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BUCKJFLOWERS
04-21-2009, 05:57 PM
OK i lived in VA for a while and for the most part if you tap the top of your helment that was letting a rider know there is a cop ahead and to slow down. I am in SOCAL now and riders look at me like i am dumb tapping the top of my helment. How do yall let other riders know there is a cop ahead of them, or am i just retarded haha

Kreylyn
04-21-2009, 06:00 PM
Here in NC i've seen either flash the headlights or "twirling" your finger pointed straigh up in the air to signify an emergency light. Never seen the helmet pat before.

Krey

DOCTORNITRO
04-21-2009, 06:03 PM
I see the helmet pat all the time and use it myself. See it a lot up on ACH!!! LOL

mather_builders
04-21-2009, 06:04 PM
Light flash or helmet tap here too. Ohio.

GytRDunKat
04-21-2009, 06:07 PM
I used to do the helmet tap, i don't think any one get's it around here. I always push my hand toward the ground like "slow down".

tdrcomm
04-21-2009, 06:08 PM
OK i lived in VA for a while and for the most part if you tap the top of your helment that was letting a rider know there is a cop ahead and to slow down. I am in SOCAL now and riders look at me like i am dumb tapping the top of my helment. How do yall let other riders know there is a cop ahead of them, or am i just retarded haha


Another KR in my hometown! Sweet!

I use the head tap. Some riders (newbies and perennial squidlys) don't know the signal, most riders do. In the twisties it's well known. The other signals are the straight arm up and down motion (slow down). Most all riders get that one. Nearly all the Harley and cruiser folks know that one.



BTW: Being a native and a lover of all things San Diego...

San Diego = LoCal
L. A. = SoCal
Bay Area regions = NoCal

The vast area between SoCal and NoCal =

FarmCal

"Holy Crap It's Freakin' Hot" Cal

"Don't Pi$$ Us Off Or We'll Stop Sending Food" Cal

allblackkat
04-21-2009, 06:10 PM
helmet tap is my way, but I rarely get to use it, most of my riding is at night...

But when others flash their high beams at me I don't know if they are pi$$ed at my headlights or not... So I just stay on the lookout anyway...

BUCKJFLOWERS
04-21-2009, 06:15 PM
It has been HOT AS H*** the last couple of days i am between SOCAL and LOCAL in OSIDE

I am the same way I was rasied in TX and when someone flashes there lights it means cop but alot of people around here flash their lights because they are ****ed off at me because of my headlights lol. I think they should teach how to let a rider know there is a cop in MSF course lol. It should be standard. Just in case you are confused you have seen 3 different states on the post it is because i am in the military

tdrcomm
04-21-2009, 06:17 PM
It has been HOT AS H*** the last couple of days i am between SOCAL and LOCAL in OSIDE


Near the biggest breasts on the West Coast! :lol:
This weather has been weird. 93 yesterday in Garden Grove (O. C.)

I forgot about the twirling finger thing. I've seen that a few times, too.

BUCKJFLOWERS
04-21-2009, 06:19 PM
I REF roller derby up in garden grove

hardlydangerous
04-21-2009, 06:19 PM
I used to do the helmet tap, i don't think any one get's it around here. I always push my hand toward the ground like "slow down".


slow down motion is the universal symble for FUZZ ahead

t.c.mitchell
04-21-2009, 07:52 PM
hey buck, where are you stationed? what unit are you in? i'm in 4th bde 10th mtn at fort polk.

Zepp
04-21-2009, 08:56 PM
Yup, another Headbanger here too

HemiKat
04-21-2009, 09:00 PM
Funny story, I was traveling down the road and saw a cop on the side of the road so I flashed my lights at a few people. Another cop that was probaly shooting radar for the latter pulled me over becuase he saw me giving warnings to the other vehicles. He said he pulled me over for a "random safety check" He checked my horn, and rear lights and then went in front my car and asked to see my headlights. I stuck my head out the window and said "What for, you already know they work!"

.....I got a ticket for no front license plate......:redsmoke

Randy G
04-21-2009, 09:12 PM
helmet tap here

BUCKJFLOWERS
04-21-2009, 09:14 PM
I am a Marine stationed in Camp Pendleton

Enjay386
04-21-2009, 09:28 PM
I've never heard of the helmet tap. Never even though about warning people on bikes for cops, but I'm guessing I'd flash my lights like with a car.

