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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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Jul 10

Posts: 272

piroflip says:

No reduction of nodding..... my area.

Almost all are a friendly biking brotherhood.

The only exception being Harley riders in their silly, black, piss pot helmets.

Beats me why they like to live in their oneupmanship bubble just because they ride an overpriced, 1920s technology bike.

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Jan 11

Posts: 31

fitzy2009 says:

when i first started bikeing every biker nodded or waved. But now nothing so i wait for them to nod unless its someone i know. Sad really but i put it down to these sunday riders, who only come out on there brand new blade with there office manager mates with there replica leathers and matching helmets. Real bikers nod or wave fact.

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Nov 10

Posts: 183

Ovski says:

People should always nod to learners

From experience its such a confidence boost to get a nod when you're riding on 'L' plates. It costs absolutely nothing but can really cheer people up.


Its a similar thing to sticking your foot out when filtering (if its safe to do so obviously) when a car moves out of the way to let you through. Good manners cost nothing but go a long away. Saying that, when you're riding though Central London in rush hour good manners go out the window - its purely survival that the brain is thinking about!

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Dec 10

Posts: 12077

preunit says:


"Got a couple of copies of motorcycling from the 1920's" :shock:

Dude yu iz well old.:wink::biggrin:

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Oct 10

Posts: 20

barksy says:

Nods y/n

I agree with you about Beemer Bikers..may I add too..Harley Riders, Scooter riders et al.
I think too, it's an older rider thing..I'm 52ish, most younger bikers do not return the 'Nod'..most older riders do ( I know you can't tell  age under the lids ) but body language and meeting them when stopping confirms it in most cases)..must be a phd in there somewhere, Social Interaction from like minded people...:unsure:

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Aug 12

Posts: 7

XsjadoX says:

To Barksy

I'm 23 and i've been riding since I was 18 - I always nod! But yes I do agree that it has disappeared recently. When I was on the 125 as a learner I never recieved a nod, then once I'd passed my test and got a larger bike I noticed it. To this day I'm not sure why we do it - but it's nice all the same.

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Aug 08

Posts: 62


Because we're all ignorant or don't want to look like a nob in front of the car behind us when the ignorant dick on the other side of the road doesn't nod back. I'm about no one and nod at everyone...even the guys on 50's with l plate (shock horror), we all started somewhere.

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Sep 12

Posts: 9

lee696 says:

Hobby or daily commute?

Maybe it's whether you ride as a hobby or as a daily vehicle. I nod to all but ride for pleasure not necessity. When I had a LR defender and Vw camper everyone flashed waved as it was a club type of thing. Individual choice I suppose.

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Feb 09

Posts: 84

brevav2 says:

I always give a nod to fellow riders, sadly very few return the compliment these days, probably indicative of the society in which we now live,

Incidently, over the many decades i have been riding the worst 'offenders' with regard to not waving or nodding have been  BMW and Harley owners, strange but true

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Jun 09

Posts: 251

sprintst955 says:


For me it all depends how im riding,if im cruising along i always nod,if im bang at it leant well over i dont even though some expect me to.please take that sort of thing into consideration before expecting a nod,of much more concern to me is the lack of  chat at bike meets people who go with a group often ignore those riding alone ,we always try to include such people in our banter,

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