or listening to dispatch and don’t see a fellow motorist wave. So don’t take it personal , but most of us are fellow motorcycle enthusiasts.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:38 PM   #14
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I saw a motor coming the other way today as I railed around a corner. I waved. He gestured “slow down.”
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Old 02-10-2018, 07:41 AM   #15
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Bicycles too?

I often ride a mountain bike around Pleasanton and Dublin and try to wave to everybody on the bike paths - pedestrians and bicyclists. The more serious looking the bicyclist, the lower the chance that I'll even get a nod back. I don't quite understand the mindset there.

I'll generally wave to motorcycle cops if traffic isn't heavy, and I'll wave to the guys running radar units too, in the rare cases I see one of those. Sometimes they'll give me the slow down signal, even when I've been at the speed limit the whole time. Haven't figured that one out either.
On real backroads, yeah, I often give cyclists a wave. In the city, no. My hands would never be on the bars.

It's an easy way of saying "hey, I see you".
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