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Old 02-06-2010, 07:20 AM   #57
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I think we've only seen a handful of other Airstreams in the past few years. I guess we see some so infrequently that it's a pretty exciting moment.

I ride a Ninja motorcycle and it's been interesting w/r to the wave. Not a single Harley rider will wave to me. I've waved with not even a head turn or acknowledgment of my existence. I was riding through the city one day and ended up riding beside a Harley rider. When we'd come to stop signs or traffic lights, he'd pull up beside me each and every time and completely ignore me.

Maybe other street bike riders are jerks and have ruined it for the nice ones, who knows.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:28 AM   #58
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the most unfriendly people i run across is the ones driveing high end motorhomes.
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:02 AM   #59
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Heck, we Southerners wave at everybody.

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Old 02-06-2010, 11:17 AM   #60
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I think we've only seen a handful of other Airstreams in the past few years. I guess we see some so infrequently that it's a pretty exciting moment.

I ride a Ninja motorcycle and it's been interesting w/r to the wave. Not a single Harley rider will wave to me. I've waved with not even a head turn or acknowledgment of my existence. I was riding through the city one day and ended up riding beside a Harley rider. When we'd come to stop signs or traffic lights, he'd pull up beside me each and every time and completely ignore me.

Maybe other street bike riders are jerks and have ruined it for the nice ones, who knows.
Sadly, it has become about brand. When I first started riding, everyone waved, regardless of the brand of bike. The only ones who didn't were the 1%ers. Nowadays, it seems only crotch-rocket riders wave to fellow crotch-rocket riders, Harley riders only wave to each other and so on. My theory is the ones who wave are the ones who are the genuine motorcyclists, not the weekend warriors. They are the ones who ride for the love of the simple joys of motorcycling and don't get caught up in the superficiality that many get lured by. Chances are, the ones who wave are the ones you'd want to sit down and have a beer with.
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Old 02-06-2010, 05:04 PM   #61
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I ride an adventure bike, so I don't really fit in with anybody. The BMW GS guys will wave at me, the Kawasaki KLR guys and the Suzuki DZ guys wave. The Harley guys either won't wave, or wave while giving me a funny look, like "What the heck kinda thing is he riding anyway!"

When I get my ZX-14, I'll be going too fast to worry about it But for now, I generally wave at all of them.

Same thing with the camper. I don't flash the lights, but we'll wave. Some wave back...generally the families tend to wave back. I've never waved at a Prevost guy. Don't know if he'd wave back or not. Ah well, better to be friendly.
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:01 PM   #62
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In rural areas, people used to "wave". The wave was raising one finger, usually the index one, while your hand is on the steering wheel. It wasn't the one finger salute. I notice that wave is disappearing and mostly the remaining wavers are guys in pickups.

Many, many years ago when I first moved to a small town in Colorado, some people would say "hello" when I was walking down the street. People I'd never met. Growing up in NYC, I was suspicious and thought, "what does he want"? He was just being friendly. That small town was growing fast and saying hello to strangers stopped shortly after. In those days they had counter checks too; haven't seen that in about 30 years either.

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Old 02-06-2010, 06:54 PM   #63
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Gene, it's funny how whenever I drive out to the country I revert back to doing the 'one finger' steering-wheel wave..I have fond memories of my dad driving around doing that same wave...timeless ;-)

I also recall when I purchased my Safari in Virginia I was driving it back to LA and hardly ANYBODY waved or even looked and the whole time I'm thinking "what's wrong with you people, can't you see that's a freakin' AIRSTREAM back there!! heads should be turnin'! oh well..." I was just so incredibly pumped to be towing my money-hole back home! well...guess I'm just way ahead of the curve ;-)
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My wife always laughs because the waving thing is big in the Jeeping communitiy. If you are on the rural roads in Northern California you will constantly get waved from the oncoming direction. We drive a wrangler and have come to expect it.
When towing the airstream we wave too.. and get thumbs up several times by passerbys..

its a good feeling..

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Thank goodness I retired to a nice community.....friendly, low crime, etc. It could be because there are a lot of Air Force folks, active and retired.

My wife and I try to walk at least three miles every morning.....most of the time it is when others are heading out to work. People are constantly thowing us a wave as they drive by.....not sure why.....just being friendly I guess.

For the six years that we spent on the Harley, we waved at everyone.....and, most waved back. There was a technique for those that didn't. Most Harley riders don't really wave.....it's more like two fingers (middle and index) down low, to the side. If the other rider does not return the salute, you just bring your hand up and fold the index finger in.....one message instantly becomes another! One time I even returned a salute to an Armadillo that I thought was doing the wave....at least it was on it's back and his feet were in the air....but, I didn't detect much movement. And, who can discount the cows in the pasture that give you the "heads up" wave as you ride by.....of course I always thought they were looking to see if that was a cousin who was part of my leather jacket.

If you want to freak out another biker who waves.....just stand up on the pegs and start waving like crazy.....but, watch out for the sudden swerve! Hey, it's all good!

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James - The scopes folks have this one wrong. It happened to a close neighbor of mine in Houston's Champions area off FM1960 maybe 7 years ago. The 1st shot broke a rear window, he ducked, 2 more shots went thru the rear door & while ducked down he coasted into a untility pole. He wasn't hit by any bullets and the wreck didn't hurt him. But that is one case of an urban legend being true. My ex-mother in law was shot at (random?) as she drove south on Loop 610. Shattered the front windshield!! I was born & raised in SW Houston (Bellaire) and my last home was in the Champions area. In the 1950's, Houston was a big small town with vehicle parking on Main St. The 1960's brought us the Interstate freeways & urban sprawl. The following 20+ year boom era brought "immigration" (from all over the US, the Far East as well as south of the border). I love the multi-cultural feel of Houston now, but I don't miss the traffic & crime at all .
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We nod too, but mostly at other Southerners. Others have no clue. Don't ask how we know the difference, we just do.

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When we lived in Tennessee (our house was on Main Street, in the state's oldest town, which was filled with charming old, and many historic, homes) everyone waved. We also have a home in Arkansas-everyone waves there too-from their vehicles, on their porches, on the sidewalks-everywhere. We were mystified at first, asking each other if we knew the folks waving to us, but quickly got used to it-waving to neighbors and tourists alike whenever we stepped outside our home.

Yes, Southerners are very friendly. Gemma likes to think that if she isn't a Queen of the South, her few years living there qualifies her for at least princess status. She/We like to wave. She/We like sweet tea too!
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When we lived in Tennessee (our house was on Main Street, in the state's oldest town, which was filled with charming old, and many historic, homes) everyone waved. We also have a home in Arkansas-everyone waves there too-from their vehicles, on their porches, on the sidewalks-everywhere. We were mystified at first, asking each other if we knew the folks waving to us, but quickly got used to it-waving to neighbors and tourists alike whenever we stepped outside our home.

Yes, Southerners are very friendly. Gemma likes to think that if she isn't a Queen of the South, her few years living there qualifies her for at least princess status. She/We like to wave. She/We like sweet tea too!
So, Gemma, when we see you in a couple of months do we wave to you or bow......to the Cheese Princess..
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So, Gemma, when we see you in a couple of months do we wave to you or bow......to the Cheese Princess..
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I'll accept nothing less than a hug from you and Lynn! No need for titles, for me at least. I do like to call Murray, "The Duke of Dairy" because of his love of ice cream. His Majesty/Highness and I will look forward to seeing you at Casini in April!

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