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While in Yakima, Wa, yesterday, Red and I were following a Harley rider. One of the good ones: an older Shovelhead that he handled effortlessly, faded jeans, scuffed harness boots, a leather jacket grey with age stuffed carelessly between an old army ruck and a passenger backrest. He was wearing a t-shirt under a leather vest, his blue-collar arms looking tanned and strong. He just looked experienced, casual, and totally skilled.... no poser there. "There's an honest biker," I remember remarking to my wife, and then he did something that simply brightened my day.....

Coming the opposite way on an old, small, Japanese bike was a kid wearing a garish race replica helmet and a jet-black mesh jacket (both items probably costing more than his bike). He kind of glanced uncertainly over at the Harley man, and I could tell he didn't know whether to wave or not.... but then the Harley guy took one hand off his bars and tossed the kid a casual wave.....acknowledging a fellow rider. The kid shot one back immediately, and rode off...looking a little taller, I think. It's a small thing, making a younger person's day, making a younger person feel like he belongs, but huge, too, huge..... Good on you, Harley man.... you're the genuine article. Ride safe, man, ride often, ride far....
 

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I do find it sad that HD owners think they are sooooo special. Proud of this guy. HD riders think they are the tops and snub everyone. Living on an image and dressing with the same colors as the other morons that over paid for everything about their image.

I get more compliments about my bike at stop lights, gas stations, etc. I don't ever recall seeing someone approach a HD owner and his bike asking if they can check it out! This rider knows we all love the open air and we all share a common interest. Why be stuck into your own little group and think you're all that?
 

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Good for him.
A brand doesn't have anything to with class. Either you have it or you don't.
In my part of the world I've noticed that the HD folks with helmets wave for the most part, while those w/o rarely if ever do.
I think there's a meaning in that, but I'll stop now.
 

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I have waved at every rider I cross paths with ( unless it's just to windy to let go ). I have noticed that almost all riders wave back regardless of the make of their bike. The only ones that I have noticed acting too good or too cool are the younger riders on the pro street style v twins. I wave anyway !!
 

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I wave with a few exceptions.

If there is traffic all around us....

Divided Highways: If it's clear and I can see them and they can see me. If there is traffic on my side or theirs, I won't.

On sharp curves.

Safety should come first, always!
 

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I always try and wave when I can. It seems like here in IL and some areas of WI HD riders are to good to wave back. Once I leave these two states I almost always get a return wave from other HD riders.

Personally I could care less what another rides. I have nothing against any of them. You ride what you can afford and like. ;)

One of my biggest pet peeves is someone riding in tank top , shorts and flipflops or tennis shoes. Just don't understand why anyone would ridea like that. The only thing I can figure is that they have never been around a someone with road rash to see how painful it can be.
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Just came home from a trip to the mountains (2500 mi round trip) and it seemed to me that more Harley riders waved back than did those 1800 riders. What's up with that? :?
 

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I always try and wave when I can. It seems like here in IL and some areas of WI HD riders are to good to wave back. Once I leave these two states I almost always get a return wave from other HD riders.
It seems to be territorial in Ill. In Southern Illinois (where Jack lives), everyone waves, about 75 miles inland........ Fawgetaboutit...........

Personally I could care less what another rides. I have nothing against any of them. You ride what you can afford and like. ;)
I wave at scooters...... It just doesn't matter.....


One of my biggest pet peeves is someone riding in tank top , shorts and flipflops or tennis shoes. Just don't understand why anyone would ridea like that. The only thing I can figure is that they have never been around a someone with road rash to see how painful it can be.
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Kinda my pet peeve also, but deep down inside I want to try it someday........ and ride without a helmet....... Never done it but the devil on the left shoulder says I have to try it.........
 
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