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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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Oct 11

Posts: 3

johnlaud says:

I started riding again about 15 months ago after a long time away. As I only ever rode a 250 on l plates before I was stuck on a 125 until recently.I was a bit unsure if bikers still stuck together but was pleased to find out that they do. I felt conscious being an old guy on a small bike but I have found that no-one judged me and most were pleased I was back on a bike. I have also been surprised that about 60 or 70 percent of bikers round my area nod as they go by. Maybe us 'Fenners' ain't so b


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Jul 12

Posts: 21

Lewisboard says:

riding to work today

i thought about this, i'm 19 and since having my lil 50 and then 125 and now on the 600, the nods have increased but today i went out to nod at every rider i saw on in the opposite direction (only on single lanes not gonna nod to someone 3 lanes on the other side of the rode) and nearly everyone nodded back, i did look like Churchill when i passed a group of guys on a Sunday blast though.

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Aug 10

Posts: 66

muddybus says:

Read the replies to find the answer

Having read through most of the replies, it would appear that the biking world is not what it used to be. Am I less of a biker because I choose to not commute on my ZX10R? Its not that I can't ride in adverse weather, I used to, but I now choose when I ride. I don't have anything to prove to anyone. When I commuted on my CG125, nobody nodded at me, yet there I was, riding in the snow, ice, rain, 5 days a week. Some people are slagging off BMW riders, Harley Riders etc, but unless we all start to regard ourselves as 'bikers', whatever, whenever, however we all ride, we'll end up loosing decades of camaraderie and end up in tiny splinter-groups, desperately trying to ignore other bikers.

I'll nod at any biker, even a woman....

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May 06

Posts: 135

This topic

comes up a lot.
As far as I can work it out we nod  "to our own "
I ride Harley's, Wing's and dirt bikes and I get the most nods etc depending on who's coming the other way and what I'm on at the time. I call sports bike riders ignorant they call hog riders the same. It all depends on wheter you consider yourself a cruiser or sports bike rider or simply a biker. (I do draw the line at scooters though:wink:)

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Jan 11

Posts: 304

TomRR says:

SNEV me ol-cocka

SNEV your bang out-a order,,,,I have a Beeema and I wave to all bikes except ""Ginxercarl"". Coz he is a cock!Anyway.
I was recently riding through India, on a ride a bullet vacation, I noticed all Indians nod back, regardless if on a bike or not,  also is a shake of the head meaning,, yes…..or…… no…. so confusing!!!

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Aug 02

Posts: 20

mattofasto says:

I always feel happy on my bike

so I nod to everyone. Even to a group of ageing mods on blingy scooters the other day, as I was nailing it back from Matlock. We're all different to most of the slug drivers, so let's acknowledge each other.

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Nov 10

Posts: 296

COZ69 says:

Its ashame that BMW (some) are to stuck up to nod back

But we will have the satisfaction of riding on by when they have broke down at the side of the road,

with a cheeky nod as I ride by ha ha

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Nov 10

Posts: 8

alanbeare says:


Id say about 95% of riders you meet over in here in Ireland nod to you, the other 5% seem to be made up of Harley riders and older gentlemen. I nod to everyone (came back from the TT with whiplash)

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May 09

Posts: 3

sdy30 says:


I nod. Doesn't matter what the rider/bike combination I see coming the other way. It's all good on 2 wheels.......apart from scooters....obviously...... ;0) Got a few nods and waves from the other side of a motorway the other day! Must have been hysteria caused by that rare British event of a gap in the rain..... One day I will go to Spain with my bike. Apparently there is no Spanish word for 'pot hole' or phrase for 'annual subscription for ACF-50 and Pilot Road-3's'.....and they don't need Gortex covered everything.....Do they nod? Bet they do. Not sure how to handle the ride out coming the other way though. Nodded so much last time must have looked like I probably shouldn't be on the road!.... Mind you, that's probably true anyway.... Rule Britannia...and Cal Crutchlow.

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Aug 02

Posts: 359

wings1372 says:

I nod

I normally nod but somtimes I'm concentrating too much or buffetted too much to nod. Who cares? Its not a requirement and I'm not offended if I don't get nodded LOL

Just make sure you nod police bikes, I do and it must annoy them!!!!

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