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Old 07-22-2008, 12:35 AM   #1
 
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Hand signals

Myself and a buddy were having a discussion of hand signals in use on motorcycles. There is of course the motorcycle wave to fellow riders, left, right, and stop signals. We then got into more abstract ones. I believe the signal for cops is a tap on the helmet? He thinks it is a finger waved in a circle. Anyone know and also what other hand signals do people use?
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Re: Hand signals

I dont think I use hand signals except to wave people thru.
Turn and stop - I want hands on the controls.
I nod to other riders.

Um yes - I do wave a kids.

For cops or some reason to slow I do an open hand with an up/down motion with the emphasis on the down movement (ie slow down)
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Re: Hand signals

I tap on the helmet for cops also and your normal hand signals. People seem to pay more attention when your arm is in the air opposed to a little blinking light.
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Re: Hand signals

i didn't know what the tap on the helmet meant until yesterday, but even though i didn't know what it meant it saved me from a certain ticket. i was screamin down the road and a bike coming the other way gave me that signal and i just slowed down just out of curiosity and confusion and sure enough, right around the next been was a cop
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Re: Hand signals

Pointing down at your tank means you need to stop, either for gas or to drain the lizard.
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Re: Hand signals

finger in the air in circle motion is usually for U-Turn,if you're riding with other people,cops is tap on the helmet,or tap on the leg for a more discrete approach,slow down is hand flat to side,with an up and down motion..as far as hand signals as far as stopping and turning? **** em,i bet 90% of drivers even know wtf they are.
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Re: Hand signals

I look at the drivers in cages as I pass them and point to the lane I am about to enter so that they are not surprised when I change into their lane.
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Re: Hand signals

I have the one finger salute I give drivers of cages when they dont see me - its only polite to indicate that they must look out for us, but I dont understand why they get so anoyed at me and wave the same sign back at me..
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Re: Hand signals

Hand signals are a no-no. I am not talking about waiving at another rider but all the other goofy stuff that's out there. Every time you give a signal you are taking off your hands from the handlebar.

Hand signals are a thing of the past when bikes didn't have turn signals. Now all these signals do is confuse other riders and more important car drivers.
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Re: Hand signals

excuse us all FB1000 but you must realize you live in Scranton, Pa the only thing exciting in that town is that show "The Office" all u must worry about is watching out for Michael in his company drop top or Dwight in the Formula 'bird , as far as hand signals here in the bay and everywhere I ride we use the tap on head for cops we also use hand signals as well as blinkers for lane changes especially in congested traffic, also a foot out (sort of like stretching it) means gravel or road obstruction. the twirly finger is for u turns, the flat hand emphasis on going down means slow down (maybe a road obstruction or an accident ahead... you can never be too safe, and you should never assume other cage drivers know your intentions automatically. I also like to make a brief eye contact so I know they see me.
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Old 07-22-2008, 2:19 PM   #11
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Re: Hand signals

Originally Posted by FB1000inPA View Post
Hand signals are a no-no. Every time you give a signal you are taking off your hands from the handlebar.
If you can't take a hand off the bike to give a hand signal, you are riding above your head. I regularly give out waves or signals deep into the apex of a turn at full lean. It's not a problem if you are ballanced as you should be at all times when riding on the street.

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Hand signals are a thing of the past when bikes didn't have turn signals. Now all these signals do is confuse other riders and more important car drivers.
Not! They are alive and well. And still legal.
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Re: Hand signals

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If you can't take a hand off the bike to give a hand signal, you are riding above your head. I regularly give out waves or signals deep into the apex of a turn at full lean. It's not a problem if you are ballanced as you should be at all times when riding on the street.

Not! They are alive and well. And still legal.
I understand your hand off the bike statement but please consider newer riders doing exactly what you suggest. Most likely it will lead to an unsafe situation if not a crash especially when cornering.

As for signs being legal - yes, you are correct. However, studies show that drivers that have no background in riding show confusion about hand signals. It's the same as guys giving handsignals on a carrier and you are the first time on a flight deck. Most likely the first that comes to mind is - wtf does this mean?
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Re: Hand signals

this sounds exactly how we ALL ride here in Nashville.. very large bike community... and everyone seems to understand all the signals we use.. if you don't like signals don't use them, but for peopl that are 100 yards back in a group and can't see a blinker or when you are in large group and need to communicate to everyone hand signals are very effective..


Originally Posted by 08BLADERUNNER View Post
excuse us all FB1000 but you must realize you live in Scranton, Pa the only thing exciting in that town is that show "The Office" all u must worry about is watching out for Michael in his company drop top or Dwight in the Formula 'bird , as far as hand signals here in the bay and everywhere I ride we use the tap on head for cops we also use hand signals as well as blinkers for lane changes especially in congested traffic, also a foot out (sort of like stretching it) means gravel or road obstruction. the twirly finger is for u turns, the flat hand emphasis on going down means slow down (maybe a road obstruction or an accident ahead... you can never be too safe, and you should never assume other cage drivers know your intentions automatically. I also like to make a brief eye contact so I know they see me.
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Re: Hand signals

Hi Guys

A short intro to body signals in the UK and Europe.

A nod or sideways neck twitch if you are being cool about it to salute another biker.

Waving both arms around like a loonie means you just slowing down from 160mph.

An outstretched leg is a thank you to a courteous car driver for making room for you to pass, this is more used in continental Europe than UK when a left hand thumbs up as you pass is the norm. remember we drive on the proper side of the road in the UK.

a hand gun gesture means a speed trap ahead or a general waving down with left hand to advise to keep speed down ( that one is pretty universal i guess).

All the rest we do with indicators.
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Re: Hand signals

when i ride in groups i point at the sky then down at the ground and make a circle to say something is there
Tap the head for cops
wave to riders
tank for bio/gas break
twinkly fingers falling down to group mates to say "****, its going to rain, we gotta burn!"
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