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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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Mar 06

Posts: 253

stu_sp2 says:

Ignorance and probably arrogance , I always nod because I was brought up doing it. On the continent , especially France, every single biker drops a leg as they go past .... I think a lot of british lads just need to get over themselves and realise they're not "above" it all ... Harsh but true ..

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Feb 10

Posts: 1953

SlowLearner says:

Nodding disease

Nodding Disease

It's mysterious, spreading and incurable. 

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Sep 08

Posts: 13

meanbean says:

nod to fellow bikers

for me i allways nod ,stick my hand up or put my leg out which ever is safer at the time , i nod to all bikes ,scooters ,superbikes ,tourers ,etc etc ,sometimes get a reply but less now than 10 15 years ago , i often ride alone as my riding style and speed is a little ott but thats me ,but as a result iam often ignored at meets and gatherings as a result , iam not a bad person i just like to open the throtlle

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May 11

Posts: 28

Kando says:

;) Never ignore a nod!!

Everyone should make the effort to nod when out on the open road. It's nice to have a sense of biking comunity. Although I understand why it doesn't happen in city centres like London as you would have whip lash by the time you had rode into work.

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May 06

Posts: 3

madshep says:


I've noticed a lot that Harley riders NEVER nod back, and they also for some reason never acknowledge or thank me when I'm in my car and pull over to the verge to let them pass more easily.

All other makes of bikes riders do ................... just seems that HD owners are ignorant I'm guessing?

Anyone else noticed this??

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May 12

Posts: 7

jimbobmee says:

give the nod

Well i rode home from work last night and everyone must of been reading this as out of the 8 bikes i past on my way home all 8 nodded back to me. Keep nodding people....

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Nov 10

Posts: 296

COZ69 says:

its the bmw gs riders

they never nod they must be better than us eh!

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Sep 12

Posts: 4

Rustum says:


Been riding from Kent to Central London for the last 4 years. Must say everytime I've nodded other bikers have nodded back. Mostly at traffic lights. Not come across any biker who's not nodded back - never tried waving though, a bit extreme maybe... try nodding net time.:-)

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Oct 09

Posts: 223

ruxxy says:


I've just traded my GS and I always nod. Don't be so stereo typical.

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Dec 10

Posts: 88

mogulthrash says:

I do

I live down exeter way - I nod all the time, give way to bikes when driving my car and stop to help broke-down bikers when I'm in my car or on the bandit. Thats part of being a biker. Its harder to wave to at a ton (kmh, of course).

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