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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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Sep 12

Posts: 7

dukie says:

I wave the hand or nod the head. always have done, were bikers but i the majority of people don't reply. can get a bike disheartening. BigBashBonanza says it best And those who do nod and acknowledge other rider feel a bit put out and daft if they don't get the same compliment in return, so with this behaviour, a lot of people aren't bothering.

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Sep 12

Posts: 1

chips1953 says:


That's the problem, if you don't get a wave back then you become paranoid about other bikers being unfriendly or even disdainful. If you want to acknowledge or instigate a greeting, do it, at least you haven't let yourself down. I like to wave, it makes me feel part of something I love, motorcycling.

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Apr 07

Posts: 157

AFKAN says:

Always nod

It's like a sort of secret handshake or a knowing look, that both of you are members of a rather special group.  You can't explain motorcycling to a car driver.  You HAVE to actually ride to know.  The nod is an appreciation of this to a fellow enthusiast.

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Jan 09

Posts: 1

Asterios21 says:


Got a couple of copies of motorcycling from the 1920's and there seems to be a few comments on this very subject, even back then (though there was a lot more talk about breaking down, tools and meeting new friends whilst pushing their pride and joys home, lol) I'd deduce from this that the only people who notice are those who are friendly and enthusiastic about bikes the rest... well they can wait in the rain for the AA/RAC or push their bikes home on thier own.
Manners costs ya nothing, Rudeness can costs ya everything.

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Aug 10

Posts: 20

kenward5876 says:


I live down in the sunny south in hampshire and im glad to say that the "nod" is alive and well down here, in fact i quite often suffer from whip lash because of it!

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Jun 09

Posts: 110

nigel966 says:


After reading all this drivel about nodding at strangers I will try and meet you half way. I will now start nodding at people on bikes that I think are better than mine. Therefore, unless you are on a K5 GSXR1000,you wont be getting a nod .

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Feb 12

Posts: 242

Titosfuneral says:

Totally agree with Afkan

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Jul 11

Posts: 1

banditgp says:


Curiously I always used to get a returning nod when I was on my VTR1000 but now that I'm on a DRZ400 I hardly ever do. The class system of old is alive and thriving in the biking community.....

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Sep 10

Posts: 191

I thought it was a Northern thing - friendlyness !  . But  after reading these posts apparently  not  .  I seem  to get more waves [or nods] from custom riders when I am on my cruiser , the same goes for any sports bike I am riding - so is it a  "snob" thing  ? . Now when I am on my sidecar outfit  ,thats when you feel good about biking instead of driving four wheels . Everybody is your  friend  . Anyway , if  a passing bike isn"t doing  70 m.p.h  about  80% of folks , nod .

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Mar 11

Posts: 66

Vortex1952 says:


KENWARD! You got it right for the people down south to's the sun factor!lol and I could not agree more! Other comments here are so pathetic like some will nod only to bikes better them his/hers.....When I nod I never expect to be nodded back....if the other part is an unhappy miserable sod it's not my fault....


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