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post #1 of 122 (permalink) Old 05-09-2011, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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Why are some cruiser riders so standoffish?

I've only been riding street bikes for about a year now, and it seems that a good chunk of the cruiser riders (mostly Harleys) I've encountered seem to act as though I don't deserve to ride on the same asphalt as them. I generally don't like to generalize.....wait, but sport bike riders seem to be more open minded and accepting of all riders, so why can't this be true for some of the cruiser dudes? It happens to me often it seems, where they won't wave back or they give me dirty looks at stop lights, I even had a guy on a chopper just stare at me when I said hello at a Panda Express. Don't get me wrong though, I've met plenty of people who ride cruisers that are some of the nicest people. Maybe it's just Vegas riders or something. It's not like I have a sticker on my bike that says f#$@ cruisers, and I try not to drive like a douche. Maybe I'm over thinking it, I just feel like we should all be like brothers (and sisters) out there, because we have the same love and deal with the same issues whenever we ride.
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Two reasons.
1. Sport bike riders act like douches to them, and fly past at 700MPH.
2. They don't want to seem uncool and wave at a street bike if there is other cruisers around.
I notice that most harley riders are really cool if it is just you and them but as soon as other riders show up they act like the don't want to be seen with you. The people that wave at me the least is the goldwing riders. Maybe because they are afraid that if they let go with one hand the 900lb bike is going to fall over on a straight road doing 60mph.

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Lol, those are both great points. I didn't think about, but it does seem like I get less wave backs when they're in a group. Maybe there is a correlation between the height of their handlebars and their ability to not act like buttheads.
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I'll admit though, that guy has balls.^^^^
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I guess I'm fortunate out here, there is a pretty large motorcycle community and most all are friendly. I see very few who don't wave or wave back. And most are generally friendly when stopped. Oddly enough it's been the sport riders that seem a little cocky and stand-offish when parked. I just ignore those types though, cruiser or otherwise.
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Lol, those are both great points. I didn't think about, but it does seem like I get less wave backs when they're in a group. Maybe there is a correlation between the height of their handlebars and their ability to not act like buttheads.
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I wave all the time. Unless you don't wear a helmet, then I don't wave at all. Its a personal choice Doesn't matter sport bike, super sport, cruiser. Hell I ride with my buddies who ride 49cc scooters haha

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On a busy weekend around here, it's hard to keep the left hand on the bike..most of the bikers are waving, regardless of type of bike. Often they even wave across the freeway. We can't expect somebody respond, if he/she is more or less hanging in a corner, or hanging on to the handlebars for that matter, because after all, it's still the beginning of the season..... I guess, by July/August they'll get the idea what it's all about..
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There are two types of Harley/Cruiser Riders:

1- The ones that are bad to the bone and are too bad ass to wave to anyone. (i.e. all of them)
2- The ones that are too scared to let go of their handlebars to wave back (i.e. all of them)



Oh wait that's all of them!

I wave to all motorcycle and scooter riders, including Harleys, Goldwings, BMWs, Cops, Scooters, etc. If it has a motor and it's on two wheels I'll wave to them. If they don't wave back it's more than likely #1 or #2 above.


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I seem to only have problems with the HD riders that congregate around bars or those areas... I have a few people who live on my street that are HD riders... Both are nice guys and I wave at them regularly, however I can tell you that if they didnt live on my street and didnt know them i wouldnt wave...

I never wave at anyone who doesnt wear a helmet. I really wish CT had a mandatory Helmet law... Saw a doucher on a R6 Yesterday with the spikey hair and sunglasses with his chick on the back... both no helmets.. HE was wearing a jacket but of course she was there with her flip flops, sleevless t-shirt and shorts.

He chose the rugged look of cargo shorts and Adidas running shoes.

Asking for it...
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