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MCN  says:

You ask/you answer: Why don't we nod anymore?

Last Sunday I rode from my home near Exeter to my in-laws' house in Birmingham. I must have passed over 100 bikes but, despite my cheery waves, only received half a dozen or so nods in return. What's wrong with bikers these days; why does hardly anyone wave anymore?  Your answer could help. The best will be printed in next week's MCN,...

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  • Posted 3 years ago (12 September 2012 15:20)

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Nov 10

Posts: 296

COZ69 says:

odear dont let flob see this pic

he will spunk his pants!!!

a man in y-fronts his wet dream!

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Dec 09

Posts: 2491

supermario says:

Noticeably different in France

Riding as they do on the wrong side of the road means their left hands are innermost, leaving them free to usually give 2 fingers (palmside) to eachother. I think biking in France is highly assosciated with liberty and brotherhood and a free spirit, which is something the French as a people prize highly (liberté, égalité, fraternité).

In England I get about a 50% return on nods, but the worst by far are beemer riders, they rarely nod. Whether thats because they think they're superior, or whether its because they're generally not really bikers, and only ride the bike as a novelty during the summer months, I don't know. But it is a shame. We need to stick together.


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Sep 09

Posts: 888

Rogerborg says:

Obvious troll is obvious

Rant! Rave! Of course I nod!

Well, I give a "cheery wave", as you put it, or a salute to my fellow biker brothers and knights of the road, Semper Fidelus and all that jazz.  It doesn't bother me whether the other chap or chapette is too cool for school to return it.  That's their issue, not mine.

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Aug 02

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eatcs01 says:

Nodding dogs

I always nod or wave. Unless it's a big line of bikes coming towards me, then I generally just nod at the first and last, otherwise I'd look like I was having a fit.. LOL


I ride a BMW too :-)

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Dec 09

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supermario says:

Sorry eatcs

I am generalising about bm riders, and some do nod back, but not many. Rogerborg has the right idea though, nod anyway and if its not returned its their problem not mine. Good attitude.

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Aug 12

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Samar says:

I never

wave, always nod. I usually do not nod on motorway as I try to focus on what's happening around me:smile.  

When i started riding few months ago I was wondering why harley riders never nod back:smile

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Aug 12

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iD4VE says:


I tend to give the nod in the style of a cheeky wink with a slight turn of the head. Sadly in the years I have been riding the reciprocity of the nod has declined where people arent that fussed, cant be bothered or are oblivious to the 'rule'. If the Daily Mail cared at all about biking it would be blaming immigrants or saying its to do with falling house prices.

Its a shame that its declining along with the number of bikers on the road.

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Aug 09

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MarcusMarsh says:


I nod and often get a response.  In the past however, it was almost universal but in those days we were closer knit community.    

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Jul 11

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DrWorm says:

Peak District Nodders

Around me I'd say 80% of bikers nod back at me.  I even occasionally get one of the beared Harley riders to acknowledge me, which is nice.

I do however refrain from nodding at ped riders in shorts and t-shirts and also people on quads or trikes (they aren't real bikes!!).

Sometimes I don't nod back if I'm planning an assault on a corner or otherwise too engaged in my riding.  Safety first and all that.



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Sep 12

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BeckettZX10r says:

why dont we nod

we rode 2500 miles around spain and even better than a nod we got escorted by a spanish rider from Barcelona to Valencia and he showed us the lines to take and the whereabouts of camera's etc.. generally a really special snapshot of our trip.. even the police bikes acknowledged us! My wife is also learning on a very nice cbr125r and gets well peed off when the 'big' bikes dont nod her! were all in the same league as far as i am concerned so some 'bikers' need to get their head outta their arses i guess!

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