BUCKJFLOWERS
04-21-2009, 11:36 PM
They are not a big fan of letting people know they are sitting there waiting haha that was nice though

so you dont warn people about cops that is just mean =)~

Helmet_Hair
04-21-2009, 11:42 PM
twirly-finger or the ol' helmet tap. Most people around here know either/or.

Robgsxf750
04-22-2009, 12:04 AM
Left hand off the handlebar in a nazi-style salute and move it up and down - probably the same as gytrdunkat.

Salz07
04-22-2009, 12:13 AM
Yup, another Headbanger here too
:bigthumb

jedney
04-22-2009, 07:33 AM
Hmm. I havn't seen the helmet tap yet. Here in SC we use the flashing light technique during the day. At night I think you are just fair game for the pokeys lol

tnvatdreamland
04-22-2009, 10:39 AM
Now....if we are all obeying the law, we wouldn't be thinking of "what does that signal mean??" :bigthumb

SchOX
04-22-2009, 10:59 AM
Here it is left palm shown to the other biker, or slow down signal, like "a slow motion basketball player".
Tap on the helmet suggests "stupid"? ;)

ansobu
04-22-2009, 11:56 AM
In Ohio I see a lot of the twirl in the air...but going south to NC I've seen the tap. Really must be a regional thing.

thetable
04-22-2009, 02:10 PM
Helmet for the popo, slow down for anything else, like wildlife or debris.

DreKat
04-23-2009, 09:44 AM
the head tap here means that there is something on the road that could be dangerous

LAsunbird86
04-23-2009, 11:26 AM
never seen the helmet taps, but I usually twirl my finger in the air to warn for cops.

soulpatch
04-23-2009, 11:44 AM
I do a little of everything to try to get the point across......

Londob5
04-23-2009, 12:04 PM
Table, they arrested the Joker in your area????

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/9334/24315969.jpg

gobigorange189
04-23-2009, 12:29 PM
i usually flash my lights a couple times...or just give the universal 'slow down' signal...

thetable
04-23-2009, 02:35 PM
Table, they arrested the Joker in your area????

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/9334/24315969.jpg
I think it was just another FL prostitution ring busted.

ADyingBreed
04-23-2009, 02:49 PM
never seen the helmet tap from a rider, just the passenger. but in that circumstance its the same as the 2 finger wave to other riders.

Ive never had to signal other riders but i have had cages signal me(must of been a rider at some point)

i use the lights and slo down signal. but i would give a cop so much **** if he stopped me because i warned other riders.

Brooklynkid
04-24-2009, 12:01 PM
Anybody know about Florida... Im a new rider and would really like to know the tips and what to look out for...

thanks

suzukiray
04-24-2009, 02:04 PM
I know in Hawaii & Cali the helmet tap is the warning for cops. Maybe it's a West Coast thing. I know if someone flashes their lights at me my first thought is to check if my high beams are on. Ray.

I REF roller derby up in garden grove
Where the heck in G.G. do they have roller derby? I would like to go see! Ray.

BUCKJFLOWERS
04-25-2009, 07:22 PM
They have roller derby everywhere my and my wife started the DC rollergirls and skate for orange county right now just google roller derby leauges and find one near you

tobias
04-25-2009, 07:29 PM
we helmet tap here in seattle, but i first saw it on superbikes about a year ago, thats where i picked it up from8-[

pveity
04-25-2009, 07:31 PM
helmet tap works here

scottynoface
04-25-2009, 07:31 PM
Yeah, all the squids around here do it too. I don't warn anybody, you should either be looking out for cops yourself, not be doing something that makes you worry about cops, or...nevermind...you get the point.

Kreylyn
04-25-2009, 08:57 PM
Just got warned on my ride today by a cager, flashed lights... Moments before I passed the ranger on the parkway at 3 miles under the limit... :bigthumb

Krey

Kapp555
04-26-2009, 03:25 AM
We have no need for cops anymore in Az, there are traffic cameras all over the highways and at most major intersections!

But, I use the slow dowm signal with hand flattened. Im from Ohio tho.