i have come back to biking after a 20 year break (life just got in the way but i ve come to my senses now) when i used to ride every biker you passed would give a little nod without fail but now i only get the occational reply. whats happened guys ?
Do bikers still nod to each other ?
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I do, regardless of type and size of bike. But you are right in that this is not as common as it used to be. I started riding in the late 70's when we all acknowledged eachother and nobody stood at the roadside having broken down without a fellow biker stopping to see if he could help.
As bikes are now more reliable I have not been stranded at the roadside for years so don't know if guys still stop. I do if I think someone's in trouble.
cops always nod back (in Surrey at least)
with Harley Riders not always, as they're hanging on against the vibes so hard you can't tell
Scooterboys (in trackies and trainers) hardly worth the effort
Majority do respond though
I always nod
as bikers as soon as you get on two wheels your part of an elite group. I broke down a few weeks ago on a dual carriageway, well, its embarrassing actually I wont go there, but while in the layby 3 fellow bikers stopped to see if i needed help 2 of them were on the opposite side of the carriageway so had to come back which they did. that was a really good feeling to know that we still look out for each other.
...fewer and fewer bikers return the nod as the year gets going. When the colder weather thins the herd again in Autumn, the proportion of bikers left that return the nod increases again.
I normally nod to everything on two wheels, with a few exceptions of 16 year old scooter riders. It's about a 50-50 to weather or not I get a reply, but that might be because I've still got the L plates on..
As for helping a biker in need, I have pulled over a few times for people standing by bikes on the side of the road, the majority of which only stopped for a smoke or to answer a phone call, but I feel better in knowing that they don't need assistance.
I always give a nod
but i try and make eye contact first, if the rider looks at me, ill nod, if he does a blank stare to his front i wont bother as he is clearly trying to ignore my presence, nod to L plates aswell, dont bother with scooter riders in their track suits though because theyre not worth the effort.
Agreed on the weather determining how many nods you get back, tbh its better riding when the weather is poor, all the cunts come out when the sun appears, not to mention the fact the public thinks your a wannabe racer dickhead and the police hassle you at every opportunity, someone phoned the polic the other day for dragging my knee round an empty round about trying to teach a friend, had an unmarked police car trying to rear end me to get me to speed, had another rozzer stop in the middle of the road to try and get me to overtake over double whites, and been beeped at so many times for overtaking or filtering, just in the last week!
I will nod to anything that doesnt have lots of tupperware or is a scooter. I still give scooters the finger or the wanker sign even after all these years
hi there i am a born again biker after about 20 years i still nod or a simple wave but i broke down a couple of months ago and no one stopped for me where back in the 80es they would of stopped
Churchill Nodding Dog Nod
I'm a newbie rider converted from 10 years of car driving and love it. I wondered why people do the special sideways nod. Always makes me smile. Reminds me of when i used to have my old mini cooper. Those were the days 1.3i 90bhp oh yes!
Hells angels (type)
If you ride a sports bike and you give one of these your best girlie wave you can see there necks double in size and veins start to appear,there face will go red and they look at you as if they want to kill you,its very entertaining.I do it a lot.
"If i need the Moon, ill bring it down myself"...
To nod or not to nod!
I started riding on the road over 20 years ago at that time everyone nodded to each other, even the odd 1%er would look at you through the corner of his eye and nod a bit. As time went on, I found the younger guys not nodding at all. I live in Japan now, there are so many bikes around that if I nodded to everyone, I'd end up as a hatch ornament. I asked a young guy back home why he doesn't nod to other bikers, he said that when he drives his car he doesn't nod to other car drivers and when he's pushing a shopping trolley around the supermarket he doesn't nod to the other trolley pushers so why should he nod to other bikers? I guess some people just don't get it!
yip i nod but remember there is variasions on the nod,
theres the nod forward or somtimes back, theres the side nod which is like a diaganal nod and then theres the triple nod when theres 2 or 3 in a row, oh and the a want tae nut you nod, complicated lol
almost always nod
no idea why i just instictuly nod to other bikers but get anoyed if a i mistakenly nod a scooter rider tend to find more people nod in the winter and alot less in summer and also tend to get more nods back off people on cruisers and non faird bikes maybe people on sports bikes just think there to cool to nod a guy on a 125 with L plates
...an entire convoy of Harley's while out of the 650F with the misses on the weekend, and most of them nodded back - the nod wave precipitated by no less a person than the lead rider! Seriously, I felt well honoured.
I always nod apart from the scoot chavs. Found I'm not getting as many nods this year. Never get nods from Harley riders or couriers. Get loads more on the continent.
I always acknowledge other riders whilst out and about. Most riders return the compliment........maybe i just live in a friendly part of the country !!
nod or wave
i nod or wave to everyone, bike or scooter, aslong as it's got an engine, i also stop if i see someone broken down, hopefully it will be returned if i happens to me,(touch wood)
well no one nods back at me so i kinda wait for them to nod first, but i ride a shity old XJ900 maybe i'm not good enough.
Some of us do...
When I used to ride bikers used to flash headlights to each other but
since bikes have to have their lights on we now seem to nod. There used to be a particularly quirky nod that some people around Royston had about 2 years ago (it went sideways) but most seem to just do the forward backward job.
I always nod to bikes and tend to wave when I am about to be overtaken
or have just passed another bike. Some people wave back and some "kick" (or
stretch) their leg. However there seems to be a bit of a hierarchy in the nods. Not everybody
nods back and they tend to nod back more if you have a similar bike... Worst culprits are the police (On BMW RTs) ! I have never had a response from them in Hertfordshire...
Ah well... Hello to the air head BMW, maroon XJ900 and the push-bike that I see very regularly on the A10...
Have only just past my test (but as I previously thought), having L plates on the front really do change the way everyone on the road acts towards you, this includes bikers that nod.
So far, on my 600, I've only had 1 biker not nod at me, and he was on a Harley. But on my 125 with L plates, it was about 50% of bikes that acknowledged me.