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post #1 of 34 Old 09-23-2012, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Wrong group riding hand signals

When riding in large groups and there is a hazard ahead (someone dumped it, cars are stopped or traffic is slowing), I've noticed that people start lifting their left arm as if they were making a right hand turn.

Who came up with this idea? Don't you think it'd confuse everyone? That doesn't mean stop, it means... RIGHT TURN! :headshake
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Ya but I dont know any one that uses hand signals if you have a brake light , or if you are in a spec ops team in the jungle being quiet.
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Must be a regional thing. Around here, we put our left hand out and down, like you're patting a dogs head sitting next to you. Seems to get the message across.
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I hardly ever ride group stuff, but sometimes catch a fast noob rider that I'm sceered to pass (visualize very tight twist stuff with small straights. If catch a seasoned rider, they just wave me past, like everyone, np, but noobs take awhile to figure this out). So I'm like stuck off pace now. Just about every time this happens, a fast rider comes up behind and I let him pass me, but now we are BOTH stuck behind the noob as he, too, is sceered to pass the noob!

So. The guys that passes me, always seasoned, have their own warning code worked out. Some lower a leg on the side of the problem, like gravel. Some lower their left arm to show sudden slow down.

My thing is that it's up to me to guess what the sigs mean. Just stay back far enough to that I don't hit him.
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I was just watching some videos of groups of people stuntin' and it made me want to post... I've seen it here in Dallas if I get caught up in the groups during bike night. When I get stuck behind all those dill-holes, I usually exit or navigate my way past them.

But yeah, it's something I've seen in person and on videos. I've always wondered about it because the basic hand signals don't change from driving a car to hopping on a motorcycle.

I wouldn't say it's a regional thing because the video I was watching was from NY... But I've seen it in California and Washington State as well.

I should also note that all of the experienced riders I've known... do NOT do this. If they need to slow, the typical hand gester has been to pat the air down by your knee with your left hand. Just like waiving someone past you, you wave them with your left hand.

I commute daily on my bike and use hand signals all the time when changing/merging lanes.
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Must be a regional thing. Around here, we put our left hand out and down, like you're patting a dogs head sitting next to you. Seems to get the message across.
same around here

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I've always enjoyed that video. :)

My fav. part is, "And when you're in front of the person..." lol - he's all backwards on the seat.
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Left hand pointing left.... left turn

left hand up with thumb pointing right... right turn.

left hand patting the top of your helmet... Popo ahead/warning/danger/caution

left hand up, middle finger pointing up... what the phuck were you thinking?

thats what I've been taught.

left hand down, palm pointing backwards... stopping or slowing... but that was for bicycles...



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Left hand pointing left.... left turn

left hand up with thumb pointing right... right turn.

left hand patting the top of your helmet... Popo ahead/warning/danger/caution

left hand up, middle finger pointing up... what the phuck were you thinking?

thats what I've been taught.

left hand down, palm pointing backwards... stopping or slowing... but that was for bicycles...
Well, if you want to do it the correct way, Rifleman. Around here people use the "lock up back tire" signal for slowing. That usually gets the point across.

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Left hand pointing left.... left turn

left hand up with thumb pointing right... right turn.

left hand patting the top of your helmet... Popo ahead/warning/danger/caution

left hand up, middle finger pointing up... what the phuck were you thinking?

thats what I've been taught.

left hand down, palm pointing backwards... stopping or slowing... but that was for bicycles...
I didn't know about the tap your helmet thing. I'm going to start using that! Like the middle finger one!

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