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zmike

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zmike says:

What's with the leg?

I am a nodder, That is, I like to nod and get a nod back from other bikers. Some do, some don't and it's ok either way.

However I can't get my head round bikers that stick their leg out to cars (or bikes) that they pass. Have you seen that?

 Not only does it look naff (in my humble opinion) it also suggests they are too frightened to take a hand off the bars to give a friendly wave. Or am I missing something?

 

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

leg out

Welcome zmike,never seen the leg out bit only in G.P.

I always put my left hand/arm up as a thankyou for seeing me.

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zmike

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zmike says:

Leg waving

Ta for the reply - yep first post but passed test in '82 (on a Superdream :blink:) and live in the south. Not all bikers do the leg waving but when you see it it looks rank.

Stop it lads. Now.

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

The leg thing

It's the continental equivalent of a nod.  The guys in Europe do it all the time.   

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zmike

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zmike says:

Continental Blues

That doesn't mean it is cool.

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steveb

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steveb says:

Occasionally when filtering on a big twin,

you need to slip the clutch.


Left leg is all that's free to say thank you.

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zmike

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zmike says:

Legs Eleven

I'm talking overtaking not filtering.

Hear me now.

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

Leg out.

The Europeans do it because they drive on the wrong side and a wave would involve releasing the throttle. Here I've seen riders stretching both legs out to ease fatigue, which looks a bit odd, especially when they start moving them back and forth as though they're scooting along the motorway.

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zmike

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zmike says:

Leg stuff

It's deffo a response to a car/bike that has moved over. Why dont they just wave instead when they are going past.

Almost as bad as those bikers you see swerving from side to side to 'warm the tyres up'. Yep, road-going tyres.

Don't get me wrong - I LOVE motorbikes and everything to do with them.

 

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Amateurcynic

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Amateurcynic says:

Eh?

No waving on't continent 'cos they drive on't other side??

Why would you need to use your throttle hand just 'cos your riding on't other side of t'road? :huh: :lol:   

  

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smoto5

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smoto5 says:

I've usually seen it

on the continent, and I guess it's starting over here then, usually it's used as a thank you after passing someone who has moved over, which is much easier to do on many continental roads with their wider edge margins, seems easier and more logical than randomly sticking arm up in the air and waving it about :smile 

Oncoming greeting to fellow motorcyclists seems to be hand or fingers raised from bar on clutch side, much easier when driving on right with left side to left side, again not so much frantic waving or head nodding required :sunglasses:

p.s. I'm happy to wave my legs about and my arms too, if it helps convince some uptight car driver that we're not evil babyeating monsters that need to be run off the road, might lighten somebodys day :biggrin: I'm not too cool :tongue:

 

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