Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tck13, Mar 15, 2006.
I've been watching Long Way Round for the first time this week and I'm insanely jealous.
Saw a Norton cruising down the street the other day.
Anybody know anything about these things? Potentially one of the most beautiful bikes I've ever seen.
Probably one of these? 961 Commando...
I prefer the power ranger personally.
Question. Who do you give the biker peace sign / head nod to?
Took the bike out today and needed to stop for gas. Now, I give the downward peace sign or head nod to anyone on a bike regardless of brand or style of bike. I don't really care when it's not returned for whatever reason. I pull in to the gas station and there is about 15-20 HD riders. Mostly baggers with those giant front fairings. As I pull in, they all turn to look. I get my gas, kick start it and start to pull out. I throw up the peace sign and get nothing but a stare from all of them.
This isn't a rant because that's exactly what i expected. These guys were all black vest, hoodies, and they all wear sneakers for some reason. Like they watch too much Sons of Anarchy. Anyway, that doesn't intimidate me so I always throw a peace sign up. I think not looking at them is weaker than acknowledging them.
Today I chose to ride the 1975 Honda CB400 Four but I bet I'd get the same stare if I was on the '78 Yamaha RD400.
Anyway, I took these pics when I got back home. IMO, it's pretty clean. Maybe they couldn't figure out what it was?
You would think they would see you as a kindred spirit since they are in love with their '70's technology.
As for the wave, I wave at everyone unless I am in a situation which requires heightened attention. Don't care whether they return it.
You know, it's like everything else in life. There are sub-subcultures. I find that get what you give. I also think group dynamics have something to do with it. I'd put money on it that if there were 3 or 4, it would be different. I've talked to guys who ride sport bikes and there appears to be a true disconnect between them and HD riders. But I know one guy with a HD Sportster and he LOVES vintage bikes, especially 2 strokes even though he doesn't currently own but had a Kawasaki triple in the 70s. That has more to do with age, i think. Of course, I'm generalizing.
I recently gave the peace sign to a MC cop and he returned it. Totally didn't expect it. I laughed all the way down the street.
I like bikes in general even though i currently only have old ones. I did stop to look at a new BMW GS but can't afford it. Ah, bikes...can't we get along? Lol.
I do the downward peace sign wave to everyone on a bike. The only person to not wave back was a what look liked a teenager learning how to ride on an old honda. I haven't run into any gritty looking bikers yet, but I'll make sure to wave and see what happens.
All they knew was that it wasn't a Hog, so therefore you were not worthy of being acknowledged by them. These types are true believers and to them H/D is the be all and end all of motorcycles. Most of these true believers neither know nor care about any other type of bike. They are derisive of other bikes and and the people who ride them. They can't appreciate anything different and are too myopic to even realize the depth of their own ignorance. By the way I like your bike, very nice.
This has been pretty much my experience -- ONLY Hog-riders ever ignore other bikers, which is why I have said far further back in this thread that a lot of them are a-holes. In conversations with gnatty8, however, I have discovered that this may be a regional problem rather than the case all across NorAm.
No it's not a regional thing. Those a-holes are all over but you have to remember not all Harley riders are true believers. The true believers are usually less educated, working class, and jingoistic. Being jingoistic, they are naturally attracted to H/D motorcycles and the whole pirate/pseudo outlaw biker culture.
Look, I have 3 bikes, 2 Harley Davidsons (Sportster, Fat Boy Lo) and a Triumph Scrambler. I find that there are HD guys that won't throw the wave to me when I am on my Fat Boy, and other HD guys that wave when I am on my Scrambler. HD riders are not as homogenous a group as many seem to believe. I mean really, who gives a shit if some random stranger waves at you? I actually wave more out of obligation than anything else, since it's a pain in the ass in the riding season to have to be waving at people every 30 seconds.
By the way, that CB400 is hella sweet..
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